– After winning two of three preseason games against the St. John's IceCaps last week, the Norfolk Admirals will open the 2011-12 regular season this Friday and Saturday against the Charlotte Checkers at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The preseason slate took place in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador last week with contests against the St. John's IceCaps in three different venues. The Admirals defeated the IceCaps, 5-2
defeated the IceCaps, 5-2, on Thursday night in Grand Falls-Windsor on the strength of five different goal scorers. The following night in Gander, the IceCaps turned the tables by scoring a pair of power play goals in the final three minutes to defeat the Admirals, 5-2
. Yesterday in St. John's, Norfolk scored three power play goals to erase a one-goal deficit and defeat the IceCaps, 5-2
Norfolk opens the 2011-12 regular season on Friday and Saturday nights against the Charlotte Checkers. The games will mark the first two of eight contests in the GEICO Challenge Cup. Friday's game features a Party on the Plaza from 5-7 p.m. Additionally, magnetic schedules will be handed out both nights courtesy of Michael and Son Services, Inc. Saturday's game also features a post-game skate.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Oct. 7 … vs. Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Oct. 8 … vs. Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
MAGNETIC SCHEDULE GIVEAWAY, COURTESY OF MICHAEL AND SON
- The Admirals have five wins, five regulation losses and one shootout loss (5-5-0-0-1) in season-opening contests since joining the American Hockey League in the 2000-01 season.
- This season will mark the sixth time in 12 AHL campaigns the Admirals will open the regular season at home. Norfolk has two wins and three regulation losses in those games (2-3-0-0-0).
- Norfolk has six wins, four regulation losses and one tie (6-4-1-0-0) all-time in its first home game of the regular season.
- Ten different players scored goals for the Admirals in the preseason, led by two goals apiece from Jeff Dimmen and Tyler Johnson.
- Did you check out Head Coach Jon Cooper's blog during training camp? If not, click here.
2011-12 Admirals Magnetic Schedules will be given out to fans as they enter the gates on Friday and Saturday nights (while supplies last). This giveaway is courtesy of Michael and Son Services, Inc.
PARTY ON THE PLAZA
The Admirals and Sinclair Communications will team up to put on the Party on the Plaza outside of Norfolk Scope Arena from 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening. Come out and mingle with your fellow Admirals fans before the home opener! Live music will be provided by The River Boyz
SKATE WITH THE ADMIRALS AFTER SATURDAY'S GAME
On Saturday, October 8, the Admirals will hold their first post-game skate of the season where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited amount of skates will be available free of charge or fans may bring their own skates.
THIS WEEK ON THE MICHAEL & SON ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Michael & Son Admirals Hour on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud will be joined in the studio by Dennis McEwen
. A player will also call in to the show. If you have questions for the show, dial (757) 490-2750.
WIN A PAIR OF ADMIRALS SEASON TICKETS FROM 102.1 THE GAME
Be sure to stay tuned to 102.1-FM and 1490-AM "The Game" after the Admirals Hour tomorrow for The 757 Club. Johnny D and PB will be giving away a pair of 2011-12 Admirals season tickets! Like The Game on Facebook
to find out how you could win!
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
September 25, 2011
ADD F Mike Angelidis, F Carter Ashton, F Alex Hutchings, Tyler Johnson, Michel Ouellet, Richard Panik, Alexandre Picard, Trevor Smith, James Wright, F J.T. Wyman, D Mark Barberio, D Radko Gudas, D Charles Landry, D Richard Petiot, D Mike Vernace, G Dustin Tokarski, G Jaroslav Janus – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD F Cory Conacher, F Philip-Michael Devos, F Matt Fornataro, F Pierre-Cedric Labrie, F Eric Neilson, D Jeff Dimmen, D Kevin Quick and G Pat Nagle – Released from Lightning tryouts and added to Norfolk roster (previously signed to AHL Standard Player Contracts (SPC)
September 29, 2011
ADD F Ondrej Palat – Signed to Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO)
ADD D Trevor Ludwig – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
October 3, 2011
DELETE F Alex Hutchings – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Norfolk (AHL) to Florida (ECHL)
DELETE G Pat Nagle – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Norfolk (AHL) to Florida (ECHL)
DELETE F Philip-Michael Devos – Loaned to Florida (ECHL)
Individual tickets are now on sale for all 38 Admirals regular season home games at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets or 10-packs 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 for more details or to purchase your tickets!
ON THE RADIO/INTERNET
All 76 regular season games will air live on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and online at 1021TheGame.com
. AHL Live will also carry online video of every Admirals game on a pay-per-view or season pass basis. Fans can log in to watch, listen or get more information about AHL Live’s online audio and video features at ahllive.com