By Ken Peacock
The Norfolk Admirals (7W-3L-0OTL-1SOL) move on to Bridgeport after suffering a 1-0 loss in Albany Friday night. Bridgeport currently set in the cellar of the Northeast Division. A spot that was previously occupied by the Albany Devils the night before. The Sound Tigers (5W-4L-1OTL-0SOL) are on a 2 game winning streak and have been idle since their win against the Connecticut Whale on a rare 11a.m. game Wednesday.
The Sound Tigers are led by Justin DiBenedetto (8G 3A +1), Tim Wallace (3G 6A -1), and Casey Cizkas (2G 7A +5). Their defense is led by former Ty Wishart (1G 4A +2). Wishart, a former Admiral, played most of last season with the Islanders in the NHL. In goal the Sound Tigers have Kevin Poulin (2W 3L 4.29GAA) and Anders Nilsson (3W 1L 2.98GAA).
Norfolk is led in scoring by Trevor Smith with five goals, 9 assists and an impressive plus ten rating. Carter Ashton, the Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month for October, follows closely behind with nine goals, four assists, and an even +/- rating. Mark Barberio (2G 9A 11Pts +5 +/-) and Mike Vernace (2G 5A 7Pts -1 +/-) lead the Admirals defense. Scott Jackson has had two shots on goal in the three games since returning to the Admirals. Dustin Tokarski is 3-3 in goal for the season, while Jaroslav Janus is 4-0-1. Missing from the lineup is Mattais Ritola. Ritola recently cleared waivers, but the Lightning has chosen to keep him in Tampa Bay for the time being.
The Admirals finish out the weekend with a 4pm game against Providence on Sunday.