With Manchester defeating St. John's earlier today 4-2 and Syracuse just completing a 2-1 victory over Albany, the Portland Pirates have been eliminated and Norfolk's first round opponent is now set. The Admirals will face the Manchester Monarchs in the opening, Quarterfinal, best-of-five series. With the AHL adopting an unbalanced 76 game schedule this season, Norfolk did not play Manchester at all this season, so their playoff matches will be the first games between the clubs this year. The Monarchs are the farm team of the Los Angeles Kings, who currently have several AHL eligible players up with the big club for their NHL Quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks, which they currently lead 2-0.
Norfolk is currently in action against the Adirondack Phantoms in their final regular season game of the year.
Game One will be on Friday, 4/20/12 and Game Two will be on Saturday, 4/21/12. Additionally, due to a scheduling conflict, Game Five will be in Manchester rather than Norfolk, according to the press release issued by the Norfolk Admirals, essentially meaning that the Monarchs will have the home ice advantage for the series even though the Admirals will finish at least 28 points ahead of Manchester in the standings.
I'm not the Bolt Prospects Twitter-master, but I think that would be filed under #aintthatsomebull.