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October 30, 2012

Admirals Return Home to Battle Senators This Weekend






NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals, who have begun the 2012-13 season with five wins in their first six games, return to Hampton Roads this weekend to battle the Binghamton Senators on Friday and Saturday nights at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Last weekend in their first road games of the season, the Admirals split a pair of contests against the St. John’s IceCaps. Despite 40 saves by Frederik Andersen and a goal and an assist from Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday night, Norfolk fell at St. John’s, 3-2. The next day, Igor Bobkov stopped all 38 shots he faced for his first professional shutout and the Admirals received goals from Patrick Maroon and John Mitchell in a 2-0 win.

The puck drops at Scope between the Admirals and Senators on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:15 p.m.



STANDINGS UPDATE
At 5-1-0-0 (10 points), the Admirals are tied for first place in the East Division and tied for second place in the Eastern Conference.
Can't see the above standings? Visit theahl.com.

Eight teams in each conference shall qualify for the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. Following the conclusion of each team's 76-game regular season, the three division winners in each conference will be seeded first through third (in order of regular-season points) and the next five best teams (in order of regular-season points) will be seeded fourth through eighth.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Nov. 2 … vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:30 p.m. | Tickets | Invite Friends
Sat., Nov. 3 … vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:15 p.m. | Tickets | Invite Friends


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • The Admirals are tied for sixth in offense (3.83 goals for per game) and are seventh in defense (2.50 goals against per game) in the American Hockey League. Among Eastern Conference teams, Norfolk is tied for third in offense and is fourth in defense. Norfolk leads the East Division in both categories.
  • On Saturday, Norfolk lost its first regular season game since February 5, 2012 (at Springfield). The Admirals won their final 28 regular season games of the 2011-12 season and the first four games of the 2012-13 regular season.
  • Norfolk’s Igor Bobkov and Houston's Darcy Kuemper are the only AHL goaltenders with three or more games played who remain undefeated this season. Both Bobkov and Kuemper are 3-0-0.
  • Bobkov posted 38 saves for his first pro/AHL/Admirals shutout on Sunday in St. John's. He is now 7-1-0 in his AHL career.
  • Peter Holland (2g, 4a) had points in Norfolk's first five games this season before being held off the scoresheet on Sunday.
  • Luca Caputi (Saturday), John Kurtz (Sunday) and Ryan Parent (Sunday) each made their Norfolk debuts last weekend in St. John's.
  • Norfolk is 5-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and has lost its only game when surrendering the first goal of the game.
  • Defenseman Sami Vatanen (2g, 5a) leads the Admirals with seven points in six games.
  • Defenseman Nate Guenin (+10) leads the AHL in plus/minus.
  • Forward Chris Wagner (+6) is tied for the lead among AHL rookies in plus/minus.
SCOUTING REPORT
  • The Admirals play the Binghamton Senators on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. These are the first of eight meetings between the clubs in 2012-13. Binghamton is the top development club of the NHL's Ottawa Senators.
  • Three of Norfolk’s next four games are against Binghamton – including a contest at the Broome County Veterans' Memorial Arena on November 10th.
  • These are the first games for Norfolk in 2012-13 against an East Division opponent.
  • Binghamton (3-3-1-0, 7 points) is tied for third place in the East Division and tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. After opening the season with two wins, the Senators have just one win in their last five games (1-3-1-0).
  • Norfolk is 4-0-0-0 at home this season. Binghamton is 2-2-0-0 on the road this season.
  • There are no former Admirals on the current Binghamton roster, and no former Senators on the Norfolk roster. Former Admirals Head Coach Steve Stirling (2007-08) is now an assistant coach with Binghamton. Current Admirals Associate Coach Mike Haviland made his professional playing debut with the AHL’s Binghamton Whalers in 1989-90.
  • Among all AHL teams this season, Binghamton ranks 25th in offense (2.29 GPG), T-12th in defense (2.86 GAPG), 27th on the power play (4/41, 9.8%) and 9th on the penalty kill (30/35, 85.7%).
  • Binghamton leads the AHL with four shorthanded goals scored in 2012-13.
  • Forwards Mike Hoffman (1g, 3a) and Mark Stone (0g, 4a) lead the Senators with four points each.
  • Goaltender Robin Lehner has started six of Binghamton’s seven games, going 3-2-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. He was the MVP of the playoffs as the Senators won the 2011 Calder Cup.
  • Joining Lehner between the pipes is Ben Bishop (0-1-0, 4.00, .895) – the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic MVP.
  • This weekend's games will feature some of the AHL's tallest goaltenders: Binghamton's Ben Bishop (6'7") is the tallest goaltender to ever play in the National Hockey League. Norfolk's Igor Bobkov (6'6") is just one inch shorter, while his teammate Frederik Andersen and Binghamton's Robin Lehner are both 6'4". Senators goaltender Nathan Lawson rounds out this weekend's possible netminders at 6'2".
  • Defenseman Mark Borowiecki ranks second in the AHL in penalty minutes (47). He is the only player on the Senators’ roster with more penalty minutes than goaltender Robin Lehner (22).
  • Binghamton is the second-most penalized team in the AHL (175 PIM in seven games). Norfolk is the eighth-most penalized team in the AHL (121 PIM in six games).
ADMIRALS GOAL SCORING LEADER PATRICK MAROON IS THIS WEEK'S ADMIRALS HOUR GUEST
The Admirals Hour, presented by Michael and Son, airs on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. This week, Admirals goal scoring leader Patrick Maroon will join "The Voice of the Admirals" Pete Michaud and "The Original Admiral" Dennis McEwen. To join in the conversation, call (757) 490-2750.

SALVATION ARMY NIGHT
The Admirals return to Scope on Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3, to square off against the Binghamton Senators. Friday night's game is Salvation Army Fundraiser Night. Please visit norfolkadmirals.com/groups for information about ordering discounted fundraising tickets to benefit The Salvation Army. These tickets may only be ordered online and may only be ordered through Thursday, November 1.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Patrick Maroon (4)
Assists: Devante Smith-Pelly, Sami Vatanen (5)
Points: Sami Vatanen (7)
Games: Several (6)
PP goals: Patrick Maroon, Sami Vatanen (2)
SH Goals: Troy Bodie, Chris Wagner (1)
+/- Rating: Nate Guenin (+10)
PIM: Patrick Maroon (18)
GAA: Igor Bobkov (2.22)
Spct: Igor Bobkov (.938)
Wins: Igor Bobkov (3)
Losses: Frederik Andersen (1)
GPl: Frederik Andersen, Igor Bobkov (3)
Minutes: Igor Bobkov (190)

BINGHAMTON LEADERS
Goals: Several (2)
Assists: Mark Stone (4)
Points: Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone (4)
Games: Several (7)
PP goals: Several (1)
SH Goals: Several (1)
+/- Rating: Mark Borowiecki (+3)
PIM: Mark Borowiecki (47)
GAA: Robin Lehner (1.80)
Spct: Robin Lehner (.938)
Wins: Robin Lehner (3)
Losses: Robin Lehner (2)
GPI: Robin Lehner (6)
Minutes: Robin Lehner (333)

TICKETS
Individual tickets are on sale now 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 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 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.






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