NORFOLK, VA. – The Norfolk Admirals, ECHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, conclude a six-game home stand on Wednesday night against the Gladiators.
Admirals (3-7-0-0) vs. Gladiators (4-4-0-1)
Last Time Out:
The Admirals came back from a 3-1 deficit at the end of the first period topping the Monarchs 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night. Angelo Miceli played the hero in overtime, the fourth game-winning goal in his career.
Netminder Jamie Murray made 51 saves, a career high, in the victory. In his second game with Norfolk defenseman Michael Young lead all Admirals with three points (1g, 2a).
Scouting the Gladiators:
Atlanta comes to Norfolk on a five-game point streak. After losing their first four games to Florida, the Glads rattled off three straight victories before dropping a shootout to Kansas City last weekend.
Thomas Frazee, the ECHL's player of the week for October 23-29, leads Atlanta with 12 points (4g, 8a) in nine games this season. Second year forward Phil Lane (9 pts) and Lindsay Sparks (7pts) are both averaging a point per game so far this season for an Atlanta team that is scoring 3.22 goals per game. With Dan Vladar in Providence, Matt Ginn has shouldered the load starting five games allowing 3.78 goals per game.
Vail's Strong Start
Admirals forward Brady Vail has six points (4g, 2a) in his last four games. Vail's current streak has pushed him into a tie for fourth on the team in points (6), and second in goals (4). Vail’s four-game streak is one game away from tying his longest point-streak. Three times during his career the forward has had a five-game point-streak, but he has never reached the six-game mark. The last time Vail recorded a five-game point streak was February 6-20, 2016.
Off To A Strong Start
New Admirals defenseman Michael Young got his Admirals’ tenure off to a fast start netting three points (1g, 2a) in his second game for Norfolk. The three-point outburst matched a career-high, which previously had come during the 2015-16 season. Young was acquired from Rapid City in exhange for forward Erik Bradford November 3.
A Pair of Career Nights
Both Jake Paterson and Jamie Murray recorded career nights over the weekend making 46 and 51 saves respectively on Friday and Saturday nights.
Paterson, making his fifth start of the season, stopped 46 of the 50 shots thrown his way on Friday night. Prior to Friday his previous career high was 45, which had come on opening night against Idaho.
Murray, making his second start of the season, stopped 51 of 54 shots in the overtime victory. The goaltender had eclipsed the 40 save plateau on six occasions throughout his career but had never surpassed 43 until Saturday.
Up Next: Rare November Road Games
On Friday and Sunday the Admirals will play two of their three road games for the month of November. The Admirals play a total of ten home games during the month of November, the most home games in a single month this season. After returning home from Wheeling the Admirals will once again host a six-game home stand.