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December 11, 2012

Admirals Bring Strong Defense Back To Scope






NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals have allowed only five goals in their last four games, and look to maintain their strong defense as they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Norfolk Scope Arena this Friday and Saturday night.

Last week, the Admirals split two games away from Scope. Brandon McMillan scored 10 seconds into the Washington AHL Showcase, presented by GEICO, last Thursday in Washington, D.C., but the Hershey Bears skated away with a 2-1 victory. Norfolk bounced back on Saturday night, as Frederik Andersen made 39 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators. The Admirals have won three of their last four games, out-scoring their opponents, 13-5, in that span.

This weekend, the Admirals clash with the Sound Tigers for the third and fourth times this season. The puck drops Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Promotions this weekend include the Toy Toss and Admirals Trading Card giveaway on Friday and then Pucks 'n' Paws Night and a post-game skate with the Admirals on Saturday. More details are given below.



STANDINGS UPDATE
At 10-12-0-0 (20 points), the Admirals are in 5th place in the East Division and 14th place in the Eastern Conference. Below are the current AHL Eastern Conference standings:
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., Dec. 14 … vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Dec. 15 … vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has killed 33 consecutive opponent power plays over its last six games dating back to a Chad Kolarik power play goal on November 24th at Connecticut.
  • The Admirals have not allowed more than two goals in a contest in the last four games.
  • With its 3-1 win on Saturday, Norfolk snapped Binghamton’s franchise-record nine-game winning streak and ten-game point streak. Prior to Saturday, the last regulation loss for the Senators came on November 3 at Norfolk.
  • Goaltender Frederik Andersen has started all four Norfolk games in December, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 1.25 goals-against average and .962 save percentage.
  • Among all AHL goaltenders this season, Andersen ranks fifth in save percentage (.928) and tenth in goals-against average (2.38). He leads all AHL rookie goaltenders in save percentage and ranks second in goals-against average.
  • Sami Vatanen has points and assists in his last three games (0g, 3a).
  • Brandon McMillan has points in three straight games (2g, 1a).
  • McMillan’s goal 10 seconds into Thursday's game against Hershey was the fastest to start a game in the American Hockey League since Chicago Wolves player Tim Miller scored nine seconds into the game on March 11, 2011, vs. Peoria. The fastest goal scored in AHL Admirals history was by Zenon Konopka eight seconds into a game against the Manchester Monarchs at Norfolk Scope Arena on January 9, 2009.
  • Peter Holland has recorded a multiple-point game in three of his last four games (1g, 5a).
  • Jordan Hendry has points in three of his last four games (2g, 1a) after not recording a point in his first 13 games of 2012-13.
  • Defenseman Hampus Lindholm has been reassigned by the Anaheim Ducks to Sweden's entry in the 2013 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship.
  • Thursday night's crowd of 18,506 at Verizon Center for the Washington AHL Showcase, presented by GEICO, was the eleventh-largest crowd to see a regular season game in American Hockey League history (the seventh-largest crowd for a game played indoors).
  • Prior to establishing a new record on Thursday, the largest regular season crowd Norfolk had previously played in front of in AHL Admirals history was 14,926 on February 9, 2003, against the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
SCOPING THE COMPETITION – SCOUTING REPORT FOR UPCOMING HOME GAMES
  • The Admirals and Bridgeport Sound Tigers meet for the third and fourth games of an eight-game season series this Friday and Saturday at Norfolk Scope Arena. Bridgeport (11-11-0-1) is the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders.
  • Both teams have a victory in the season series so far, with Bridgeport claiming a 4-2 win on November 7th and Norfolk earning a 5-1 win on December 2nd with both games taking place at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  • After beginning the season 10-4-0-0, the Sound Tigers recently snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-7-0-1) with a 7-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch last Sunday.
  • Norfolk is 5-6-0-0 at home this season. The Admirals are looking to snap a five-game home losing streak dating back to November 16th.
  • Bridgeport is 5-8-0-0 on the road this season. The Sound Tigers are looking to snap a five-game road losing streak dating back to November 21st.
  • The Sound Tigers lead the AHL in power play efficiency at 23.4% (25/107). The Admirals rank sixth in the AHL in penalty killing at 86.0% (98/114).
  • The Sound Tigers are led offensively by Nino Niederreiter (11g, 13a, 24pts), who was a first-round selection (fifth overall) of the New York Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Among all AHL players this season, Niederreiter is tied for eighth in points and leads the league in power play points (3g, 10a, 13pts).
  • Bridgeport forward Colin McDonald is tied for the AHL lead with eight points in December (5gp, 2g, 6a). Norfolk forward Peter Holland is tied for fourth (4gp, 1g, 5a, 6pts).
  • Sound Tigers rookie Brock Nelson is tied for fourth in rookie scoring and is tied for third in rookie goals this season (10g, 9a, 19pts).
  • Bridgeport defenseman Jon Landry is tied for the AHL lead in power play goals by a defenseman (5). He leads the Sound Tigers in power play goals.
  • Sound Tigers left wing Brett Gallant leads the AHL with 121 penalty minutes in 21 games.
  • Former Admirals defenseman Ty Wishart now skates for the Sound Tigers. Wishart, who scored 14 goals and 57 points in 168 games with Norfolk from 2008-11, has registered two assists in 17 games with Bridgeport this season.
  • There are no former Sound Tigers now playing for Norfolk.
  • Bridgeport is the most penalized team in the American Hockey League this season, averaging 26.04 penalty minutes per game (599 PIM/23 games).
  • Bridgeport faces off against the Portland Pirates tonight from the Cumberland County Civic Center in Maine before traveling to Hampton Roads.
TOY TOSS SET FOR FRIDAY
The Norfolk Admirals are pleased to announce that their annual Toy Toss will take place Friday night when the Admirals take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Scope at 7:30 p.m. Admirals fans are asked to bring new stuffed toys to that game to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal. Toys will be collected for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

FIRST 2,000 FANS WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST SET OF ADMIRALS TRADING CARDS ON FRIDAY
The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive the first set of 2012-13 Admirals trading cards, courtesy of Michael and Son Services and JPM Financial Services/John's Tax Service.

NEXT POST-GAME SKATE WITH THE ADMIRALS IS SATURDAY
The Admirals will hold their second post-game skate of the season where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited number of skates will be available or fans may bring their own skates.

SATURDAY IS PUCKS 'N' PAWS NIGHT
Pucks n Paws Night Join us on Saturday for Pucks 'n' Paws Night as your Norfolk Admirals play the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders) at 7:15 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena. Fans who are not bringing dogs may purchase Gold Level tickets for just $14 and Red Level tickets for $11 for this game. If you were to buy these tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they'd be $22 for Gold Level and $19 for Red Level – you save $8!

If you would like to bring your small or medium-sized dog to the game, Red Level tickets are available for $13. All fans who bring dogs to the game will be seated in Section 205.

Tee shirts featuring Admirals captain Nate Guenin and his dog Diezel will be available for sale at the game. Proceeds from ticket sales, tee shirt sales and more will benefit the Virginia Beach SPCA or the Chesapeake Humane Society.

This special offer is only good online at norfolkadmirals.com/groups and is only available through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13. The page will automatically expire at that time. When visiting norfolkadmirals.com/groups, please be sure to select whether you would like your ticket purchase to benefit the Virginia Beach SPCA or the Chesapeake Humane Society by selecting the appropriate order form from the drop-down menu.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Peter Holland (10)
Assists: Peter Holland (13)
Points: Peter Holland (23)
Games: Several (22)
PP goals: Kyle Palmieri (4)
SH Goals: Troy Bodie, Chris Wagner (1)
+/- Rating: Nate Guenin (+9)
PIM: Patrick Maroon (46)
GAA: Frederik Andersen (2.38)
Spct: Frederik Andersen (.928)
Wins: Frederik Andersen (7)
Losses: Frederik Andersen, Igor Bobkov (6)
GPl: Frederik Andersen (15)
Minutes: Frederik Andersen (858)

BRIDGEPORT LEADERS
Goals: Nino Niederreiter (11)
Assists: Nino Niederreiter (13)
Points: Nino Niederreiter (24)
Games: Several (23)
PP goals: Jon Landry (5)
SH Goals: Casey Cizikas, Brandon DeFazio, Brock Nelson (1)
+/- Rating: Matt Donovan, Johan Sundstrom, David Ullstrom (+4)
PIM: Brett Gallant (121)
GAA: Anders Nilsson (3.16)
Spct: Anders Nilsson (.896)
Wins: Kevin Poulin (6)
Losses: Anders Nilsson, Kevin Poulin (5)
GPI: Kevin Poulin (12)
Minutes: Kevin Poulin (676)

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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