East Division Battles Highlight Upcoming Five-Game Homestand
NORFOLK, VA – After playing 12 of their last 15 games away from Norfolk Scope Arena, the Admirals will return home for a five-game homestand against East Division rivals this week.
Last week, the Admirals faced off against their division foes on the road. On Wednesday in Albany, Blair Jones tied the game in the third period to force overtime, but Norfolk fell 3-2 in a shootout to the River Rats. On Friday night, the River Rats sunk the Admirals 8-1. On Saturday night, Bracken Kearns and Brandon Bochenski each had two goals as the Admirals defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6-3. Yesterday in Hershey, Mike McKenna made 27 saves, but his Bears counterpart Daren Machesney stopped all 30 shots he faced and Norfolk fell 3-0.
Norfolk begins their homestand this week with a matchup against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday night. They will then entertain the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday and Saturday nights. There are several exciting promotions taking place this week. More details are available below.
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS At 8-14-1-4 (21 points), Norfolk is tied for sixth place in the East Division. The Hershey Bears (20-5-0-1, 41 points) and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (17-6-1-2, 37 points) own the top two records in the East and the entire league. They are followed by Philadelphia (15-11-0-0, 30 points), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-10-1-1, 28 points), Binghamton (11-9-2-3, 27 points) and Albany (8-11-3-2, 21 points). Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD Wed., Dec. 10 … vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:15 p.m. | TICKETS Fri., Dec. 12 … vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 7:15 p.m. | TICKETS Sat., Dec. 13 … vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 7:15 p.m. | TICKETS
In the eight games since Grant Potulny was acquired from San Antonio, the trio of Potulny, Brandon Bochenski and Zenon Konopka have combined for ten goals and 20 assists. Bochenski is tied for the most points in the AHL since that date (6+6=12), Zenon Konopka has the third-most points (1+10=11) and Potulny is tied for the 16th-most (3+4=7).
Forwards Radek Smolenak and Paul Szczechura made their NHL debuts with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Philadelphia. Smolenak picked up his first professional point with an assist in the game.
Konopka (0G, 3A), Bochenski (2G, 1A), Potulny (1G, 2A), Bracken Kearns (2G, 0A) and Jason Ward (0G, 2A) each had multiple point games on Saturday in Bridgeport.
Vladimir Mihalik’s goal on Wednesday in Albany was his second career pro goal. He went 80 games between goals with Norfolk after scoring in the 2007-08 Admirals home opener on October 19, 2007 versus Binghamton.
Norfolk has played 17 road games this season – the most in the AHL. Conversely, only two teams have played fewer than the Admirals’ ten home games this season.
The Admirals have five players in the top 20 of shots taken this season (Bochenski, Szczechura, Jones, Brandon Segal, Konopka).
ADMIRALS RBK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE Brandon Bochenski: 4 GP, 2G, 2A, 4PTS, 4 PIM Brandon Bochenski garners Norfolk’s player of the week nomination for the second consecutive week after leading the team with four points in four games. He picked up an assist on Wednesday in Albany and then earned first star honors on Saturday in Bridgeport with two goals and an assist.
With the points, Bochenski has tied Paul Szczechura for the team lead in goals with 11 and his 23 points has moved him to within one point of Szczechura’s scoring lead. He leads the team and ranks in the top ten of the league with six power play goals.
– Family Fun Packs are available for every Wednesday and Thursday Admirals home game throughout the regular season. They 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 December 10.
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.
700th Regular Season Home Game – The first 700 fans through the gates will receive a coupon for a free Domino’s Pizza Oven-Baked Sandwich to commemorate the 700th regular season home game in Admirals history.
Friday, December 12 (vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers)
Toy Toss – Admirals fans are asked to bring new stuffed toys to the game on Friday night to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal of the game. The toys will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Ronald McDonald House, St. Mary's Home for Children, and 4Kids Inc. Shelters.
College Fair Night – Several Virginia colleges and universities will be on hand to distribute material to prospective students. High school students with a valid student ID can get a white level ticket for $8 at the Scope Box Office. If you are interested in having your college or university participate in the College Fair Night, please call Meghan Hayes at (757) 640-1212 ext. 22.
Saturday, December 13 (vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers)
Public Safety Pride Night – Show your appreciation for area public safety officials on Public Safety Pride Night on December 13. Ten dollar tickets are available through the Admirals Group Sales Office or through area police and firefighters. For more information, contact Admirals Director of Group Sales Charlie Colón at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23. Saturday will also feature pre-game action with “The Bravest” battling “The Finest” at 3:00 p.m. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. and a ticket to one of the games gets you into the other for free.
ADMIRALS HOLIDAY GIFT PACKS NOW AVAILABLE You’re sure to score with your family and friends this holiday season with an Admirals Holiday Gift Pack. The Gift Packs include an Admirals static cling, an Admirals lapel pin, an Admirals 20th anniversary puck, four Admirals ticket vouchers and $10 in hockey bucks to be used for concessions, tickets and/or merchandise. The Admirals Holiday Gift Pack is valued at $71 but is available now for only $50! Limited packages available so get yours today. You can purchase your Admirals Holiday Gift Packs at the Admirals Center Ice Souvenir Stand during Admirals games, via phone at (757) 640-1212 or online at norfolkadmirals.com.
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 are events at Chrysler Hall on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings this week occurring simultaneously as the Admirals’ games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport, which may lead to increased parking congestion.
THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR Tune in to the Admirals Hour on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud will be joined in the studio by Admirals Assistant Coach Alan May. If you have a question for the show, please call (757) 497-1310 during the show or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 2:00 on Thursday afternoon.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK December 2, 2008:
DELETE D Matt Smaby – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD D Kevin Quick – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Augusta (ECHL)
ADD RW Chris Lawrence – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Augusta (ECHL)
December 7, 2008:
ADD D Matt Smaby – Returned on loan 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.