NORFOLK – The Norfolk Admirals return home this weekend for a pair of games against the Syracuse Crunch this Friday and Saturday at Scope. The Admirals return after a successful six-game road slate in which the team grabbed nine of a possible 12 points, and posted a 4-1-0-1 record.
This past Friday, John Gibson stopped all 34 shots faced to help lead the Admirals to a 3-0 victory at Albany. The shutout was Gibson's second of the season, and came just hours after being named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October.
On Saturday in Bridgeport, Norfolk received a third period marker from newcomer Dave Steckel to force the overtime shootout. Despite the rally, the Admirals were unable to score in the shootout and fell to the Sound Tigers 4-3.
The Admirals once again rallied on Sunday at Hershey, as rookie Kevin Gagne scored the game's tying goal with 1:02 remaining in regulation to send the game to another overtime shootout. John Gibson made 40 saves in the game, and stopped all five shooters faced in the shootout to lead Norfolk to a 4-3 victory to close out the road trip.
STANDINGS UPDATE The Admirals (7-2-0-3, 17pts.) currently tied for first in the East Division and fourth overall in the conference.
Eight teams in each conference shall qualify for the 2014 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 Fri., Nov. 8 … vs. Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lighting), 7:30 p.m. EDT, at Scope
Sat., Nov. 9 … vs. Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lighting), 7:15 p.m. EDT, at Scope
ADMIRALS’ LOG • The Admirals have earned standings points in 10 of their 12 games played this season.
• The Admirals have yet to outshoot an opponent this season (12 games).
• Norfolk's penalty kill is ranked 1st in the American Hockey League (90%).
• The Admirals have outscored opponents 13-5 in first period.
• Goaltender John Gibson earned his second professional shutout on Friday at Albany (34 saves). Gibson was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October. Gibson was 3-1-2 in six starts during October and allowed just nine goals on 193 shots, good for a 1.44 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage.
• For the second time this season, Max Sauve has recorded a goal in back-to-back games (10/25, 1026 & 11/01, 11/02). Sauve has scored points in six of his seven games played this season.
• Notables Firsts: Antoine Laganiere recorded his professional point (assist) on Friday in Albany...Kevin Gagne scored his first pro goal on Sunday at Hershey...Jamie MacQueen scored his first goal as an Admiral on Friday.... Dave Steckel scored his first goal and assist as an Admiral on Saturday...Luca Sbisa recorded his first points in his two-game stint with the Admirals logging two assists.
• Alex Grant recorded his 200th career point logging a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win at Hershey.
• Nine former Admirals were in the lineup for Anaheim in Monday's game with the New York Rangers.
SCOUTING REPORT • This weekend the Admirals play host to the Syracuse Crunch. Syracuse's roster features the top goal scorer in the AHL in Nikita Kucherov (11 goals). Kucherov was the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, having scored nine points (6g, 3a) in three games last week, which included back-to-back four-point games. He is currently tied for the league lead in scoring with 20 points...Norfolk is 19-19-2 All-Time vs. Syracuse.
"Special" Teams The special teams matchup will be interesting to watch this weekend, as Norfolk's top ranked penalty kill (90%) looks to fight off Syracuse's second ranked power play (28.7%). The Crunch are tied with the Texas Stars for most power play goals scored with 15.
Good to See You Again! There are seven former Admirals currently on the Crunch roster:
F - Mike Angelidis - 2010-12 (134 games)
F - Dana Tyrell - 2009-12 (103 games)
D - Jean-Philippe Cote - 2011-12 (58 games)
F - Eric Nielsen - 2011-12 (47 games)
G - Riku Helenius - 2009-10 (37 games)
D - Charles Landry - 2011-12 (24 games)
G - Cedrick Desjardins - 2010-11 (24 games)
NORFOLK LEADERS Goals: Alex Grant (5)
Assists: Kevin Gagne (5)
Points: Alex Grant, Max Sauve (7)
Games: Several (12)
PP goals: Alex Grant (4)
SH goals: Devante Smith-Pelly (2)
+/- Rating: Max Sauve, Dave Steckel (+6),
PIM: Zack Stortini (66)
GAA: Frederik Andersen (0.96)
Spct: Frederik Andersen (.971)
Wins: John Gibson (5)
Losses: John Gibson (3, two losses in shootout)
GPI: John Gibson (8)
Minutes: John Gibson (521:51)
"THE ADMIRALS HOUR" The Admirals Hour, presented by Michael and Son, takes place every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. on 1490-AM and 1490amthegame.com . To join in the conversation, call (757) 490-2750.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES & SPECIAL EVENTS November 7: Join a couple of Admirals players and mascot Salty at Y-Not Pizza in Kempsville from 6-7 p.m. for some great food and good times. There will be a street hockey net set up for kids!
This Weekend Home Games: The Admirals return home for a pair of games against the Syracuse Crunch on November 8 & 9 at Scope.
Friday, November 22 vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m.: Military Appreciation Night! $10 tickets for all military personnel who present their Military ID to the Scope Box Office. Trading Card Giveaway #1: The first 2,025 fans to walk through the gates will receive the first of three trading card sets to be given away this season! ....The Admirals and Portland Pirates will also meet again on Saturday, November 23 at Scope, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS 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. Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your 10-packs, or discounted group 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.
BOOK YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY TODAY Do you want your child to have a birthday party to remember? Look no further than a party at a Norfolk Admirals game! We have three different packages ranging from a simple message on the video scoreboards, to a fully-catered party with a tour of the Admirals locker room. However, dates are filling up quickly. Book your party today! For more information, visit norfolkadmirals.com or contact Dana DeFilippo at (757) 640-1212 ext. 11.
MEDIA INFORMATION & PRACTICE TIMES: The Admirals will practice on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday of this week. Practices held at Scope during normal business hours are open to the public. Media may have access to players and coaches following practice sessions.
**Schedule and practice times are subject to change.
ON THE RADIO/INTERNET All regular season games will air live on 1490-AM "The Game" and online at 1490amthegame.com. AHL Live will also carry online video of every Admirals game on a pay-per-view or season pass basis. Fans can log in to watch, listen or get more information about AHL Live’s online audio and video features at ahllive.com.