NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals are looking forward to Thanksgiving home cooking this week with three games at Scope after concluding a seven-game road trip last week.
On Wednesday night in Worcester, Paul Szczechura and Brandon Bochenski’s two-point nights would not be enough as the Admirals fell to the Sharks 4-3. On Friday night in Springfield, six different goal scorers, five power play goals and a four-goal second period could not produce a ‘W’ as the Admirals fell to the Falcons 7-6. On Saturday afternoon in Lowell, Devils netminder Dave Caruso made 43 saves – including 19 in the third period alone – as the Admirals fell to Lowell 4-1.
The Admirals return to Scope with three exciting days of hockey action, great deals and thrilling promotions this week. On Wednesday, the Admirals will welcome Carl Corazzini to his old stomping grounds as the Springfield Falcons visit Scope. On Friday and Saturday, the Admirals will renew one of their oldest rivalries as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins invade Scope for the first time. For more details on promotions and discounted tickets, please see below.
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS At 5-10-1-3 (14 points), Norfolk now sits in sixth place in the East Division. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (14-4-0-2, 30 points) and Hershey Bears (14-5-0-1, 29 points) remain the first and second ranked teams in both the East Division and the entire American Hockey League. They are followed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (10-8-0-1, 21 points), Binghamton Senators (9-7-2-1, 21 points) and Philadelphia Phantoms (10-10-0-0, 20 points). The Albany River Rats (4-9-2-2, 12 points) round out the division. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD Wed., Nov. 26 … vs. Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS Fri., Nov. 28 … vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS Sat., Nov. 29 … vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Norfolk finished its season-long seven-game road trip at 2-4-0-1 after starting with two wins and a shootout loss.
Goaltender Karri Ramo and defenseman Jamie Heward were recalled to the Admirals’ NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Sunday.
Heward ranked in the top 10 of scoring by AHL defensemen (5+7=12) and was on a Norfolk season-high seven-game scoring streak (4G, 6A).
Wyatt Smith has points in three straight games (1G, 3A).
Norfolk tied a franchise record with five power play goals on Friday in Springfield. The Admirals power play vaulted from 17th in the AHL before the game to fourth in the AHL after the game.
Friday’s 7-6 loss in Springfield marked the first time Norfolk suffered a regulation loss when scoring six or more goals, dropping the Admirals to 39-1-0-1-1 in such games.
After only three one-goal games in the first 12 games of the season, the first six games of Norfolk’s seven-game road trip were each decided by a single marker.
ADMIRALS RBK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE Andrew Hutchinson: 3 GP, 0G, 4A, 4PTS, 4 PIM Reigning Eddie Shore Award Winner (AHL Defenseman of the Year) Andrew Hutchinson continued to pick up his scoring pace last week with points in all three games played for Norfolk. On Wednesday in Worcester, he notched an assist. On Friday in Springfield, he set up two Norfolk goals. On Saturday afternoon in Lowell, Hutchinson extended his scoring and assist streak to four games (5A) with another helper.
Hutchinson is now tied for sixth in AHL scoring among defensemen with 13 points (1+12) in 19 games. Eight of Hutchinson’s 13 points have come on the power play. His four-game assist streak is the longest in Norfolk this season. Hutchinson also has points and assists in seven of his last nine games for the Admirals (1+9).
– The first 5,000 fans through the gates on Wednesday will receive a coupon for a free Domino’s oven-baked sandwich.
Family Fun Pack Night – Family Fun Packs are available for every Wednesday and Thursday Admirals home game throughout the regular season. The offer four Red Level tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37! Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office and online at ticketmaster.com. Click here to purchase a Family Fun Pack for November 26.
Student Rush Night – High school and college students with a valid school ID can get $8 White Level tickets only at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game. This offer is available on all Wednesday and Thursday home games throughout the regular season.
USA Hockey Night – USA Hockey members received an email last weekend with a special discounted ticket offer for Wednesday night’s game against Springfield.
Friday, November 28 (vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)
Saturday, November 29 (vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)
CHKD Childhood Cancer Program Night, Presented by Alliance Heating & Air – The Admirals and Alliance Heating & Air are "Teaming Up for a Good Fight" to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) Childhood Cancer Program. Alliance Heating & Air will pass out special tee shirts to the first 1,000 mothers through the gates. You can help raise funds for the program by purchasing $10 Red Level tickets from the Admirals at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23 or by downloading and filling out this flyer. Two dollars from every ticket purchased will go back to CHKD’s Childhood Cancer Program.
Miss Virginia 2008 Appearance – Miss Virginia 2008 and former Penn State University Lady Icers goaltender Tara Wheeler will be in attendance for a special intermission event. More details will be made available as the event approaches.
THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR Please note this week’s special start time for the Admirals Hour, as the show will air live on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud will be joined in the studios by Norfolk netminder Mike McKenna. If you would like to ask a question on the air, please call (757) 497-1310.
PARKING AVAILABLE AT RADISSON HOTEL A significant amount of parking spaces (based on availability) will be made available for Admirals games this season at the Norfolk Radisson Hotel. Parking spots will be opened to Admirals fans for $5 per game. The Norfolk Radisson Hotel is located immediately across Brambleton Avenue from Norfolk Scope Arena. Fans who would like to take advantage of this opportunity are asked to enter the Brambleton Avenue parking entrance. A sign will be posted at that entrance.
Please note that there is an event at Chrysler Hall on Saturday evening at the same time as the Admirals game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which may lead to increased parking congestion.
ADMIRALS STREAKS AND TRENDS
Jamie Heward, Seven-game point streak (4G, 6A since 11/07 vs. RFD)
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK November 23, 2008: DELETE D Jamie Heward – Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE G Karri Ramo – Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL)
TICKETS To 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 (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 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!
ON THE RADIO/INTERNET All games are broadcast on ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM. The games are also cybercast at SportsJuice.com. Go to SportsJuice.com, or click on the link at norfolkadmirals.com. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to game time.
Games are also viewable through the Internet on a pay-per-view basis through AHL Live. Visit norfolkadmirals.com and click the AHL Live banner on the left side of the site to view all Admirals’ home and away games.