The Norfolk Admirals return home this weekend to continue their push for the Calder Cup playoffs. The team was knocked out of third place Wednesday night by Charlotte, who netted a shoot-out win against Bridgeport. However, the Admirals trail in fourth place by just one point.
It was an exciting time for Admirals hockey last week as they netted the win against Binghamton Wednesday and again on Friday. They continued to break records by conquering Hershey on the Bears’ home ice at Giant Center on Sunday. This marked an end to the Admirals’ nine-game losing streak at Hershey that goes back to February of 2009.
James Wright has been fire on ice in the last three games, earning a hat trick and an assist last Friday in the game against Binghamton. This successfully ended Wright’s 28-game goalless streak. The 8-3 victory was preceded by a 5-1 win by the Admirals just two days prior.
The win over Hershey on Sunday was oh, so sweet. Alex Berry and the on-fire James Wright scored in regulation, tying the score at 2-2. The game concluded in a shootout that saw goaltender Dustin Tokarski turn away all of Hershey’s shots. This made for Tokarski’s 19th win on the season.
Admirals player of the week, Johan Harju, scored the only shootout goal, earning the win for Norfolk. Harju currently has 21 goals and ranks first in that category. He ranks second in points (45) and is tied for fourth in assists with the Admirals.
The Admirals continue their trek toward the Calder Cup playoffs with a 5-game home stand that begins Friday, March 18 against the Albany Devils. They go on to play the Devils again on Saturday.
Saturday, March 19 is the eleventh annual MDA Jersey Auction, to take place immediately following the game. Over the past ten seasons, the Admirals, teamed with PAPCO, have raised $274,950 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through this auction. Come out and bid on your favorite player’s game-worn jersey to benefit the MDA. It’s always a good time.
The push continues for the Admirals as they take on the Adirondack Phantoms on Wednesday, March 23 and then have back-to-back games against Manchester Friday and Saturday.
After that, the Admirals will travel to Charlotte to play the Checkers on Sunday, March 27. They then return home for three games, the last of which is Saturday, April 2. The Admirals then take to the road to finish off the season.
The playoff race is on. The top four in the East Division standings are guaranteed to qualify for the playoffs. Currently, the standings are:
1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 97 points
2. Hershey Bears, 88 points
3. Charlotte Checkers, 82 points
4. Norfolk Admirals, 81 points
5. Binghamton Senators, 75 points
6. Albany Devils, 62 points
7. Adirondack Phantoms, 56 points
8. Syracuse Crunch, 55 points
Is this the year that the Admirals come back to the Calder Cup playoffs? IT’S TIME!
For more information about the Calder Cup playoffs, see the AHL website.
For more information about the Norfolk Admirals, see their website.