NORFOLK, VA. – The Norfolk Admirals, ECHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, kick-off a three-in-three and a six-game home stand on Thursday night taking on Adirondack.
Admirals (3-8-1-0) vs. Thunder (7-5-1-1)
Last Time Out:
The Admirals cut a three-goal deficit to one by the end of the second period, but were unable to complete the comeback as Wheeling topped Norfolk 5-3 on Sunday at Wesbanco Arena. For the third straight gmae since joining the Admirals forward Darik Angeli netted a goal. The Admirals power play continued its strong play away from home, finishing two-for-seven on the man-advantage.
Head to Head:
In the last five years the Thunder have held a distinct edge over the Admirals winning 12 of 18 match-ups between the two teams. Thursday will be the first of six meetings this season between the teams. At Scope Arena the Admirals have had more success against the Thunder, getting points in four of seven games. Last season the Thunder took the season series winning six of eight contests.
Norfolk completed a five-player deal on Tuesday sending Angelo Miceli and Brady Vail to Atlanta in exchange for Thomas Frazee, Chase Witala, and Patrick D’Amico. Prior to the trade Frazee was tied with Phil Lane for the Gladiators team lead in points with 15 points. Witala was third on the team in points.
In addition to the three acquired skaters, defenseman Joonas Lyytinen was reassigned to Norfolk on Wednesday from Milwaukee. The Finish blue liner appeared in two games with the Admirals earlier in the season, scoring his first professional goal against Colorado. Thursday will be Lyytinen’s first game at Scope Arena.
The first three-in-three of the year is the front end of a six-game home stand for the Admirals. Friday night will be Military Appreciation night at Scope Arena, while Saturday will be “Eye Love the 80’s” Night sponsored by Virginia Eye Consultants. After the game Saturday night fans will be invited to take the ice and skate with the team. The three-in-three is the first of the season, and starts a six games in nine days.
Forward Darik Angeli has continued his strong start to the season netting a goal in each of his first three games as an Admiral. Prior to joining Norfolk the Lakewood, CO native had three goals in his first five games of the season with Rapid City. The three-game goal streak ties the longest of the forwards career. Angeli had previously scored in three-straight games from February 2-7, 2017 while with the Orlando Solar Bears.
Full, partial season tickets, and individual tickets are on sale now. Call 757-640-1212 or visit NorfolkAdmirals.com to purchase today.