NORFOLK, Va. After splitting their first two home games of the 2009-10 season last week, the Norfolk Admirals will hit the road for a three-game road trip this week.
The Admirals opened the home portion of this season's schedule last Friday and Saturday at Norfolk Scope Arena against the Manchester Monarchs. On Friday night, Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves to propel the Monarchs past the Admirals 2-1. On Saturday night, Dustin Tokarski earned his first professional win with a 26-save shutout to lead the Admirals to their first victory of 2009-10 a 2-0 defeat of Manchester.
The Admirals will kick off their one-week road trip on Wednesday night in Albany with a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the River Rats. On Friday night, the Admirals will head to the other side of New York to take on the Syracuse Crunch at 7:30 p.m. The trip will conclude on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in Connecticut as the Admirals take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
EAST DIVISION STANDINGSAt 1-2-0-0 (2 points), the Admirals are tied for fourth place in the American Hockey League's East Division. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (3-1-0-0, 6 pts). The Albany River Rats and Binghamton Senators (2-1-0-0) are tied with four points in second place. The Admirals, Adirondack Phantoms, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Syracuse Crunch (1-2-0-0) are each tied for fourth place with two points apiece.
THE ADMIRALS' WEEK AHEADWed., Oct. 14 at Albany River Rats ( Carolina Hurricanes) 7:00 p.m.Fri., Oct. 16 at Syracuse Crunch ( Columbus Blue Jackets) 7:30 p.m.Sat., Oct. 17 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers ( New York Islanders) 7:00 p.m.
ADMIRALS' LOG With a 26-save shutout of Manchester on Saturday night at Scope, Dustin Tokarski joined teammate Riku Helenius as the only Norfolk Admirals (AHL) goaltenders to pitch a shutout for their first American Hockey League win. Helenius whitewashed the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last February 6 at Norfolk Scope Arena. Brandon Bochenski's goal on Saturday night was his 12th game-winning goal as an Admiral, tying him with Ajay Baines, Casey Hankinson and Matt Keith for the most game-winning goals in Norfolk Admirals (AHL) history. Bochenski is the only Admiral with multiple goals this season and his 14 shots on goal are tied for the tenth most in the AHL in the young season. With an assist on Bochenski's goal on Friday night, Blair Jones recorded his 98th career point as an Admiral and tied Shawn Thornton and Pavel Vorobiev for tenth on the all-time Norfolk (AHL) Admirals scoring list. Jones is only two points away from becoming the tenth player to record 100 points in his AHL Admirals career. LW Radek Smolenak made his return to the Admirals on Saturday night after being claimed on waivers by the Admirals' parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, from the Chicago Blackhawks. Smolenak finished third in goals (24), fourth in points (49) and tied for fifth in assists (25) with the Admirals last season. Norfolk out-shot Manchester 81-49 in the two-game set at Scope. The Admirals killed off all nine Manchester power play attempts this weekend. The Admirals are now 0-15 on the power play in their first three games of the 2009-10 season. With a 2-1 loss to Manchester on Friday night at Scope, Norfolk fell to 5-4-1-0-0 in home openers in their ten-season American Hockey League history.
TEN PACKSAdmirals Ten Packs offer a flexible and affordable way to watch Admirals hockey at Scope. Ten packs consist of ten undated ticket vouchers at $1 off the gate price. These vouchers may be redeemed at the Scope Box Office anytime for tickets to any 2009-10 Admirals regular season home game. Fans can use all ten vouchers at once, spread them out for a single ticket over ten different games, or anywhere in-between. Plus, there are no ticket fees and you save $10 over the life of the ten pack. For more details, call (757) 640-1212 or visit norfolkadmirals.com.
THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOWTune in to the Admirals Hour on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 94.1-FM. Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory, Admirals Color Commentator Pat Shetler and Admirals part-owner Dave Rosenfield will be in the studio hosting the show.
SCOUTING REPORTThe Albany River Rats (2-1-0-0) are first up in the Admirals' sights this week with a Wednesday tilt. The River Rats offense is clicking at nearly five goals per game thus far. Joining perennial River Rats scoring threat Jerome Samson (2+5) at the top of the scoring charts are rookies Drayson Bowman (3+2) and Zach Boychuk (1+4). Top goaltender Justin Peters has had a rocky start to the season with a 4.00 goals-against average and .860 save percentage. The River Rats are off until the meeting with Norfolk on Wednesday.
The Admirals will take on East Division newcomer the Syracuse Crunch (1-2-0-0) for the first time in eight seasons on Friday night. The Crunch picked up their first win of the season on Saturday with a 6-1 thumping of the Adirondack Phantoms. Veteran forward Pascal Pelletier (2+4) leads the way offensively for the Crunch. Returning in goal are Columbus Blue Jackets prospects Kevin Lalande and Dan LaCosta. The Crunch play the Rochester Americans tonight and are then off until meeting the Admirals on Friday.
The Admirals will then turn their attention to a familiar foe on Saturday as they do battle with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Sound Tigers now sit atop the Atlantic Division standings at 3-0-0-0. The Sound Tigers are deep in goal with returnee Nathan Lawson, former Phantoms netminder Scott Munroe and rookie Mikko Koskinen all having played well so far this season. The Admirals went 5-2-1-0 against the Sound Tigers last season. After defeating the Binghamton Senators earlier today, the Sound Tigers are off until facing Norfolk on Saturday.
NORFOLK LEADERSGoals: Brandon Bochenski (2)Assists: Paul Szczechura (2)Points: Brandon Bochenski, Blair Jones, Paul Szczechura (2)Games: Several (3)PP goals: --SH goals: --+/- Rating: Several (+1)PIM: Matt Lashoff (8)GAA: Dustin Tokarski (1.51)Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.948)Wins: Dustin Tokarski (1)Losses: Riku Helenius, Dustin Tokarski (1)GPI: Dustin Tokarski (2)Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (119)
ALBANY LEADERSGoals: Drayson Bowman (3)Assists: Jerome Samson (5)Points: Jerome Samson (7)Games: Several (3)PP goals: Drayson Bowman (2)SH goals: Pat Dwyer (1)+/- Rating: Stefan Chaput, Jonathan Paiement (+2)PIM: Zack FitzGerald (17)GAA: Mike Murphy (1.02)Spct: Mike Murphy (.966)Wins: Mike Murphy, Justin Peters (1)Losses: Justin Peters (1)GPI: Justin Peters (2)Minutes: Justin Peters (120)
SYRACUSE LEADERSGoals: Pascal Pelletier, Brent Regner (2)Assists: Pascal Pelletier (4)Points: Pascal Pelletier (6)Games: Several (3)PP goals: Jared Aulin, Derek MacKenzie, Pascal Pelletier (1)SH goals: --+/- Rating: Dan Fritsche (+3)PIM: Kevin Harvey (28)GAA: Kevin Lalande (2.52)Spct: Kevin Lalande (.914)Wins: Kevin Lalande (1)Losses: Dan LaCosta, Kevin Lalande (1)GPI: Kevin Lalande (2)Minutes: Kevin Lalande (119)
BRIDGEPORT LEADERSGoals: Sean Bentivoglio, Trevor Smith (2)Assists: Tyler Haskins, Matt Martin (3)Points: Sean Bentivoglio, Tyler Haskins (4)Games: Several (3)PP goals: Greg Moore, Trevor Smith (1)SH goals: --+/- Rating: Dustin Kohn, Andrew MacDonald (+3)PIM: Micheal Haley (31)GAA: Nathan Lawson (1.00)Spct: Nathan Lawson (.972)Wins: Nathan Lawson, Mikko Koskinen, Scott Munroe (1)Losses: --GPI: Nathan Lawson, Mikko Koskinen, Scott Munroe (1)Minutes: Mikko Koskinen (65)
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEKOctober 7, 2009ADD D Matt Smaby Conditioning loan by Tampa Bay ( NHL) to Norfolk (AHL)October 8, 2009ADD RW Mark Parrish Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)DELETE F Travis Whitehead Released from Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO)October 12, 2009DELETE F Tommy Goebel Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
TICKETSTo purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don't miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals' Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!
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