AHL Game Night 11/23: Falcons at Admirals

Maybe this is the weekend the Admirals make their move after all?

SPR-2
NOR-4

Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the win. The young netminder has now run his record to 5-2-2 on the season with a 2.57 GAA and .925 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Stewart, (3) (Keller, Jones), 5:12
NOR Campbell, (2) (Klinkhammer, Lawrence), 5:42
NOR Klinkhammer, (1) (Leach, Mihalik), 11:30
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Klinkhammer, Mihalik), 11:46
SPR Thoresen, (12) (Schremp, Syvret), 19:41

Second Period
SPR Sestito, (2) (Schremp, Syvret), 7:43

Third Period
NO SCORING

Rob Klinkhammer, Boutin, and Chris Lawrence were the game's three stars.

Norfolk improves its record to 7-10-2 on the season with one more game to go against Springfield this weekend.

Norfolk is now tied with Wilkes/Barre Scranton with 16 points, 2 back of Hershey for the final playoff spot in the division and 3 back of Albany and Binghamton. Once they play Springfield tomorrow night they get back into division play on the road with two games against Albany and then matchups with Binghamton and Hershey, so a winning streak now can flip their fortunes in the division quickly.

Can't look ahead though. Springfield's going to come out flying Saturday night.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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We Are Doing Certain Things Right

The last two nights have been a revelation. We have gone from a slow starting team to one that comes out and jumps on teams. The two teams we have played, Philly and Springfield are either leading their respective divisions or are up there in the standings.

We are playing really good team defense. Boutin is making the stops but the good scoring chances are few. We clog the passing lanes and break up passes. The addition of Scalzo is most welcomed. He is fast, can pass, plays good positional defense and despite his size will hit people. And his passing skills seems to have rubbed off on the other dmen. The forwards are backchecking well. We've killed off the last 12 PP, 9 of those against the number 4 power play unit in the league.

MacDonald has been a great addition here. He is bringing some leadership here and does those things like win faceoffs and dishing out assists that are so invaluable. Last year, the players started after a win coming out to center ice and raising their sticks to salute the fans. Tonight, MacDonald led them back on the ice to give the fans a salute. To us fans that gesture means a lot to us.

Up to now, we have been living and dying on the production of the 1st line. Scoring from the lower lines has been nonexistant. But in the last two games, Stewart, Campbell, Klinkhammer, Jones and Lawrence have really stepped up. Tonight, all 4 goals came from the 2nd and 3rd lines.

So if we continue to play defense this way and continue to get scoring from our secondary players, we will be moving up in the standings.

My new favorite picture of

My new favorite picture of my favorite young Bolt (found on the Ads message board):

Smaby injured?

I happened to be staying overnight near Norfolk and was able to see the game as part of my job. I noticed that Smaby took a puck to the face (I think) in the 3rd period and didn't return...does anyone know if he's ok? It looked nasty. :-(

Not As Serious As It Appears

He took the puck below the eye. There is not reported fracture of the orbital or cheekbone. But it caused a massive amount of swelling which obscured his vision. He was a scratch Saturday night. We just have to wait for the swelling to go down. No mention of any damage to his vision.

that's good

That's good to hear...I noticed he was scratched saturday.

Scratch

He was scratched Saturday night due to the swelling of the left eye obscuring his vision in that eye, it was about swelled shut. So they scratched him for that reason. I got the definite impression that but for the swelling issue, he could have played, probably with full face protection. So I think once the swelling subsides, he will probably be able to play again. The next ADs game is in Albany Wednesday night so there is today and tomorrow to monitor his improvement.

Speaking of injuries, any news on the severity of Craig's knee injury? I sense the Bolts may be giving the call to Norfolk for MacDonald or Blair Jones to hop on the plane to Tampa this week. Hate to lose either one of them, MacDonald has been a key factor in the ADs latest surge and Jones' game has been improving rapidly as well. Our needs are subordinate to those of Tampa, but nonetheless, I would hate to see either one go. We have tough road stretch this week with 4 games in 5 nights within our division. A good trip can move us up in the division standings and give us a leg up on some important tie breakers come playoff time should they be needed.

Update:
Should have visited the official site before coming here to post. MacDonald has been recalled as of today to the Bolts. No surprise in this. Mac has played very well here. Makes that upcoming road trip that much tougher.

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