Ads Experienced Significant Success this Season
A regular season of 44 wins against just 22 regulation losses, first place in both the American Hockey League’s West Division and Western Conference, an un-ended streak from January 15 to the present with zero regulation losses on the road. When the disappointment finally dissipates from an abruptly ended 13-game playoff run, the Milwaukee Admirals will have a lot to be proud of from their 2010-2011 season.
Even though Milwaukee returned just two of their top 11 scorers from a season ago, the Admirals managed to outlast an ultra-competitive division that produced six teams with 89 points or more.
“I thought the resiliency of our group in dealing with all of the adversity that we faced was the most positive aspect of our team this year,” Milwaukee coach Lane Lambert said. “We had a lot of character on our team and regardless of what was going on, we kept trudging forward and managed to finish in first place.”
Despite not having a single player finish with more than 50 points, the Admirals put together a record of 44-22-6-8. Milwaukee achieved that impressive record even without top offensive weapon Linus Klasen and elite goaltender Mark Dekanich late in the season. Both of the team’s All-Stars only competed in a combined 90 games with the Admirals.
“Whenever our team was challenged, we rose to the occasion,” Milwaukee captain Brett Palin said. “We did that through a lot of hard work and continuing to improve as a group from the beginning of the season until the end.”
Along with Klasen and Dekanich, five other Admirals who started the season in Milwaukee, Nick Spaling, Chris Mueller, Blake Geoffrion, Jonathon Blum and Matt Halischuk, saw significant time in the NHL with Nashville. The promoted skaters helped the Predators close the season on an 11-3-1 run and claim the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.