Admirals Fire Back, Take Game 2 Of The Preseason 4-3 Over The Checkers

The Norfolk Admirals…..well a new look Norfolk Admirals played a strong game against the Charlotte Checkers tonight at Scope. This was the second and final game of the preseason for the Admirals. Norfolk lost game one Friday down in Charlotte. One familiar face, Chris Wagner, had a strong game finishing the game with a goal and an assist. John Gibson made his appearance in net and played a solid game and got the win. Anaheim is getting ready to close out training camp and make their final cuts. The team Norfolk put on the ice tonight can look very different come opening night.

From The Norfolk Admirals:

Admirals Edge Checkers 4-3 in Preseason Finale

NORFOLK, VA –Chris Wagner finished with a goal and assist to lift the Norfolk Admirals to a 4-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers in a preseason game at Norfolk Scope Saturday evening.

The Admirals struck first at 8:34 of the opening frame as John Mitchell snapped a shot from the high slot which ripped past the shoulder of Charlotte goaltender Mike Murphy to give Norfolk the 1-0 advantage. Nearly six minutes later, Kevin Gagne lit the lamp on the power play, extending the Admirals lead by two.

It took just 48 seconds for the Admirals to add to their lead in the second. Charlotte goaltender Mike Murphy turned the puck over from behind his own net, and it was taken away by Admirals forward Max Friberg.

Friberg carried the puck to the right side of the goal and slid a cross-crease feed to Chris Wagner who buried the puck into the net on the backside to give Norfolk a 3-0 advantage.

Moments later, Charlotte had a great opportunity to get on the board with a 5-on-3 power play, but the Norfolk penalty kill was up to the task and killed off both penalties.

The Checkers finally got on the board at 8:27 of the second period. When Victor Rask rushed into the zone and took a feed from Austin Levi. Rask wristed a shot past Admirals netminder John Gibson to put the score at 3-1.

Norfolk took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission on a goal by Joseph Cramarossa at 18:33 of the middle period.

Charlotte made a game of it in early in the third, as Nicholas Blanchard picked up a rebound off a Sean Dolan shot and flipped it past an outstretched Gibson to pull the Checkers within two.

The Checkers pulled within one at 12:44, as Justin Shugg picked up a loose puck at the of the crease and backhanded it past Gibson to cut the Admirals lead to one.

Despite the late charge, the Admirals held of the Checkers in the final seven minutes to preserve the 4-3 victory. Gibson earned the win stopping 25 of 28 shots, while Murphy takes the loss allowing four goals on 34 shots faced.

The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. single game tickets are now on sale!

Game tickets are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at

Three Stars:

1. Chris Wagner -NOR
2. Kevin Gagne – NOR
3. Victor Rask – CHA


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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