Blog: Admirals Continue Winning Streak
Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Admirals continued to employ a balanced attack as the team improved to 4-0 on the season after a sweep at Iowa last weekend.
When defenseman Garrett Noonan recorded an assist Saturday, he became the 16th Admirals player to record a point this season. Milwaukee has played 19 non-goalies in games this season and 16 have points. In the span of four games, that's an unbelievably high percentage (84.2%).
Brendan Leipsic is tied for third in the league in scoring with six points (the leaders have seven). Austin Watson is tied for seventh with five points and Viktor Arvidsson, Pontus Aberg and Joe Piskula are tied for 16th with four points.
Milwaukee's power play is ranked fifth in the AHL at 26.3%. The penalty kill has stopped 90% of opponents' attempts.
Goalie Marek Mazanec, who recorded his first career AHL shutout Saturday at Iowa, has a 2.01 goals against average and a save percentage at 93.2%.
There are a lot of positives so far for the Admirals and many players that have played a big part in it.
Right now, the defensemen have been rotating in and out of the lineup. Unfortunately, the team can only skate six of them in a game. All seven are playing very well right now. So far, if one has drawn out of the lineup it's been because they all deserve to play. Coaches Dean Evason and Stan Drulia are trying to keep everyone sharp and ready to play.
Injuries to Patrick Cehlin and Mike Liambas have allowed others to shine, specifically Joe Pendenza and Zach Budish. It will be interesting to see how Liambas and Cehlin get in if everyone is playing this well when those players are healthy.
This will be an interesting weekend for the Admirals. The team will play the arch-rival Wolves Friday at Chicago, a very tough place to play. Last season, the Wolves won the season series with Milwaukee posting a 4-5-2-1 record. Chicago's record against the Admirals last year was 8-1-1-2.
A win Friday would move the Admirals to 5-0 and would tie the franchise record for best start in franchise history, set in the 1988-89 season. That was a season Milwaukee posted a 54-23-5 mark.
The Admirals finally return home Saturday to host the Lake Erie Monsters, a team they've struggled against over the last couple seasons (2-6 record).
It's a young group that is a loose group. The challenge is to keep going like they've been going.