Santorelli Extends Streak as Admirals Grill Chops
Dec 13, 2008
Teemu Laakso and Kelsey Wilson recorded two goals each and Mike Santorelli extended his points streak to twelve games as the Milwaukee Admirals won for the fifth time in a row, beating the Iowa Chops 6-2 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA.
Santorelli picked up the primary assist on the first professional goal by defenseman Laakso. Ryan Jones worked the puck free from the left corner in the Chops zone and passed to Santorelli. Santorelli skated to the left point and found Laakso streaking to the net. The initial shot was stopped but Laakso pushed the rebound in. Santorelli’s streak is the second longest in the AHL this season. Chris Minard of Wilkes-Barre/Scranto had a 14 game stretch earlier this season.
The Admirals got on the board quickly due to strong work by Kelsey Wilson. Wilson knocked down a clearing attempt at the left circle in the chops zone. He kept the puck alive in the slot when it came free to Cal O’Reilly. O’Reilly made a backhanded pass to Wilson in the slot for the wristshot goal. It was Wilson’s fourth of the season and the assist went to O’Reilly, his 26th of the season. The goal was scored 90 seconds into the game.
At 2:52 of the first, Geoff Peters caught a pass from Nolan Yonkman and streaked down the left wing boards all the way to the corner. He found Stephen Werner crashing the net for the tip-in goal. It was Werner’s sixth goal of the season with the assists to Peters and Yonkman.
Iowa got within one on a power play when Ryan Dingle’s wristshot at 4:14 eluded Admirals goalie Drew MacIntyre.
Milwaukee regained its two-goal advantage on Laakso’s goal at 17:14 of the second.
The Chops had a chance to get within one when Laakso took down T.J. Trevelyan on a breakaway. Trevelyan was awarded a penalty shot but hit the crossbar.
Milwaukee’s power play, ranked second entering the night, then took over. Patric Hornqvist scored his third goal as an Admiral (second on the power play) with a shot from the left post. O’Reilly’s pass from the right circle was deflected by Jed Ortmeyer in the slot to Hornqvist for the tally. O’Reilly’s assist was his 27th of the season, tying him for the AHL lead.
Laakso scored his second goal of the game off a Santorelli feed with a wrister from the right point at 8:51 of the third period. Then, Wilson deflected a Cody Franson shot from the blue line for another power play goal at 12:07. Sulzer also earned an assist on the play which gave Milwaukee a 6-1 advantage.
Iowa’s Ryan Donally scored with 12 seconds left to set the final score.
MacIntyre stopped 21 shots to earn his 11th win.
The Admirals return to the Bradley Center Wednesday to host the Houston Aeros. Faceoff is at 7 p.m.