The Norfolk Admirals are at home Thursday night and the game is a sellout. Well technically it’s not the Norfolk Scope, but for one night this year the Admirals will be callings the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. home. The Admirals and the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears will meet for the first AHL Showcase in D.C. Norfolk will be acting as the home team for the visiting Bears. I’ll keep this short and give you the scouting reports and notes form the Admirals. I have to pack my bags and get ready for the trip up to D.C.
From the Norfolk Admirals:
NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals look to carry the momentum of last weekend’s wins in Hershey and Bridgeport into a pair of East Division matchups this week. Norfolk travels to Washington, D.C, for the Washington AHL Showcase on Thursday against Hershey and to Binghamton, N.Y., on Saturday for the fourth meeting of the season against the Senators.
The Admirals began last week with a 5-2 setback at Scope in the first meeting of the season against the Bears. However, the teams met again on Saturday with Emerson Etem scoring twice and Patrick Maroon adding three assists in a 5-1 win in Hershey. The next evening in Bridgeport, Frederik Andersenmade 32 saves and ten different players recorded points as the Admirals topped the Sound Tigers, 4-1.
Looking forward, the Admirals will take on the Hershey Bears in the Washington AHL Showcase, presented by GEICO, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The Admirals then travel to Binghamton, N.Y., on Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Senators.
At 9-11-0-0 (18 points), the Admirals are in 5th place in the East Division and 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Thurs., Dec. 6 … vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:00 p.m. (at Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.)
Sat., Dec. 8 … at Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:05 p.m.
- Among all AHL players last week, Peter Holland was tied for third with five points (1g, 4a) andPatrick Maroon was tied for eighth with four points (0g, 4a).
- John Mitchell had goals in all three games last week, tying the longest goal-scoring streak of the season for Norfolk.
- Mitchell (3g) and Holland (1g, 4a) each have a three-game point streak.
- Holland is tied for 7th in the league in points (21), and tied for 11th in goals (10). He has at least one point in 16 of 20 games this season.
- Goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 61 of 63 shots in a pair of wins last weekend (1.00 GAA, .968 SV%). Among all AHL rookie goaltenders, he ranks first in save percentage (.923), second in wins (6) and third in goals-against average (2.52).
- The Admirals have killed 22 consecutive opponent power plays over their last four games dating back to a Chad Kolarik power play goal on November 24 at Connecticut.
- Norfolk’s penalty kill has gone from 20th in the league at 81.3% to tenth in the league at 84.5% over the last four games.
- The Admirals have not allowed multiple power play goals over their last nine games, killing 44 of 49 opponent power plays (89.8%).
- Norfolk snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday in Hershey. It was the longest losing streak since a franchise-record nine-game losing streak from December 14 – 31, 2007.
- After going five straight games surrendering the game’s first goal, Norfolk scored the first goal in both wins this past weekend. The Admirals are 9-2-0-0 when scoring first and 0-9-0-0 when allowing the first goal this season.
- Norfolk’s 5-1 defeat of Hershey on Saturday from Giant Center was the largest margin of victory this season. It was also just the first time in 59 all-time regular season road games against the Bears that the Admirals had a winning margin of four or more goals.
- Jay Rosehill (449 PIM) is just seven penalty minutes away from tying Ajay Baines (456 PIM) for second place on the AHL Admirals all-time penalty minutes list.
- Thursday’s game is the first regular season game played by Norfolk in an NHL arena since December 4, 2009, when the Admirals topped the Adirondack Phantoms, 2-1 in overtime, at what is now the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
THURSDAY’S SCOUTING REPORT
- Thursday’s game is the third of eight contests this season between the Admirals and Bears. Both teams have a regulation victory on the road in the season series.
- Thursday’s game is also the 120th all-time regular season meeting between the clubs. Norfolk has a 49-56-5-5-3 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) all-time record against Hershey. The Admirals have played more games against Hershey than any other team in their AHL history.
- Saturday’s game between Norfolk and Hershey at Giant Center snapped two streaks – Norfolk’s six-game losing streak and Hershey’s three-game winning streak.
- Norfolk is 3-7-0-0 in its last ten games. Hershey is 4-6-0-0 in its last ten games.
- Norfolk is 9-2-0-0 when scoring first and 0-9-0-0 when allowing the first goal of the game. Hershey is 7-4-0-0 when scoring first and 2-7-1-0 when allowing the first goal of the game.
- Braden Holtby allowed a personal season-high five goals to Norfolk on Saturday at Giant Center.
- Former Admirals Alex Berry (2010-11) and Jonathon Kalinski (2011-12) now play for Hershey. No former Bears are on the current Norfolk roster.
THURSDAY’S GAME TO BE TELEVISED ON COMCAST SPORTSNET
The Washington AHL Showcase, presented by GEICO, between the Hershey Bears and Norfolk Admirals at Verizon Center on Thursday, Dec. 6 (7 p.m.), will be televised locally in Hampton Roads on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Comcast SportsNet channel locations are available by clicking here.
Washington Capitals radio play-by-play broadcaster John Walton and ABC-27 sports director Gregg Mace will call the action from Verizon Center.
The broadcast will also be found on Sirius 207/XM 92 NHL Home Ice. In addition, Pete Michaud’s broadcast of the contest will air live on Norfolk’s radio affiliates 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com.
TOY TOSS SET FOR DECEMBER 14
The Norfolk Admirals are pleased to announce that their annual Toy Toss will take place Friday night, December 14, when the Admirals take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Scope at 7:30 p.m. Admirals fans are asked to bring new stuffed toys to that game to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal. Toys will be collected for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
FIRST 2,000 FANS WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST SET OF ADMIRALS TRADING CARDS ON DECEMBER 14
The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive the first set of 2012-13 Admirals trading cards, courtesy of Michael and Son Services and JPM Financial Services/John’s Tax Service.
NEXT POST-GAME SKATE WITH THE ADMIRALS IS DECEMBER 15
The Admirals will hold their second post-game skate of the season where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited number of skates will be available or fans may bring their own skates.
DECEMBER 15 IS PUCKS AND PAWS NIGHT
Join us on Saturday, December 15, for Pucks ‘n’ Paws Night as your Norfolk Admirals play the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders) at 7:15 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena. Fans who are not bringing dogs may purchase Gold Level tickets for just $14 and Red Level tickets for $11 for this game. If you were to buy these tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they’d be $22 for Gold Level and $19 for Red Level – you save $8!
If you would like to bring your small or medium-sized dog to the game, Red Level tickets are available for $13. All fans who bring dogs to the game will be seated in Section 205.
Tee shirts featuring Admirals captain Nate Guenin and his dog Diezel will be available for sale at the game. Proceeds from ticket sales, tee shirt sales and more will benefit the Virginia Beach SPCA or the Chesapeake Humane Society.
This special offer is only good online at norfolkadmirals.com/groups and is only available through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13. The page will automatically expire at that time. When visiting norfolkadmirals.com/groups, please be sure to select whether you would like your ticket purchase to benefit the Virginia Beach SPCA or the Chesapeake Humane Society by selecting the appropriate order form from the drop-down menu.
Goals: Peter Holland (10)
Assists: Peter Holland (11)
Points: Peter Holland (21)
Games: Several (20)
PP goals: Kyle Palmieri (4)
SH Goals: Troy Bodie, Chris Wagner (1)
+/- Rating: Nate Guenin (+9)
PIM: Patrick Maroon (46)
GAA: Frederik Andersen (2.52)
Spct: Frederik Andersen (.923)
Wins: Frederik Andersen (6)
Losses: Igor Bobkov (6)
GPl: Frederik Andersen (13)
Minutes: Frederik Andersen (739)
Goals: Zach Hamill (7)
Assists: Garrett Stafford, Jeff Taffe (13)
Points: Jeff Taffe (19)
Games: Several (21)
PP goals: Tomas Kundratek, Jeff Taffe (3)
SH Goals: Garrett Mitchell (2)
+/- Rating: Zach Hamill (+6)
PIM: Steve Oleksy (77)
GAA: Braden Holtby (2.71)
Spct: Braden Holtby (.917)
Wins: Braden Holtby (7)
Losses: Braden Holtby (7)
GPI: Braden Holtby (14)
Minutes: Braden Holtby (798)
Goals: Andre Benoit, Derek Grant (7)
Assists: Jakob Silfverberg (7)
Points: Jakob Silfverberg (12)
Games: Several (18)
PP goals: Andre Benoit (3)
SH Goals: Derek Grant (2)
+/- Rating: Patrick Wiercioch (+11)
PIM: Mark Borowiecki (90)
GAA: Robin Lehner (1.63)
Spct: Robin Lehner (.950)
Wins: Robin Lehner (8)
Losses: Ben Bishop, Robin Lehner (2)
GPI: Robin Lehner (12)
Minutes: Robin Lehner (698)