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October 14, 2008

Norfolk Admirals Weekly Release: October 14, 2008

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October 14, 2008

NORFOLK, VA – The twentieth season of Admirals hockey kicked off last week with a pair of close games against Norfolk’s East Division rivals, the Hershey Bears. The Admirals now hit the road for a five-game trek against Western Conference foes.

Brandon Bochenski, Paul Szczechura and Wyatt Smith each had a goal and an assist, but the Admirals fell to the Hershey Bears 5-3 in their twentieth anniversary season opener on Friday night at Scope. The next night, Admirals Captain Zenon Konopka set the stage for a dramatic finish at Scope with the game-tying goal in the third period. However, his Admirals fell in a shootout to Hershey by a 4-3 final score.

Norfolk will next hit the ice on Friday and Saturday on the road. The Admirals will visit the Cleveland area for the first time since the 2002-03 season with their first ever matchup against the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday night. On Saturday night, the Admirals make their first trip onto Canadian soil since the 2001-02 season, as they face off against the Hamilton Bulldogs for the first time in franchise history.

At 0-1-0-1, the Admirals are sixth in the East Division with one point. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (3-0-0-0, 6 points). They are followed by the Binghamton Senators (2-0-0-0, 4 points), Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-1-0-1, 3 points), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Philadelphia Phantoms (both at 1-1-0-0 and 2 points). The Albany River Rats (0-1-0-0, 0 points) round out the division.

Fri., Oct. 17 … at Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) … 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 18 …at Hamilton Bulldogs (Montréal Canadiéns) … 7:00 p.m.

Norfolk right wing Brandon Segal started the 2008-09 season the same way he ended the 2007-08 season. After finishing last season with points in his last five games with the Admirals, Segal continued his consistent scoring stretch with an assist on Friday and a goal on Saturday against the Hershey Bears in Norfolk’s first two games of 2008-09. His goal and his physical play on Saturday led to his selection as the second star of the game.

  • With their 5-3 loss to the Bears on Friday, Norfolk dropped to 4-4-0-1-0 all-time in regular season openers and 4-4-1-0-0 in home openers.
  • Defensemen Jeff May (Friday) and Scott Jackson (Saturday) made their professional debuts last weekend with the Admirals.
  • Right Wing Brady Leavold made his AHL debut on Friday.
  • Seven players made their Admirals debuts – Andrew Hutchinson, Ty Wishart, Wyatt Smith, Jeff May, Zenon Konopka, Scott Jackson and Brady Leavold.
  • Defenseman Daryl Boyle notched his first professional point with an assist on Brandon Segal’s goal on Saturday.
  • First round draft pick defenseman Vladimir Mihalik notched his first points of the season with a pair of assists on Saturday.
  • After the Bears went 5-7 on the power play in their opener against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, the Admirals held the Hershey power play to two power play goals on 12 opportunities (83.3% penalty kill efficiency) over their weekend two-game set.
  • The last time the Admirals played a game in Cleveland was on January 2, 2003, against the Cleveland Barons. They won that game 2-1 on the strength of goals by Mike Peluso and Marty Wilford with a 22-save performance from Steve Passmore.
  • The Hamilton Bulldogs are the only team the Admirals have not yet played who were in the AHL when Norfolk joined the league for the 2000-01 season.
  • The last time Norfolk played a game in Canada was on March 1, 2002, when they fell to the Saint John Flames 3-1. In that game, Michael Leighton made 50 saves for Norfolk and Vern Fiddler netted the only Admirals goal.
  • Norfolk had not played against a Western Conference team since the Houston Aeros defeated the Admirals 3-1 at Scope on December 31, 2004. In that game, Mikhail Yakubov scored Norfolk’s only goal and Adam Munro made 19 saves.

Goals: Several (1)
Assists: Vladimir Mihalik (2)
Points: Several (2)
Games: Several (2)
PP goals: Wyatt Smith, Radek Smolenak (1)
SH goals: --
+/- Rating: Daryl Boyle, Brandon Segal, Ty Wishart (+1)
PIM: Radek Smolenak (17)
GAA: Karri Ramo (3.37)
Spct: Karri Ramo (.889)
Wins: --
Losses: Karri Ramo (1)
GPI: Karri Ramo (2)
Minutes: Karri Ramo (125)

Goals: Jesse Boulerice, Brian Willsie (2)
Assists: Chris Durno (3)
Points: Chris Durno, T.J. Hensick, Brian Willsie (3)
Games: Several (2)
PP goals: Nigel Williams, Brian Willsie (1)
SH goals: --
+/- Rating: Jesse Boulerice, Chris Durno, Derek Peltier (+2)
PIM: Nigel Williams (7)
GAA: Jason Bacashihua (2.94)
Spct: Tyler Weiman (.930)
Wins: Jason Bacashihua, Tyler Weiman (1)
Losses: --
GPI: Jason Bacashihua, Tyler Weiman (1)
Minutes: Jason Bacashihua (61)

Goals: Several (1)
Assists: David Desharnais (2)
Points: David Desharnais (3)
Games: Several (2)
PP goals: Brock Trotter, Yannick Weber (1)
SH goals: --
+/- Rating: Dan Jancevski (+3)
PIM: Ryan Flinn (122)
GAA: Marc Denis (2.00)
Spct: Marc Denis (.941)
Wins: Marc Denis (2)
Losses: --
GPI: Marc Denis (2)
Minutes: Marc Denis (120)

Tune in to the Admirals Hour on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM. Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory, Admirals Color Commentator Pat Shetler and Admirals part-owner Dave Rosenfield will be in the studio hosting the show.

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