NORFOLK, VA. – The Norfolk Admirals, ECHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, take on the Monarchs in the second of a three-game series on Friday night.
Admirals (2-6-0-0) vs. Monarchs (4-3-0-1)
Last Time Out:
Manchester jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back, scoring less than a minute into the first period. The Monarchs would score twice more in the opening period before the Admirals got on the board. Brady Vail’s goal in the opening frame was the only one that the Admirals were able to muster as Manchester tacked on four more goals to finish the night with a 7-1 victory. Monarchs captain Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman finished the night with three points (2g, 1a) leading all scorers.
Defenseman Daniel Johnston made his Admirals debut on Wednesday night. Johnston, acquired from Tulsa earlier in the week, is one of three players joining the Admirals this week. Norfolk was active on Thursday trading forward Erik Bradford in exchange for defenseman Michael Young. Young, a 2017 ECHL All-Star, joins the Admirals after spending the last two seasons with Rapid City. Norfolk also signed forward Kenton Helgesen, who began the season with Orlando. All three players are expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s contest.
Scouting the Monarchs:
A pair of assists on Wednesday night allowed Joel Lowry to maintain his team lead in points (5g, 4a, 9 pts). Cory Ward (3g, 5a) is tied with Tony Cameranesi (2g, 6a) for second on the team in scoring. Altogether 12 different Monarchs found the score sheet on Wednesday night.
Charles Williams made 16 saves in the victory on Wednesday night. The netminder has appeared in five of the Monarchs eight games so far this season, and has all four Manchester victories. Evan Cowley has three starts, but has yet to record his first professional victory.
The two former AHL combatants meet for the 19th time as ECHL foes on Friday night. Manchester holds the edge in the all-time ECHL series, however, the Admirals have claimed at least a point in 9 of the 18 previous meetings.
Last season Norfolk and Manchester split the series, each taking four wins from the eight-game series. After this weekend the teams will face off three more times before the end of the season.
Full, partial season tickets, and individual tickets are on sale now. Call 757-640-1212 or visit NorfolkAdmirals.com to purchase today.