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Plaid is the Admirals Color

Durno's Hat-Trick Leads the Way

Since Wade Flaherty left the Milwaukee Admirals after leading the team to the 2004 Calder Cup title, he has stopped 118 of 122 shots his former mates have thrown at him in three games.

On Friday night, the Admirals needed to change their style to beat Flaherty. Literally. Adorned in dizzying plaid jerseys, the Admirals used a hat trick from Chris Durno to top the Manitoba Moose 7-4 at the Bradley Center.

The jerseys, which originated in the Ads mid-90’s TV commercials with Bob Uecker and will be auctioned off after tomorrow’s game, may have thrown Flaherty for a loop as the he allowed three goals in the first 15:16 of the game.

Scottie Upshall got things started with a power play tally at the 4:05 mark of the first, before Durno notched his first tally of the night just 34 seconds later. Captain Greg Zanon sent the Admirals into the locker room with a 3-0 lead when rifled a wicked slap shot from the left point that found the back of the net.

The two teams each notched a pair of goals in the second frame. Milwaukee’s Brandon Segal scored an impressive goal to give the Admirals a 4-0 lead at 8:35 of the second. Kevin Klein ripped a shot off of Flaherty’s pads that rebounded high in the air, and Segal, who was crashing the net, knocked the puck out of mid-air and past his former teammate.

It looked as if the Ads would cruise to an easy victory when Durno’s second marker of the game made it 5-1 with less than 90 seconds to go in the second. However the Moose scored the next three goals, to pull within one at 5-4 at 10:56 of the third period.

Kris Beech gave Milwaukee some breathing room with just over five minutes to play in the game when he took a pass from Darren Haydar out in front of the Manitoba net and beat Flaherty glove side to make the score 6-4.

Durno capped the scoring and picked up his first AHL hat trick at the 15:45 mark of the third on assists from Greg Classen and Scott May. Durno finished the night with four points (3g-1a) and an amazing +6, which is the highest rating for any player in the AHL this season.

Not coincidentally, Durno’s linemates, Segal (1g-2a) and Zack Stortino (3a), each posted three-point nights. Brian Finley stopped 33 of 37 Moose shots to record his 11th win of the season and his second in a row.

The Admirals and their plaid jerseys make another appearance tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm versus the Peoria Rivermen at the Bradley Center. The first 2,500 fans 14 and under will receive a free Admirals puzzle courtesy of TEK Systems. For tickets fans can call Ticketmaster at (414) 276-4545 or log onto www.ticketmaster.com.


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