The Norfolk Admirals headed into the final weekend of AHL hockey with amazing chances of making the playoffs. Instead they had some sort of melt down in every game resulting in giving up a hat trick on Friday, getting shutout by a terrible team on Saturday, and giving up another hatty on Sunday. If Norfolk could have won on Friday or Saturday they might very well be in the post season right now.
On Friday they never had a chance against Tyler Johnson... and the Crunch too I guess. Frederik Andersen gave up three as the starter and rookie John Gibson got his first pro start giving up another three goals. The next day Norfolk held off for 57 minutes before effectively ending their season by giving up two goals to Albany. Sunday the Admirals were able to keep knotting up the score but once again failed late giving up the game winning goal with twenty one seconds left in the game.
- Josh Brittain played on Saturday but missed games before that and was a scratch on Sunday.
- John Mitchell stopped playing the previous weekend, no announced injury though.
#3 - Devante Smith-Pelly - The only other player who scored a goal all weekend.
#2 - Nate Guenin - Had the game tying goal against Providence and the only assist in Friday in Syracuse.
#1 - Patrick Maroon - He had two goals on a weekend where the offense was pretty absent.
So, the Calder Cup will now find a new home somewhere in the AHL after an unsuccessful push to make the playoffs. It was a pretty good effort for the most part over the last two months but all I can think of is what could have happened if the Admirals didn't start the year so terribly.
Next season there will be full training camps at both levels, no lockout, and hopefully a team full of prospects and veterans that will make fans forget about this year.