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January 25, 2010

Admirals Streaking on the Road






NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals will look to continue their success on the road this week as they wrap up a seven-game road trip after winning the first three games of the trek.

The trip started on Friday in Springfield as Matt Fornataro’s go-ahead goal with 2:23 left in regulation completed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit in a 3-2 victory over the Falcons. The next night, Adam Hall’s go-ahead goal with 3:01 left in regulation was one of his team’s 49 shots on goal as Norfolk defeated the Atlantic Division-leading Manchester Monarchs 5-3. Norfolk completed the weekend sweep last night in Lowell as 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 in a 1-0 victory over the Devils.

The Admirals will wrap up the trip with four games in five nights this weekend. They face the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday night, the Springfield Falcons on Friday night, the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday night and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday afternoon. The Admirals will return to Scope for a six-game homestand beginning on Wednesday, February 3 against the Hershey Bears.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 20-23-2-0 (42 points), the Admirals are tied for fifth place in the American Hockey League’s East Division but are just two points back of third place. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (34-9-0-2, 70 pts). They are followed by the Albany River Rats (24-16-3-2, 53 pts), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (21-21-1-1, 44 pts) and Adirondack Phantoms (20-20-2-1, 43 pts). Norfolk is tied with the Binghamton Senators (19-18-3-1) with 42 points and the Syracuse Crunch (17-23-3-3, 40 pts) round out the division in seventh place. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Jan. 27 … at Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) … 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 29… at Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers) … 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 30… at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) … 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 31 … at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 3:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk won all three games of a three-games-in-three-nights stretch for just the seventh time in 82 attempts since joining the American Hockey League in the 2000-01 season. The last time occurred from December 15-17, 2006.
  • Norfolk dropped all three games in its only prior three-games-in-three-nights stretch this season (November 20-22).
  • Jim Johnson improved to 3-0-0-0 as Norfolk’s head coach.
  • Norfolk is 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 trip continues Wednesday in Hartford.
  • Forward Ryan Craig was named captain of the Admirals on Friday.
  • The Admirals improved to 12-11-2-0 on the road this season.
  • Jaroslav Janus picked up his first two professional victories on Friday in Springfield and Saturday in Lowell
  • Dustin Tokarski recorded his third shutout of 2009-10 yesterday with 24 saves in Lowell. Tokarski is tied for fourth in the American Hockey League in 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. He appeared in two games during his first career NHL call-up, making his NHL debut on January 16 at Florida.
  • Mark Parrish’s five-game point streak (2G, 4A) ended yesterday at Lowell.
  • Riku Helenius was reassigned by the Lightning to Södertälje SK of the Swedish Elitserin League yesterday.
  • On Saturday, the Admirals did not allow Manchester a power play in the game. Norfolk’s five penalty minutes in the game came on team captain Ryan Craig's second period fighting major.
  • Mitch Fadden recorded his first pro goal on Saturday in Manchester and added an assist on Matt Fornataro’s goal for his second straight two-point game. He had two assists for his first pro points on Friday in Springfield. This came after being held scoreless in his first 15 professional games.
  • After scoring just one goal in 61 games with Norfolk as a rookie last season, Ty Wishart now has seven goals in 44 games this season.
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jaroslav Janus: 2GPI, 2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .872 SV%

Rookie goaltender Jaroslav Janus picked up his first two pro wins last weekend to help the Admirals go 3-0-0-0 to start a seven-game road trip. Janus stopped 17 of 19 shots on Friday in Springfield as Norfolk won 3-2. On Saturday, he stopped 17 of 20 as the Admirals upended the Atlantic Division leading Manchester Monarchs 5-3.

Janus shows a 2-5-0 record with a 2.32 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in seven games with the Admirals this season. He was signed by Norfolk’s NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on January 1. Janus was named the top goaltender of the 2009 World Junior Championships by attending media after going 3-4-0 with a 3.20 GAA and .900 save percentage for Slovakia.

ADMIRALS FAMILY FUN PACKS: Get more information
When the Admirals take on the Hershey Bears at Scope on Wednesday, February 3, it will be another Admirals Family Fun Pack Night. Family Fun Packs include four Red Level tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. That is a savings of $37! This great deal is available for all Tuesday and Wednesday night home games. The offer is available at the Scope Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

STUDENT RUSH NIGHT PRESENTED BY PIT BULL ENERGY DRINK AND BAXTER’S SPORTS LOUNGE: Get more information
When the Admirals take on the Hershey Bears at Scope on Wednesday, February 3, it will be another Admirals Family Fun Pack Night. Family Fun Packs include four Red Level tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. That is a savings of $37! This great deal is available for all Tuesday and Wednesday night home games. The offer is available at the Scope Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

LIL’ KINZ GIVEAWAY COURTESY OF IN MOTION PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS MEDICINE: Get more information
On Friday, February 5, the first 500 kids age 12 and under through the gates will receive a Lil’ Kinz courtesy of In Motion Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NIGHT: Get more information
Join us for American Heart Association Night on Friday, February 5. Red Level Tickets are just $10 (normally $14)
with proceeds going back to the American Heart Association. Tickets may be purchased at norfolkadmirals.com. Bring your family and friends for a day of action-packed entertainment while helping raise money for the AHA.

PUBLIC SAFETY NIGHT TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL : Get more information
Join us for Public Safety Night to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday, February 6. You’ll get two games for the price of one. The puck will drop at 4:30 with “The Bravest versus The Finest” pitting the Norfolk Police Department Hockey Team against the Norfolk Fire Department Hockey Team. At 7:15, the Admirals take on the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Special fundraising tickets are available, so bring your family and friends for a day of action-packed entertainment while helping raise money for St. Jude’s. Tickets may be purchased either by visiting norfolkadmirals.com or by visiting the Norfolk Fire Federal Credit Union at 4100 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Admirals Hour on Thursday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on ESPN Radio 94.1-FM.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Admirals will conclude a seven-game road trip with a four games in five nights this week.

Norfolk plays the Hartford Wolf Pack for the first time since the 2007-08 season on Wednesday at the XL Center. The Wolf Pack currently hold down the fourth spot in the hotly-contested Atlantic Division with a 23-17-2-4 record and 52 points. Corey Locke (18G, 32A) leads the Wolf Pack and ranks third in the American Hockey League with 50 points. He also leads the AHL with 12 power play goals. Chad Johnson (14-8-2, 2.03, .930) ranks fifth in the AHL in goals-against average. He and battery mate Matt Zaba (3-4-1, 3.45, .888) have spent most of the season going between Hartford and the parent New York Rangers. Former Hampton Roads Admirals goaltender Stephen Valiquette (4-5-1, 3.57, .880) is now with Hartford. Former Admiral Pierre Parenteau (13G, 19A) ranks second on the Wolf Pack with 32 points. Hartford has dropped three of its last four games (1-2-1-0) including a 6-1 setback at Manchester yesterday. They do not play again before hosting Norfolk on Wednesday.

The Admirals return to the site of the first game of the road trip on Friday with the final contest this season in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Admirals defeated the Falcons 3-2 in that game. At 15-24-8-2, the Falcons round out the Atlantic Division in eighth place with 40 points. Left wing Charles Linglet leads Springfield with 49 points in 46 games this season (11G, 38A). Right wing Colton Fretter leads the Falcons with 17 goals. With #1 goaltender Devan Dubnyk (10-12-1, 2.99, .916) on recall to the parent Edmonton Oilers, Jean-Philippe Levasseur (4-10-0, 3.20, .900) has taken the goaltending reins and has won four of his last five games. The Falcons have lost two of their last three games including a 3-0 loss yesterday in Providence. They do not play again before hosting Norfolk on Friday.

On Saturday, the Admirals take on the only East Division opponent on the road trip by visiting the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Phantoms hold a 3-0-1-0 season series lead although the Admirals claimed a 2-1 overtime win on December 4 at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center. Jon Matsumoto leads Adirondack with 18 goals and 35 points. First-year North American professional goaltender Johan Backlund (12-9-1, 2.64, .912) leads the Phantoms with 12 wins. He is joined between the pipes by veteran John Grahame (2-6-0, 2.62, .904). Adirondack has dropped three straight games (0-2-0-1) including a 3-1 loss at Rochester yesterday. They will play a home-and-home set of games against the Senators with a Wednesday matchup at Binghamton and Friday in Adirondack before hosting Norfolk on Saturday.

The seven-game road trip concludes on Sunday afternoon with the second and final contest of the season at the Arena at Harbor Yard against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Norfolk claimed the only game of the season against the Sound Tigers thus far with a 2-1 decision on October 17. At 22-20-2-3, the Sound Tigers are tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 49 points. Bridgeport is led offensively by Greg Mauldin with 16 goals and 29 points. Goaltending has been a strong suit for the Sound Tigers as Nathan Lawson (9-8-2, 2.28, .934) and Scott Munroe (11-11-1, 2.51, .918) are among the AHL’s goaltending leaders. The Sound Tigers have lost five of their last six games (1-4-1-1) including a 5-2 setback at Binghamton on Saturday. They host Albany on Tuesday before playing back-to-back games in Portland on Friday and Saturday and hosting the Admirals on Sunday afternoon.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Brandon Bochenski (16)
Assists: Brandon Bochenski, Blair Jones (16)
Points: Brandon Bochenski (32)
Games: Adam Hall, Vladimir Mihalik (45)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski (6)
SH goals: Paul Szczechura (1)
+/- Rating: Scott Jackson, Blair Jones (+7)
PIM: Mitch Fritz (62)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (2.32)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.914)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (13)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (13)
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (26)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1559)

HARTFORD LEADERS
Goals: Corey Locke (18)
Assists: Corey Locke (32)
Points: Corey Locke (50)
Games: Brodie Dupont, Evgeny Grachev, Corey Locke (46)
PP goals: Corey Locke (12)
SH goals: Dale Weise (4)
+/- Rating: Jordan Owens (+12)
PIM: Devin DiDiomete (91)
GAA: Chad Johnson (2.03)
Spct: Chad Johnson (.930)
Wins: Chad Johnson (14)
Losses: Chad Johnson (8)
GPI: Chad Johnson (26)
Minutes: Chad Johnson (1481)

SPRINGFIELD LEADERS
Goals: Colton Fretter (17)
Assists: Charles Linglet (38)
Points: Charles Linglet (49)
Games: Charles Linglet (49)
PP goals: Colton Fretter (10)
SH goals: Ryan O'Marra (2)
+/- Rating: Chris Minard (+5)
PIM: Kip Brennan (195)
GAA: Devan Dubnyk (2.99)
Spct: Devan Dubnyk (.916)
Wins: Devan Dubnyk (10)
Losses: Devan Dubnyk (12)
GPI: Devan Dubnyk (23)
Minutes: Devan Dubnyk (1386)

ADIRONDACK LEADERS
Goals: Jon Matsumoto (18)
Assists: Jared Ross (18)
Points: Jon Matsumoto (35)
Games: Jon Matsumoto (43)
PP goals: Jon Matsumoto (5)
SH goals: Stefan Legein (3)
+/- Rating: Lukas Kaspar, Joonas Lehtivuori (+3)
PIM: Matt Clackson (126)
GAA: John Grahame (2.62)
Spct: Johan Backlund (.912)
Wins: Johan Backlund (12)
Losses: Johan Backlund (9)
GPI: Johan Backlund (23)
Minutes: Johan Backlund (1362)

BRIDGEPORT LEADERS
Goals: Greg Mauldin (16)
Assists: Jesse Joensuu (17)
Points: Greg Mauldin (29)
Games: Several (47)
PP goals: Greg Moore (5)
SH goals: Sean Bentivoglio, Tyler Haskins (2)
+/- Rating: Greg Mauldin (+13)
PIM: Trevor Gillies (123)
GAA: Nathan Lawson (2.28)
Spct: Nathan Lawson (.934)
Wins: Scott Munroe (11)
Losses: Scott Munroe (11)
GPI: Scott Munroe (24)
Minutes: Scott Munroe (1384)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
January 20, 2010
DELETE D Kenny MacAulay – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
January 24, 2010
ADD G Dustin Tokarski – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE G Riku Helenius – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Södertälje SK (SEL)

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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