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December 20, 2010

Admirals Cruise Into Holiday Break






NORFOLK, VA – After earning three of a possible four points at home last week against the Albany Devils, the Norfolk Admirals are cruising into the holiday break with standings points in each of their last eight games. The Admirals will return to the ice on Sunday evening with their first meeting of the season against the rival Hershey Bears.

Last Friday at Scope, new captain Chris Durno registered a pair of assists, but the Admirals fell to the Devils 4-3 in overtime. The home team exacted revenge the next day as James Wright notched two goals and two assists in a 5-1 victory over Albany at Scope.

The Admirals will enjoy the holiday break before returning to the ice on Sunday evening in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as they battle the Bears for the first time in 2010-11 at 5:00 p.m. They will return to Norfolk on Tuesday and Thursday, December 28 and 30, to battle the Charlotte Checkers at Scope.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 18-6-5-1 (42 pts.) the Admirals are in second place in the East Division. The Admirals trail the division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (23-7-0-0, 46 pts.) by four points. The Charlotte Checkers (17-10-1-3, 38 pts.), Hershey Bears (17-12-0-1, 35 pts.), Binghamton Senators (14-13-2-2, 32 pts.), Syracuse Crunch (11-15-1-3, 26 pts.), Albany Devils (12-17-0-0, 24 pts.), and Adirondack Phantoms (6-23-2-0, 14 pts.) wrap-up the division. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Sun., Dec. 26 … at Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 5:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • The Admirals have standings points in eight straight games (6-0-2-0) and in 13 of their last 15 games (11-2-2-0).
  • Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins was recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning this morning. Desjardins is tied for fourth in the AHL with 12 wins in 18 games.
  • On Friday, Chris Durno was named 2010-11 Norfolk team captain. Mitch Fritz and Mathieu Roy (home games) and Mike Angelidis and Scott Jackson (road games) have been named alternate captains.
  • On Saturday, Matt Fornataro scored his tenth goal of the season, tying his AHL career high for goals in a single season (Worcester in 2008-09). Fornataro ranks second in goals with the Admirals in 2010-11.
  • Ty Wishart has assists in five straight games (6A).
  • Norfolk is one of only four AHL teams that is undefeated in regulation when leading after the first period (9-0-2-0) and is one of only two AHL teams to have a winning record when trailing after the first period (5-2-1-0).
  • Norfolk is averaging 649 more fans per home game this season as compared to the average attendance through the third week of December last season (3,237 in 2009-10; 3,886 in 2010-11).
  • Norfolk Scope has enjoyed five Admirals games with over 4,000 fans through the third week of December so far this season (11 games). Last season, the Admirals posted only one game with an attendance over 4,000 through the third week of December (14 games).
  • Please note that due to Washington Redskins football, the broadcast of the Admirals' game at Hershey on Sunday, December 26, will not be available on 102.1-FM or 1490-AM. However, you may still access the game online at http://1021TheGame.com and http://ahllive.com.
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
James Wright: 2GP, 3G, 2A, 5PTS
James Wright led the Admirals offensively last week with three goals and two assists in a pair of games against the Albany Devils at Scope. On Friday, Wright opened scoring by putting in the rebound of a Matt Fornataro shot in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils. On Saturday, Wright set a career high with two goals and two assists for four points in a 5-1 win over the Devils.

Wright is now in a five-way tie for the Admirals scoring lead with 24 points. His nine goals are tied for third on the team while his 15 assists are tied for second on the club.

ADMIRALS FAMILY FUN PACK/STUDENT RUSH NIGHT
The Admirals return to Scope on Tuesday and Thursday, December 28 and 30. Both nights are Admirals Value Nights at Norfolk Scope! Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!

Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for high school and college students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.

Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

LIL' KINZ GIVEAWAY COURTESY OF VIRGINIA ZOO
On Tuesday, December 28, the first 500 children age 12 and under through the gates will receive a Lil’ Kinz courtesy of the Virginia Zoo.

ADMIRALS MINI STICK GIVEAWAY COURTESY OF BON SECOURS IN MOTION PHYSICAL THERAPY
On Thursday, December 30, the first 500 children age 12 and under through the gates will receive an Admirals Mini Stick courtesy of Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy.

ADMIRALS HOLIDAY GIFT PACKS AND 10-PACKS
You’re sure to score with your family and friends this holiday season with Admirals Holiday Gift Packs and Admirals Holiday 10-Packs. Click here to order now! Be sure to pick up your order before the Admirals Offices close on Tuesday, December 21 at 5:00 p.m. The offices will not re-open until Monday, December 27, at 9:30 a.m.

Admiral Holiday Gift Packs include an Admirals magnet, jersey keychain, foam glove, four Admirals ticket vouchers and $10 in Admirals Hockey Bucks to be used for concessions, tickets and/or merchandise. The Admirals Holiday Gift Pack is valued at $78 but is available now for only $50!

Admirals Holiday 10-Packs are also now available. On top of the great value and flexibility always built into Admirals 10-Packs, you now also get an Admirals hat and an Admirals player-autographed puck. Admirals Holiday 10-Packs are available for as little as $125.

Admirals 10-Packs offer a flexible and affordable way to watch Admirals hockey at Scope. 10-Packs consist of ten undated ticket vouchers at $1 off the gate price. These vouchers may be redeemed at the Scope Box Office anytime for tickets to any 2010-11 Admirals regular season home game.

You can use all ten vouchers for ten tickets to one game, spread them out for a single ticket over ten different games, or anywhere in-between. Plus, there are no ticket fees and you save $10 over the life of the ten pack off the regular ticket price.

10-Pack vouchers may be exchanged for game tickets as far in advance as you like. So if you have a list of games you know you will attend, take the 10-Pack vouchers to the Scope Box Office today and redeem them for the seats of your choice (based upon availability) for the games of your choice.

Limited Admirals Holiday Gift Packs and Admirals Holiday 10-Packs are available, so get yours today. You can purchase them at the Admirals Center Ice Souvenir Stand during Admirals games, via phone at (757) 640-1212 or online at the merchandise page on norfolkadmirals.com.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Admirals Hour at 4:00 p.m. on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. "The Voice of the Admirals" Pete Michaud will be in the studios and will be joined via telephone by Admirals Head Coach Jon Cooper and other special guests. To call in to the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Johan Harju (14)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (16)
Points: Harju, Jones, Pouliot, Szczechura, Wright (24)
Games: Several (30)
PP goals: Johan Harju, Paul Szczechura (3)
SH Goals: James Wright (2)
+/- Rating: Radko Gudas (+16)
PIM: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (86)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins (2.63)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.900)
Wins: Cedrick Desjardins (12)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (6)
GPl: Cedrick Desjardins (18)
Minutes: Cedrick Desjardins (1097)

HERSHEY LEADERS
Goals: Andrew Gordon (16)
Assists: Lawrence Nycholat (20)
Points: Andrew Gordon (31)
Games: Andrew Joudrey (30)
PP goals: Andrew Gordon (9)
SH Goals: Jay Beagle (4)
+/- Rating: Andrew Gordon (+16)
PIM: Patrick Wellar (55)
GAA: Braden Holtby (2.06)
Spct: Braden Holtby (0.926)
Wins: Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin (7)
Losses: Dany Sabourin (8)
GPI: Dany Sabourin (15)
Minutes: Dany Sabourin (842)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
December 16, 2010
ADD F Johan Harju – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 20, 2010
DELETE G Cedrick Desjardins – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)

TICKETS
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Take advantage of great savings on Admirals tickets with our 10-Packs and group tickets. 10-Packs are available for as little as $110 and allow you to pick the games you want. Group tickets start at $10 for groups of 25 or more people. 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 for more details or to purchase your tickets!

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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