Norfolk Admirals Return To Action – The Week Ahead

Suffering from hockey withdrawal? Ready for some action? Come support the Admirals as they take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this Wednesday and Friday night at Scope. Do not hesitate, get your tickets now!

From the Norfolk Admirals:

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.

STANDINGS UPDATE
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.

ADMIRALS’ LOG

  • 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.

NORFOLK LEADERS

Goals: Cory Conacher (18)
Assists: Mark Barberio (23)
Points: Trevor Smith (37)
Games: Carter AshtonTrevor 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)

BRIDGEPORT LEADERS
Goals: David Ullstrom (12)
Assists: Casey Cizikas (13)
Points: Tim Wallace (20)
Games: Casey CizikasTomas MarcinkoAaron NessTy Wishart (30)
PP goals: Jeremy Colliton (4)
SH Goals: Tomas MarcinkoTim 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)

HERSHEY LEADERS
Goals: Chris Bourque (16)
Assists: Keith Aucoin (40)
Points: Keith Aucoin (48)
Games: Keith AucoinChris BourqueChristian HansonJacob 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)

Norfolk Admirals Official Website.

I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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