Tomorrow's headline: Admirals Killed by Self Inflicted Wounds.
NOR Taylor, (2) (Wanvig, Jones), 3:59 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (1) (Nikulin, Bois), 5:12
BNG Bois, (2) , 10:19 (SH)
BNG Mauldin, (1) (Zubov, Lee), 0:42
BNG Bass, (2) (Kinch, Zubov), 17:43
BNG Hamel, (2) , 6:51
I was fortunate enough to be invited down to The Scope before Saturday morningâ€™s optional skate to talk to Norfolk Head Coach Steve Stirling and Norfolk General Manager Claude Loiselle. At about 9 am I made my way down to the building in the heart of a quiet downtown Norfolk. The hockey operations staff were in a good mood after beating the Binghamton Senators 5-1 in the Admiralsâ€™ home opener, and there was a feeling in the building that things were starting to get on the right track.
That was an awesome home opener. That was a great indoctrination into what the Norfolk fan base is all about.
Ryan Munce had a relatively light night stopping 17 of 18 for the win. That did include stopping a breakaway and a handful of other dangerous chances, but for the most part Norfolk's defense kept Binghamton from getting any puck possession and when they did they were kept out to the perimeter.
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Kvapil, Wanvig), 4:49
NOR Milley, (1) (Klinkhammer, Taylor), 3:25
NOR Stewart, (1) (Collymore), 11:13 (SH)
BNG Bass, (1) (Mauldin, Yablonski), 12:30
NOR Wanvig, (3) (Jancevski, Jones), 5:02 (PP)
NOR Taylor, (1) (Leach, Wanvig), 6:52
Norfolk outshot Binghamton 31-18 in the game, and the territorial time felt it was tilted even more in the favor of the Admirals.
Mathieu Darche is hoping life begins at 30, a ripe time to become a National Hockey League regular.
Darche has been a minor-league star for years, but the St. Laurent native has never been able to catch on permanently with an NHL club.
He's hoping, almost praying, this year will be different as a third-line winger with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"As long as I'm here, I don't ask questions," Darche said before last night's faceoff against the Bruins in Boston.
For the rest of the feature, see The Montreal Gazette.
Thanks to the fine folks in the Norfolk media relations department and our own Tim Bennett, I'm going to get the opportunity to interview Admirals Head Coach Stirling and Admirals GM/Lightning Assistant GM Claude Loiselle Saturday morning before/after the morning skate.
So, with that in mind, I'm throwing this open to the readers: are there any particular questions you'd like answered about the Admirals or the Lightning prospect system? I'll have the laptop and, supposedly, high speed internet at the hotel so feel free to post your suggestions today, tonight, and all Friday and I'll try to run them by Coach and Claude.