Bakersfield sends someone down, a waiver claim
Despite a terrible performance against the Orlando Solar Bears on Wednesday, the Ads were able to salvage a nice week. Nic(k) Riopel helped steer the Admirals towards four important points against the Cincinnati Cyclones. With the wins, the Ads won the 2016 Skalde Cup. Competition for the Cup for next year has not yet been determined.
Riopel has appeared to take command of the starting job from incumbent Ty Rimmer. While Rimmer’s workload needs to be taken into account, he hasn’t been as sharp as Riopel lately. Riopel’s managed a very impressive .932 save percentage in his time with the Ads, bringing him to .916 for the year. Take it with a grain of salt–Riopel’s played 11 games due to injury while Rimmer’s been in net for 21. Playing in 21 games makes Rimmer a standard more alongside league standards, compared to Riopel.
Riopel’s only rough stretch came against Atlanta. He managed to guide the team to one point in the series, though it’s hard to blame him for the team not scoring. Both Rimmer and Riopel will get the net this week, but it’s hard to pinpoint who will get the number one nod. Based on the weekend performance, I think Eric Veilleux will give Riopel the start tonight against Adirondack.
greg chase is back
Norfolk received another NHL-contract player back in the form of center Greg Chase. The rookie forward has appeared in 19 games with the Condors, scoring 1+6=7 points. Chase’s last game involved getting in some sort of fracas with Paul Bissonnette, which lead to a game misconduct at the buzzer.
Chase spent 10 games at the start of the season with the Admirals. During those 10 games, Chase managed 4+2=6 points, with most of his scoring coming in October. Chase should be given more offensive responsibility on the Ads. Picking out who sits is difficult. I think it will either be recently acquired Devin Mantha or Dean Ouellet, despite their weekends.
quinn smith to missouri
Norfolk released Quinn Smith last week. The rookie forward found some footing with the Missouri Mavericks, who claimed him on waivers. Smith scored 2 points in 17 games.