Admirals Stat-urday: Keeping Things Interesting

Recently signed goalie Brad Thiessen makes his first entrance at Norfolk Scope - John Wright / Courtesy Norfolk Admirals

The Admirals have earned more than half of their points in the shoot-out and have gotten in to the habit of scoring some well timed goals to give the appearance of going down fighting, playing in 15 one goal games out of 23.

1   Recently signed goalie Brad Thiessen picked up his first win in relief of John Gibson Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning).

2   John Gibson is ranked second in the AHL in minutes played, logging 1063:46 minutes in 19 games played this season.

3   The Admirals overcame a three goal deficit on Friday to beat the Syracuse Crunch in a shoot-out, their eighth of the season.

4   Defenseman Kevin Gagne is ranked fourth among rookies and fourth among all AHL defensemen with 10 Power Play Points. He picked up numbers nine and ten on Friday night assisting on both Admirals power play goals.

5   Defenseman Garnet Exelby notched his fifth point of the season (5A), getting a helper on the game tying goal versus the Crunch.

6   Rookie Center Rickard Rakell is second among rookies in power play goals, picking up his sixth Friday night.

7   Forward Steven Whitney scored his seventh goal of the season against Syracuse Friday.  Whitney is tied with Rakell for the team lead with 12 points (7G + 5A).

8   Norfolk currently sits eighth in the AHL in Penalty Minutes.  Through 23 games played the Admirals have racked up 493 total minutes, averaging 21.43 minutes per game.

9    In nine OT games played, the Admirals have picked up 14 points, over half of their total of 26.

10  Forward Chris Wagner (4G 6A) scored a goal and an assist last Saturday against the Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) and added another assist, his tenth point of the season, versus Syracuse Friday night.

--Last weekend the Admirals spotted their opponent the lead in games on both Friday and Saturday night, only to come back on both nights with some late, well timed goals that got the fans and the team believing they could tie the game.  Both games ended with a one goal loss, but with the Admirals scoring just as many goals as they are allowing, games like those are the norm rather than the exception. Friday night the Admirals spotted Syracuse three goals before coming from behind to send the game in to over time and eventually win in the shoot-out. Norfolk has played in 15 one-goal games out of 23 this season, going to overtime nine times, winning four shoot-outs and one over time game.

Again, spending on average one period in the penalty box per game and only managing to score 0.1 goals more than their opponent and the Admirals should expect to be in those one goal games.  I'm sure the coaches, players, and fans would rather see them get ahead and manage to hold on to the win rather than having to come from behind as was the case Friday night in Syracuse.  It will be interesting to see how many of the one-goal games will factor in to a push for the play-offs, how many of those single points from overtime or shoot-out losses the Admirals might have needed to make it to the post season.

Last season, two wins, a mere four points, perhaps winning two more over time games...For the players still on the Norfolk roster from last season, they may not be counting the individual points now, but the point won't be lost on them when it's time to start watching the standings a month from now.

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