The Norfolk Admirals continued their push for the playoffs with two huge wins over the division leading Binghamton Senators. The Ads are tied with the Hershey Bears with 75 points but the Bears have the first tie-break with more regulation or overtime wins; unfortunately, being the best shootout team in the league hurts Norfolk.
Hershey has a single win lead over Norfolk (not counting shootouts), so we are still in the race for the playoffs. If the Admirals could have played the first forty minutes against Wilkes-Barre like they did the last twenty minutes we could very well be in eighth place right now.
Some minor side news happened this week as well. Troy Bodie was put on loan to the Portland Pirates where he can actually get some playing time and try to get a contract for next season. John Kurtz was signed to a one year NHL Entry Level Contract guaranteeing him one more year with the Ducks organization. Last but not least, Sami Vatanen was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. Unfortunately Frederik Andersen was not named as the All-Rookie goalie but it instead went to a guy who has an insane amount of wins but on a way better team than the Admirals. Freddie also has him beat in the stats category.
- Steven Whitney was added on an Amateur Tryout Contract on April 4th.
- Marco Cousineau was assigned to Norfolk from Fort Wayne on April 4th.
- Igor Bobkov was called up to Anaheim on April 5th.
- Sami Vatanen went to Anaheim on an emergency recall on the 7th but was sent back down since he did not play.
- Igor Bobkov was reassigned to Norfolk on the 7th.
- Max Friberg was reassigned from Timra of the Swedish Elite League to the Norfolk Admirals.
- Tory Bodie was put on loan to the Portland Pirates.
- Ryan Parent has still not played since March 29th.
#3 - Sami Vatanen - Helped in the score column a little bit but more importantly he has named to the AHL All-Rookie Team.
#2 - Frederik Andersen - Only had one bad showing in three games and then stood on his head against Bingo.
#1 - Patrick Maroon - He just keeps on scoring goals, and power play goals at that.
Game 1: Norfolk vs. Worcester - Friday, April 12th at 7:30pm
Game 2: Norfolk vs. Worcester - Satruday, April 13th at 7:00pm
Game 3: Norfolk vs. Providence - Sunday, April 14th at 3:05pm