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Admirals Aftermath: The Playoffs Are So Close You Can Taste It.

The regular season is almost over for the Norfolk Admirals. Will they be hitting the golf courses early or playing on into the summer?

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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.

Game Reviews
Game #1
Final Score: Norfolk 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3
Goal scorers for Admirals: Kyle Bonis (1), Devante Smith-Pelly (12) PPG
How'd our Goalie do: Frederik Andersen stopped 21 of 24 shots
Numbers for Nerds: The Admirals killed seven penalties. The refs decided to stop making bad calls and the Admirals almost came back to win in the third.

Game #2
Final Score: Norfolk 2, Binghamton 1
Goal scorers for Admirals: Steven Whitney (1) PPG, Patrick Maroon (22) PPG
How'd our Goalie do: Andersen stopped 28 of 29 shots and carried a shutout until under seven minutes remaining in the game.
Numbers for Nerds: Charlie Sarault had an assists on both power play goals.

Game #3
Final Score: Norfolk 3, Binghamton 0
Goal scorers for Admirals: Harry Zolnierczyk (10), Patrick Maroon (23) SH, Rod Pelley (3) EN
How'd our Goalie do: Frederik Andersen stopped all 33 shots he faced.
Numbers for Nerds: Norfolk killed off three penalties on the night. Andersen got his fifth assists of the season.

Overall Record: 35-30-4-1 75 points

Place in division: 5th out of 5

Place in conference: 9th out of 15

Top Producer: Patrick Maroon - 45 points

Top Goal Scorer: Maroon - 23 goals

Roster Moves from the Past Week:
  • 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.
Three Star Admirals:
#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.

Cabin Boy: I really enjoy the fact that right now no one is playing bad enough to be ragged on. This team is really trying hard to get in to the playoffs now.

Upcoming Games:

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