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Admirals' Stat-urday: The John Gibson Era (part two)

Despite having to leave with about ten minutes left in the third due to an upset stomach (100% confirmed), John Gibson announced his return to Norfolk hockey with a 30-save performance and hopefully the first of the many wins Norfolk needs to get out of the AHL cellar.

John Gibson makes his return to the Norfolk Admirals at Norfolk Scope 12-20-2014.
John Gibson makes his return to the Norfolk Admirals at Norfolk Scope 12-20-2014.
Courtesy John Wright/Norfolk Admirals

1 Max Friberg potted his first game winning goal and fifth goal overall of the season over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) Saturday night.  Friberg now has ten points (5G, 5A) through 13 games.

2 William Karlsson (aka The Ghost) was held pointless last weekend (two games), registered just one shot on goal, and was a combined minus -3.

3 John Gibson started his first game last Saturday since returning from injury and being assigned to Norfolk (likely for the remainder of the season), stopping 30 of 31 shots for the win over Bridgeport.  Through three games, Gibson is 2-1 with a 2.48 GAA and a .924 Save Percentage.

4 Norfolk players continue to find the allure of the penalty box overpowering as they remain highly ranked in penalty minutes, fourth among AHL teams.  Through 29 games, Norfolk has racked up 598 minutes, averaging 20.62 per game.

5 Andrew O'Brien added his fifth helper of the season Saturday night.  O'Brien has five points in 25 games, all assists.  The assist is O'Brien's first point in December and matches his point production from November of one assist.

6 Chris Wagner put up his sixth assist of the season on Max Friberg's game winner Saturday.  Wagner has 14 points in 16 games (8G,6A) and is third in scoring despite missing 13 games while on recall to parent Anaheim.  Wagner has played in just three games in December but has chipped in for three assists.

7 Antoine Laganiere scored his seventh goal of the season Saturday.  Laganiere has ten points (7G, 3A) and is currently on a three game points streak (3G, 2A).

8 Norfolk has scored the first goal eight times this season, including Saturday night against Bridgeport, winning six of the eight games.

The Admirals put another game in their home win column Saturday night, their ninth win in 16 games at Scope this season.  Norfolk has won only three on the road.

David Steckel has yet to score a goal despite being ranked sixth in scoring for the Admirals.  Steckel tallied his 11th assist Saturday night and is the only player in the Admirals' top ten in scoring without a goal.

--Just one game between last week's write-up and today, so not much has changed in the stats column.  This will be a quick read with just a couple one-liners.

--Anyone else missing hockey yet??

--John Gibson's groin is just fine (that's what she said).  Eye-witness accounts say he definitely did throw up in the locker room.  Gibson should be ready to go for at least one of the two games this weekend.  Nothing to see there.

--John Kurtz has missed a couple games with an "illness."  Coach Skalde said "something like the flu, he's being isolated."  Nothing official from the team or Anaheim, which is exactly how they treated the Emerson Etem situation.  I'm calling it now, another case of the mumps.

--William Karlsson is still MIA.  He did manage a shot on goal last Saturday.  I suppose that's something, right?

--Josh Manson left Saturday's game early with what was termed as an "upper-body injury."  He collided with a Bridgeport player in the second period and did not return.  Coach Skalde said he thought Manson would be fine but that it was "two big bodies, a big collision."  Any updates will likely coincide with the line-up and scratches for tonight's game.

--Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy and safe New Year!

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