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January 13, 2012

Admirals Cruise Past Whale


NORFOLK, Va. – Mark Barberio netted two assists and Cory Conacher scored his league-leading 22nd goal of the season as the Norfolk Admirals (22-13-1-2) defeated the Connecticut Whale (19-13-2-4), 3-1, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. With the victory, the Admirals snapped a three-game losing streak and took over sole-possession of second place in the AHL’s East Division.

Mike Kostka and Matt Fornataro also scored for the Admirals while Dustin Tokarski turned aside 25 of 26 shots in the victory.

Norfolk took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Kostka 11:51 into the game. After shots by Barberio and Michel Ouellet were knocked aside by Whale netminder Chad Johnson, Kostka picked up a loose rebound in the slot and tipped it over the glove of the sprawling Whales’ netminder for his fourth goal as an Admiral.

Just under two minutes into the second period, the Admirals doubled their lead to 2-0. After a steal by Barberio along the left half boards and tip in behind the Whale net, Carter Ashton chipped the puck out into the low slot. Conacher picked up the loose puck and sent a shot over the blocker of Johnson at 1:58 of the second stanza.

Fornataro’s fourth goal of the year gave Norfolk a 3-0 in the third period. Philip-Michael Devos sent a shot from along the left boards that deflected off a Whale player in front of the net. Fornataro picked up the loose puck at the top of the crease and sent it over the glove of Johnson at 6:58 of the third period.

Norfolk’s margin narrowed to 3-1 just after a Whale power play expired midway through the final frame. Connecticut’s Aaron Voros knocked a loose rebound in front of the Admirals net over netminder Dustin Tokarski at 11:10.

However, the Admirals would hold off a late surge by the Whale to cap off the 3-1 victory.

Dustin Tokarski (15-9-0) stopped 25 of 26 shots in the victory while Chad Johnson (10-7-4) turned aside 31 of 34 shots in the defeat.

Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play while Connecticut was 0-4 with the man advantage.

The same two teams meet tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m. before the Admirals embark on a three-game road trip.

Tomorrow night’s rematch against the Whale will be the fifth-annual Pink in the Rink Night to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This annual event features an Admirals game played on pink ice and seeks to educate and raise awareness about breast cancer while also raising monies for the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Events leading up to and during the game include a breast cancer informational session, survivor participation during game night, “Hockey 101” and a silent auction for player-autographed Admirals and NHL items. The “Hockey 101” will be held starting at 6:15 p.m. Seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

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.

Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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!

Three Stars:
1. Mark Barberio – NOR
2. Mike Kostka – NOR
3. Dustin Tokarski – NOR

NOTES … Cory Conacher netted his fourth game-winning goal of the season which ties him for fourth-most in the AHL … Mark Barberio extended his assist/point streak at home to seven-consecutive games (1G, 9A) … Norfolk caps off the first half of the season with a 22-13-1-2 record overall and a 10-7-1-1 record at Norfolk Scope Arena … The Admirals improved to 16-11-0-2 vs. the Whale/Hartford Wolf Pack all-time … The Admirals improved to 7-3-0-0 when playing on Friday the 13th … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Jeff Dimmen, Charles Landry…


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