Admirals (4-11-1-0) vs. Everblades (12-2-0-1)
Last Time Out:
Defenseman Joonas Lyytinen led the way with a pair of goals as the Admirals snapped a winless-skid topping the Everblades 4-1. Norfolk scored the first three goals of the game before giving up a goal to the Nailers midway through the third period. In the first period the Admirals power play netted goals less than five minutes apart to push out to a 2-0 lead after the first. Netminder Ty Reichenbach stopped 35 saves of 36 shots in the victory, his best outing of the season so far. Captain Brodie Dupont recorded three points (1g, 2a) in the victory. Along with Lyytinen and Dupont, defenseman Tim Daly (2a) also netted a multi-point game.
Head to Head:
Norfolk and Florida will face off for the first meeting of the season on Wednesday. The teams will then play twice more before the weeks’ end. Last season the Everblades won all three meetings between the teams including the lone meeting at Scope Arena. Since rejoining the ECHL the Admirals and Everblades have split the four games at the Scope.
Norfolk and Florida will wrap up the season series in March with a trio of games at Germain Arena.
Scouting the Everblades:
The Everblades goaltending tandem of Callum Booth and Martin Ouellette rank first and second respectively in the ECL. Booth boasts a 2.11 goals-against-average while Ouellette holds a 2.14 GAA. Netminder Ouellette is second in the league with seven wins.
Offensively the Everblades are led by forward Mitchell Heard who has 19 points (6g, 13a) in 15 games this season. Close behind Heard is Michael Kirkpatrick (6g, 11a, 17 pts). Florida is undefeated (8-0-0-0) when the ‘Blades have scored first. Florida is first in the league with 2.33 goals-against-per-game average.
Wednesday night the Admirals will reveal new third jerseys on Wednesday night and wear them for all three games against the Everblades. The third jerseys, bearing the new Admirals logo, will be worn on special occasions throughout the season.
Potent Power Play:
With a pair of man-advantage goals on Saturday night, Norfolk continued its recent run of success on the power play. The Admirals have scored a power play goal in six of the last seven games converting on eight of 42 chances (19%). Over the seven game span the power play has risen to 16.5% and is the 14th ranked unit in the ECHL. The current seven game stretch comes on the heals of a four-game span where Norfolk went 0-for-20 on the man-advantage.
Wrapping Up the Home Stand:
After Saturday night’s game against Florida the Admirals will have concluded their second six-game home stand of the season. The remainder of the season the Admirals will only have one more extended home-stand. Apart from nine-straight home games in February the Admirals will only play more than two straight at home twice the rest of the season.