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February 1, 2010

Third-Place Admirals Bring Winning Ways Back To Scope






NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals recorded points in all seven games of their recently-concluded seven-game road trip to jump from seventh place to third place in the AHL’s East Division. They will bring their hot streak to Scope this week to drop the puck on a six-game homestand.

The Admirals won their fourth game of the road trip on Wednesday in Hartford as Mark Parrish’s goal with less than three minutes left gave Norfolk a 5-4 decision over the Wolf Pack. Norfolk gained a point but dropped their first game of the trip with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Springfield Falcons on Friday. On Saturday in Adirondack, Dustin Tokarski made 36 saves as the Admirals defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 2-1. The Admirals moved past the Phantoms for third place in the East Division by winning the longest shootout game in AHL Admirals history with a 2-1 decision over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Admirals will kick off their six-game homestand with a game against the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night in another Family Fun Pack Night and Student Rush Night presented by Pit Bull Energy Drink and Baxter’s Sports Lounge. On Friday and Saturday, the Hartford Wolf Pack invade Scope. Friday is Lil’ Kinz Giveaway Night courtesy of In Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance and WTKR NewsChannel3. Friday is also American Heart Association Night with discounted fundraising tickets available to benefit the AHA. Saturday night is Public Safety Night with a special game between the Norfolk Police Department and Norfolk Fire Department at 4:30. Discounted fundraising tickets are available with proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more details, please see below.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 23-23-3-0 (47 points), the Admirals are in third place in the American Hockey League’s East Division. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (39-9-0-2, 76 pts) and the Albany River Rats (26-17-3-2, 57 pts). The Adirondack Phantoms (22-22-2-1, 47 pts), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (22-23-1-1, 46 pts), Syracuse Crunch (19-23-3-3, 44 pts) and Binghamton Senators (19-22-3-1, 42 pts) follow the Admirals in fourth through seventh places, respectively. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
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Wed., Feb. 3 … vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Fri., Feb. 5… vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Feb. 6… vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk went 6-0-1-0 earning 13 of a possible 14 points on their seven-game, ten-day road trip. They jumped from seventh to third place in the AHL’s East Division from start to finish of the trip.
  • Twenty of Norfolk’s final 31 games this season will be played at Norfolk Scope Arena and 21 of the 31 games are against East Division competitors.
  • Jim Johnson is 6-0-1-0 as Norfolk’s head coach.
  • The Admirals improved their season record to 23-23-3-0 and improved their road record to 15-11-3-0.
  • Including a 5-4 victory at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on January 6, the Admirals have points in eight consecutive road games (7-0-1-0) – the second-longest road point streak in AHL Admirals history.
  • The longest road point streak in AHL Admirals history was a nine-game stretch from December 29, 2002 – February 9, 2003 when Norfolk won seven road games in a row and then tied their next two road games after that.
  • Last night’s 2-1 win over Bridgeport in a 13-round shootout was the longest shootout in AHL Admirals history. The longest shootout in Admirals history was on October 16, 1992, when the Hampton Roads Admirals fell to the Birmingham Bulls 7-6 in a 21-round shootout. That remains the longest shootout in ECHL history.
  • Matt Fornataro has goals in three straight games (3G) and in five of seven games (5G) while showing points in six of the seven games on the road trip (5G, 2A). He did not have any points in 15 prior games with the Admirals before the road trip.
  • Mark Parrish has points in seven of his last ten games (4G, 6A).
  • Ty Wishart has points in six of his last nine games (3G, 6A).
  • Fornataro (5G, 2A), Parrish (3G, 4A) and Wishart (1G, 5A) were tied for the team lead with seven points on the seven-game road trip.
  • Dustin Tokarski went 4-0-0 for the Admirals during their road trip with a 1.47 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and a shutout.
  • Mitch Fadden (1G, 5A) recorded his first six professional points on the road trip.
  • Dana Tyrell recorded his first two goals of the season on the road trip.
  • The Admirals face the Hershey Bears on Wednesday at Scope. The Bears have won eight straight games and 20 of their last 21 contests. The only loss in that stretch came at Scope as Norfolk defeated Hershey 4-3 on January 13.
  • Norfolk hosts the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday and Saturday in the first contests at Scope between the teams since January 11-12, 2008.
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dustin Tokarski: 3 GPI, 3-0-0, 1.66 GAA, .941 SV%

Rookie goaltender Dustin Tokarski went 3-0-0 last week as the Admirals finished off a seven-game road trip with six wins and an overtime loss. On Wednesday in Hartford, Tokarski stopped 24 shots to help the Admirals top the Wolf Pack 5-4. On Saturday in Adirondack, Tokarski stopped 36 of 37 shots and was named #1 star as Norfolk edged Adirondack 2-1 and tied the Phantoms for third place in the East Division Standings. Yesterday in Bridgeport, Tokarski again stopped 36 shots before denying nine of 13 shooters in the shootout as Norfolk claimed third place alone with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Sound Tigers.

Tokarski went 4-0-0 for the Admirals during their road trip with a 1.47 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and a shutout. He has won five straight games to push his season record to 16-13-0 with three shutouts, a 2.51 GAA and a .917 SV%. Tokarski is tied for third among AHL rookie goaltenders in wins, is tied for fourth overall and second among rookies in shutouts and he ranks fourth among rookies in goals-against average and save percentage.

ADMIRALS FAMILY FUN PACKS:
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When the Admirals take on the Hershey Bears at Scope on Wednesday, 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:
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When the Admirals take on the Hershey Bears at Scope on Wednesday, it will also be another Student Rush Night, brought to you by Pit Bull Energy Drink and Baxter’s Sports Lounge. All students have to do is show their valid, current student ID at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game and receive a White Level ticket for just $8 (normally $12). Plus, students will receive a buy one, get one free offer for the next Student Rush night. High School and College IDs are accepted. This offer is not available anywhere other than the Scope Box Office. This great deal is available for all Tuesday and Wednesday night home games.

Student Rush tickets will also get students $5.99 menu items at Baxter’s Sports Lounge before and after the game that night. Baxter’s Sports Lounge is located just behind Norfolk Scope at 500 Granby Street. Students of any age with Student Rush tickets will be permitted into Baxter’s prior to game time. After the game, only students over age 21 with Student Rush ticket stubs will be permitted unless a parent or guardian accompanies them.

LIL’ KINZ GIVEAWAY COURTESY OF IN MOTION PHYSICAL THERAPY & SPORTS PERFORMANCE AND WTKR NEWSCHANNEL3:
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On Friday, the first 500 kids age 12 and under through the gates will receive a Lil’ Kinz courtesy of In Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance and WTKR NewsChannel3. Each Lil’ Kinz will be numbered with a commemorative card.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NIGHT:
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Join us for American Heart Association Night on Friday. 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 :
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Join us for Public Safety Night to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday. 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. New Admirals Head Coach Jim Johnson will join “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud in the studio taking your calls. If you have a question for the show, please call (757) 687-9494 during the show or email keith@norfolkadmirals.com prior to 2:00 on Thursday afternoon.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Admirals will drop the puck on a six-game homestand with games at Scope on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week.

On Wednesday, the Admirals will face the Hershey Bears for the seventh time this season and the third time at Scope. The Admirals are just 1-5-0-0 against the Bears this season. However, they won their last meeting with the Bears, snapping Hershey’s 12-game winning streak with a 3-2 win on January 13 at Scope. In fact, Norfolk’s win on January 13 is Hershey’s only loss in its last 21 games as they have won eight straight after losing to Norfolk on the 13th. The top two scorers in the AHL – Hershey’s Keith Aucoin (28+43=71) and Alexandre Giroux (26+40=66) – each have points in 16 straight games for the longest scoring streaks in the AHL this season. Michal Neuvirth (11-5-0, 1.92, .932) recently returned from NHL recall and won Hershey’s last game with a 6-1 victory over Binghamton last night. The Bears do not play again before coming to Norfolk for Wednesday’s game.

Norfolk plays the Hartford Wolf Pack for the second and third times of the season on Friday and Saturday at Scope. The Admirals topped the Wolf Pack 5-4 last Wednesday at the XL Center in the first game between the teams since the 2007-08 season. The Wolf Pack currently hold down the fifth spot in the hotly-contested Atlantic Division with a 23-20-2-4 record and 52 points. Corey Locke (19G, 35A) leads the Wolf Pack and ranks third in the American Hockey League with 50 points. He also leads the AHL with 13 power play goals. Chad Johnson (14-8-2, 2.03, .930) ranks fourth in the AHL in goals-against average but is currently on NHL recall. Matt Zaba (3-7-1, 3.31, .893) and former Hampton Roads Admirals goaltender Stephen Valiquette (4-5-1, 3.73, .877) are manning the pipes for the Wolf Pack at this time. Former Admiral Pierre Parenteau (13G, 19A) ranks second on the Wolf Pack with 32 points. Hartford has dropped five straight games (0-4-1-0) including a 2-0 shutout loss to the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday in Hartford. They will play in Lowell against the Devils on Wednesday before traveling to Norfolk for Friday and Saturday’s games.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Brandon Bochenski (16)
Assists: Brandon Bochenski, Blair Jones (16)
Points: Brandon Bochenski (32)
Games: Vladimir Mihalik (49)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski (6)
SH goals: Justin Keller, Paul Szczechura (1)
+/- Rating: Scott Jackson (+11)
PIM: Matt Lashoff (63)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (2.40)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.917)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (16)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (13)
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (29)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1744)

HERSHEY LEADERS
Goals: Keith Aucoin (28)
Assists: Keith Aucoin (43)
Points: Keith Aucoin (71)
Games: Andrew Joudrey (48)
PP goals: Andrew Gordon (11)
SH goals: Boyd Kane (4)
+/- Rating: John Carlson (+29)
PIM: Greg Amadio (90)
GAA: Braden Holtby (1.92)
Spct: Braden Holtby (.932)
Wins: Braden Holtby (16)
Losses: Michal Neuvirth (5)
GPI: Braden Holtby (19)
Minutes: Braden Holtby (1146)

HARTFORD LEADERS
Goals: Corey Locke (19)
Assists: Corey Locke (35)
Points: Corey Locke (54)
Games: Brodie Dupont, Evgeny Grachev, Corey Locke (49)
PP goals: Corey Locke (13)
SH goals: Dale Weise (4)
+/- Rating: Jordan Owens (+11)
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)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
January 26, 2010
ADD D David Hale – Conditioning loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD F Ryan Cruthers – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
January 27, 2010
DELETE D Lukas Krajicek – Suspended by team
January 31, 2010
ADD D Ryan McGinnis – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
ADD C Paul Szczechura – Conditioning loan from 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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