The Norfolk Admirals end their road trip to St. John's, Newfoundland on Sunday with a shutout victory of the IceCaps. Saturday night's play was questionable on both offense and defense, but the team seemed to turn it around today.
The Ads outshout the IceCaps 12-10 in the first two periods. Unfortunately, the third period is one of the nightmares I seem to keep having with this team. The team was out-shot 18-2. Ya, that is not a typo. They definitely turtled in the third and it seems to be a reoccurring thing. Goaltender Igor Bobkov stepped up this game and I hope he continues to several more times this season. After two rocky starts, it seems like Bobkov worked out his couple of flaws. If he keeps it up, he will definitely be a top 10 goalie in the league.
The only goals scored in the game came in the second period. Patrick Maroon scored 11:33 into the frame with Devante Smith-Pelly racking up his 5th assist of the season, and newly signed try out player, Ryan Parent, getting his first as an Ad. The second goal of the night goes to John Mitchell with 11 seconds left in the second. Troy Bodie keeps his decent play going with the only helper on the goal.
For special teams, the Admirals were 0-for-2 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. Norfolk is 13th in the league on the power play at 20.7% and 10th on the penalty kill at 80.7%.
The three stars of the game kinda confused me. Bobkov as the first star made sense. DSP had the second star with just an assist and Zach Redmond of the IceCaps was the third even though he was a minus-2. My three stars would have been Bobkov, Maroon, and Mitchell/DSP.
The Admirals are off till Friday, which is a good thing with Sandy grounding all flights on the east coast till at least Tuesday. Their next matchup is the Ottawa Senators affiliate Binghamton (a.k.a. Bimmington, which I prefer to use, and is a shout out to Pat Shetler if he reads AC) on Friday and Saturday.
Bimmington has a decent goaltending tandem of Ben Bishop and Rob Lehner. Bishop would be playing in Ottawa right now if there was a season. Rob kinda has anger issues.
The Baby Sens have the 26th power play but have a strong penalty kill, ranked at 8th over all. They are third in the East Division behind second place Syracuse. The Admirals are currently first in the East Division and second overall in the Eastern Conference behind a very surprising Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate). Springfield definitely deserves a good season after being stuck with Tampa's prospects for so long when the Lightning had no idea what they were doing, before coming to Norfolk six years ago.