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February 23, 2010

Admirals Take Their A Game on the Road






NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals have won 13 of their last 17 games and will carry their hot streak on a pivotal five-game road trip against East Division opponents beginning this week.

The week began with a 2-1 loss at Albany on Monday. On Wednesday in Hartford, Brandon Bochenski set the new AHL Admirals career goal scoring record and was one of seven Admirals to score in a 7-3 win over the Wolf Pack. The Admirals returned to Scope on Friday and defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1. In the Saturday rematch, Bochenski tied the game in the third period and Juraj Simek’s conversion in the sixth round of the shootout gave Norfolk a 3-2 victory.

The Admirals commence a five-game road trip this week with four games in the state of New York. The trip begins on Wednesday night in Binghamton. They then have an important matchup against the fifth-place Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls on Friday night before returning to Binghamton on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, they travel to Syracuse to face the Crunch for the final time this season.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 30-25-3-1 (64 points in 59 games), the Admirals are in third place in the American Hockey League’s East Division. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (43-11-0-2, 88 points in 56 games). The Admirals trail the Albany River Rats (30-23-3-3, 66 points in 59 games) by just two points for second place. The Admirals lead the fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (29-26-1-1, 60 points in 57 games) by four points, but the Penguins have two games in hand. The fifth-place Adirondack Phantoms (26-27-2-2, 56 points in 57 games) trail Norfolk by eight points with two games in hand. The sixth-place Syracuse Crunch (24-27-3-3, 54 points in 57 games) trail the Admirals by ten points with two games in hand. The seventh-place Binghamton Senators (22-27-3-2, 49 points in 54 games) round out the division 15 points back of the Admirals with five games in hand. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Feb. 24 … at Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 26… at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) … 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27… at Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:05 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28 … at Syracuse Crunch (Columbus Blue Jackets) … 3:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has won 13 of its last 17 games and has points in all but two of those 17 games (13-2-1-1, 28 points, 82.4% of possible points).
  • In that span, Norfolk’s season record has improved from 17-23-2-0 (36 points, 42.9% of possible points, 7th place in East Division) to 30-25-3-1 (64 points, 54.2% of possible points, 3rd place in East Division).
  • The Admirals have also won five of their last six games including a five-game winning-streak on home ice.
  • Norfolk’s home record has improved to 14-13-0-1.
  • After finishing their upcoming five-game road trip, the Admirals will play 12 of their final 16 regular season games at Norfolk Scope Arena.
  • Eighteen of Norfolk’s final 21 games are against fellow members of the East Division.
  • Norfolk improved to 16-6-1-0 against the Atlantic Division this season. They only have three more games remaining against the Atlantic when Bridgeport visits Scope on March 12-13 and Worcester heads to Hampton Roads on March 27.
  • Dustin Tokarski went 2-1-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in three games for Norfolk last week.
  • On Saturday, Norfolk won its eleventh straight home game over Springfield dating back to January 28, 2005.
  • The Admirals out-shot the Falcons 97-56 in the two-game weekend series. Norfolk tied an AHL Admirals record with 53 shots on goal on Saturday and set a season high for shots in a single period with 23 in the second period on Friday.
  • Juraj Simek (4/4) is one of 13 players in the AHL with a 100% shootout percentage (minimum two attempts). Along with Anthony Stewart (4/4), Simek is the only player with a perfect shootout record with four or more shots.
  • Simek’s shootout-winning goal on Saturday night was his second shootout-winning conversion of the season, tying him for second in the AHL.
  • Mark Parrish has points in six straight games (3G, 5A), tying the Norfolk season high. Since January 13 versus Hershey, Parrish has points in 14 of his last 19 games for the Admirals (7G, 12A) and leads Norfolk in goals, assists, points and plus/minus (+11) in that span.
  • Scott Jackson scored his first career AHL goal on Wednesday at Hartford. Jackson now has a career-high 11 points (1G, 10A) and leads Norfolk with a +10 rating.
  • Norfolk had seven different goal scorers in their 7-3 win at Hartford on Wednesday. It was just the third time in AHL Admirals history that seven different players scored a goal. Coincidentally, the first time was also a 7-3 win at Hartford on January 17, 2001.
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Bochenski: 3 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 PTS

The return of Brandon Bochenski to the Admirals lineup paid instant dividends as the veteran forward scored three goals and five points in three victories last week. On Wednesday in Hartford, Bochenski became the all-time leading goal scorer in AHL Admirals history in a 7-3 win over the Wolf Pack. Returning to Norfolk on Friday night, Bochenski added a critical third-period insurance marker in a 3-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons. Bochenski again scored a third period marker against the Falcons on Saturday – this time to tie the game and force overtime in a game the Admirals eventually won in a shootout 3-2.

Bochenski leads Norfolk with 19 goals, 37 points and seven power play goals while tying for the team lead with 18 assists. He also has a +3 rating in 38 games with the Admirals. In 142 career games with Norfolk, Bochenski has 79 goals and 77 assists for 156 points. He is the AHL Admirals all-time leader in goals, power play goals (34) and game-winning goals (15). Bochenski has also passed Casey Hankinson for fourth place in all-time AHL Admirals points and is just 19 points away from tying Ajay Baines (175) for the most points in AHL Admirals history.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE NIGHT
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The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, for a pair of pivotal East Division matchups against the Albany River Rats. Join us on March 6 for American Cancer Society Relay For Life Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available with proceeds going back to the American Cancer Society. For more information or to purchase your vouchers, contact your Relay For Life team leader or the American Cancer Society at (757) 493-7940. The top two selling teams will compete in an intermission broomball game.

REGISTER TO WIN A RIDE ON THE ZAMBONI AT NORFOLKADMIRALS.COM
Be sure to visit norfolkadmirals.com before Thursday at 12:00 noon to register for your chance to ride the zamboni at an upcoming Admirals game. Click on the graphic in the middle of the home page to register.

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

SCOUTING REPORT
The Admirals will visit Binghamton, New York, to square off against the Senators on Wednesday and Saturday nights. At 22-27-3-2 (49 points in 54 games), the Senators rank seventh in the East Division and are 15 points back of third-place Norfolk with five games in hand. The Admirals have gone 2-2-1-0 against Binghamton this season but haven’t played them since December 19 at Scope. Former Admiral Martin St. Pierre leads Binghamton in assists (31) and is tied for the team lead in points (48) with Ryan Keller, the cousin of Admirals forward Justin Keller. Former Admirals defenseman Geoff Kinrade leads the B-Sens with a +19 rating. Former Admirals goaltender Mike Brodeur leads the Senators with nine wins. Binghamton is winless in five of its last six games (1-4-0-1) including a 2-1 loss at Syracuse in Saturday’s Mirabito Outdoor Classic. Their games against the Admirals on Wednesday and Saturday will sandwich a game versus the Providence Bruins in Binghamton on Friday.

On Friday, the Admirals travel north to Glens Falls for a battle against the Adirondack Phantoms. At 26-27-2-2 (56 points in 57 games), the Phantoms rank fifth in the East Division and are eight points back of Norfolk with two games in hand. Norfolk is 2-3-0-0 in the season series with Adirondack with one of the victories coming in overtime. Adirondack swept a two-game set at Scope on January 15-16 in the last meetings between the clubs. Jon Matsumoto leads Adirondack with 20 goals and 45 points and is tied for the team lead with 25 assists. First-year North American professional goaltender Johan Backlund leads the Phantoms with 18 wins. Adirondack is winless in eight of its last 12 games (4-7-0-1) including a 5-0 loss against the Hamilton Bulldogs in Montréal’s Bell Centre on Sunday. They will host the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday before welcoming the Admirals on Friday.

The Admirals will play their third game in three nights on Sunday afternoon in Syracuse against the Crunch. At 24-27-3-3 (54 points in 57 games), Syracuse holds down the sixth spot in the East Division and trails Norfolk by ten points with two games in hand. The Admirals have dropped four of five games against Syracuse this season. Jared Aulin and Derek MacKenzie pace the Crunch with 15 goals each. MacKenzie leads Syracuse with 36 points. Kevin Lalande leads the Crunch with 17 wins and has been one of the hottest goaltenders in the AHL recently, going 9-6-0 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .932 save percentage since his last games against Norfolk January 8-9. After winning six straight games from January 24 – February 6, Syracuse has lost four of its last six games (2-4-0-0). However, they won their last game on Sunday in front of 21,000+ fans in the Mirabito Outdoor Classic with a 2-1 win over Binghamton.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Brandon Bochenski (19)
Assists: Brandon Bochenski, Mark Parrish (18)
Points: Brandon Bochenski (37)
Games: Adam Hall, Juraj Simek, Ty Wishart (58)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski (7)
SH goals: Several (1)
+/- Rating: Scott Jackson (+10)
PIM: Mitch Fritz (95)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (2.09)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.921)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (19)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (15)
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (35)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (2112)

BINGHAMTON LEADERS
Goals: Ryan Keller (24)
Assists: Martin St. Pierre (31)
Points: Ryan Keller, Martin St. Pierre (48)
Games: Erik Condra (54)
PP goals: Denis Hamel (9)
SH goals: Cody Bass, Josh Hennessy (2)
+/- Rating: Geoff Kinrade (+19)
PIM: Tim Spencer (136)
GAA: Andy Chiodo (3.09)
Spct: Andy Chiodo (.908)
Wins: Mike Brodeur (9)
Losses: Andy Chiodo (12)
GPI: Mike Brodeur (28)
Minutes: Mike Brodeur (1401)

ADIRONDACK LEADERS
Goals: Jon Matsumoto (20)
Assists: Patrick Maroon, Jon Matsumoto (25)
Points: Jon Matsumoto (45)
Games: Jon Matsumoto (57)
PP goals: Jon Matsumoto (5)
SH goals: Stefan Legein (3)
+/- Rating: Mika Pyorala (+6)
PIM: Matt Clackson (139)
GAA: Johan Backlund (2.69)
Spct: Johan Backlund (.910)
Wins: Johan Backlund (18)
Losses: Johan Backlund (12)
GPI: Johan Backlund (33)
Minutes: Johan Backlund (1965)

SYRACUSE LEADERS
Goals: Jared Aulin, Derek MacKenzie (15)
Assists: Dan Fritsche (22)
Points: Derek MacKenzie (36)
Games: Trevor Frischmon, Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman (55)
PP goals: Tomas Kana (5)
SH goals: Derek MacKenzie (5)
+/- Rating: Dylan Reese (+10)
PIM: Jon Mirasty (179)
GAA: Kevin Lalande (2.70)
Spct: Kevin Lalande (.914)
Wins: Kevin Lalande (17)
Losses: Kevin Lalande (15)
GPI: Kevin Lalande (37)
Minutes: Kevin Lalande (2025)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
February 16, 2010
ADD RW Brandon Bochenski – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)

TICKETS
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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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