– The Norfolk Admirals look to get back to their winning ways as they play the Charlotte Checkers at home on Wednesday before embarking on a brief two-game road swing this weekend.
The Admirals returned to Scope following a four-game road trip last weekend. On Friday night, Patrick Maroon
and Nate Guenin
gave Norfolk a 2-1 lead, but Springfield's Cam Atkinson
scored twice in the second period and goaltender Curtis McElhinney
stopped 36 of 38 Norfolk shots as the Falcons defeated the Admirals, 3-2
. The next night, Chris Wagner
and Peter Holland
scored, but the Eastern Conference-leading Falcons skated away with a 5-2 victory
The Admirals host the Western Conference-leading Charlotte Checkers in the first game of the GEICO Challenge Cup on Wednesday night at Scope. It is also the first Admirals Value Night of 2012-13, with Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night tickets available. Norfolk returns to action after Thanksgiving with a pair of road games, visiting Adirondack Friday and Connecticut Saturday.
At 7-7-0-0 (14 points), the Admirals are fourth in the East Division and tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference.
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Eight teams in each conference shall qualify for the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. Following the conclusion of each team's 76-game regular season, the three division winners in each conference will be seeded first through third (in order of regular-season points) and the next five best teams (in order of regular-season points) will be seeded fourth through eighth.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Nov. 21 … vs. Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS | INVITE FRIENDS
Fri., Nov. 23 … at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) … 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 24 … at Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) … 7:00 p.m.
ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS
- Norfolk has lost two straight and seven of its last ten games (3-7-0-0). After winning their first four home games, the Admirals have posted a 1-3-0-0 record at Scope in their last four home games.
- Good starts are critical to Norfolk's success this season. The Admirals are 7-2-0-0 when scoring first and 4-1-0-0 when leading after one period this season. They are 0-5-0-0 when surrendering the game's first goal and are 1-4-0-0 when trailing after one period this season.
- The Admirals' penalty kill has stopped 16 of the last 18 opponent power plays (88.9%).
- Norfolk has allowed a shorthanded goal in four of its last five games.
- With two wins last weekend, Springfield doubled its franchise's all-time regulation wins total at Norfolk Scope Arena. Norfolk is now 16-4-0-0-1 when playing the Falcons in Hampton Roads.
- The Admirals combined to score three goals in the first periods of last weekend's two games against the Falcons. Entering the games, Springfield had allowed only three goals in the first period in their first 12 games.
- Friday's game against Springfield was the first home of the season in which neither Kyle Palmieri or Peter Holland registered at least one point. Palmieri (3g, 8a) and Holland (6g, 4a) now have points in seven of Norfolk's eight home games this season.
- Holland (7g, 7a) leads Norfolk in both goals and points (14).
- Sami Vatanen (2g, 9a) leads the Admirals in assists and ranks third among AHL rookie defensemen in points. Vatanen also ranks third among all AHL rookies in assists.
- All three games the Admirals play this week are against teams outside of the East Division. Norfolk has played just three games (all against Binghamton) against East Division opposition in their 14 games this season.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday as they face off against the Charlotte Checkers in the first Weekday Value Night of 2012-13. The game will feature Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights.
Family Fun Packs
include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $54 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $54 – that’s a savings of $37.
Student Rush Nights
provide $9 White Level Tickets (normally $17 on game days) for high school and college students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
EMERSON ETEM IS THIS WEEK'S ADMIRALS HOUR GUEST
The Admirals Hour, presented by Michael and Son, airs on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. This week, Admirals forward #26 Emerson Etem
will join "The Voice of the Admirals" Pete Michaud and "The Original Admiral" Dennis McEwen. To join in the conversation, call (757) 490-2750.
SCOPING THE COMPETITION – SCOUTING REPORT FOR UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Goals: Peter Holland
- The Admirals play the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday night at Scope in the first of eight meetings this season. Charlotte is the NHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. This is Game 1 in the battle to win the GEICO Challenge Cup.
- The Checkers (11-3-0-2, 24 points) lead the South Division, Western Conference and overall AHL standings.
- Norfolk is 5-3-0-0 at home this season while Charlotte is 8-2-0-2 on the road. The Checkers began the season on a nine-game road trip (6-2-0-1).
- Charlotte is currently on a five-game point streak (4-0-0-1) and is 7-2-0-1 in its last ten games.
- The Checkers have the AHL's third-best offense (3.63 goals per game) and fifth-best defense (2.44 goals against per game).
- Charlotte's offense tends to awaken after the first period. In 16 games this season, Charlotte has just eight first period goals, but has 23 goals in the second period (T-1st in AHL) and 25 goals in the third period (1st in AHL).
- The Checkers are 5-0-0-0 when trailing after the first period and 3-1-0-0 when trailing after the second period. Only Charlotte, Abbotsford (3-1-0-0), Grand Rapids (3-0-0-1) and Syracuse (2-0-0-1) have winning records when trailing after the first period, while Charlotte joins Grand Rapids (3-0-0-0) as the only AHL teams to have a winning record when trailing after two periods.
- Charlotte has the top power play in the AHL (19/72, 26.4%) and the tenth-best penalty kill (10/71, 85.9%).
- Charlotte is the second least-penalized team in the AHL this season, averaging only 13.56 penalty minutes per game (217 PIM in 16 GP).
- Checkers forwards Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk are tied for the AHL lead with 10 goals. Four of Boychuk's goals are game-winners (1st in AHL).
- Charlotte goaltender Dan Ellis ranks third in goals-against average (1.67) and save percentage (.947) in the AHL. His creasemate Justin Peters is tied for third in the AHL in wins (7).
- Among all AHL defensemen, Checkers blueliner Justin Faulk ranks second in points (15) and fourth in assists (12).
- There are no shared alumni between the current Norfolk and Charlotte rosters.
- Norfolk's games against Charlotte are the only contests against Western Conference opposition this regular season.
Assists: Sami Vatanen
Points: Peter Holland
, Kyle Palmieri
PP goals: Patrick Maroon
, Kyle Palmieri
SH Goals: Troy Bodie
, Chris Wagner
+/- Rating: Nate Guenin
PIM: Troy Bodie
GAA: Frederik Andersen
Spct: Frederik Andersen
Wins: Frederik Andersen
Losses: Igor Bobkov
GPl: Frederik Andersen
Minutes: Frederik Andersen
Goals: Drayson Bowman
, Zach Boychuk
Assists: Justin Faulk
Points: Zach Boychuk
, Justin Faulk
PP goals: Drayson Bowman
, Zach Boychuk
SH Goals: Nicolas Blanchard
, Chris Terry
+/- Rating: Jerome Samson
PIM: Nicolas Blanchard
GAA: Dan Ellis
Spct: Dan Ellis
Wins: Justin Peters
Losses: Dan Ellis
GPI: Justin Peters
Minutes: Justin Peters
Goals: Brayden Schenn
Assists: Brayden Schenn
Points: Brayden Schenn
PP goals: Brayden Schenn
SH Goals: Sean Couturier
, Brayden Schenn
+/- Rating: Oliver Lauridsen
PIM: Marc-Andre Bourdon
GAA: Scott Munroe
Spct: Scott Munroe
Wins: Cal Heeter
, Scott Munroe
Losses: Cal Heeter
, Scott Munroe
GPI: Scott Munroe
Minutes: Scott Munroe
Assists: Kris Newbury
Points: Kris Newbury
PP goals: Matt Gilroy
, Kris Newbury
SH Goals: Kyle Jean
, Kris Newbury
+/- Rating: Sam Klassen
PIM: Kris Newbury
GAA: Cameron Talbot
Spct: Cameron Talbot
Wins: Cameron Talbot
Losses: Cameron Talbot
GPI: Cameron Talbot
Minutes: Cameron Talbot
Individual tickets are on sale now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com
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ON THE RADIO/INTERNET
All regular season games will air live on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and online at 1021TheGame.com
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