Santorelli Brothers Guide the Admirals
Milwaukee, WI—Led by Mike Santorelli’s two goals and his brother Mark’s two-point night (1g-1a), the Milwaukee Admirals sent the Aeros flying back to Houston Friday night with a 5-3 victory as the two teams met for the third time this season at the Bradley Center. The Admirals ended Houston’s three-game winning streak and gave them their second win in as many games.
The first period began with fast-paced action in both offensive zones. After coming off of the lone power play of the period the Admirals applied heavy pressure to Houston’s Ryan Nie. Within seconds, Milwaukee’s Mike Santorelli went top shelf scoring his 17th goal of the season to give The Ads the 1-0 lead at 7:39 in the first.
Colin Wilson rounded out scoring for the first period on an assist by Nick Spaling who passed to a waiting Wilson inside the near circle. Nie missed his mark, allowing Wilson to sneak one past him glove side to put the Admirals up 2-0 where it remained for the rest of the period.
Five minutes into the second stanza Milwaukee’s Wacey Rabbit made his way up the wall and found Reid Cashman in the seam for Milwaukee’s third goal of the game and Cashman’s second of the season.
Houston finally found some momentum and quickly responded with their first goal of the game on a one-timer by Nathan Smith from in front of the crease at 6:17 of the second to close the Admirals lead to 3-1.
The Aeros managed to strike again at 15:49 as Cody Almond scores his fifth goal of the season, also on a one-timer, on an assist by Jean-Michel Daoust.
The final tally of the second came from Mark Santorelli who was able to light the lamp unassisted when he intercepted a pass from Nie and knocked it in put Milwaukee up 4-2.
Just two minutes into the final stanza, Mike Santorelli scored his second goal of the game going top shelf to beat Nie stick side giving the Admirals 5-2 lead over the Aeros.
The game’s final tally fell in favor of the Houston as Duncan Milroy sent the puck from behind the Admirals net to Peter Zingoni who was positioned directly in front of the crease. Zingoni managed to beat Milwaukee net minder Chet Pickard five-hole to close Milwaukee’s lead to within two with 4:15 left in the game.
Milwaukee Admiral leaders for the game included Mike Santorelli who posted two goals on the night. Santorelli currently leads the team in goals, posting 18 on the season, and holds the number two position in points with 31. His brother Mark also had a two-point effort (1g-1a) to help guide the Admirals offense.
The Admirals are back in action next Wednesday when they travel to Cleveland to battle the Lake Erie Monsters. Milwaukee’s next home game is next Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm versus the Rockford IceHogs. Fans can order tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of ten or more people receive a minimum of $2 off of each 200-level ticket. For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.