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October 11, 2010

Admirals Head to Scope After Season-Opening Win on Road






NORFOLK, VA – After a record-setting win on the road to begin the 2010-11 season, the Norfolk Admirals will head back to Hampton Roads to open up the home portion of the schedule on Friday and Saturday at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Last Saturday, the Admirals opened the season in Binghamton, New York, with a 7-4 win over the Binghamton Senators. Troy Milam scored the first goal of the season 5:16 into the second period. The Admirals then added five more goals in the second stanza to establish a new AHL Admirals franchise record with six goals in a single period. Milam scored twice, Blair Jones also had two goals and Marc-Antoine Pouliot tied an AHL Admirals franchise record with four assists in the game.

The Admirals have returned to Hampton Roads to prepare for their home opener weekend. The puck drops at Scope on Friday and Saturday against the Worcester Sharks. Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7:15 p.m. on Saturday. Friday night is Military Appreciation Night with discounts available for fans with valid military IDs. Also, there will be a post-game skate following Saturday's game. For more details, please see below.

FINAL 2009-10 STANDINGS
At 1-0-0-0 (2 points), the Admirals are tied for second place in the American Hockey League's East Division. The Hershey Bears (1-0-0-1, 3 pts) lead the division. Tied with the Admirals at two points each are the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (1-0-0-0), Binghamton Senators (1-1-0-0), Adirondack Phantoms (1-1-0-0) and Charlotte Checkers (1-1-0-0). The Syracuse Crunch (0-1-0-1, 1 pt) are in seventh place and the Albany Devils (0-1-0-0, 0 pts) are in eighth place. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Oct. 15 … vs. Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Oct. 16 … vs. Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Head Coach Jon Cooper picked up the win in his professional coaching debut on Saturday at Binghamton.
  • Norfolk improved to 5-5-0-1-0 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) all-time when playing their first game of the regular season.
  • Norfolk established a new franchise record with six goals in a single period during the second stanza of their 7-4 win at Binghamton on Saturday. The previous record for goals in a single period by the AHL Admirals was five. That had occurred four times since 2000, most recently on January 17, 2009, when the Admirals scored five goals in the first period against the Worcester Sharks.
  • In Saturday's game, Mark Barberio and Alex Hutchings each made their professional debuts while Radko Gudas made his North American professional debut.
  • Mike Angelidis, James Wright, Mathieu Roy, Troy Milam, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Johan Harju each made their Admirals debut on Saturday. Angelidis and Milam both scored goals in their Norfolk debuts while Wright, Pouliot and Harju each had assists.
  • 2009-10 Admirals forward Dana Tyrell made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at Atlanta.
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Marc-Antoine Pouliot: 1GP, 0G, 4A, 4PTS
Center Marc-Antoine Pouliot had an explosive Norfolk debut on Saturday in Binghamton, tying an AHL Admirals single-game record with four assists to propel the Admirals past the Senators in Norfolk's 2010-11 regular season opener. Pouliot assisted on the first Norfolk tally of the season when Troy Milam scored off Pouliot's rebound early in the second period. Pouliot then won a puck battle in the corner and sent a feed to Blair Jones for a go-ahead goal less than ten minutes later. Three minutes later, Pouliot set up Milam's second goal of the game on the power play before connecting with Jones once again for the eventual game-winning tally just 24 seconds after that. Pouliot racked up his four assists in only eleven minutes and eighteen seconds of game time. The veteran center leads Norfolk in scoring with his four points. He is tied for the AHL lead in assists and is tied for third in points.

FRIDAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT
The Admirals will hold their first Military Appreciation Night of the 2010-11 season during the first home game of the season on Friday night. The Admirals will be facing off against the Worcester Sharks (AHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks) at Scope starting at 7:30 p.m.

Red Level Tickets (normally $14) will be available for just $9 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active or retired military, their dependents and reservists with valid military identification. Groups of 25 or more can purchase their Red Level Tickets for just $8 by contacting the Admirals Group Sales Office at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23 or ext. 24. More details are available at norfolkadmirals.com.

SKATE WITH THE ADMIRALS AFTER SATURDAY'S GAME
On Saturday, the Admirals will hold their first post-game skate of the season where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited amount of skates will be available free of charge or fans may bring their own skates.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Admirals Hour this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on the new radio home of the Admirals – "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and online at 1021TheGame.com. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud will be joined in the studio by Admirals Head Coach Jon Cooper. To call in to the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Admirals and Worcester Sharks will square off for the first time in 2010-11 on Friday and Saturday at Scope. The 2009-10 Atlantic Division Champions are once again atop the Atlantic Division Standings early in the 2010-11 season, having three points on the strength of a 5-4 shootout loss at Bridgeport on Saturday and a 4-3 victory at Hartford on Sunday. Reigning AHL All-Rookie Team Goaltender Alex Stalock has played both of Worcester's first two games this season after winning an AHL rookie-record 39 games last season. Former Art Ross Trophy Winner (as NHL goal scoring leader) Jonathan Cheechoo leads the Sharks and is tied for the AHL lead with five points (2G, 3A) in two games. The Sharks (2-0-0-0) claimed the season series with the Admirals in 2009-10 with two wins.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Blair Jones, Troy Milam (2)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (4)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (4)
Games: Several (1)
PP goals: Troy Milam, Ty Wishart (1)
SH goals: --
+/- Rating: Radko Gudas, Kevin Quick (+2)
PIM: Vladimir Mihalik (5)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (4)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.889)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (1)
Losses: --
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (1)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (60)

WORCESTER LEADERS
Goals: Jonathan Cheechoo, Benn Ferriero, Brandon Mashinter (2)
Assists: Jonathan Cheechoo (3)
Points: Jonathan Cheechoo (5)
Games: Several (2)
PP goals: Benn Ferriero (2)
SH goals: --
+/- Rating: Cory Quirk (+2)
PIM: Garet Hunt (17)
GAA: Alex Stalock (3.36)
Spct: Alex Stalock (.896)
Wins: Alex Stalock (1)
Losses: --
GPI: Alex Stalock (2)
Minutes: Alex Stalock (125)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
October 5, 2010
ADD G Cedrick Desjardins – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD F Chris Durno – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD F Johan Harju – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
October 6, 2010
ADD D Mathieu Roy – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
October 7, 2010
ADD D Troy Milam – Signed to AHL Standard Player's Contract (SPC)

TICKETS
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Affordable monthly payment plans are available for a limited time only! 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.

ON THE RADIO/INTERNET
All eighty regular season games will air live on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and online at 1021TheGame.com. AHL Live will also carry online video of every Admirals game on a pay-per-view or season pass basis. Fans can log in to watch, listen or get more information about AHL Live’s online audio and video features at ahllive.com.






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