Weekend Preview – Admirals vs. Adirondack Phantoms
Dates: February 10 - 11, 2012
Venue: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia
27-18-1-2, 57 points 3rd East Division 5th Eastern Conference
22-22-1-1, 46 points T-4th in Northeast Division T-13th in Eastern Conference
47/230 (20.4 %, 5th)
37/212 (17.5 %, 16th)
185/228 (43 GA, 81.1 %, 22nd)
152/186 (34 GA, 81.7 %, 16th)
ADMIRALS AND PHANTOMS REUNITE AT SCOPE The last time the Admirals and Phantoms met at Scope, the two teams combined for a total of 94 penalty minutes, including 62 minutes as time expired in what was a 2-1 Admirals victory on December 3. Tyler Johnson scored both goals for the home team, while Jason Akeson notched the lone goal for the visitors.
The two teams squared off once again last Friday night in Glen Falls, N.Y. Carter Ashton scored the only goal for Norfolk, while Tye McGinn notched a pair of goals for the Phantoms as Adirondack claimed a 3-1 victory.
This weekend’s contests between the Admirals and Phantoms are the final two meetings at Scope this season. Norfolk returns to Glen Falls on March 9th and again for the season finale on April 15th.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT AT NORFOLK SCOPE Tonight, the Admirals will hold their second Military Appreciation Night of the 2011-12 season. Red Level tickets (normally $17.50 on game nights) will be available for just $9 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active and retired military, their dependants and reservists with valid military identification.
ADMIRALS OPEN IMPORTANT STRETCH OF GAMES This weekend’s matchups vs. the Phantoms begin an important stretch of games for Norfolk. After Saturday night’s contest, the Admirals will travel to Charlotte for the sixth game of the GEICO Challenge Cup on Sunday. The Checkers currently hold a three-point lead with three games remaining between the teams.
After Sunday’s contest, the Admirals will begin a stretch of seven consecutive games within the East Division. On Wednesday night, the Admirals visit the division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, before returning home next weekend for the only set of gamesagainst the Syracuse Crunch at Scope this season.
Norfolk will then return to the road for three games in three nights. On Friday, Feb. 24, the Admirals visit the Binghamton Senators for the first time since early December, prior to traveling to Hershey on Saturday the 25th and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday the 26th.
The Admirals will open a three game homestand when they return to Scope on Wednesday, Feb. 29th, in a rematch with the Bears.
THERE’S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING Entering tonight’s contest vs. the Phantoms, the Admirals a 12-1-1-1 when leading after the first period while Adirondack arrives at Scope holding an 18-1-0-1 over the same amount of time.
However, the Admirals have not led after the first period in four games vs. the Phantoms this season.
In the first meeting between the teams this season, Norfolk scored twice in the third period and converted on two of four shootout attempts, as they erased a one-goal deficit, for a 5-4 victory on October 26 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
When the Phantoms visited Scope on December 2, the teams traded first period goals before the visitors ignited with four unanswered goals in a 5-1 victory. The following night, it wasn’t until five minutes into the second period before Jason Akeson, who scored has five goals in four games between the clubs this season, broke the scoreless tie with his seventh of the season. However, the Admirals responded back with a pair of Tyler Johnson third-period tallies, as they came from behind to defeat the Phantoms, 2-1.
Last Friday night, the Phantoms once again scored the opening goal. Tye McGinn scored his first of two goals just over midway through the opening period. The teams then exchanged a set of second period goals. In his first game since joining the Phantoms, Matthew Ford notched a goal 20 seconds into the period before Carter Ashton scored his 18th goal of the season at the midway point of the contest. With less than three minutes remaining in the period, McGinn capped off the scoring with his second of the night, to give the home team the 3-1 lead.
Norfolk is 18-2-1-1 (.864) when scoring first this season. Only Oklahoma City (21-1-1-1, .917) has a higher winning percentage in the AHL when scoring first.
The Phantoms are 7-13-1-0 for 15 points in 21 road games this season. They have the fewest wins and points and are tied for the second-fewest road games played in the AHL.
The Admirals have scored the most third-period goals in the AHL (59) while the Phantoms are tied for the sixth-most goals allowed in the third period in the AHL (51).
Norfolk has trailed entering the third period of each game against Adirondack this season.
The Admirals and Phantoms are averaging 66.5 combined penalty minutes per game against one another in 2011-12.
Twelve different players have posted 10 or more penalty minutes in the season series.
Rookies Tyler Johnson (3g) and Carter Ashton (3g) have combined to score six of the nine goals Norfolk has posted against Adirondack this season. Michel Ouellet has two tallies, while the team is credited for a goal in Norfolk's shootout victory at Adirondack on October 26.
Adirondack goaltender Michael Leighton has posted a 2-1-0 record against the Admirals in 2011-12 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .956 save percentage. He is Norfolk's franchise leader in games played, wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage.
Phantoms forward Tye McGinn has five goals in four games against Norfolk this season. He has only two goals in 35 games against other AHL opponents.
Adirondack forward Matthew Ford, who was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers last week in a trade with the Washington Capitals, has posted four goals and six points in nine games against Norfolk in 2011-12 between the Phantoms and Hershey Bears.