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February 21, 2013

Admirals Return to Scope After Successful Trip

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals look to carry the momentum of a five-point weekend back to Scope as they play host to the Providence Bruins this weekend.

The Admirals went 3-0-1-0 on their four-game road trip. On February 10th in Hershey, the Admirals downed the Bears, 4-3, after a shootout. Last Friday, the Admirals went into Wilkes-Barre and defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 1-0, behind Brayden Irwin’s game-winning goal. The next night, the Admirals lost in overtime at Connecticut by the score of 2-1. The Admirals finished up the road trip with a 3-2 overtime win over Bridgeport on Sunday. Mat Clark scored the game-winning goal in overtime and Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly also lit the lamp for Norfolk.

The Admirals will be inducting the 6th class of the Admirals Hall of Fame before Friday’s game against Providence. Inductees this year are former Admirals defensemen Marty Wilford and forward Brian Martin.

At 22-24-3-1 (48 points), the Admirals are in 5th place in the East Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Below are the current AHL Eastern Conference standings:
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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.

Fri., Feb. 22 … vs. Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) … 7:30 p.m. | INVITE FRIENDS
Sat., Feb. 23 … vs. Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) … 7:15 p.m. | INVITE FRIENDS

  • The Norfolk Admirals announced that forward Brian Martin and defenseman Marty Wilford will be the newest members inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame. Their inductions will take place in a pre-game ceremony this Friday prior to the Admirals facing off against the Providence Bruins at Norfolk Scope Arena. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • From the 1989-90 to 1993-94 seasons, Martin averaged 1.89 points per game, netting 171 goals and 347 points in 184 games with the Admirals. He was part of two ECHL Admirals championship teams.
  • No player has recorded more assists and no defenseman has recorded more points in AHL Admirals history than Marty Wilford. In 318 games played, Wilford recorded 32 goals, 141 assists and 173 points with Norfolk. He is currently an Admirals assistant coach.
  • The Admirals went 3-0-1-0 during their four-game road trip, earning seven of a possible eight points.
  • Igor Bobkov stopped 65 of 67 shots he faced during the weekend – including a 32-save shutout on Friday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
  • Frederik Andersen played his first game since the Olympic Qualifying tournament on Sunday at Bridgeport. He stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced and picked up the win.
  • Emerson Etem, Hampus Lindholm and Nate Guenin will all be back at Scope after being returned on loan by Anaheim to Norfolk over the past week.
  • Mat Clark's overtime game-winner on Sunday at Bridgeport was his first goal of the year.
  • Sami Vatanen is tied for 14th in rookie scoring with 27 points; he is also tied for ninth in scoring from a defensemen. Vatanen carries a four-game assist streak into the weekend series against Providence.
  • Patrick Maroon and Peter Holland have each scored goals for the Anaheim Ducks in the past week.
  • Providence (30-17-0-3, 63 points) is third in the Eastern Conference and is first in the Atlantic Division.
  • Providence is on a four-game winning streak and is 9-1-0-0 in its last ten games.
  • This weekend's contests at Scope are the first matchups between the Admirals and Bruins this season. Norfolk travels to Providence for games on April 14th and April 21st.
  • This weekend's set of games will be just the fifth and sixth games between the clubs in the last four years.
  • Jamie Tardif is tied with former Admiral Tyler Johnson for the AHL lead in goals (26).
  • Out of Tardif’s 26 goals, 12 have came on the power play, which is good for second in the league.
  • Since being returned on loan from Boston, Tardif has five goals in five games.
  • Ryan Spooner’s 27 assists tie him for 14th in the league.
  • Bobby Robins leads the AHL in penalty minutes (237).
  • Both Admirals goaltender Frederik Andersen and Providence goaltender Niklas Svedberg are ranked in the top three of save percentage and goals-against average for rookie goaltenders. Svedberg leads all rookie goaltenders and ranks second overall in the AHL with 24 wins.
  • Bruins captain Trent Whitfield played for the ECHL's Hampton Roads Admirals in 1998-99, posting 13 goals and 25 points in 19 regular season games before netting two goals in four Kelly Cup Playoff games. This season, he has appeared in 26 games with Providence, scoring three goals and seven points.
Owners of a five-game winning streak, the Anaheim Ducks (12-2-1, 25 points) have climbed to second place in the Western Conference. Former Admirals Patrick Maroon scored his first NHL goal in Anaheim’s 3-2 shootout victory over Nashville last Saturday. Peter Holland then netted his second career NHL goal in Anaheim’s 3-2 win over Columbus on Monday night. Kyle Palmieri has four goals and two assists in 15 games for the Ducks. His two game-winning goals rank ninth in the NHL.

The Anaheim Ducks announced yesterday that they have signed goaltender Viktor Fasth to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season. Fasth made his North American professional debut with the Admirals last month, going 1-1-1 with with a 1.96 GAA and .914 SV%. Fasth has appeared in nine contests for Anaheim this season, posting a perfect 8-0-0 record (one no decision) with a 1.78 goals-against average (GAA) and a .933 save percentage (SV%). The 6-0, 186-pound netminder is just the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first eight-or-more career decisions (also Ray Emery with Ottawa, an NHL record 9-0-0 from 2003-05; and Bob Froese with Philadelphia, 8-0-0 in Jan. 1983). Co-leading the NHL in wins, Fasth also ranks sixth in GAA and tied for seventh in SV%.

Admirals season tickets remain one of the best entertainment values in Hampton Roads. 2013-14 season tickets are now available for as little as $50 a month. Effective immediately, you can lock in your 2013-14 season tickets with a $100 deposit per seat. To take advantage of the Admirals Season Ticket Payment Plan, that deposit is due by February 28, 2013. Monthly payments will be spread out from March through August.

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Goals: Peter Holland (16)
Assists: Sami Vatanen (23)
Points: Peter Holland (35)
Games: Mat Clark (47)
PP goals: Patrick Maroon, Kyle Palmieri (7)
SH Goals: Troy Bodie, Emerson Etem, Peter Holland, Chris Wagner (1)
+/- Rating: Chris Wagner (+8)
PIM: Patrick Maroon (108)
GAA: Frederik Andersen (2.28)
Spct: Frederik Andersen (.929)
Wins: Frederik Andersen, Igor Bobkov (10)
Losses: Igor Bobkov (14)
GPl: Frederik Andersen, Igor Bobkov (24)
Minutes: Frederik Andersen, Igor Bobkov (1366)

Goals: Jamie Tardif (26)
Assists: Ryan Spooner (27)
Points: Ryan Spooner (37)
Games: Craig Cunningham (50)
PP goals: Jamie Tardif (12)
SH Goals: Lane MacDermid (2)
+/- Rating: Garnet Exelby (+10)
PIM: Bobby Robins (237)
GAA: Niklas Svedberg (2.32)
Spct: Niklas Svedberg (2.32)
Wins: Niklas Svedberg (24)
Losses: Michael Hutchinson (11)
GPI: Niklas Svedberg (33)
Minutes: Niklas Svedberg (1962)

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