NORFOLK, VA. – The Norfolk Admirals, ECHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, make the first of two trips to Brampton on Friday, taking on the Beast for the first time since 2015-16.
Admirals 3-7-1-0) vs. Beast (2-7-1-1)
Last Time Out:
The Admirals saw a three-goal lead evaporate in the third period as Atlanta topped Norfolk 5-4 in overtime. Making his second consecutive start, Jamie Murray made 34 saves in the loss. Norfolk collected a point in the second consecutive game, however Saturday was the first time the Admirals has lost this season when leading after two period.
Taking the Lead:
A three-point game on Saturday pushed rookie Grant Besse into a tie with Angelo Miceli for the team lead in points. With two goals and one assist the forward tallied his third multi-point game over his 11-game professional career. The forward is now one point behind Wheeling’s Reid Gardiner for the top scoring spot among ECHL rookies.
Rare Road Trip:
November is a busy month for the Admirals with 13 games, however only three of those 13 games will be played on the road. Friday’s game in Brampton is the first road game for the Admirals since the team returned from the season opening five-game road trip. After the team returns from Wheeling on Sunday the Admirals will play six straight games at home.
Scouting the Beast:
Brampton started the season with six consecutive losses before winning their first game of the year on Oct. 29 against Wheeling. Since that win the Beast have taken at least a point in two of their last four, however they have lost each of the last two games. Of their eight losses, regulation or overtime, the Beast have played five one-goal games.
Forward Brandon Marino leads the Beast with 10 points (5g, 5a) so far this season. After Marino the Beast has a pair of defensemen sitting in second and third in the team in scoring. Willie Corrin is second with nine points, but leads the team with eight helpers. Matt Petgrave is tied for third on the team with eight points.
The meeting will be the second all-time between the teams. Norfolk defeated the Beast 6-5 in Brampton on Dec. 13, 2015. Brampton has never played at Scope Arena.
Vail’s Streak Continues
Forward Brady Vail tied a career-high point-streak on Wednesday night when he picked up an assist on Darik Angeli’s third period tally. The current five-game streak is the fourth time in Vail’s career that the forward has notched points in five straight games. Never before though has Vail had a point streak go past five games. Since being held off the score sheet in his season debut Vail has notched a point in every game he has played.
Full, partial season tickets, and individual tickets are on sale now. Call 757-640-1212 or visit NorfolkAdmirals.com to purchase today.