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Admirals Stat-urday: "Wild Bill" Rides Again

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William Karlsson, known as "Wild Bill" while with the Ducks at the beginning of the season, has come alive in his last eight games with eight points (3G, 5A) including scoring both goals in last Saturday's 2-1 OT victory.

William Karlsson's first of two goals against the Syracuse Crunch last Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 kicks up the goaltender's water bottle
William Karlsson's first of two goals against the Syracuse Crunch last Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 kicks up the goaltender's water bottle
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1 Defenseman Colby Robak found himself on the score sheet for the first time this season with an assist Tuesday against the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). Robak has appeared in eight games with Norfolk this season since being sent down from Anaheim and has one assist, six penalty minutes, and 16 shots on goal.

2 William Karlsson scored two goals last Saturday in a 2-1 OT victory against the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning). His fifth goal of the season, coming on the PP, tied the game at one just shy of eight minutes in to the second period. Karlsson secured the weekend sweep of Syracuse with the game-winning OT goal just over three and a half minutes in to overtime, his sixth of the season. Karlsson added a seventh goal to his total in Tuesday's OT loss to the Charlotte Checkers, bringing his season points total to 17 (7G, 10A).

3 Forward John Kurtz kicked off the Admirals' comeback Tuesday with the first of three unanswered Admirals goals, his third of the season. Kurtz, who has appeared in 49 games this season, has five points (3G, 2A) and 137 penalty minutes.

4 Emerson Etem added his eighth assist last weekend in the 2-1 OT win over Syracuse just before being recalled to Anaheim. Etem was ranked fourth on the team in points with 21 (13G, 8A) in 22 games prior to his return to the Ducks.

5 Stefan Noesen notched his fourth assist of the season last Saturday against the Crunch, getting the helper on the game-tying second period power play goal. Noesen has five points in eight games played this season (1G, 4A).

6 Jason LaBarbera, the Admirals #1 goaltender since the recall of John Gibson, got his fifth consecutive start last night in a 5-2 loss to the Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks). LaBarbera went 2-2-1 in that stretch getting six of a possible ten points and is expected to see his sixth straight start tonight in a weekend rematch against the Sharks. LaBarbera has started 21 games going 7-9-2-2 with a 2.34GAA and .920SP.

7 Center Matt Bailey scored his fourth goal of the season last night against the Sharks in the 5-2 loss. Bailey, who has seen action in just five games since the beginning of the new year, has seven points (4G, 3A) in 33 games.

8 Andrew O'Brien registered two assists last night in the loss to the Sharks, lending to an impressive three points in two games this weeks and bringing his total assists to eight. O'Brien now has six points in his last ten games (3G, 3A) and 11 points on the season (3G, 8A).

9 Goalie Ryan Faragher saw action in just his third game this season after coming in to relieve starter Jason LaBarbera last night in Worcester. Faragher has allowed nine goals on 50 shots, is 0-2 with a 3.93 GAA and .820 SP.

10 Louis Leblanc notched his tenth assist of the season Friday night against the Sharks. Leblanc has 21 points on the season (11G, 10A) and has gone 19 games without a goal with just five assists in that same span.

--Nic Kerdiles has been an injury scratch for three straight games and is not with the team on their current road trip.  Despite no official word from the team, there is only one conclusion (which was reached last weekend)--concussion.  Getting his "first" one this early in his career could have reprecussions for him later on down the road, as successive concussions are always easier to get than the previous one.  His loss couldn't have come at a worse time for the Admirals who are back to the basement of the Eastern Conference and now need 12 points to get to eighth place.

--Apparently Karlsson got the wake up call.  Now let's see how long before he'll need another one.  His point production in the last eight games has been his highest clustered of the season.

--Defenseman Brendan Bell drew back in to the line-up last night for the first time in February with the recall of Josh Manson.  Bell sits third on the team in scoring with 23 points (1G, 22A) and in true form got another assist last night.

--Faragher was recalled to fill the spot left by Frederik Andersen's injury/Gibson's recall.  No sign of Igor Bobkov and I'm fairly certain that will be the case next season when Ducks' fans look at the training camp rosters.  Much like the Ducks' situation with starting Gibson over Ilya Bryzgalov, Norfolk is going to go with LaBarbera so long as he can take it and only then consider putting in Faragher.  One has to wonder though, why bother to even pay a back-up if you're never going to use him?  At least when Gibson is here in Norfolk, there is some semblance of a rotation between he and LaBarbera.  Faragher (and Bryzgalov) may as well take up crochet or scrap-booking.

--Despite sweeping the Crunch last weekend (who are the number one team in the Eastern Conference) and picking up an OTL point Tuesday against the Checkers, the Admirals have managed to go backwards in the standings and the points race, falling to 15th (last place) in the Eastern Conference and have to make up 12 points vice the ten they were behind last week.

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