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November 17, 2009

Admirals Take Atlantic Assault to New England This Week






NORFOLK, VA – One week after the Norfolk area was battered by a Nor’Easter dubbed the Atlantic Assault by certain media outlets, the Norfolk Admirals will bring their own version of an Atlantic assault to New England as they play five games in six nights against Atlantic Division opponents.

Last week, the Admirals split a pair of home games against the Binghamton Senators before dropping the puck on a season-long eight-game road trip. On Tuesday, the Admirals fell to the Senators 5-3 at Scope despite a pair of goals from Paul Szczechura. In the Wednesday rematch, the score was flipped as Brandon Bochenski netted a pair of goals and a pair of assists to lead Norfolk past Binghamton 5-3. The Admirals traveled to Hershey to open their road trip on Friday and fell to the Bears 5-3 despite a spirited third period comeback. Norfolk closed out the week on Saturday in Albany as they fell to the River Rats in overtime 2-1.

The Admirals play games three through seven of the season-long road trip this week, beginning tonight against the Portland Pirates at 7:00. They travel to Manchester tomorrow to battle the Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. After one day off, the trip resumes on Friday night with a 7:00 tilt against the Lowell Devils. The Admirals then return to Portland Saturday night for another 7:00 matchup with the Pirates before traveling south to Worcester for a 3:05 p.m. game against the Sharks on Sunday afternoon.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 8-8-1-0 (17 points), the Admirals are tied for fourth place in the American Hockey League’s East Division. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (12-5-0-0, 24 pts). The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (8-5-1-1) and Albany River Rats (8-8-0-2) are tied for second place with 18 points. The Admirals are tied with the Binghamton Senators (7-7-2-1) with 17 points apiece. The Adirondack Phantoms (7-6-1-0, 15 pts) and Syracuse Crunch (5-7-2-2, 14 pts) round out the division. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Tues, Nov. 17 …at Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres) … 7:00 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 18 …at Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings) … 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 20 … at Lowell Devils (New Jersey Devils) … 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 21 … at Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres) … 7:00 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 22 … at Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) … 3:05 p.m.

ADMIRALS LOG
  • Sixteen of Norfolk’s 17 games this season have been decided by two goals or less.
  • Norfolk became the final AHL team to play their first overtime game of 2009-10 with Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Albany.
  • With his 69th and 70th career goals as an Admiral on Wednesday vs. Binghamton, Brandon Bochenski moved past Ajay Baines (68 career goals) for second place on the all-time AHL Admirals goal scoring list. Bochenski is now six goals from tying Casey Hankinson (76 goals) for first place all-time.
  • With four points on Wednesday evening, Bochenski also moved past Matt Henderson for fifth place on the AHL Admirals all-time points list. Bochenski has 135 points on 70 goals and 65 assists in 119 career games with Norfolk.
  • Forward Paul Szczechura had points in five straight games (5G, 2A) before being recalled by the Lightning last Wednesday.
  • Mike Lundin (2G, 7A) has points in nine of his last 12 games.
  • Blair Jones (3G, 6A) has points in four of his last five games.
  • Forward Ryan Craig was returned to the Admirals by Tampa Bay yesterday. Craig was tied for the Norfolk team lead in goals and points when he was recalled by the Lightning on November 5.
  • Defenseman Matt Smaby was also sent to the Admirals yesterday by Tampa Bay for a conditioning stint.
  • Last Tuesday vs. Binghamton, Norfolk allowed multiple power play goals for the first time since the season opener on October 3 in Hershey.
TEN PACKS
Do you have family in town for Thanksgiving and the holidays next month? Why not take them to an Admirals game and save money with a ten pack? Admirals Ten Packs offer a flexible and affordable way to watch Admirals hockey at Scope. Ten packs consist of ten undated ticket vouchers at $1 off the gate price. These vouchers may be redeemed at the Scope Box Office anytime for tickets to any 2009-10 Admirals regular season home game. Fans can use all ten vouchers at once, spread them out for a single ticket over ten different games, or anywhere in-between. Plus, there are no ticket fees and you save $10 over the life of the ten pack. For more details, call (757) 640-1212 or visit visit norfolkadmirals.com.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Admirals Hour on Thursday evening on ESPN Radio 94.1-FM. Please note a special time for this week’s program – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory, Admirals Color Commentator Pat Shetler, Admirals founder and Hall of Fame member Blake Cullen and Admirals part-owner Dave Rosenfield will be in the studio hosting the show.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Admirals and Portland Pirates will close out a four-game season series this week with two games in Maine. Both teams have one victory over the other after splitting a pair of games at Scope in late October. Portland’s scoring leader is Mark Mancari with 16 points. The goaltending tandem of Jhonas Enroth and rookie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux has faced tough times this season, combining for a 6-11-0 record with a 3.69 GAA and .876 save percentage. The Pirates host the Admirals tonight, visit Worcester tomorrow, host Worcester on Friday and then host Norfolk again on Saturday.

The Admirals will face the Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday in a rematch of Norfolk’s home opener weekend. Goaltending was the key in the October 9 and 10 matchup as Jonathan Bernier stopped 41 of 42 shots in a 2-1 Manchester victory on October 9 while Dustin Tokarski stopped all 26 shots he faced for a shutout in his first pro victory – a 2-0 Norfolk win on October 10. Bernier and rookie partner Jeff Zatkoff have remained hot, combining for a 11-5-1 record, 1.63 goals-against average and .953 save percentage on the season. The Monarchs are led by rookie Andrei Lotkionov’s 14 points. The Monarchs are off before hosting the Admirals tomorrow.

On Saturday, the Admirals will face the Lowell Devils for the first time and could see a familiar face peering at them through a mask as former Admirals goaltender Mike McKenna now tends the goal for the Devils. McKenna has gone 6-3-0 with two shutouts, a 2.41 goals-against average and .921 save percentage so far with Lowell. Another familiar face the Admirals may see is a longtime pest of the Admirals from his time with the Portland Pirates and Hershey Bears – Louis Robitaille, who leads the AHL in penalty minutes once again. Vladimir Zharkov leads the Devils with 17 points while leading goal scorer Tim Sestito (7G) is on recall to the New Jersey Devils. Lowell will play at Springfield on Wednesday before hosting the Admirals on Friday in the first game of a four-game season series.

The Atlantic assault ends on Sunday afternoon in Worcester as the Admirals visit the DCU Center for the only time of the 2009-10 season. Defenseman Danny Groulx leads the Sharks with 14 points while center Steven Zalewski leads Worcester in goals with seven. The Sharks have a pair of rookies between the pipes, with Alex Stalock leading the team with a 6-5-1 record, 2.48 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Worcester will host Portland on Wednesday before visiting the Pirates on Friday, traveling to Providence on Saturday and hosting the Admirals on Sunday.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Brandon Bochenski (10)
Assists: Several (8)
Points: Brandon Bochenski (17)
Games: Several (17)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski (2)
SH goals: Paul Szczechura (1)
+/- Rating: Kevin Quick (+9)
PIM: Mitch Fritz (36)
GAA: Riku Helenius (1.80)
Spct: Riku Helenius (.927)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (5)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (5)
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (10)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (595)

PORTLAND LEADERS
Goals: Jeff Cowan, Mark Mancari (7)
Assists: Nathan Gerbe, Mark Mancari (9)
Points: Mark Mancari (16)
Games: Several (17)
PP goals: Jeff Cowan, Tyler Ennis, Mark Mancari (3)
SH goals:Paul Byron (1)
+/- Rating: Cody McCormick, Travis Turnbull, Mike Weber (+2)
PIM: Joe DiPenta (43)
GAA: Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (3.30)
Spct: Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (.886)
Wins: Jhonas Enroth (4)
Losses: Jhonas Enroth (8)
GPI: Jhonas Enroth (12)
Minutes: Jhonas Enroth (679)

MANCHESTER LEADERS
Goals:Oscar Moller (6)
Assists: Andrei Loktionov, Scott Parse (9)
Points: Andrei Loktionov (14)
Games: Several (17)
PP goals: Bud Holloway (2)
SH goals: Marc-Andre Cliche, Corey Elkins (1)
+/- Rating: Oscar Moller, Scott Parse (+8)
PIM: Kevin Westgarth (40)
GAA: Jeff Zatkoff (1.58)
Spct:Jeff Zatkoff (.956)
Wins: Jonathan Bernier (7)
Losses: Jonathan Bernier (4)
GPI: Jonathan Bernier (12)
Minutes: Jonathan Bernier (727)

LOWELL LEADERS
Goals: Tim Sestito (7)
Assists: Vladimir Zharkov (13)
Points: Vladimir Zharkov (17)
Games: Several (18)
PP goals: Tyler Eckford, Matt Taormina (4)
SH goals: --
+/- Rating: Tyler Eckford, Nathan Perkovich, Vladimir Zharkov (+9)
PIM: Louis Robitaille (98)
GAA: Mike McKenna (2.41)
Spct: Mike McKenna (.921)
Wins: Mike McKenna (6)
Losses: Jeff Frazee, Mike McKenna (3)
GPI: Mike McKenna (9)
Minutes: Mike McKenna (547)

WORCESTER LEADERS
Goals: Steven Zalewski (7)
Assists: Danny Groulx (12)
Points: Danny Groulx (14)
Games: Several (17)
PP goals: Steven Zalewski (3)
SH goals: Andrew Desjardins, Michael Wilson, Steven Zalewski (1)
+/- Rating: Jamie McGinn (+5)
PIM: Frazer McLaren (52)
GAA: Alex Stalock (2.48)
Spct: Alex Stalock (.905)
Wins: Alex Stalock (6)
Losses: Alex Stalock (5)
GPI: Alex Stalock (12)
Minutes: Alex Stalock (703)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
November 16, 2009 : ADD LW Ryan Craig – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD D Matt Smaby – Conditioning loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
November 11, 2009: DELETE C Paul Szczechura – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)

TICKETS
To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!

ON THE RADIO/INTERNET
All eighty regular season games will air live on STAR 1310-AM and will stream online free of charge at star1310.com. AHL Live will carry online video of every Admirals game on a pay-per-view or season pass basis. Fans can log in to watch or get more information about AHL Live’s online video features at ahllive.com.






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