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January 24, 2010

Admirals Douse Devils Attack, Improve to 3-0-0-0 on Trip


LOWELL, Mass. – Dustin Tokarski stopped all 24 shots he faced, Dana Tyrell netted his first goal of the season and the #1 ranked power play in the American Hockey League was held off the scoresheet as the Norfolk Admirals (20-23-2-0) improved to 3-0-0-0 on their seven-game road trip with a 1-0 victory over the Lowell Devils (27-17-3-1) on Sunday afternoon at the Paul E. Tsongas Arena.

The Admirals will take two days off before continuing their trip on Wednesday night against the Hartford Wolf Pack. They return to Scope on Wednesday, February 3 to face the Hershey Bears.

Despite out-shooting the Devils 18-7 in the opening frame, the Admirals could not solve Lowell goaltender Jeff Frazee in the game’s opening 20 minutes.

The second period saw Norfolk commit three minor penalties that led to power plays for the league’s top power play. However, Tokarski and the penalty kill did the job and the teams headed into the third period in a scoreless deadlock.

That deadlock was broken 12:44 into the final frame with Tyrell’s first goal of the season. The rookie sent a backhander that Frazee got a piece of. However, the puck deflected into the air and banked into the goal off a Lowell player.

That was all the offense Tokarski would need in his first game back from his first career NHL recall.

Dustin Tokarski (24 shots, 24 saves) leveled his record at 13 wins and 13 losses with his third shutout of the season. Jeff Frazee (33 shots, 32 saves) was saddled with the loss.

Both teams were 0-4 on the power play.

The Admirals will continue their seven-game road trip on Wednesday evening against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. All games are broadcast on STAR 1310-AM, star1310.com and ahllive.com.

The Admirals will return to Norfolk Scope Arena to kick off a six-game homestand on Wednesday, February 3 against the Hershey Bears.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Dana Tyrell – NOR
2. Jeff Frazee – LOW
3. Dustin Tokarski – NOR

NOTES … Norfolk is now just two points back of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for third place in the American Hockey League’s East Division … Norfolk has out-shot its opponents 118-63 through three legs of this seven-game road trip … The Admirals improved to 12-11-2-0 on the road this season … Including a 5-4 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on January 6, the Admirals have won four consecutive road games for the second time this season … Norfolk won a season-high five straight road games from October 17 – November 7 … Dana Tyrell’s goal was his first of the season but his second as a professional. He recorded his first professional goal on April 12, 2008 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while on an Amateur Tryout Contract with the Admirals … Dustin Tokarski is tied for fourth in the American Hockey League with three shutouts and is tied for second in shutouts among rookies … Tokarski was returned to the Admirals earlier in the day by Norfolk’s NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning … Tokarski appeared in two games during his first career NHL call-up … Mark Parrish’s five-game point streak ended (2G, 4A) … Jim Johnson improved to 3-0-0-0 as Norfolk’s head coach … Earlier in the day, goaltender Riku Helenius was reassigned by the Lightning to Södertälje SK of the Swedish Elitserin League … Attendance: 2,144.

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