Western Conference heats up

By Corine Gatti
The Tight Race in the Western Conference Continues

While the Nor’Easter (winter hurricane) was blowing out side. The tight race continues in the Western Conference. The three teams in the Western Conference: Norfolk, Cincinnati, Kentucky will continue to battle for its throne in the Southern Division.

The first place Cincinnati Mighty Ducks came to the Scope hoping to add miles between its counterparts for the race for the Kelly Cup. But they fell 4-1 in front of a pleased crowed of 4,488.

“There is no place like home? ” Norfolk is 24-10. The last time the Admirals lost at home was February thirteenth against the Syracuse Crunch. On the Road? The road has not been that kind.

“Some say it was a terrible road trip, we’re young and we have to learn. We don’t have the best road record but we have the best home record and that is the bottom line, said Aaron Downey.

That’s an understatement. Norfolk has found itself 10-17on the road. They recently snapped a seven game losing streak on the road. Norfolk is currently hanging in third place with seventy-nine points.
“ Home ice is our bread and butter,” said Matt Henderson who secured the final goal.

The Admirals scored on two of three power plays for the lead and added another making it 3-0. Norfolk is 2 for 56 on there power plays. The Ducks who are fifteenth in the league in power plays only capitalized on one of four in the second round at 2:24. There were a total of nine points from different players contributed to the first period.
The Ducks came back with one in the second but Jeff Maund kept Norfolk ahead. The Admirals posted one more on the board to seal the victory late in third.

Valeri Zelepukin scored on a rebound seven forty into the game thus making it his sixth goal of the year. Nolan Baumgrtner bounced the puck between the legs of the Ducks goalie Judd Lambert at thirteen 13:04 and rookie Mark Bell continued with the third breakaway of the period. Making 3-0. The Ducks scored at 2:24.Matt Henderson added the another goal in the final minute of play.
“We’ve been struggling on the road most of the season, so it’s important that we make hay while we’re home,” said Matt Henderson