Saturday, December 5, 2009

Norfolk Admirals visit Hershey Bears tonight

Tough even game last night against Albany. Unfortunately it ended in a 3-1 Albany win but for almost the entire game it was a 1 goal game until the empty netter with less than 10 seconds to go.

Hershey just couldn't beat goaltender Justin Peters although they sure tried as they fired 40 shots at him. Only Andrew Gordon (12th of the season) managed to get a shot by Peters.

Tonight Hershey welcomes Norfolk to town. This will be the third meeting of the season between the Admirals and the Bears. The first two were also in Hershey and the Bears won both, 3-1 and 5-3.

A couple weeks ago Norfolk was actually right along side the Bears at the top of the East Division but have since fallen all the way to 4th. Since their last trip to Hershey, on November 13th, they have won only 4 games and all 4 of those wins have come in either overtime or a shootout.

Included in that stretch is 7 losses, only one of those in extra time. So apparently this team is great when everything is on the line. In fact Norfolk has only lost one time when a game goes to OT or a SO (4-1 in those games). If Hershey can get a lead during regulation then they will probably win.

Hershey Bears
record ~ 15-7-0-2 32 points
standings ~ 1st in East Division
most recent game ~ 3-1 Loss @ Albany, 12/4
last 5 games ~ 2-2-0-1
home record ~ 6-3-0-2
goals for ~ 83
goals against ~53
power play ~ 14.8% (17th)
penalty kill ~ 94.0% (1st)

Norfolk Admirals
record ~ 12-13-1-0 25 points
standings ~ 5th in East Division
most recent game ~ 2-1 OT Win @ Adirondack, 12/4
last 5 games ~ 2-3-0-0
road record ~ 8-8-1-0
goals for ~ 64
goals against ~ 64
power play ~ 10.8% (28th)
penalty kill ~ 90.4% (5th)

last time teams met - Hershey won 5-3 in Hershey on November 13.

Players to watch:


C Keith Aucoin (11)- 8 goals and 12 assists in only 17 games with the Bears this season puts him 3rd on the team in scoring. Against Norfolk this season he has 1 goal and 3 assists.
RW Andrew Gordon (10) - Leading the team in goals with 12 and second on the team in points with 25 Gordo has been playing well lately with 5 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games. He also has 3 goals against the Admirals this season (all coming in the opening game).
RW Francois Bouchard (22) - Was producing at a great pace back in the end of October into November but since the 8th of November (9 games) he has only 4 assists. Last season he slowed considerably after a hot it happening again?


RW Brandon Bockenski (27) - Leading the team in goals with 12 and points with 21 he hasn't been producing as much of late. Only 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 11 games.
C Ryan Craig (23) - Probably the hottest player for the Ads right now. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games. That's following 7 straight games with no points. Overall he has 9 goals (2nd on team) and 4 assists this season.
LW Radek Smolenak (10) - Like Craig he is also playing well right now with 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 3 games. Has only played 16 games this season with the Ads and has 3 goals and 8 assists so far.


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