Admirals Square Off With Bears, Monsters as Homestand Continues
NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals will continue a nine-game homestand this week with contests against the Hershey Bears and Lake Erie Monsters at Scope.
Last week, the Admirals dropped a pair of overtime decisions to the Worcester Sharks at Scope. Goals by Bracken Kearns and Brandon Bochenski gave the Admirals a 2-0 lead in the second period on Friday night. However, the Sharks netted two unanswered goals in regulation and then claimed a 3-2 win by topping the Admirals in a seven-round shootout. On Saturday night, Norfolk was tickled pink after a five-goal opening period gave them a 5-1 lead in front of a season-high crowd of 7,595 fans for Pink in the Rink Night. However, Worcester stunned the Admirals with five unanswered goals to claim a 6-5 overtime victory.
The Admirals’ nine-game homestand continues this week with games on Wednesday and Friday at Scope. The Admirals’ East Division Rivals, the Hershey Bears, will invade Scope on Wednesday night. On Friday night, the Lake Erie Monsters will make their first ever trip to Scope. Opening faceoff for both games will be at 7:15 p.m.
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS At 16-19-2-5 (39 points), the Admirals are tied for sixth place in the East Division. The division is led by the Hershey Bears (30-12-0-2, 62 points). They are followed by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (25-13-2-2, 54 points), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (25-15-1-2, 53 points), Binghamton Senators (22-13-3-3, 50 points) and Philadelphia Phantoms (24-18-1-1, 50 points) and Albany River Rats (17-20-3-2, 39 points) round out the division. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD Wed., Jan. 21 … vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS Fri., Jan. 23 … vs. Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Saturday night’s game was played on pink ice as part of the Admirals Pink in the Rink Night to benefit the Tidewater Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation.
Saturday night’s game at Scope was the fourth-highest attended game in Norfolk Admirals (AHL) history (7,595).
Norfolk is 2-1-1-1 through five games in its franchise record-tying nine-game homestand.
Norfolk’s five-goal first period on Saturday night tied a franchise record. It was the sixth five-goal period in AHL Admirals history and the first since November 21, 2007 versus Philadelphia (1st period).
Forward Bracken Kearns has established career highs with a five-game point streak (4G, 3A), a four-game goal streak (4G, ties the Norfolk season high) and a three-point game (1G, 2A on Saturday).
Forward Blair Jones tied a career high with two goals on Saturday night.
Forward Chris Gratton has points in seven of the last eight games (3G, 4A) and nine of the 12 games he has appeared in for the Admirals this season (3G, 7A). His six-game point streak (2G, 4A) ended on Wednesday.
Forward Brandon Segal (6 games missed) and defenseman Andy Rogers (10 games missed) returned to the lineup on Saturday night and forward Juraj Simek (10 games missed) returned on Friday night. All three missed time due to injury.
After starting the season with just one shorthanded goal scored in the first 25 games, Norfolk now has five shorthanded goals in its last 17 games – including three in its last six games. The Admirals’ six shorthanded goals – scored by six different players – are tied for the eleventh most in the league.
ADMIRALS RBK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE Bracken Kearns: 2 GP, 2G, 2A, 4PTS, 5PIM Admirals forward Bracken Kearns scored in both Norfolk games last week to extend his point streak to five games and his goal streak to four games. On Friday versus Worcester, Kearns opened scoring with his ninth goal of the season. On Saturday, Kearns posted an AHL career-high three points on a goal and two assists. Kearns now has points in five straight games (4G, 3A) and goals in four straight games (4G). The goal-scoring streak matches a Norfolk season high. Both streaks are AHL career highs for Kearns.
PINK IN THE RINK A GREAT SUCCESS The Norfolk Admirals and the Tidewater Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure would like to thank everyone who participated in Saturday’s Pink in the Rink. On Saturday, the largest crowd at Scope this season participated in events that educated and raised awareness about breast cancer while also raising monies for Susan G. Komen. “Pink in the Rink was a great success,” said Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory. “Last year’s crowd for Pink in the Rink was the largest of the season at that point. This year’s crowd was bigger than that. We look forward to making this event even bigger in the years to come while helping to raise more funds and awareness for Susan G. Komen For the Cure.”
– 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 January 21.
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.
Friday, January 23 (vs. Lake Erie Monsters)
Bucket Hat Giveaway – The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a free Admirals bucket hat courtesy of Bank of the Commonwealth and Fox43.
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. Admirals General Manager Mike Butters, Admirals Assistant Coach Alan May and Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory will be in the studio taking your calls. 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.
ADMIRALS STREAKS AND TRENDS
Bracken Kearns, Points in five straight games (4G, 3A since 01/07 vs. HER)
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK January 14, 2009 DELETE RW Steve Downie – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD D Vladimir Mihalik – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
January 16, 2009 ADD G Karri Ramo – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
January 18, 2009 DELETE F Mathieu Curadeau – Returned on loan to Fort Wayne (IHL)
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.