By Ken Peacock
Hockey returned to Hampton Roads Tonight as the Admirals took on the Charlotte Checkers in the first of a two game match-up. This was the first opportunity to see the new look Admirals as they prepare for the opening of the 2012/2013 this friday.
Corey Elkins scored twice while Kyle Palmieri added another in the 3-0 Admirals victory. Goalies Frederik Anderson and Igor Bobkov were solid in net as they worked together to seal the 25-save shutout over the Checkers.
The first period was a back and forth defensive battle. Norfolk controlled the flow of the period and out shot the Checkers 11-5. The Admirals opened up the scoring on a snap shot from Corey Elkins that beat Justin Peters at 9:17 of the first period. Emerson Etem got the assist on Elkins goal.
The second period saw the defensive battle rage on. Charlotte managed to out shoot Norfolk 10-7, but could not put the puck into the net. Norfolk’s Kyle Palmieri would open up the scoring in the third with a one timer that beat Peters at 7:54. Corey Elkins would seal the 3-0 victory when he grabbed the rebound from a Matt Smaby shot at 12:56.
Norfolk was 1-for-5 on the power play. Charlotte was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
The night closed out with a post game “Meet The Team” for the season ticket holders. It is apparent that Jay Rosehill is once again a fan favorite. Rosehill received a standing ovation while he tried to introduce himself.
The Checkers and the Admirals will meet once again. This time the game will be held at the Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex in Chesapeake. Game time is 1:00 p.m. General admission tickets for this game are $10 and are only be available through the Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex. They may be purchased on site (1416 Stephanie Way, Chesapeake, Virginia) or online at chilledponds.com. Limited seating is available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds will benefit the Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex youth hockey programs. So if you haven’t got your tickets yet, please hurry and get them now.