|NORFOLK, Va. – Fresh off their holiday break, the Norfolk Admirals will return to Scope to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this week on Wednesday and Friday at Scope before winding down the calendar year in Hershey.
The Admirals last hit the ice two weeks ago with a three-game stretch from December 16-18. Norfolk opened the stretch with a thrilling matchup against the Hershey Bears on December 16 in front of a season-high crowd of 6,246 fans at Scope. The Admirals nearly erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, but ultimately fell to the Bears, 4-3. Norfolk then traveled north to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where 12 different players recorded points in a 5-2 win over the Penguins. The following night, the Admirals once again entered the third period trailing the Bears by two goals. However, they scored five unanswered goals to defeat Hershey, 6-3.
The Admirals return to Scope this week for matchups against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday and Friday nights. They then return to Hershey on New Year’s Eve for another showdown against the Bears.
At 18-11-0-1 (37 points), the Admirals are tied with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (16-9-1-4) for second place in the AHL’s East Division and for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hershey Bears (17-8-3-2, 39 points) lead the division. The Syracuse Crunch (12-13-2-1, 27 points) and Binghamton Senators (12-19-1-1, 26 points) round out the East Division. Click here for complete AHL standings.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Dec. 28 … vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Fri., Dec. 30 … vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Dec. 31 … at Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 6:00 p.m.
- Norfolk has won eight of its last 11 games.
- The crowd of 6,246 fans at Scope on December 16 vs. Hershey was the highest attendance for any AHL Admirals game played prior to the turn of the calendar year (October, November or December) since 2000.
- Norfolk has won five of 15 games this season when they were trailing entering the third period.
- The Admirals lead the AHL with 44 goals in the third period. Norfolk has out-scored its opponents, 44-24, in the third period this season.
- The Admirals are 11-2-0-0 when scoring first. Norfolk’s 0.846 winning percentage when scoring the first goal of the game is tied for third in the AHL.
- A rookie has scored a goal in 28 of Norfolk’s first 30 games this season – including each of the last 19 games.
- Rookie Philip-Michael Devos recorded his first career AHL goal and added two assists for first star honors on December 18 in Hershey. His goal tied the game at 3-3 after the Admirals entered the third period trailing, 3-1.
- Mark Barberio leads all AHL defensemen in scoring and is tied for the overall AHL lead in plus/minus. Barberio has recorded three goals and 26 points with a plus-19 rating in 28 games this season.
- Barberio (T-14th) joins Trevor Smith (37 points, T-3rd) and Cory Conacher (35 points, 6th) in the top 15 of AHL scoring.
- Conacher now leads the entire AHL in goals (18) and remains the AHL’s leading rookie scorer.
- Smith’s goal on December 18 in Hershey was his fourth game-winning goal of the season, tying him for the overall AHL lead.
- The goal also extended Smith’s point streak to six-games (4G, 8A).
- After going 28 games without a point, both Norfolk goaltenders recorded assists this weekend.Dustin Tokarski posted an assist on Tyler Johnson‘s second period goal on December 17 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Jaroslav Janus assisted on J.T. Wyman‘s third period goal on December 18 in Hershey.
- Defenseman Scott Jackson recorded just the second multiple-point game in his AHL career on December 17 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with two assists. His last multiple-point AHL game came on January 3, 2009, with the Admirals at Portland (also two assists).
- The Admirals and Bears have scored 48 goals in five meetings between the teams this season.
- On December 19, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward J.T. Wyman from the Admirals. Wyman made his Lightning debut last Friday in Colorado, posting two shots.
Goals: Cory Conacher (18)
Assists: Mark Barberio (23)
Points: Trevor Smith (37)
Games: Carter Ashton, Trevor Smith (30)
PP goals: Cory Conacher (7)
SH Goals: J.T. Wyman (2)
+/- Rating: Mark Barberio (+19)
PIM: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (63)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.50)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.896)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (11)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (7)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (18)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1056)
Goals: David Ullstrom (12)
Assists: Casey Cizikas (13)
Points: Tim Wallace (20)
Games: Casey Cizikas, Tomas Marcinko, Aaron Ness, Ty Wishart (30)
PP goals: Jeremy Colliton (4)
SH Goals: Tomas Marcinko, Tim Wallace (1)
+/- Rating: Casey Cizikas (+6)
PIM: Brett Gallant (66)
GAA: Anders Nilsson (3.16)
Spct: Anders Nilsson (.902)
Wins: Kevin Poulin (7)
Losses: Kevin Poulin (9)
GPI: Kevin Poulin (16)
Minutes: Kevin Poulin (944)
Goals: Chris Bourque (16)
Assists: Keith Aucoin (40)
Points: Keith Aucoin (48)
Games: Keith Aucoin, Chris Bourque, Christian Hanson, Jacob Micflikier (30)
PP goals: Graham Mink (9)
SH Goals: Chris Bourque (2)
+/- Rating: Boyd Kane (+11)
PIM: Joel Rechlicz (115)
GAA: Dany Sabourin (2.66)
Spct: Dany Sabourin (.913)
Wins: Braden Holtby (9)
Losses: Braden Holtby (7)
GPI: Braden Holtby (18)
Minutes: Braden Holtby (1067)
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
December 20, 2011
DELETE C Philip-Michael Devos – Returned on loan to Florida (ECHL)
December 23, 2011
ADD D Evan Oberg – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 26, 2011
ADD C Philip-Michael Devos – Recalled from loan to Florida (ECHL)