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November 8, 2011

Admirals Briefly Return Home for First-Place Showdown with Penguins






NORFOLK, Va. – Having just completed the longest road trip of the season, the Norfolk Admirals will return to Scope for a first-place showdown with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday night. Immediately after the game, the Admirals will commence a four-game road trip.

The second half of Norfolk's seven-game road trip started off with a 1-0 loss to the Albany Devils on Friday. The Admirals then traveled to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where the Sound Tigers held on to defeat the Admirals, 3-2. Norfolk goalie Dustin Tokarski would make sure the Admirals finished the week with a win by stopping 37 Providence shots on Sunday, while his teammates put up three goals to secure the 3-0 shutout victory over the Bruins.

The Admirals will host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday and then hit the road once again, returning to Albany on Friday and Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Wednesday's game is another Admirals Value Night with Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night tickets available. Wednesday is also Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Night. For more details, please see below.



STANDINGS UPDATE
At 8-4-0-1 (17 points), the Admirals are in first place in the American Hockey League's East Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (7-2-1-1, 16 points), trail Norfolk by one point. Behind the Penguins by two points are the Hershey Bears (6-3-2-0, 14 points). The Syracuse Crunch (5-3-2-1, 13 points) and the Binghamton Senators (5-6-1-1, 12 points) round out the East Division. Norfolk is also tied for second place in the Eastern Conference and tied for third place in the overall American Hockey League standings. Click here for complete AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Nov. 9 … vs. W-B/Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:15 p.m. | TICKETS
Fri., Nov. 11 … at Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) … 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12… at Wilkes/Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:05 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • The Admirals have three players in the top five of plus/minus in the AHL – Trevor Smith (+11, 1st), Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+10, T-2nd) and Mark Barberio (+9, T-4th).
  • Carter Ashton leads the AHL in goals (11) and is tied for third in points (16).
  • Goalie Dustin Tokarski has two shutouts, putting him in a five-way tie for first in the AHL.
  • After stopping 57 of 58 shots over two games last week, Tokarski's goals-against average dropped from 3.39 to 2.54 and his save percentage rose from .864 to .903.
    Among AHL rookies, Norfolk has the top two point scorers in Carter Ashton (16) and Corey Conacher (14).
  • Leading all AHL defensemen in points is Admirals defender Mark Barberio with (11) he also leads all defensemen in PP points with (7).
  • The Admirals have won six games when scoring first, tied for second most in the AHL.
  • Norfolk is fifth in the AHL in power play efficiency scoring 26.4% of the time (14/53).
  • First period scoring is a major strength of Norfolk as they are tied for the league lead with 16 opening period goals.
  • Of the 10,672 shots taken in the AHL this season, Norfolk accounts for 501 of them, 31 more than the next closest team (Providence, 480).
  • With the all the shooting by Norfolk, they also lead the league in scoring with 51 goals, 3.92 a game.

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. “The Voice of the AdmiralsPete Michaud and Admirals Corporate Sales Manager Dennis McEwen will host the show. Guests this week include #23 Trevor Smith and “The Voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning” Dave Mishkin. If you have questions for the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS
The Norfolk Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday 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.

FOODBANK OF SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA FOOD DRIVE AND TICKET OFFER
Time is running out for you to take advantage of a special discounted fundraising ticket for tomorrow's Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Night. Join us on Wednesday 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 Wednesday or Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Food Drive Night!

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Carter Ashton (11)
Assists: Cory Conacher (10)
Points: Carter Ashton (16)
Games: Several (13)
PP goals: Carter Ashton (4)
SH Goals: Tyler Johnson (1)
+/- Rating: Trevor Smith (+11)
PIM: Carter Ashton (26)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.54)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus, Dustin Tokarski (.903)
Wins: Jaroslav Janus, Dustin Tokarski (4)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (3)
GPl: Jaroslav Janus, Dustin Tokarski (7)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (401)

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON LEADERS
Goals: Bryan Lerg (6)
Assists: Bryan Lerg, Brian Gibbons, Colin McDonald (7)
Points: Bryan Lerg (13)
Games: Several (11)
PP goals: Geoff Walker (3)
SH Goals: Bryan Lerg (2)
+/- Rating: Bryan Lerg (+8)
PIM: Joey Mormina (16)
GAA: Brad Thiessen (1.80)
Spct: Brad Thiessen (.930)
Wins: Brad Thiessen (7)
Losses: Brad Thiessen (2)
GPI: Brad Thiessen (10)
Minutes: Brad Thiessen (567)

ALBANY LEADERS
Goals: Joe Whitney (5)
Assists: Several (5)
Points: Joe Whitney (10)
Games: Several (13)
PP goals: Joe Whitney, Matt Anderson, Eric Gelinas (2)
SH Goals: Steve Bernier (1)
+/- Rating: J.S. Berube (+2)
PIM: Tim Sestito (53)
GAA: Keith Kinkaid (1.98)
Spct: Keith Kinkaid (.930)
Wins: Keith Kinkaid (3)
Losses: Jeff Frazee (4)
GPI: Jeff Frazee (7)
Minutes: Jeff Frazee (423)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
November 5, 2011 ADD C Mattias Ritola – Loaned from Tampa Bay

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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