Norfolk strung together three wins for the first time since the opening week of the season, going in to the All-Star Break on a high note. The Adirondack Phantoms decided three was enough on Friday night.
0 - Admirals rookie goalie Frederik Andersen allowed zero goals on 23 shots last Saturday in his second of back to back wins against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders). Andersen, after sweeping the weekend, was loaned Sunday to the Danish National Team for the Olympic Qualification Tournament.
1 - Peter Holland scored his first goal since being reassigned to Norfolk against the Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) on Friday Night. Holland continues to lead the Admirals with 13 goals, 19 assists, and 32 points.
2 - Forward Brayden Irwin, who signed to a Professional Tryout Contract earlier Friday, put two shots on goal in his first game for the Admirals.
3 - The Admirals' three game winning streak was finally ended Friday night with a 5-2 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms. The only other time Norfolk was able to string together three or more wins was at the very beginning of the season when the Admirals won their first four games.
4 - Norfolk forward Luca Caputi has two goals and three assists in four games since being called back up from the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets last week.
5 - Admirals forward Dan Sexton has points in five straight games (2G, 3A) Sexton is tied with Peter Holland (five games, 2G, 4A) for the longest point streak by an Admiral this season.
6 - Only six players on the current Norfolk roster have played in 35 games or more. Ten have played in 30+ games.
7 - Through 43 games, the Admirals rank seventh in the AHL in Penalty Minutes, amassing 904 total minutes and averaging 21.02 minutes per game.
8 - Norfolk ranks eighth in the AHL in Penalty Killing at home. In 23 home games, the Admirals have only given up 15 goals in 78 short-handed situations. Overall, they rank 12th in the league on the Penalty Kill.
9 - Anderson picked up his ninth win last Saturday against Bridgeport. Through 23 games, Andersen is 9-10-1-1 with fifty goals against, a 2.30 GAA and a .929 save percentage. Andersen is currently ranked eighth overall in the AHL.
Is the All-Star Break Worth it?
The Admirals took a three game winning streak in to the AHL All Star Break, which originally saw center and leading scorer Peter Holland voted in as the Admirals' representative. With no team events scheduled, the Admirals all went their separate ways for a few days--some to get their cars after being assigned to Norfolk, some just home to visit friends and family.
What didn't happen, what couldn't happen, was the Admirals taking their winning momentum in to the next week. There were no video reviews, there were no practices, there was no time to continue to hone special teams. Instead, an "all-star" game was being played that didn't actually have a rep from Norfolk there. Sure, I'm always happy to see great players playing great hockey, but an All-Star game in my opinion just seems to be an uninspired, unnecessary interruption to the season, and is in my opinion the primary reason the Admirals were unable to continue their winning ways through to the weekend.
Finally, some complete games!
Keeping it short, as the three game winning streak has already been beaten to death, the Admirals finally strung together some pretty damn good games. They capped off the weekend with the total domination of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, a good team with a solid foothold on a playoff spot. Everyone agrees--if that Admirals team can come out over the second half of the season, there might, might just be a chance at the post-season.
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