By Ken Peacock
Thanksgiving Eve….A Perfect night for an Admirals game. Norfolk returns home for a six game homestand. First up for the Admirals are the Charlotte Checkers. Providence will be in town for Friday and Saturday night games.
Norfolk (10-7-0-1) returns to Scope after splitting a two game series in St. John’s. Charlotte (10-6-1-1) split a weekend series with the Rockford IceHogs. The Checkers sit on top of the Midwest Division and are 5-4-0-1 in their last 10 games.
The Checkers are led by Jon Matsumoto (7G 10A +5) and Jerome Samson (9G 9A +3). Michol Jordan (3G 5A +4) leads the defense. Mike Murphy (6-5-1 2.48GAA) and Justin Peters (4-2-1 2.48GAA) split time in the net for the Devils. Former Admiral’s Chris Durno (2G 2A 0+/-) and Mathieu Roy (1G 5A +3) have played in all 18 Checker games. Zach Boychuk was recently returned to the Checkers after a month-long recall to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Admirals are currently in second place in the East Division behind the Penguins. The offense has been hit and miss over the last few games. Norfolk is led by Cory Conacher (9G 12A 0 +/-), Trevor Smith (8G 12A +12), and Carter Ashton (12G 7A +4). The Admirals defense is led by Mark Barberio (3G 13A +11). Dustin Tokarski (5-5 2.70GAA) and Jaroslv Janus (5-2-1 2.85GAA) split the time between the posts for the Admirals. Defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote (0G 0A -2) should make his Scope debut tonight.
The Admirals finish out the week with a Friday and Saturday night match up against the Providence Bruins.