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October 25, 2011

Admirals Embark on Longest Road Trip of Season






NORFOLK, Va. – After splitting a pair of home games against the Binghamton Senators, the Norfolk Admirals are now in the midst of the longest road trip of the season, which will keep them away from Norfolk Scope Arena until November 9.

The Admirals opened up the season series against the defending Calder Cup Champions last Friday with a 7-0 victory over Binghamton at Scope. Trevor Smith netted a hat trick while Dustin Tokarski stopped all 14 shots he faced in the game. The following night, Mike Vernace scored twice to tie the game, but the Admirals eventually fell in a shootout to the Senators, 3-2. The road trip commenced on Sunday evening in Charlotte with a 3-1 setback against the Checkers in Game 3 of the GEICO Challenge Cup.

The seven-game road trip continues this week with games against the Adirondack Phantoms on Wednesday, the Providence Bruins on Friday and the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday.

STANDINGS UPDATE
At 4-2-0-1 (9 points), the Admirals are in second place in the American Hockey League's East Division. The Hershey Bears (5-1-1-0) have a two-point edge on Norfolk for first place. Syracuse (3-1-1-1) and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (3-2-1-1) are tied in third place with eight points apiece. Binghamton (3-3-1-0, 7 points) rounds out the division. Norfolk currently is tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Click here for complete AHL standings.



THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Oct. 26 … at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) … 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 28 … at Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) … 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 29 … at Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) … 7:30 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Rookie forward Carter Ashton has posted 10 points (6g, 4a) in seven games this season. Among all AHL players, Ashton is tied for sixth in points, is tied for third in goals and is first in power play goals (4). Among AHL rookies, Ashton is first in points and is tied for first in goals. Ashton has points in six of seven games this season and has recorded multiple points in four of seven games.
  • Joining Ashton in the top-20 of overall AHL scoring this season are teammates Cory Conacher (4g, 5a) and Trevor Smith (3g, 6a), who are tied for 11th with nine points each.
  • Defenseman Mark Barberio has posted seven points (1g, 6a) in seven games this season. He is tied for the overall AHL lead with five power play assists. Among AHL defensemen, Barberio is first in points, tied for first in assists, tied for first in plus/minus (+6) and tied for first in power play points (5).
  • Forward Trevor Smith is tied for the league lead with a +7 plus/minus rating.
  • Sunday's matchup was the third of eight between the Admirals and the Checkers in the race for the GEICO Challenge Cup. The Admirals (2-1-0-0, 4 points) currently hold a one-point advantage over the Checkers (1-1-1-0, 3 points).
  • Forward Ondrej Palat made his professional debut on Saturday vs. Binghamton. The Lightning's seventh-round draft pick from last summer was signed by Tampa Bay to a three-year, entry-level deal earlier this month. Last season, he ranked in the top ten of goals, assists and points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
  • Trevor Smith's hat trick in Friday's 7-0 win over Binghamton was the first for an Admiral since March 11, 2011, when James Wright scored three goals in the third period at Scope against the Binghamton Senators.
  • Dustin Tokarski's shutout on Friday vs. Binghamton was his seventh as an Admiral, third all-time in AHL Admirals history (Michael Leighton – 18, Craig Anderson – 11).
  • The largest margin of victory in an AHL Admirals shutout is eight goals in an 8-0 win over the Syracuse Crunch at Scope on January 9, 2001. Blair Atcheynum netted the first hat trick in AHL Admirals history in that game.
  • The Admirals lead the AHL in offense (4.43 goals per game) and shots (42.71 shots per game). No other AHL team has averaged more than 35 shots per game this season.
  • Norfolk's power play is ranked fourth in the AHL (10/33, 30.3%). Their penalty kill, however, is ranked 27th (24/34, 70.6%).
  • Former Admirals highlighted in this week's games include defenseman Dan Jancevski and goaltender Michael Leighton of the Adirondack Phantoms, forward Trent Whitfield of the Providence Bruins, and forward Mark Bell and assistant coach Marty Wilford of the Syracuse Crunch.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW, PRESENTED BY MICHAEL AND SON
Tune in to the Admirals Hour, Presented by Michael and Son, this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. Admirals Corporate Sales Manager Dennis McEwen and Director of Media Relations Keith Phillips will host the show. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud will call in from the road. If you have questions for the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS
The Norfolk Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday, November 9, to face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the first Weekday Value Night of the 2011-12 season. The game will feature the first Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights of the season.

Family Fun Packs 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.

EXCLUSIVE KIDS CLUB LOCKER ROOM TOUR
Hey Admirals 5 Star Kids Club members – don't miss out on an exclusive opportunity to tour the Admirals locker room on Wednesday, November 9! For only $8 per ticket, Admirals 5 Star Kids Club members and their families will get an exclusive pre-game tour of the Norfolk Admirals locker room and get a ticket to watch the Admirals battle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Space is very limited, so register today. To order tickets and reserve your spot, call Dana DeFilippo at (757) 640-1212 ext. 11 or email ddefilippo@norfolkadmirals.com.

Not an Admirals 5-Star Kids Club Member? Register today! Simply click here to register.

FOODBANK OF SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA FOOD DRIVE AND TICKET OFFER
Join us on Wednesday, November 9, for Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Food Drive Night, as your Norfolk Admirals battle their East Division Rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, at 7:15 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Through this special offer, you can purchase Red Level tickets for the 11/09 game for just $10! If you were to buy these tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they'd be $17.50 - you save 31%! Plus, a portion of ticket sales benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.

But wait – there's more. For every non-perishable food item you donate at the game, you will receive a raffle ticket. We will hold a raffle drawing at the game and you could win autographed Admirals memorabilia!

Hurry - this ticket special offer is only good online at norfolkadmirals.com/groups and is only available through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.

We look forward to seeing you at Scope on November 9 for Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Food Drive Night!

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Carter Ashton (6)
Assists: Mark Barberio (7)
Points: Carter Ashton (10)
Games: Several (7)
PP goals: Carter Ashton (4)
SH Goals: Tyler Johnson (1)
+/- Rating: Trevor Smith (+7)
PIM: Mike Angelidis, Pierre-Cedric Labrie (19)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (3.26)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.904)
Wins: Jaroslav Janus (2)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (2)
GPl: Jaroslav Janus, Dustin Tokarski (4)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski(223)

ADIRONDACK LEADERS
Goals: Denis Hamel (6)
Assists: Garrett Roe (6)
Points: Denis Hamel (9)
Games: Several (7)
PP goals: Denis Hamel (3)
SH Goals: Harry Zolnierczyk (1)
+/- Rating: Garrett Roe (+6)
PIM: Tom Sestito (14)
GAA: Michael Leighton (2.51)
Spct: Michael Leighton (.918)
Wins: Michael Leighton (4)
Losses: Jason Bacashihua, Michael Leighton (1)
GPI: Michael Leighton (6)
Minutes: Michael Leighton (335)

PROVIDENCE LEADERS
Goals: Zach Hamill (4)
Assists: Carter Camper (4)
Points: Zach Hamill (7)
Games: Several (8)
PP goals: Josh Hennessy (2)
SH Goals: --
+/- Rating: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jordan Caron, Kevan Miller (+1)
PIM: Lane MacDermid (23)
GAA: Anton Khudobin (3.28)
Spct: Karel St. Laurent (.907)
Wins: Anton Khudobin (3)
Losses: Anton Khudobin (4)
GPI: Anton Khudobin (7)
Minutes: Anton Khudobin (403))

SYRACUSE LEADERS
Goals: Kyle Palmieri (8)
Assists: Nick Bonino (8)
Points: Kyle Palmieri (10)
Games: Several (6)
PP goals: Several (1)
SH Goals: --
+/- Rating: Kyle Palmieri (+7)
PIM: Troy Bodie (16)
GAA: Iiro Tarkki (2.83)
Spct: Iiro Tarkki (.908)
Wins: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (3)
Losses: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, Iiro Tarkki (1)
GPI: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (4)
Minutes: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (223)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
October 24, 2011 – DELETE D Trevor Ludwig – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)

TICKETS
Individual tickets are now on sale for all Admirals regular season home games at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets or 10-packs today. 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 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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