NORFOLK, VA – The Admirals closed out their four-game homestand with a pair of victories this past weekend against the Syracuse Crunch. John Gibson was stellar in both games against the Crunch, allowing just one goal in six periods of play this weekend. Gibson posted a 17-save shutout in a 2-0 Norfolk win on Friday, while turning aside 28 of 29 shots faced to lead the Admirals to a 2-1 win on Saturday. Gibson pieced together a shutout sequence of nearly 111 minutes between both games.
The Admirals took three of four games during the recent homestand, and improve their home record to 13-8-0-4, and are 6-2-0-2 overall in the last ten games.
STANDINGS UPDATE as of 02/18/14 The Admirals (27-15-1-7, 62pts.) are currently third in the East Division, four points back of first place Binghamton. Norfolk is sixth overall in the conference.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD Tues., Feb. 18 … at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 22 … at Albany, 5:00 p.m.
Sun,. Feb. 23....at Springfield, 3:00 p.m.
ADMIRALS’ LOG • John Gibson's shutout victory last Friday was the fifth of is career. He now holds the league lead in shutout with five.
• Zack Stortini played in his 600th professional game on Saturday. Stortini currently leads the AHL in penalty minutes (243) and major penalties (27)
NORFOLK LEADERS Goals: Devante Smith-Pelly (17)
Assists: Rickard Rakell, Emerson Etem (19)
Points: Emerson Etem (31)
Games: Chris Wagner, Zack Stortini (50)
PP goals: Devante Smith-Pelly (8)
SH goals: Max Friberg (3)
+/- Rating: Emerson Etem (+11)
PIM: Zack Stortini (243)
GAA: John Gibson (2.27)
Spct: John Gibson (.923)
Wins: John Gibson (17)
Losses: John Gibson (15, four losses in shootout)
GPI: John Gibson (35)
Minutes: John Gibson (2007:31)
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS The GEICO Challenge Cup Series resumes on Tuesday when the Admirals invade Time Warner Cable Arena in hopes of tying up the Challenge Cup series at six points apiece (CHA- 6, NOR- 4). The Admirals have posted a 1-1-1-1 record this season against Charlotte. Norfolk's second ranked penalty kill unit will have to contend with Charlotte's fourth ranked power play unit that scored three times on the man advantage against the Admirals back on January 19. The three power play goals was the most the Admirals have allowed all season. Aaron Palushaj leads the Checkers with two goals and two assists against the Admirals this season. Norfolk's Antoine Lagainere and Emerson Etem each have posted five points against Charlotte this season.
CHARLOTTE LEADERS Goals: Zach Boychuk (22)
Assists: Chris Terry (26)
Points: Aaron Palushaj (43)
Games: Aaron Palushaj, Justin Shugg, Victor Rask (49)
PP goals: Zach Boychuk (12)
SH goals: Brett Sutter, Nicolas Blanchard (1)
+/- Rating: Greg Nemisz (+8)
PIM: Matthew Corrente (83)
GAA: John Muse (2.80)
Spct: John Muse (.910)
Wins: John Muse (16)
Losses: John Muse (11)
GPI: John Muse (29)
Minutes: John Muse (1607:51)
After a rare Friday off for the Admirals, a big two points will be on the line when Norfolk travels to Albany to take on the Devils Saturday. Albany currently sitting in the ninth spot in the conference, is just two points behind sixth place Norfolk. The will also renew a sibling rivalry between Norfolk's Steven Whitney and Albany's Joe Whitney. The two brothers played together at Boston College. Joe Whitney leads the Devils in points (41), goals (19), and assists (22). The Admirals are 2-1 this season against Albany.
ALBANY LEADERS Goals: Joe Whitney (19)
Assists: Joe Whitney (22)
Points: Joe Whitney (41)
Games: Seth Helgeson (51)
PP goals: Joe Whitney (5)
SH goals: Five tied (1)
+/- Rating: Scott Timmins, Corbin McPherson (+9)
PIM: Seth Helgeson (74)
GAA: Keith Kinkaid (2.30)
Spct: Keith Kinkaid (.914)
Wins: Keith Kinkaid (18)
Losses: Scott Wedgewood (14; three in shootout)
GPI: Keith Kinkaid (29)
Minutes: Keith Kinkaid (1671:19)
Norfolk will close out the road stretch on Sunday afternoon in Springfield. The game will feature the AHL's top two penalty kill units as Springfield is ranked first and Norfolk second. The Admirals are 2-1 this season against the Falcons. Norfolk picked up a gutsy and hard-fought performance at Springfield back on January 12. The Falcons are ranked second in the conference and have been atop to the Northeast Division for a majority of the season.
SPRINGFIELD LEADERS Goals: Michael Chaput (15)
Assists: Jonathan Marchessault (26)
Points: Jonathan Marchessault (40)
Games: Jake Hansen (52)
PP goals: Jonathan Marchessault (7)
SH goals: Darryl Boyce (2)
+/- Rating: Frederic St. Denis (+13)
PIM: Dalton Smith (94)
GAA: Mike McKenna (2.03)
Spct: Mike McKenna (.929)
Wins: Jeremy Smith (17)
Losses: Jeremy Smith (13; three in shootout)
GPI: Jeremy Smith (30)
Minutes: Jeremy Smith (1741:00)
**Upcoming Home Games, Events, & Promotions**
Wednesday, February 26 vs. Charlotte, 7:15 p.m.(GEICO Cup Challenge Game) • Student Rush Night: All college students can purchase $9 tickets after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday when they present their College I.D. at the Scope Box Office. Student Rush games take place for ALL Tuesday and Wednesday Admirals games this season!
• Family Fun Packs: Get 4-tickets, 4-hot dogs, 4-sodas, & 4-popcorns for just $54! This offer is available for ALL Tuesday and Wednesday Admirals games this season
Friday, February 28 vs. Manchester, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 vs. Manchester, 7:15 p.m. Old Dominion University vs. Northern Virginia Community College Hockey Game 2:00 p.m. Ticket to Admirals game will get you into this game for free, some come early!
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 www.ticketmaster.com
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.
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