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February 2, 2011

Admirals Look to Get Back on Course Following All-Star Break






NORFOLK, VA – Winless in their last five games, the Norfolk Admirals will look to right the ship after the All-Star Break this week. After facing off against the Checkers on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., the Admirals will begin a season-long eight-game homestand on Friday and Saturday nights against the Binghamton Senators.

Last week, the Admirals wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-1 loss at Portland on Tuesday and a 4-2 loss at Manchester on Wednesday. The Admirals welcomed the Springfield Falcons to Scope on Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, the Admirals fell to the Falcons 3-2 in a shootout in front of 6,650 fans. On Saturday, Springfield doubled up Norfolk 4-2 in front of 7,780 fans.

With all three games this week against division opponents, the Admirals will aim to regain second place in the division. Friday is Military Appreciation Night as well as Admirals Cowbell Giveaway Night courtesy of SUPERCUTS. Saturday night will feature the encore National Anthem performance by Elizabeth Hughes.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 24-14-7-3 (58 pts.) the Admirals are in third place in the American Hockey League’s East Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (36-12-0-0, 72 pts.) lead the division. The Hershey Bears (29-14-1-2) control second place. The Charlotte Checkers (26-18-1-4, 57 pts.) are one point behind the Admirals in fourth place. The Binghamton Senators (24-20-2-3, 53 pts.) are in fifth place. Wrapping up the division are the Albany Devils (18-25-0-3, 39 pts.), Syracuse Crunch (16-26-2-4, 38 pts.) and Adirondack Phantoms (15-29-2-3, 35 pts.). Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Thurs., Feb. 3 … at Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 4 … vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Feb. 5… vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS



ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has tied a season long with a five-game winless streak (0-4-1-0).
    The last two weeks have seen three new additions to the top ten crowds in AHL Admirals history: #4 = 8,103 (1/15/11 vs. Bridgeport), #5 = 7,780 (1/29/11 vs. Springfield), #10 = 6,650 (1/28/11 vs. Springfield).
  • After visiting Charlotte on Thursday night, Norfolk opens up a season-long eight-game homestand on Friday and Saturday nights against the Binghamton Senators. All eight games of the homestand are against East Division opponents.
  • Norfolk has gone just 3-for-32 (9.4%) on the power play over its last eight games.
  • Blair Jones has points in six of his last nine games (4G, 5A).
  • On Tuesday in Portland, defenseman Mathieu Roy returned to the lineup after missing 20 games due to a hand injury sustained on December 4 at Portland.
  • With a goal on Saturday vs. Springfield, Mike Angelidis tied his AHL career high in goals (15, 2008-09, Albany).
  • With a weekend sweep of the Admirals, Springfield tripled its all-time win total at Norfolk Scope Arena. Norfolk has now won 14 of 17 games all-time against Springfield at Norfolk Scope Arena (14-2-0-0-1).
2011 ADMIRALS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION & ALUMNI GAME
The Admirals announced last week on the Admirals Hour Radio Show on 102.1-FM and 1490-AM The Game that forward Ajay Baines and defenseman Steve Poapst will be inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame on Friday, February 18th, prior to the Admirals game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Baines and Poapst will become the ninth and tenth members of the Admirals Hall of Fame during a pre-game, on-ice induction ceremony prior to the game.

The Admirals Alumni Game will take place on Saturday afternoon, February 19, prior to the Admirals’ game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Confirmed as participating in the game so far are Chad Ackerman, Ajay Baines (first time), Mike Brown (first time), David Buckley, Brenden Curley, Aaron Downey (first time), Mike Flanagan (first time), Victor Gervais, Mike Larkin (first time), Chris Lukey, Dennis McEwen, Tom Menicci (first time), Chris Phelps (first time), Jason Saal (first time), Travis Smith, Kelly Sorensen and Rod Taylor.

AHL ALL STAR WEEKEND
The AHL All-Star Classic, Presented by Capital BlueCross, took place last Sunday and Monday in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Eastern Conference AHL All-Stars swept the weekend with 19-7 victory in Sunday's Skills Competition and an 11-8 win in the All-Star Game. Forward Johan Harju represented Norfolk in Hershey. He scored on four of five shots during the RBC Rapid Fire contest and then scored during the Panasonic Breakaway Relay at the Skills Competition. During the All-Star Game, Harju netted an assist.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT
Join us on Friday in the second Military Appreciation Night of the 2010-11 season. 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 get tickets for just $8 through the Admirals Group Sales Department when purchased in advance. Call 640-1212 for details or visit norfolkadmirals.com.

ADMIRALS COWBELL GIVEAWAY NIGHT
For fans that have a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell. The first 2,500 fans through the gates Friday night will receive an Admirals cowbell courtesy of SUPERCUTS. Visit norfolkadmirals.com to see the cowbells.

ELIZABETH HUGHES NATIONAL ANTHEM ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Join the Admirals at Scope for an encore performance of the national anthem by Elizabeth Hughes on Saturday, February 5, as the Admirals play the Binghamton Senators at 7:15 p.m. Eight-year-old Elizabeth and Admirals fans inspired people across the country with a display of unity and composure on January 7 at Scope. Halfway through a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, Elizabeth's microphone malfunctioned and her voice was no longer carried through the Scope sound system. Without hesitation, Elizabeth maintained her poise and continued to sing as nearly 5,000 Admirals fans at Scope joined her in rousing fashion.

Tickets for the game start at $12, including a $1 charitable donation to Elizabeth's school, the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. To purchase tickets, please visit the Norfolk Scope Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or click here to visit ticketmaster.com.

All fans in attendance will receive an American flag courtesy of A Step In Time Chimney Sweeps. Click here for more details.

ADMIRALS DREAM DATE AUCTION
Please join us for the Norfolk Admirals Dream Date Auction to benefit the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters on Tuesday, February 8, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Baxter's Sports Lounge in Downtown Norfolk. For a limited time, you can get tickets for just $25 to this private event where you will have the chance to bid on a dream date with one of five Norfolk Admirals players. This also includes a ticket to the Admirals game against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. The event will also include a silent auction of Admirals memorabilia. In addition, the first 100 people to register will receive a limited edition player poster.

Please click here to purchase your tickets. Tickets may be picked up at the door. Please note that $25 tickets are only available online through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7. Tickets may be purchased for $30 at the door at Baxter's Sports Lounge on Tuesday, February 8, starting at 6:00 p.m.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Johan Harju (16)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (27)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (39)
Games: Mike Angelidis, Paul Szczechura, James Wright (48)
PP goals: Paul Szczechura (5)
SH Goals: James Wright (2)
+/- Rating: Mike Angelidis, Radko Gudas (+20)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (117)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins (2.56)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.906)
Wins: Cedrick Desjardins (14)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (13)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (25)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1487)

CHARLOTTE LEADERS
Goals: Jerome Samson (23)
Assists: Oskar Osala (27)
Points: Jerome Samson (45)
Games: Riley Nash, Oskar Osala, Jerome Samson, Chris Terry (49)
PP goals: Zach Boychuk, Jon Matsumoto (8)
SH Goals: Zac Dalpe, Nick Dodge, Jerome Samson, Brett Sutter (1)
+/- Rating: Brett Carson (+13)
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (147)
GAA: Mike Murphy (2.94)
Spct: Justin Pogge (0.911)
Wins: Justin Pogge (14)
Losses: Justin Pogge (10)
GPI: Justin Pogge (30)
Minutes: Justin Pogge (1595)

BINGHAMTON LEADERS
Goals: Bobby Butler (21)
Assists: Corey Locke (44)
Points: Corey Locke (60)
Games: Erik Condra (49)
PP goals: Bobby Butler (8)
SH Goals: Jim O’Brien (2)
+/- Rating: Erik Condra (+17)
PIM: Francis Lessard (177)
GAA: Barry Brust (2.63)
Spct: Barry Brust (0.923)
Wins: Barry Brust (16)
Losses: Barry Brust (12)
GPI: Barry Brust (30)
Minutes: Barry Brust (1709)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
January 31, 2011
DELETE G Mike Smith – 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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