The Milwaukee Admirals entered the weekend needing three points to fall their way between themselves and how the Cleveland Monsters. That ended with the Admirals taking one of two games against the Texas Stars while the Monsters won out. Tonight the Monsters lost 2-1 in overtime to the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena. That result means that the Admirals have officially punched their ticket into the 2017 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.
This is the Admirals sixteenth season contested in the AHL. They have made the playoffs all but two times during their tenure in the league including a run of twelve consecutive playoff appearances that spanned 2003-2014. Since missing out on the 2014 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs the Admirals have made it back both seasons under head coach Dean Evason and finished last season as Central Division champions.
At the moment the Admirals current hold a record of 41-23-3-3 (88 points, 0.629 points percentage). They rest in third place of the AHL’s Central Division behind the Grand Rapids Griffins (0.659) and Chicago Wolves (0.648). The AHL’s VP of Communications Jason Chaimovitch was kind enough to let us know that these three have been locked in the top three since the turn into 2017 and the last change in placement came in mid-February when the Admirals were briefly ahead of the Wolves.
Were the season to end today the Admirals would face-off in an Amtrak Rivalry match-up to start the playoffs in a five-game series. The Wolves would get the decision of controlling the first two games of the series on home ice or the last three games of the series. From that point forward the playoffs continue on in a more traditional best of seven game series.
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