NORFOLK, VA – While things may be frozen across the Hampton Roads area, the East Division race will heat up this weekend as the Admirals hit the road for a three games in three-day slate beginning on Friday in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Norfolk will travel to Syracuse to battle the Crunch on Saturday afternoon, and close things out for a Super Bowl Sunday matinee at Hershey beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Four-point swings will be in full effect this weekend, as four East Division teams are ranked in the top eight in the conference. The Admirals are 8-5-0-1 against East Division opponents this season, which includes a 6-2-0-0 divisional road record.
STANDINGS UPDATE as of games played through 1/29/14
The Admirals (22-13-1-7, 52pts.) are currently third in the East Division, and sixth overall in the conference.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD Fri., Jan. 31 … at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 1 … at Syracuse, at 3:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 2 … at Hershey, 2:00 p.m.
• The Admirals are unbeaten in regulation in their last six games (3-0-0-3), and are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten. .
• The Admirals have played in a league high 17 overtime games, and 14 shootouts.
• Devante Smith-Pelly has put together a solid month of January, having posted points in nine of the last ten games (12 pts), and has scored a goal in seven of those ten games (8 goals total).
• Defenseman Sami Vatanen has recorded a point in all four games played with Norfolk this season totaling six points (1g, 5a).
NORFOLK LEADERS Goals: Devante Smith-Pelly (15)
Assists: Rickard Rakell (18)
Points: Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell (28)
Games: Chris Wagner, Zack Stortini (43)
PP goals: Devante Smith-Pelly (7)
SH goals: Max Friberg (3)
+/- Rating: Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell (+8)
PIM: Zack Stortini (188)
GAA: John Gibson (2.43)
Spct: John Gibson (.918)
Wins: John Gibson (13)
Losses: John Gibson (13, four losses in shootout)
GPI: John Gibson (29)
Minutes: John Gibson (1678:50)
FRIDAY AT WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON The Admirals have won 11 consecutive regular season games over the Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza dating back to the 2011-12 season. Norfolk is 3-0-0-1 against the Penguins this season. Tom Kostopoulos leads the Penguins in points (29) and goals (16), but was held scoreless in two games against the Admirals last weekend.
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON LEADERS Goals: Tom Kostopoulos (16)
Assists: Brendan Mikkelson (20)
Points: Tom Kostopoulos (29)
Games: Scott Harrington (44)
PP goals: Tom Kostopoulos (8)
SH goals: Brian Gibbons, Jayson Megna (2)
+/- Rating: Simon Despres (+21)
PIM: Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (158)
GAA: Eric Hartzell (1.72)
Spct: Eric Hartzell (.931)
Wins: Jeff Deslauriers (16)
Losses: Jeff Deslauriers (13; two in shootout)
GPI: Jeff Deslauriers (29)
Minutes: Jeff Deslauriers (1629:39)
SATURDAY AT SYRACUSE Syracuse has had its struggles as of late, having dropped the past five games. However, any team with Vladislav Namestnikov and Brett Connolly on its roster should not be taken lightly. Norfolk does hold a 3-2 season series lead over the Crunch, with all three wins taking place at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
SUNDAY AT HERSHEY While the Super Bowl will take place on Sunday evening, Norfolk's battle with the Hersey Bears will make for a big game of its own on Sunday afternoon. Hershey has been one of the hottest teams in the AHL as on late, and are winners of five straight games. Former Admiral Brandon Segal leads the Bears in points (34), goals (13), assists (21). Segal played for Norfolk from 2007-2009. The Admirals have split a pair of games with the Bears up at the Giant Center this season.
HERSHEY LEADERS Goals: Brandon Segal (13)
Assists: Brandon Segal (21)
Points: Brandon Segal (34)
Games: Jeff Taffe, Peter LeBlanc, Cameron Schilling (42)
PP goals: Jeff Taffe (6)
SH goals: Nicolas Deschamps (2)
+/- Rating:Tyson Strachan (+14)
PIM: Dane Byers (148)
GAA: Philipp Grubauer (2.23)
Spct: Philipp Grubauer (.923)
Wins: David Leggio (13)
Losses: David Leggio (12; two in shootout)
GPI: David Leggio (27)
Minutes: David Leggio (1640:21)
**Upcoming Home Games, Events, & Promotions**
Friday, February 7 vs. Hartford Wolf Pack, 7:30 p.m. Military Appreciation Night, presented by USAA! $11 tickets for all Military personnel who present their valid military I.D. to the Scope Box Office.
Saturday, February 8 vs. Hartford Wolf Pack, 7:15 p.m. Khedive Shrine Night!
GAME 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
For 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.
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