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March 1, 2011

Admirals Begin March with Four Games in Five Nights against East Division Rivals






NORFOLK, VA – Last weekend, the Norfolk Admirals recorded a five of a possible six points and moved into a tie for fourth place in the AHL's East Division. The Admirals begin a stretch of four games in five nights when they take on the Hershey Bears at Scope on Wednesday night at 7:15.

Norfolk concluded their season-long eight game homestand by defeating the Charlotte Checkers at home for the first time this season, in a 4-3 shootout victory. The following night, the Admirals let a two-goal lead slip away late in the third period and lost in a shootout to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Pennsylvania, 3-2. The following afternoon, the Admirals traveled to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where they erased an early third-period deficit and defeated the Albany Devils, 4-3.

Before hitting the road for a three-games in three-nights trip, the Admirals will play host to the Hershey Bears for just the second time this season on Wednesday in another Admirals Value Night. Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four Red Level Tickets, four hotdogs, four drinks and four popcorns for $48. Student Rush tickets are available for $8 and can be purchased after 2 p.m. on the day of the game. The Admirals then set sail for contests against the Albany Devils, Hershey Bears and Binghamton Senators on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
With 21 games remaining, the Norfolk Admirals (29-17-8-5, 71 pts.) are currently tied for fourth place in the East Division with the Binghamton Senators (32-21-3-4, 71 pts.). The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (44-16-0-0, 88 pts.), Hershey Bears (38-19-1-3, 80 pts.) and Charlotte Checkers (34-20-2-6, 76 pts.) are in first through third places, respectively. The Adirondack Phantoms (20-31-3-6, 49 pts.), Albany Devils (22-32-1-3, 48 pts.), and Syracuse Crunch (20-32-3-4, 47 pts.) wrap-up the East Division standings. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.


THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Mar. 2 … vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Fri., Mar. 4 … at Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) … 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 5 … at Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 6 … at Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) …5:05 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk tied a season high with 23 shots in the first period on Friday vs. Charlotte.
  • The Admirals recorded 54 shots on goal on Friday vs. Charlotte, coming up two shots shy of tying their franchise record for shots in a game, set on October 16, 2010, vs. Worcester Sharks at Scope (56 shots).
  • The Admirals killed 24 consecutive opponent power plays before Drayson Bowman's third period power play goal on Friday vs. Charlotte.
  • Norfolk won its first home game against Charlotte this season in its sixth and final regular season try on Friday at Scope.
  • The Admirals have lost a league-high thirteen games in either overtime or a shootout this season. Norfolk has played 19 overtime games (tied for the second-most in the AHL) and is 2-8 in overtime and 4-5 in a shootout.
  • Mattias Ritola has recorded multiple assists in four of the eight games he has played with Norfolk since being assigned by Tampa Bay. He notched three assists on Sunday afternoon against Albany.
  • Blair Jones has netted the game-winning goal in each of Norfolk's last three wins (2/12 vs. Syracuse, 2/25 vs. Charlotte in shootout, 2/27 at Albany). Jones is tied for seventh in the AHL with five game-winning goals this season and is now only two goals shy of tying his AHL career high in goals (20, 2008-09).
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Paul Szczechura: 3 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4PTS

Center Paul Szczechura netted a goal and three assists as the Admirals claimed five of a possible six points in the standings last weekend. Szczechura recorded his first goal in 13 games on Friday vs. Charlotte and added two assists in a 4-3 shootout victory. On Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Szczechura notched an assist as the Admirals fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a shootout.

Szczechura is one of only three players to have appeared in all 59 games for Norfolk this season. He has scored 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points. Szczechura is tied for third on the Admirals in points, tied for second in assists, tied for the team lead with six power play goals and leads the team with 167 shots. He is also tied for fifteenth in the American Hockey League in shots on goal.

ADMIRALS FAMILY FUN PACK/STUDENT RUSH NIGHT
The Admirals will begin a busy week when they return to Scope on Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. to battle the Hershey Bears in another Admirals Value Night, featuring Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights. 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 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. Please note that on the day of the game, Family Fun Packs may only be purchased at the Scope Box Office. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

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 joined in the studio by Admirals Hall of Famer "The Original Admiral" Dennis McEwen. Pete and Dennis will welcome call-in guests Lightning Player Development Coordinator Steve Thomas and Jonathon Jackson, author of the book The Making of Slap Shot. To call in to the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Johan Harju (19)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (31)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (48)
Games: Mike Angelidis, Paul Szczechura, James Wright (59)
PP goals: Troy Milam, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Paul Szczechura (6)
SH Goals: James Wright (2)
+/- Rating: Mike Angelidis (+18)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (131)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.56)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.906)
Wins: Cedrick Desjardins, Dustin Tokarski (14)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (14)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (32)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1924)

HERSHEY LEADERS
Goals: Brian Willsie (23)
Assists: Keith Aucoin (47)
Points: Keith Aucoin (62)
Games: Brian Willsie (60)
PP goals: Brian Willsie (14)
SH Goals: Jay Beagle (4)
+/- Rating: Sean Collins (+23)
PIM: Joel Rechlicz (127)
GAA: Braden Holtby (1.98)
Spct: Braden Holtby (0.930)
Wins: Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin (14)
Losses: Dany Sabourin (9)
GPI: Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin (23)
Minutes: Braden Holtby (1362)

ALBANY LEADERS
Goals: Adam Henrique (19)
Assists: Matt Anderson (25)
Points: Matt Anderson (43)
Games: David McIntyre (57)
PP goals: Adam Henrique (6)
SH Goals: Brad Mills (2)
+/- Rating: Dan Kelly (+6)
PIM: Louis Robitaille (193)
GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.75)
Spct: Jeff Frazee (0.905)
Wins: Jeff Frazee (9)
Losses: Mike McKenna (16)
GPI: Mike McKenna (26)
Minutes: Jeff Frazee (1442)

BINGHAMTON LEADERS
Goals: Ryan Keller (24)
Assists: Corey Locke (54)
Points: Corey Locke (72)
Games: Derek Smith (59)
PP goals: Ryan Keller (10)
SH Goals: Jim O'Brien (2)
+/- Rating: Erik Condra (+19)
PIM: Francis Lessard (187)
GAA: Barry Brust (2.63)
Spct: Barry Brust (0.927)
Wins: Barry Brust (23)
Losses: Barry Brust (12)
GPI: Barry Brust (37)
Minutes: Barry Brust (2133)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
February 26, 2011
ADD LW Johan Harju- Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
February 25, 2011
DELETE G Mike Smith- Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
February 24, 2011
ADD G Jaroslav Janus- Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Florida (ECHL)

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.

Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available! Low monthly payments 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 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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