Rumble Has Mixed Reviews From Last Weekend's Games
by Jed Lynch
The Admirals matched up against the Portland Pirates in a two-game series this past weekend. Friday night the Admirals jumped to a two-goal lead in the first period and would never trail the rest of the game with a final score of 4-2.
The next night the Admirals lead 3-1 in the first period, but would give up three goals in the second and would not lead the game again as they fell to the Pirates 6-5.
“Obviously we’re happy with the first one,” said head coach Darren Rumble. “We played a good first and third [period], but we forgot to come out skating in the second period. We had 27 turnovers in the second period and 20 of them were unforced, and the same thing happened on Saturday night. The errors we’re making are just us, which is the most frustrating thing from the coaching staff’s point of view. At the same time, at least it’s fixable.”
It wasn’t all bad as the previously sluggish Norfolk power play went two of eight for the series. Also, the Ads’ penalty kill stays solid and has allowed only one goal on 18 attempts over the past seven games.
Rumble is encouraged by the progress on special teams.
"We’re going to concentrate on the positives and the stuff we can clean up from video," said Rumble. "I’d be worried if we weren’t good enough, but I think we have some potential. We’re just going to keep hammering away."
The Admirals will look to hammer away at the Syracuse Crunch this Friday at Scope. It will be the last home game as the Admirals’ next 14 of 18 games are scheduled to be away. Be sure to bring non-perishable food items for Salvation Army Night and remember to wear your Halloween costume for the Costume Contest held at the first intermission. The winner will be decided by applause.