Admirals Ready For Home Cooking As Road Trip Comes to Close
NORFOLK, Va. The Norfolk Admirals look forward to a pair of home games at Scope on Friday and Saturday after a season-long eight game road trip draws to a close.
The Admirals are 2-4-1-0 after seven games of their eight-game, two-week road trip. Last week, Norfolk played five games in six days. On Tuesday, Brandon Bochenski netted the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Admirals over the Portland Pirates 2-1. The next night, Riku Helenius shut out all four shooters he faced in the shootout to give the Admirals another 2-1 victory. The Admirals then fell to the Lowell Devils 2-1 on Friday before traveling back to Portland and losing to the Pirates 4-2 on Saturday. Then it was back to Massachusetts on Sunday where the Ads lost 3-2 to the Worcester Sharks.
Norfolk will conclude their road trip against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins this Wednesday before returning to the Scope on Friday. The Ads will enter the game Wednesday tied for second in the East Division, led by Brandon Bochenski who is currently ranked second in the AHL with 12 goals.
Following Thanksgiving the Admirals invite all of their fans to spend the weekend with them as they look to take another shot at the Albany River Rats after their overtime loss to them in the second game of the road trip. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and don't forget that Friday is the Admirals Mouse Pad Giveaway Night courtesy of Your Community PhoneBook.
EAST DIVISION STANDINGSAt 10-11-1-0 (21 points), the Admirals are currently tied for second in the American Hockey League's East Division. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (13-5-0-1, 27 pts). The Admirals are tied with the Binghamton Senators (9-8-2-1) for second place with 21 points. Tied for third are the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (9-6-1-1) and the Albany River Rats (9-10-0-2), both with 20 points, followed by the Adirondack Phantoms (8-7-1-0, 17 pts) in sixth and the Syracuse Crunch (6-9-2-2, 16 pts) in seventh.
THE ADMIRALS' WEEK AHEADWed., Nov. 25 at Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) 7:05 p.m.Fri., Nov. 27 vs. Albany River Rats (Carolina Hurricanes) 7:15 p.m.Sat., Nov. 28 vs. Albany River Rats (Carolina Hurricanes) 7:15 p.m.
ADMIRALS' LOG Twenty of Norfolk's 21 games this season have been decided by two or fewer goals. Blair Jones has points in seven of his last ten games (4G, 8A). Brandon Bochenski has points in six of his last ten games (6G, 6A). Bochenski scored his 72nd goal as an Admiral on Friday in Lowell. He is four goals shy of tying Casey Hankinson for first place on the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) all-time goal-scoring list. After becoming the last AHL team to play an overtime game on November 14 in Albany, the Admirals went to overtime the next two games a 2-1 overtime win in Albany on Tuesday and a 2-1 shootout win in Manchester on Wednesday. Mitch Fritz's goal on Saturday at Portland was his first goal in 58 American Hockey League games since April 12, 2008 with Hartford vs. Bridgeport.
ROAD WARRIORS Blair Jones leads Norfolk in scoring on the road trip with six points (2G, 4A). Norfolk picked up its seventh road victory in its 12th road game of the campaign on Wednesday in Manchester. Last season, the Admirals did not earn its seventh road victory until its 25th road game. The Admirals have allowed exactly one goal in all seven of their road victories this season. The Admirals lead the league with 15 road games played including 11 in November alone so far. The Admirals' 16 road points are tied for first in the league while their .500 road points percentage is tied for tenth. After concluding its eight-game road trip on Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre, the Admirals will play seven of their next nine games at Norfolk Scope Arena.
SPECIAL TEAMS The Norfolk penalty kill is a perfect 20/20 through seven games of its season-long eight-game road trip. The Admirals penalty kill ranks fifth overall in the AHL (90.3%) and is second in road PK efficiency (93.6%). The Admirals are one of only four AHL teams to have not surrendered a shorthanded goal this season.
ADMIRALS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS Brandon Bochenski ranks second in the AHL in goals (12) and is tied for sixth in points (20). Riku Helenius ranks sixth in the AHL in goals-against average at 1.84 and fifteenth in save percentage at .923. Matt Syroczynski ranks fifth in the AHL in shooting percentage at .300. Mike Lundin is tied for 14th in the AHL for scoring among defensemen with 11 points (2G, 9A).
TEN PACKSDo you have family in town for Thanksgiving and the holidays next month? Why not take them to an Admirals game and save money with a ten pack? Admirals Ten Packs offer a flexible and affordable way to watch Admirals hockey at Scope. Ten packs consist of ten undated ticket vouchers at $1 off the gate price. These vouchers may be redeemed at the Scope Box Office anytime for tickets to any 2009-10 Admirals regular season home game. Fans can use all ten vouchers at once, spread them out for a single ticket over ten different games, or anywhere in-between. Plus, there are no ticket fees and you save $10 over the life of the ten pack. For more details, call (757) 640-1212 or visit norfolkadmirals.com.
THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOWBecause of Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no Admirals Hour Radio Show this Thursday. The Admirals Hour will resume next Thursday, December 3 from 6:00 7:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 94.1-FM.
SCOUTING REPORTThe Admirals will conclude the long road trip on Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Baby Pens are just one point back of Norfolk in the standings with five games in hand. In their last game, Wilkes-Barre defeated Adirondack 3-1 in Pennsylvania. Forward Dustin Jeffrey leads the club in points with 19 including a team-high 18 assists, good for second in the AHL. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts a solid goaltending duo with John Curry ranked among the top 15 in the AHL in wins, goals-against average and save percentage and rookie Brad Thiessen putting up a solid numbers in limited starts. Like the Admirals, the Penguins do not play again until Wednesday's tilt.
The Admirals will look to exterminate the Albany River Rats when they return to Scope following a 16-day absence with back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday. Albany is also just one point back of Norfolk in the East Division standings but has only one game in hand. In their last game, the River Rats dropped a 4-1 contest at Binghamton on Saturday. Jerome Samson finds himself in the familiar spot of leading Albany in points with 18 on seven goals and 11 assists. Leading goal scorer Pat Dwyer (9G) and leading goaltender Justin Peters (6-5-2, 2.43, .913) are both on recall to the parent Carolina Hurricanes. The River Rats will host Syracuse on Wednesday before traveling to Norfolk for Friday and Saturday's contests.
NORFOLK LEADERSGoals: Brandon Bochenski (12)Assists: Blair Jones (10)Points: Brandon Bochenski (20)Games: Several (22)PP goals: Brandon Bochenski (3)SH goals: Paul Szczechura (1)+/- Rating: Blair Jones, Kevin Quick (+9)PIM: Matt Lashoff (37)GAA: Riku Helenius (1.84)Spct: Riku Helenius (.923)Wins: Dustin Tokarski (6)Losses: Dustin Tokarski (7)GPI: Dustin Tokarski (13)Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (775)
WILKES BARRE/SCRANTON LEADERSGoals: Ryan Bayda (8)Assists: Dustin Jeffrey (18)Points: Dustin Jeffrey (19)Games: Several (17)PP goals: Luca Caputi (5)SH goals: Dustin Jeffrey, Wyatt Smith (1)+/- Rating: Ryan Bayda, Dustin Jeffrey (+8)PIM: Wade Brookbank (41)GAA: John Curry (2.20)Spct: John Curry (.925)Wins: John Curry (8)Losses: John Curry (5)GPI: John Curry (14)Minutes: John Curry (847)
ALBANY LEADERSGoals: Pat Dwyer (9)Assists: Jerome Samson (11)Points: Jerome Samson (18)Games: Several (21)PP goals: Pat Dwyer (3)SH goals: Pat Dwyer (2)+/- Rating: Brett Bellemore (+5)PIM: Brad Herauf (74)GAA: Justin Peters (2.43)Spct: Mike Murphy (.915)Wins: Justin Peters (6)Losses: Justin Peters, Mike Murphy (5)GPI: Justin Peters (13)Minutes: Justin Peters (790)
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEKNovember 23, 2009ADD D Mike Lundin Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)November 20, 2009DELETE D Mike Lundin Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)DELETE D Matt Smaby Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
TICKETSTo purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don't miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals' Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!
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