By Ken Peacock
The Norfolk Admirals return to the road after a brief return home. They will finish the seven game rod trip with a tough three games in three nights. First up for the Admirals are the Albany Devils, the AHL farm team for the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have won four of their last five games, including three straight at home. Albany started off the season going 1-5 and are now sitting at 5-6 with 10 points in the Northeast Division. The Admirals on the other hand have jumped to the head of the pack in the East Division with a record of 7-2-0-1. The Admirals have won their last three games.
The Devils are led by Joe Whitney (4G 4A -5) and Matt Anderson (3G 4A -1). Tim Sestito (1G 1A -3) is the resident tough guy and agitator with 53 penalty minutes. Jeff Frazee has seen the majority of time in the net. He has appeared in 6 games with a 2W 4L record giving up 23 goals for a save percentage of 3.85%. Albany’s head coach is former Admiral, Rick “Killer” Kowalsky.
Norfolk is led by Carter Ashton. Ashton was named the Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month for October after posting a league-high 13 points in 10 games. His totals include nine goals and four assists. Trevor Smith has taken a one point overall lead in scoring with five goals and 9 assists. He also carries an impressive plus ten rating. The Admirals defense was recently bolstered with the return of Scott Jackson and Charles Landry. Friday night should also see the return of Mattais Ritola to the Admirals offense. Ritola cleared waivers today and is expected to be sent to Norfolk from Tampa Bay.
The Admirals finish out the week with a game against Bridgeport on Saturday and a 4pm game against Providence on Sunday.