Priming for the big stretch ahead

Photo Courtesy of sports.nationalpost.com

Photo Courtesy of sports.nationalpost.com

Ads pick up Liambis

The Orlando Solar Bears lent former Cincy left winger Michael Liambis to Milwaukee three days ago, and he’ll be with the Ads Friday night.

The Toronto native was traded to the Bears last October, and he’s skated in 32 games for Orlando this season.

He scored two goals, collected seven assists and garnered a whopping 151 penalty minutes.

Getting set for a wild week

Buckle up. After just two games in the past two weeks, the Admirals start one of their tightest stretches of the season with six home games over the next ten days.

Against the five team’s it’ll line up against this week, Milwaukee is a combined 7-10-1.

Currently fourth in the Midwest Division and seven points behind Houston for the eighth spot in the Western Conference, the Ads take on the Aeros tomorrow to open the home stand with a chance to narrow that gap.

Peoria visits Sunday for a key division battle, then the Abbotsford Heat come knocking Tuesday. San Antonio will kick off a Bradley Center 3-in-3 next Friday, followed by Charlotte Saturday and Abbotsford again that Sunday.

It’s going to be a huge sequence of games for the Ads and an excellent chance to gain some ground and exorcise some demons (especially against the Heat who are 5-0 against Milwaukee since 2/24/12.)

The time is now for the Admirals to Unleash…er Fury the Fury and make a serious push with home ice advantage, as this stretch could define their season.

Checking in with Cincy

The Cyclones are at the top of the North Division and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference with  58 points.

Cincinnati is 4-4-1-1 in their past ten games, but currently rides a three-game losing streak. It now leads the Toledo Walleye by just two points in the Division race with 24 games left.

Rookie David Pacan leads Cincy in points with 11 goals and 27 assists, while Garret Wilson leads the team in goals with 19.

Brian Foster’s been the top guy in net with a .902 save percentage and a 13-6-4 record in 25 games started. Meanwhile Zoltan Hetenyi has a 5-4 record with a .913 percentage and Michael Houser has a 7-5 record with a .921 percentage.

Questions:

What do you think of the Liambis project? What role do you think he’ll fill in his first trip to the AHL?

What record do you anticipate over the next six games realistically? How many wins do the Ads need to climb back into serious contention?

How many games are you going to get out to?

Any guys in Cincy right now that pique your interest?

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7 Responses to Priming for the big stretch ahead

  1. Glenn says:

    With Liambas’ arrival, maybe Latta can focus more on his offensive game rather than having to stick up for all his teammates, at the very least with Liambas, Latta, Winchester, and the return of Mike Moore we won’t have to see Ryan or Mueller drop the gloves. While many people think the goon is becoming extinct, I don’t agree especially when you have the likes of the Rockford goon squad roughing up your star players

  2. BadgerTom says:

    Agreed, not really a role Latta is best suited for anyway. Thought it was ridiculous no one stood up when it counted during the Wolves debacle last week. It really made me wonder about this teams drive and desire.

  3. Goon says:

    This my change things up a little,just like last week Bartley had to stick up for his team mate ? Does anybody know why did Latta leave the game early against the wolves Friday ?

  4. Sioux62 says:

    Michael Liambis is a good addition and his role is to hit and fight when needed. He is a strong tough kid who throws with both hands. Admiral’s need at least four wins in the next six games.

  5. adsfan says:

    Ads need 4-1-1 or 4-2 to get 8 or 9 points of the 12. They have to break away from .500.

    @Goon I think Latta’s slashing penalty got him benched.

    Glenn is correct, Rockford has a bunch of goons. Welcome Liambas!

  6. Jordan says:

    Liambas will gain the respect of any teammate. He is 5’9″ and will stand up for anyone of his players, no matter what the size of the other guy. He is entertaining to watch, a great leader, and will get the crowd going when the team needs momentum. Just ask Orlando Solar Bears fans what he did for them last game. Biggest heart on the ice and dressing room.

  7. Trey Killian says:

    Just to reiterate it was the slash that got Latta benched as Coach said after the game. Same reason he benched Beck.

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