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Admirals Stat-urday: Elimination Just Around the Corner

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Twelve games left, 19 points out, one win in their last ten games that included an eight game win-less streak.

Nathan McIver 2014-2015 Norfolk Admirals
Nathan McIver 2014-2015 Norfolk Admirals
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1 Brandon Montour collected his first professional point Friday night , an assist, in a 4-2 loss to the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators). Montour signed an Amateur Try Out contract earlier this week.

2 Defenseman Nathan McIver scored his second goal of the 2014-2015 season Friday night against the Senators, his first point since November 18, 2014 and first goal since opening night. McIver has three points (2G, 1A) in 50 games played for the Admirals, and his second goal came on a night he was called in to action as a forward with fellow defenseman Kevin Gagne.

3 Jaycob Megna picked up his third assist, third point of the season Friday night against Binghamton. Megna has appeared in just 20 games for the Admirals due to an injury that kept him sidelined until February 1, 2015. The assist was Megna's second of the week, his first coming on Wednesday night's lone goal of the game.

4 Max Friberg had his fourth multi-point game of the season Friday night against the Senators, scoring his 11th goal of the season and adding his 16th assist. Friberg has 27 points in 46 games for the Admirals. Friberg scored Norfolk's lone goal last Sunday against the Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins), his second short-handed goal of the season.

5 Stefan Noesen scored his fifth goal of the season and second game winning goal over the Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) on Wednesday. The goal ended a four game scoring drought for Noesen, who has 11 points (5G, 6A) in 20 appearances for Norfolk.

6 The Admirals were shut out for the sixth time this season last Saturday when they faced the Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes). Norfolk was last shut out on Feb 7th.

7 Mike Sgarbossa scored his seventh of the season, third as an Admiral, Friday night against the Binghamton Senators. Sgarbossa has four points as an Admiral (3G, 1A) and 27 points on the season (7G, 20A), tied for first with Chris Wagner and Max Friberg for the Admirals points lead.

8 Ryan Faragher saw action in his eighth game this season last Sunday against the Bruins, a 4-1 loss. The loss was Faragher's sixth of the season. His record is 1-6-0-0 with a 3.19 GAA and a .878 Sv%.

9 Jason LaBarbera stopped 35 shots Wednesday for his third shutout of the season, stealing a 1-0 win from Albany. Despite having just one win through seven games played in February, LaBarbera has a .922 SP and 2.51 GAA.

10 The Admirals have just one win in their last ten games and four points of a possible 20, going 1-7-2. Norfolk has won just six games in their last 20 and saw an eight game win-less streak finally end this past Wednesday against the Devils.

--The Nic Kerdiles Concussion Watch has now been extended to 15 games.  Kerdiles last played on Feb 13, 2015.

--Norfolk is just five points away from being eliminated (finally) from playoff contention.  The eighth and final playoff spot is currently occupied by a team with 73 points.  Norfolk's maximum regulation and overtime points is 78.

--The Admirals conclude a six game road trip this weekend and return home to Norfolk Wednesday for a six game home stand.  Norfolk has been outscored on the current road trip 16-8 and scored one or less goals four times.

--Other than their paychecks, there really isn't much for the Admirals players to play for.  Even scoring goals seems to be an almost impossible task of late, meaning the game plan of scoring a couple and hoping like heck the goalies can shut the door isn't working any more.

The Admirals are 11-5-1 when leading after one period, 11-1-2 when leading after two.But if they aren't carrying a lead in to an intermission, they may as well not even show up for the next period.  Norfolk is 6-20-2-2 when trailing after one period and 3-26-2-2 when trailing after two.  The Admirals can't find the back of the net and despite playing from behind most of the season Norfolk hasn't yet figured out how to play through and fight for a comeback.  Even two goal leads aren't safe, as the Admirals were up 2-0 and 3-1 before allowing the Senators to scored three unanswered goals for a 4-3 final this past Wednesday.

The only statistical category the Admirals are "leading" is the worst Goals Per Game average of 2.09.  Not only does that mean a loss in the AHL's "First team to three goals" race, it means that Norfolk very rarely even finishes.

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