NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals earned four of six standings points this past weekend posting a 1-0-0-2 record in the three games played. On Friday, the Admirals rallied from a two-goal deficit to the Worcester Sharks, as Dave Steckel scored with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and the eventual shootout. The Sharks outdueled Norfolk in the shootout to take the game 3-2.
Saturday's Pink in the Rink game featured a sellout crowd and a fantastic finish. The two teams skated to a scoreless tie in regulation, but Jesse Blacker netted the game-winning goal at 2:21 of overtime to bring the crowd of 8.701 to its feet as Norfolk took the game 1-0. Goaltender John Gibson made 20 saves en route to his third shutout of the season.
Norfolk closed the weekend on Sunday in Charlotte with a 4-3 shootout loss to the checkers. The Admirals assumed a 2-0 lead, but Charlotte rallied to force the overtime shootout where it scored three times to secure the win. Norfolk's Antoine Laganiere and John Kurtz each registered a goal and an assist. The game marked the return of goaltender Brad Theissen who had been out with an injury he sustained on December 9.
STANDINGS UPDATE as of games played through 1/20/14
The Admirals (21-13-1-6, 49pts.) are currently third in the East Division, and sixth overall in the conference.
• Norfolk leads the AHL in overtime games played (16) and shootouts (13)
• The Admirals are currently on a four-game point streak. Norfolk has registered six standings points in the last four games, and has registered a point in seven of its last eight with a record of 4-1-0-3.
• The Admirals have won four of their last five home games.
• Devante Smith-Pelly's five-game goal scoring streak came to an end on Friday vs. Worcester. His five-game streak matched a team and league high with teammate Emerson Etem.
NORFOLK LEADERS Goals: Devante Smith-Pelly (12)
Assists: Rickard Rakell (18)
Points: Rickard Rakell (28)
Games: Chris Wagner, Kevin Gagne, Zack Stortini (41)
PP goals: Rickard Rakell (6)
SH goals: Max Friberg (3)
+/- Rating: Rickard Rakell (+8)
PIM: Zack Stortini (184)
GAA: Igor Bobkov (2.45)
Spct: Igor Bobkov (.919)
Wins: John Gibson (12)
Losses: John Gibson (13, four losses in shootout)
GPI: John Gibson (28)
Minutes: John Gibson (1618:50)
SCOUTING THE PENGUINS The Admirals and Penguins meet in a pair of rivalry games at Scope this weekend. Norfolk trails the second place Penguins by just three points in the East Division standings. Tom Kostopoulos leads the Pens in points (27) and goals (15). The Penguins are ranked last in the AHL in shots taken per game averaging 26.40, but is first in the league in shots allowed per game at 25.30. The Admirals have taken both games played between the two teams so far this season. Norfolk defeated the Penguins on Oct. 26 (2-1) and again on Dec. 27 (3-1).
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON LEADERS Goals: Tom Kostopoulos (15)
Assists: Brendan Mikkelson (19)
Points: Tom Kostopoulos, Brian Gibbons (27)
Games: Scott Harrington (40)
PP goals: Tom Kostopoulos (8)
SH goals: Brian Gibbons, Jayson Megna (2)
+/- Rating: Simon Despres (+19)
PIM: Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (142)
GAA: Eric Hartzell (1.92)
Spct: Eric Hartzell (.926)
Wins: Jeff Deslauriers (16)
Losses: Jeff Deslauriers (12; two in shootout)
GPI: Jeff Deslauriers (28)
Minutes: Jeff Deslauriers (1603:30)
**UPCOMING HOME GAMES, EVENTS, & PROMOTIONS**
Friday, January 24 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:30 p.m. The First 2,025 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin, presented by John's Tax Service and WTKR News Channel 3....Friday night is also Norfolk Public Schools Night! $5 tickets to all parents, students, teachers, and staff! For more information, check with your school's front office, or visit the Admirals Website .
Saturday, January 25 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:15 p.m. Admirals and Penguins meet in another big East Division Matchup at Scope!
Tuesday, January 28 vs. Charlotte, 7:15 p.m.(GEICO Challenge Cup Game) • College Rush Night! $9 tickets to all college students (w/ I.D.) at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. the day of the game. (Offer good for all Tues. and Wed. games this season!) • Family Fun Packs: 4-Tickets, 4-hot dogs, 4-sodas, 4-popcorns for just $54!! Fun Packs may be purchased at the Scope Box Office. (Offer good for all Tues, and Wed. games this season!)
GAME 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
For 10-packs, or discounted group 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.
BOOK YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY TODAY Do you want your child to have a birthday party to remember? Look no further than a party at a Norfolk Admirals game! We have three different packages ranging from a simple message on the video scoreboards, to a fully-catered party with a tour of the Admirals locker room. However, dates are filling up quickly. Book your party today! For more information, visit norfolkadmirals.com or contact Dana DeFilippo at (757) 640-1212 ext. 11.
ON THE RADIO / INTERNET The "Admirals Hour" radio show airs every Tuesday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on 1490 AM The Game. Tune-in for an inside look into Admirals hockey featuring Admirals players, coaches, and staff.
All regular season games air live on 1490-AM The Game and on 1650 AM, or Listen Online
Fans can watch the games online at AHL Live on a pay-per-view, or season pass basis.