Goals, Fights, and Bread. Admirals Shutout The Senators 5-0

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You might be wondering what I am talking about. Goals, Fights, and Bread at a hockey game? Yes we had all that at the Admirals home opener. All the goals came in the first period, most of the fights came in the third, and Sara Lee sent the fans home with a free loaf of bread at the end of the game. Now let’s hope Smithfield steps up and gives us some ham Saturday night so we can make sandwiches.

The Admirals played their third game of the new season, but this was the first one at home. Binghamton made their first visit to Scope of the season and it wasn’t exactly pretty . The Senators were shut out in a 5-0 loss to the Admirals.  Alex Grant made his home debut in a Norfolk Admiral jersey and threw in a hat trick while Frederik Andersen stood tall in the net turning away every shot he faced.

The Admirals started the scoring at 5:44 of the first period on a shorthanded goal by Devante Smith-Pelly.  The Senators would then find themselves playing shorthanded, taking penalty after penalty. The Admirals would go up 2-0 on  a power play marker from Alex Grant at the 14:41 of the period. Less than a minute later, Peter Holland added another power-play goal to put Norfolk up 3-0 with under five minutes left to play in first period.  Alex Grant added two more power play goals, completing the hat trick, within a minute of each other to end the period with a 5-0 lead for the Admirals,

The second period was a much tighter game. The Senators replaced Hammond in goal with Nathan Lawson. Lawson would hold the Admirals offense scoreless for the period. Binghamton could not form any offensive threat and could not put anything past Anderson in the Norfolk net. The second period ended with the Admirals still ahead with the five goal lead.

Penalties were a problem for both teams in the third period. The tension between both teams finally got the best of both teams around the 13 minute mark of the third.  Nolan Yonkman of the Admirals knocked Binghamton’s Wacey Hamilton down to the ice. The Senators Mark Borowiecki, Matt Puempel,  and Buddy Robinson paired off with Nolan Yonkman, Max Friberg, and Chris Wagner and had a good old fashioned line brawl. Puempel, and Max Friberg both received a game misconduct for their secondary altercations, in addition to their five minutes for fighting. Chris Wagner’s parents were in attendance for the night, but nothing to worry about as Chris handled himself quiet well. The Admirals finished off the period and held on to the 5-0 win over the Senators.

Nathan Lawson faced 10 shots in relief of the Binghamton starter, Andrew Hammond. Frederik Andersen stood on top of his head stopping all of the Senators 32 shots. Norfolk 4 for 12 on the power play while the Senators could not convert on 6 power play opportunities. Alex Grant, finished with three goals and an assist and was the number one star, Anderson was number two, and Devante Smith-Pelly was the third star. Both teams combined for 120 penalty minutes on the night, with the majority of them coming in the final period.

Binghamton Senators 0 at Norfolk Admirals 5 – Status: Final
Friday, October 11, 2013 – Norfolk Scope

Binghamton 0 0 0 – 0
Norfolk           5 0 0 – 5

1st Period-1, Norfolk, Smith-Pelly 2   5:44 (SH). 2, Norfolk, Grant 1 (Sarault, Andersen), 14:41 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Holland 1 (Wagner, Grant), 15:32 (PP). 4, Norfolk, Grant 2 (Sarault, Gagne), 18:27 (PP). 5, Norfolk, Grant 3 (Sarault, Gagne), 19:39 (PP). Penalties-Holland Nor (high-sticking), 4:22; Hamilton Bng (slashing), 9:56; Dziurzynski Bng (fighting), 13:03; Stortini Nor (instigating, fighting, misconduct), 13:03; Petersson Bng (tripping), 13:11; Zibanejad Bng (interference), 14:00; Borowiecki Bng (double minor – high-sticking), 14:41; Sdao Bng (closing hand on puck), 17:44; Dziurzynski Bng (slashing), 19:30.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Holland Nor (holding), 1:00; served by Puempel Bng (bench minor – too many men), 8:39; Clark Nor (hooking), 8:39; Borowiecki Bng (roughing), 10:07; Sdao Bng (cross-checking), 11:05; Holland Nor (holding), 12:06; Clark Nor (interference), 16:28; Grant Bng (fighting), 19:54; Holland Nor (fighting), 19:54.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Staubitz Nor (slashing), 10:59; Borowiecki Bng (fighting), 13:33; Hamilton Bng (hooking, fighting), 13:33; Puempel Bng (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 13:33; Friberg Nor (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 13:33; Wagner Nor (fighting), 13:33; Yonkman Nor (fighting), 13:33; Dziurzynski Bng (high-sticking), 14:09; Schneider Bng (roughing), 16:17.

Shots on Goal-Binghamton 10-13-10-33. Norfolk 14-4-6-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 6; Norfolk 4 / 12.
Goalies-Binghamton, Hammond 0-1-0 (14 shots-9 saves); Lawson 1-0-0 (10 shots-10 saves). Norfolk, Andersen 2-0-0 (33 shots-33 saves).
A-5,254
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Keith Kaval (40).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Scott Pomento (25).

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Home Opener Is Tonight! Ad’s Vs. Binghamton

According to the press release below I think there is a game tonight! If yo don’t have your tickets you need to get them now and come on down and support the Admirals as they fight to get to the Calder Cup Championship. Details below..

From the Norfolk Admirals:
October 4, 2013

Opening Night Party on the Plaza Details Announced!

NORFOLK, VA — The Norfolk Admirals will kickoff the team’s 25th home opener with The Party on the Plaza on October 11. Rain or shine, Party on the Plaza will take place (we will move the event inside should weather be an issue).

The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators.

Come early and join us for the Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. featuring live music by Soulstice Reb’l, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages!

The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals Magnet Schedule!

Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as they exit the arena!

Saturday, October 12
The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. Come early and check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!

Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at http://www.norfolkadmirals.com

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Special Teams Shine, But Admirals Fall Short In Shootout Loss

Busy day for me yesterday. Tried to catch the game on the radio while I was on the road, but even during the daylight hours the signal was very bad at times. It seems the Admirals turned in a good special teams show with 2 shorthanded goals and a power play tally. Unfortunately it was Bridgeport that came out with the victory in a shootout.

Read about the game below with the release from the Norfolk Admirals:

October 6, 2013

Admirals Close Road Trip with Shootout Loss

BRIDGEPORT, CT – John Persson’s goal in the sixth round of the overtime shootout lifted the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals at Webster Bank Arena Sunday afternoon. The Admirals (1-0-0-1) conclude the season opening weekend road trip by grabbing three of a possible four points in the standings.

A scoreless opening frame gave way to a wild second period which featured five goals and a fight as time expired.

Norfolk struck first scoring a shorthanded tally from Max Friberg at 4:56. The Admirals Chris Wagner fielded the puck from behind the net and lobbed it to the top of the crease to Friberg who slipped it past Bridgeport goaltender Anders Nilsson for the goal and the 1-0 lead.

Nearly four minutes later, Bridgeport countered with a shorthanded strike of their own, as Wetmore created a turnover and broke in on the right wing. Wetmore ripped a shot which beat Norfolk netminder John Gibson tying the game at one.

On the same power play, Norfolk reclaimed the lead when Stefan Noesen grabbed the puck behind the net and flipped it to the top of the crease. The puck was then flexed by Rickard Rakell into the net for the goal. Rakell’s second of the season put the Admirals up 2-1.

The Sound Tigers countered less than a minute later, as Andrey Pedan fired a shot from the point which clipped over the shoulder of Gibson tying the game at two.

Bridgeport took its first lead of the game nearly five minutes later on a power play marker by Joe Diamond. After a scramble in front of Gibson, Diamond found the loose rubber amidst the scrum and tapped it into the net for the go-ahead goal.

As time expired in the period, Zach Stortini and Joe Finley squared off at center to conclude a busy second frame, as the Sound Tigers took the 3-2 lead into the break.

The Admirals leaned on their penalty kill unit to once again generate some offense. At the 7:12 mark, Norfolk’s Joseph Cramarossa stole the puck away from Nilsson behind the net. Cramarossa fed the puck to Devante Smith-Pelly in the slot who wristed it into the back of the net past a diving Nilsson for the second shorthanded goal of the game for Norfolk. Smith-Pelly’s first of the season tied the game at three.

The Admirals had a great opportunity to reclaim the lead with a 5-on-3 power play in the game’s final four minutes. However, Bridgeport was able to kill off the penalties and forced the game to overtime.

Neither team generated much in the extra session, and Norfolk would head to the shootout for the second time in as many days.

The Admirals received a goal from Rakell in the first round of the shootout. Rakell is now 2-for-2 in shootout attempts this season. Bridgeport also scored with its first shooter, as Ryan Strome lit the lamp writing a shot past Gibson’s blocker. For the next four rounds, both teams traded off unsuccessful chances. The game was finally sealed in the sixth round of the shootout by John Persson who beat Gibson for the game winner, lifting the Sound Tigers to the 4-3 victory.

Nilsson earns the win stopping 32 of 35 shots faced, while Gibson takes the loss allowing three goals on 40 shots seen in the game.

The Admirals will now return home with three of four possible points in their pockets, and will get set for the home opener at Scope on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Opening Night Promotions & Festivities!
The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Come early and join us for Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. featuring live music by Brent Shepard, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages! The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals Magnet Schedule! Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as the exit the arena!

The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. Come early and check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!

Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at http://www.norfolkadmirals.com

Three Stars:
1. Ryan Strome – BRI
2. Aaron Ness – BRI
3. Anders Nilsson – BRI

Norfolk Admirals 3 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Sunday, October 6, 2013 – Webster Bank Arena

Norfolk 0 2 1 0 – 3
Bridgeport 0 3 0 0 – 4

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Diamond Bri (tripping), 9:32; Stortini Nor (interference, fighting), 12:53; Finley Bri (fighting), 12:53; Clark Bri (hooking), 15:35; Staubitz Nor (high-sticking), 18:43.

2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Friberg 1 (Wagner), 4:56 (SH). 2, Bridgeport, Wetmore 1 (Finley), 8:21 (SH). 3, Norfolk, Rakell 2 (Stortini), 9:40 (PP). 4, Bridgeport, Pedan 1 (Strome, Lee), 10:24. 5, Bridgeport, Diamond 1 (Ness, Strome), 15:36 (PP). Penalties-Kurtz Nor (high-sticking), 3:11; Strome Bri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:42; Gagne Nor (interference), 11:12; Noesen Nor (holding), 14:59; Stortini Nor (fighting), 20:00; Finley Bri (roughing, fighting), 20:00.

3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Smith-Pelly 1 (Cramarossa), 7:12 (SH). Penalties-Warg Nor (interference), 6:47; Whitney Nor (slashing), 8:52; Clark Bri (slashing), 8:52; Lee Bri (double minor – high-sticking), 14:01; Bruton Bri (goaltender interference), 17:04.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Norfolk 1 (Rakell G, Sarault NG, Whitney NG, Smith-Pelly NG, Laganiere NG, Wagner NG), Bridgeport 2 (Strome G, Quine NG, Diamond NG, Lee NG, Sundstrom NG, Persson G).
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 12-8-13-2-0-35. Bridgeport 13-14-9-3-1-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 7; Bridgeport 1 / 6.
Goalies-Norfolk, Gibson 0-0-1 (39 shots-36 saves). Bridgeport, Nilsson 1-1-0 (35 shots-32 saves).
A-3,467
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Jean-Philippe Sylvain (16).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Brent Colby (7).

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Admirals WIN!! Norfolk beats the Hartford WolfPack 3-2

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Norfolk Admirals  Vs. Hartford Wolf Pack

The Admirals kicked off the new season on the road in Hartford with a bang. A controversial call gave the Wolf Pack the tying goal and sent the game to overtime. Both teams went scoreless in the overtime period and sent this match to a shootout. Goalie, Devante Smith-Pelly notched the second Admiral goal in the shootout and Frederik Andersen stopped Ryan Bourque to give Norfolk the 3-2 win.

The Good – The Admirals Won – Always a good thing.

The Bad – 1490 AM The Game – Ugh I think we heard The Admirals, The Capitals, A show about Fantasy Football during the time the Admirals game was to be broadcast. They finally got their act together, but it was annoying.

The Ugly – 1490 AM The Game – If you were trying to listen to the game over the radio then you were pretty much out of luck in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. The signal just does not come over from the other side of the water. If you want to listen then you are stuck using your smart phone, internet broadcast, and AHL Live. Evidently this ok according to Joe Gregory of the Admirals. He was recently quoted in the Virginian-Pilot with statements like “If I can catch the Admirals driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania,” he said, “I think our fans will be OK.” This was in reference to how he was able to listen to the game on his smart phone. This had to be it as he obviously was not listening over traditional terrestrial radio. IF he was he would have been met with other channels crossing over, static, signal fading in and out, or better yet….silence. In regards  to this issue he was quoted as saying “I don’t see it as an issue,”

Bob Molinaro writes in his article that  Gregory says he isn’t worried because he knows his team doesn’t appeal to casual fans that might be radio-grazing. The Admirals’ constituency, he said, is made up of diehards that will find a way to follow the team. Well Mr. Gregory does not have the ear of even the diehard fans. We want to be able to listen to Pete broadcasting the Admiral games. We want to listen to them when they are away. We want to listen to the pre-game and post game shows when we leave Scope. We can’t even do any of that when we are leaving the games. Static, signal fading in and out. He says that if we want to listen to the game then we will go online. Ok Mr. Gregory….are you going to pay for my data package or for those that do not have one or want to use it for listening to hockey? Mr. Molinaro wrote a very good article on this situation. I wonder if anyone within the Admirals will take the feedback and run with it.

Check out Bob Molinaro’s article here at HamptonRoads.com.

From the Norfolk Admirals:

October 5, 2013 

Admirals Open Season With 3-2 Shootout Win

HARTFORD, CT — Despite a last second goal by the Hartford Wolfpack to send the game to overtime, the Norfolk Admirals picked up a 3-2 shootout victory in the season opener at the XL Center Saturday night.

After a physical and scoreless first period, the Admirals wasted little time grabbing their first goal of the season in the second period.

Steven Whitney took advantage of a messy Hartford turnover in the slot. Whitney picked up the puck and wristed a shot high past the blocker of Wolfpack netminder Cam Talbot for the goal. Whitney’s goal broke the scoreless tie at 1:15 into the period.

A number of penalties were called on both sides for the remainder of the period, but both teams kept each other in check. Norfolk took the one-goal advantage into the second break.

The Admirals started the final stanza with a 5-on-3 power play and took advantage. Rickard Rakell capped off a nice tic-tac-toe passing play by Norfolk as Charles Sarault received a feed low on the right side of the net and slid a pass across the crease to Rakell. Rakell buried the puck into the net on the backside to extend the Norfolk lead to 2-0 just 37 seconds into the period.

Nearly six minutes later, Hartford got on the board by converting on a power play chance of their own. Danny Kristo received a pass at the left wing circle and wristed a shot high past the glove of Admirals goaltender Frederik Andersen to pull the Wolfpack within one.

In the final seconds of regulation, and with its net empty, Hartford threw a shot toward the net which was initially stopped by Andersen. A wild scramble for the puck ensued, and the puck crossed the line as time expired. The goal was waived off by the referee, but after a video review, the call was reversed and Hartford was awarded the goal to send the game to overtime. The tying marker was credited to Darroll Powe.

Neither team could seal the game in the extra session sending it to be decided in the shootout. Norfolk struck first on a goal Rakell, but the Wolfpack countered on a tally by Kristo. The Admirals took the lead in the fourth round of the shootout on a goal scored by Devante Smith-Pelly. Hartford’s Ryan Bourque was Hartford’s last chance to keep the game alive, but Andersen was able to get a piece of the puck and turn it aside to seal the 3-2 Admirals victory.

Andersen was sharp in goal, earning the win turning aside 35 of 37 shots, while Talbot takes the loss allowing two goals on 28 shots faced.
The Admirals close out the opening weekend road trip on Sunday at Bridgeport. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. Tune in on 1490 AM, or online at http://1021thegame.com

Game Notes: Norfolk killed off seven of eight penalties faced in the game….Zack Stortini was involved in two fights in the first period, and finished the game with 12 penalty minutes.

Three Stars:
1. Devante Smith-Pelly – NOR
2. Darroll Powe – HAR
3. Frederik Andersen – NOR

Norfolk Admirals 3 (SO) at Hartford Wolf Pack 2 – Status: Final SO
Saturday, October 5, 2013 – XL Center

Norfolk   0 1 1 0 – 3
Hartford 0 0 2 0 – 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Stortini Nor (holding), 2:05; Staubitz Nor (interference), 6:03; Stortini Nor (fighting), 8:18; Haley Hfd (fighting), 8:18; Hrivik Hfd (roughing), 11:00; Stortini Nor (fighting), 18:14; McIlrath Hfd (fighting), 18:14.

2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Whitney 1   1:15. Penalties-Johnson Hfd (boarding), 6:50; Sarault Nor (hooking), 9:03; Allen Hfd (interference), 11:45; Laganiere Nor (tripping), 14:12; Kreider Hfd (roughing), 16:26; Haley Hfd (delay of game), 17:43; Noesen Nor (slashing), 18:02; Clark Nor (fighting), 19:48; Bickel Hfd (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:48; Yogan Hfd (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating), 19:48.

3rd Period-2, Norfolk, Rakell 1 (Sarault, Gagne), 0:37 (PP). 3, Hartford, Kristo 1 (Johnson, Haley), 5:38 (PP). 4, Hartford, Powe 1 (Mashinter, Kreider), 19:59. Penalties-Yonkman Nor (interference), 4:37; Staubitz Nor (interference), 7:45; Wagner Nor (boarding), 14:33.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Norfolk 2 (Rakell G, Sarault NG, Smith-Pelly G, Whitney NG), Hartford 1 (Lindberg NG, Kristo G, Kreider NG, Yogan NG, Bourque NG).
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 9-9-6-3-1-28. Hartford 9-15-12-1-0-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 7; Hartford 1 / 8.
Goalies-Norfolk, Andersen 1-0-0 (37 shots-35 saves). Hartford, Talbot 0-0-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
A-6,347
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Luke Galvin (2).

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Gameday: Admirals Vs. Hartford WolfPack

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Norfolk Admirals  Vs. Hartford Wolf Pack

 

Happy New Year everybody! Today is the day we have all been waiting for. The Norfolk Admirals kick off the 2013-2014 AHL Season tonight in Hartford. The team hitting the ice this year is nothing like the team that came off the ice last year. As an AHL fan we know this. Turnover is the name of the game in an AHL club. Players move up to the Ducks, they move to other teams in the AHL, they move to other teams in different leagues as well. That is what happens in the minor leagues. So let’s not dwell on the Calder Cup Admirals. Let’s not dwell on the first baby Ducks that were hear last year. Let’s support the team that is on the ice tonight and the team we shall see on the ice at Scope next week. Let’s support our 2013 – 2014 Norfolk Admirals!

So what is there to look at in this years team? If your looking for some familiar faces then we have John Kurtz, Chris Wagner, Devante Smith-Pelly, Mat Clark, Ryan Parant, and goalie Frederik Anderson. All of these guys spent most of the year with Norfolk last season. Charlie Sarault, Steven Whitney, and goalie John Gibson all made at least one appearance in an Admirals jersey last year. Gibson’s only appearance was on a road game and we never really had a good look at him. The Admirals have also signed a few AHL/NHL veterans in the form of Nolan Yonkman, Garnet Exelby, Alex Grant, and Zack Stortini. The remainder of the team is filled with Duck’s hopefulls Max Sauve, Stefan Noesen, Richard Rakelll, Max Friberg, Brad Staubitz, Joseph Cramarossa, Antoine Laganiere, Kevin Gagne, Stefan Warg, Brett Skinner, Norm Ezekiel, and Mike Little. Igor Bobkov and Teigan Zahn were both assigned to the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

So where do you listen or watch the game tonight? Good question, because a few things have changed from last season. The 25th season of Admirals hockey kicks off tonight in Hartford with a 7:05 p.m. start time. If you want to listen then pull up the game live at AM 1490 The Game, or from the listen live links online at www.norfolkadmirals.com and the AM 1490 website at http://www.1021thegame.com.

The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Get there early and join the Admirals organization for a Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. There will be live music by Brent Shepard, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages! The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive the customary 2013-2014 Admirals Magnet Schedule! Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as the exit the arena! Maybe they can get Smithfield to sponsor the Saturday game and give out some ham so we can make a sandwich.

Speaking of Saturday….. Both teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. If you get there early, ah lets say 2:30pm then you can check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!

Need tickets? Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

So what do we know about Hartford? Nothing much a quick Google search can’t tell you. Here is Paul Doyle’s take on the game tonight from the Hartford Courant :

Revamped Wolf Pack Open Their Season Saturday In Hartford

October 04, 2013|By PAUL DOYLE, The Hartford Courant

HARTFORD — — When last seen by fans in a game that mattered, Hartford’s American Hockey League franchise was skating under a different name with a significantly different roster.

Last season, the Connecticut Whale failed to qualify for the playoffs for just the second time since the franchise moved from Binghamton in 1997. So while the team was being re-branded back to its old colors this summer, the New York Rangers were overhauling the roster.

The result? Welcome back, Hartford Wolf Pack. And say hello to a large group of new faces.

As the Wolf Pack begin their 17th season in Hartford Saturday against Norfolk at 7 p.m., half the players on the roster spent little or no time with the team last season. For the man who has been with the franchise through each of the 16 seasons in Hartford, there is a sense of unknown.

GET THE FULL STORY HERE AT THE HARTFORD COURANT

One last thing……. It’s not the name on the back of the jersey……It’s the crest on the front. GO ADMIRALS!

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Admirals Announce Opening Night Roster

Opening night is less than 24 hours away. The Admirals released the opening night roster, signed 2 players to AHL contracts, and shipped off another player off to Utah of the ECHL. Norfolk starts of the 2013-2014 campaign on the road in Hartford and Bridgeport and will make their first appearance in Scope next Friday with a weekend series against the Binghamton Senators.

Here is the press release from the Norfolk Admirals:

Admirals Announce Opening Night Roster & Several Roster Moves

NORFOLK, VA. – The Norfolk Admirals announced Friday the team’s opening night roster. In addition, the team also announced several transactions. The Admirals have agreed to terms with defensemen Norm Ezekiel and Mike Little to AHL contracts, while defenseman Teigan Zahn has been assigned to the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

The Admirals opening night roster (attached) is comprised of 13 forwards, ten defensemen, and two goaltenders. The following is a listing of those 25 players:

Forwards (13): Max Sauve, Stefan Noesen, John Kurtz, Rickard Rakell, Max Friberg, Brad Staubitz, Charlie Sarault, Steven Whitney, Chris Wagner, Devante Smith-Pelly, Zack Stortini, Joseph Cramarossa, Antoine Laganiere

Defensemen (10): Mat Clark, Nolan Yonkman, Kevin Gagne, Garnet Exelby, Stefan Warg, Ryan Parent, Alex Grant, Brett Skinner, Norm Ezekiel, Mike Little

Goaltenders (2): Frederik Andersen, John Gibson

Last year, Ezekiel, split time during his first professional season between Colorado (ECHL) and St. John’s (AHL) accruing one goal and 135 penalty minutes in 36 appearances.

Little put together two very productive seasons with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) the past two years totaling 75 points (18g, 57a). Last season, Little helped lead the Thunder to the Western Conference Championship and a Kelly Cup Finals appearance.

Zahn was a teammate of Little’s last season in Stockton, where he posted 13 points in 34 games appearances. In addition, Zahn played in five games of the Oklahoma City Barons logging an assist. Zahn will now join the Utah Grizzlies, which is the Admirals ECHL affiliate. 

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The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on Saturday at Hartford with a 7:05 p.m. start time. Fans can listen live at AM 1490 The Game, or online at http://www.norfolkadmirals.com or access the “Listen Live” link on the AM 1490 website at

Opening Night Promotions & Festivities!
The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Come early and join us for Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. featuring live music by Brent Shepard, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages! The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals Magnet Schedule! Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as the exit the arena!

The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. Come early and check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!

Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at http://www.norfolkadmirals.com

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