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Admirals Aftermath: Norfolk's Disappointing Week

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The Norfolk Admirals lost against the worst team in the league and then fell apart in Charlotte.

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It would have been reasonable for the Admirals to pull six or even all eight points from this week, but they decided not to show up against the Adirondack Phantoms on a Tuesday night game and got whipped 4-1 against the worst team in the league.

The next night they played like they can and should every game almost getting 50 shots on goal and Andersen got a shutout. A trip up to Wlikes-Barre got the Admirals another two points in a 4-1 victory over the Penguins. Then on the 26th, the Admirals held one of the top teams in the Western Conference to just three shots in the first period, but gave up three goals and 32 shots in the next 40 minutes. On Tuesday night games the Admirals are now 0-3 and have been outscored 11-4. It's kinda weird that they can't put together a solid effort on a specific day. They have one more Tuesday game this year to try and get a W.

The Admirals are four points out of the playoffs and its not looking to good for the final 11 games if they can't keep up a consistent level of play. This weekend they take on the top team in the league at the Norfolk Scope. The Crunch come into town without most of the players that won the Calder Cup for Norfolk last season, but not the coach. Hopefully some of the fans will be less attached to the enemy now.


Game Reviews
Game #1
Final Score: Norfolk 1, Adirondack 4
Goal scorers for Admirals: Devante Smith-Pelly (8) PPG
How'd our goalie do? Frederik Andersen gave up three goals on 30 shots, one on the power play.
Numbers for Nerds: Rod Pelley and Nate Guenin each had five shots on net combining for a little over a third of the teams shots on goal.

Game #2
Final Score: Norfolk 3, Adirondack 0
Goal scorers for Admirals: Kyle Wilson (7), DSP (9), Sami Vatanen (7)
How'd our goalie do? Andersen stopped all 32 shots.
Numbers for Nerds: DSP had a goal, an assist and eight shots. Patrick Maroon finished a plus-3 with six shots on goal and two assists.

Game #3
Final Score: Norfolk 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1
Goal scorers for Admirals: Wilson (8), Chris Wagner (6), Maroon (18) PPG, DSP (10)
How'd our goalie do? Andersen stopped 24 of 25 shots, the only goal was on the power play.
Numbers for Nerds: Maroon leads the team with nine power play goals. Smith-Pelly's three game goal scoring streak ended after this game. Wilson had seven shots on goal and two assists to go with his goal.

Game #4
Final Score: Norfolk 1, Charlotte 3
Goal scorers for Admirals: Brandon McMillan (8) PPG
How'd our goalie do? Andersen stopped 32 of 35 shots, Charlotte had two power play goals.
Numbers for Nerds: Sami had seven shots on goal but couldn't convert any of them. McMillan had six shots on net.

Overall Record: 31-29-4-1 67 points

Place in division: 5th out of 5

Place in conference: 10th out of 15

Top Producer: Maroon 18-22=40, Vatanen 7-33=40

Top Goal Scorer: Peter Holland, 19

Roster Moves from the Past Week:
  • Brandon McMillan was reassigned to the Admirals.
  • Jean-Michel Rizk was released from his PTO.

Injuries:
  • Nate Guenin was scratched against Charlotte with an unknown injury.
Three Star Admirals:
#3 - Patrick Maroon - 1 goal and 3 assists
#2 - Kyle Wilson - 2 goals and 3 assists
#1 - Devante Smith-Pelly - 3 goals and 2 assists

Upcoming Games

Game 1: Norfolk vs. Syracuse - Friday, Mar. 29 at 7:30pm
Game 2: Norfolk vs. Syracuse - Saturday, Mar. 30 at 7:15pm
Game 3: Norfolk vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 7:15pm