Predators Report: News and notes

By Brian Roe

Horachek Wins in Debut

The Milwaukee Admirals began their season Saturday and handed new head coach Peter Horachek his first Milwaukee victory. Darren Haydar led the way with three assists for the Admirals en route to a 6-2 win over the San Antonio Rampage. Jan Lasak made 28 saves on 30 shots to earn his first victory of the season. Milwaukee goals were scored by forwards Jonas Andersson, Greg Koehler, Mitch Fritz, Wyatt Smith, and defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Mark Eaton. Milwaukee will next play host to the Cleveland Barons on Friday, October 18.

Upshall Finally Plays

Nashville’s top draft choice from the 2002 draft suited up for his first NHL game on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. Scottie Upshall only played sparingly, in part due to penalties. He reportedly did not play in the first two games because of the flu. Upshall can play in up to nine games with the Nashville Predators and still be returned to his junior team.

Perrott Demoted

Nashville forward Nathan Perrott was sent down to the Admirals this weekend. Coach Barry Trotz cited the plethora of forwards Nashville now has as the main reason for the demotion. Perrott served as an enforcer for the Predators, who now will likely enforce by committee.

Finley Impresses

The top goalie prospect in the system started the season strong for the ECHL’s Toledo Storm. Brian Finley turned back 33 of the 36 shots he faced on his way to victory for the Storm. Finley was solid, especially in the third period where he faced several Peoria power plays, and won his first game as a member of the Storm. Finley was out most of last season rehabbing a groin injury.