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January 24, 2012

Admirals Begin Three-Game Homestand Before All-Star Break






NORFOLK, Va. – After wrapping up a three-game road trip with two wins last week, the Norfolk Admirals return to Scope for a three-game homestand beginning tonight against the Charlotte Checkers.

Norfolk dropped the puck on the road trip last Wednesday in Albany, where they scored four goals in the second period to defeat the Devils, 5-4. The Admirals traveled to Syracuse on Friday night, where their attempt at a second-consecutive comeback fell short, as they dropped a 6-3 decision to the Crunch. On Saturday night, Mike Kostka and Richard Panik scored in the shootout to give the Admirals a 5-4 victory and a winning road trip.

The Admirals will return to Scope for a three-game homestand before hitting the All-Star Break on Sunday. Tonight, the Admirals and Checkers square off in the fifth game for the GEICO Challenge Cup. The Admirals then return to the ice on Friday and Saturday nights as they welcome in their East Division rivals, the Hershey Bears, for a pair of games.



STANDINGS UPDATE
After 42 games, the Admirals (25-14-1-2, 53 points) occupy third place in the East Division, two points behind the division leaders. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-12-1-4) and Hershey (24-11-4-3) are tied for first place in the division, both with 55 points. The Syracuse Crunch (18-17-3-2, 41 points) are in fourth place while the Binghamton Senators (18-24-1-1, 38 points) wrap-up the division standings. Norfolk ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, but trails the conference-leading Penguins and Bears by only two points. Click here for complete AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Tue., Jan. 24 … vs. Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Fri., Jan. 27 … vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Jan. 28… vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Earlier today, Admirals captain Mike Angelidis and defenseman Evan Oberg were recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. If Angelidis plays tonight with the Lightning vs. Columbus, he will make his NHL debut.
  • Also earlier today, the Admirals signed center Michael Pelech to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Pelech becomes just the fourth player to be signed to a PTO by Norfolk since the start of the 2010-11 season (Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Trevor Ludwig, Jean-Philippe Cote).
  • Norfolk leads the AHL with six come-from-behind wins when trailing after the second period (6-13-0-1).
  • Cory Conacher continues to league the lead in with 24 goals scored and ranks fifth with 46 overall points. He is also tied for fourth in the league with 10 power play goals.
  • Richard Panik leads all AHL rookies with a 26.5 shooting percentage. He has nine goals on 34 shots.
  • Netminder Dustin Tokarski is tied for second in the AHL with 17 wins this season.
  • Goaltender Jaroslav Janus has been in net for all four Admirals shootout games this season (2-2).
  • An Admirals rookie has scored 69 of 151 (45.7%) Admirals goals this season. A rookie has scored a goal in 39 of 42 games for Norfolk this season.
  • Norfolk surrendered three or more goals in a period nine times this season – including in the first period of each game last week.
  • Norfolk has killed 62 of their last 69 penalties (89.9%) over their last 14 games.
  • Charlotte (2-1-1-0) leads Norfolk (2-2-0-0) by one point in the race for the GEICO Challenge Cup through five of eight games this season.
  • With a win tonight, the Admirals would pull into a tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey atop the Eastern Conference standings.


THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW, PRESENTED BY MICHAEL AND SON
Tune in to the Admirals Hour, Presented by Michael and Son, Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud and Corporate Sales Manager Dennis McEwen will be joined on air by special guest former ECHL Admirals netminder Olaf Kolzig. During the show, the Admirals will also announce this season’s inductees into the Admirals Hall of Fame. If you have any comments or questions for the show, dial (757) 490-2750.



ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS
The Admirals return to Scope tonight to face off against the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) in another Weekday Value Night. The game, the fifth game in the GEICO Challenge Cup, will once again feature Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights.

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.

OLAF KOLZIG BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY NIGHT COURTESY OF JOHN’S TAX SERVICE AND FOX43
The first 2,000 fans through the gates on Friday as the Admirals face off against the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals), will receive an Olaf Kolzig Admirals Bobblehead Giveaway courtesy of John's Tax Service and Fox43. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

GUNS AND HOSES NIGHT TO BENEFIT CHKD
Join us on Saturday for Guns and Hoses Night to benefit The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD). You get two games for the price of one, as the Norfolk Police Department and the Norfolk Fire Department square off at 4:30 p.m. and your Norfolk Admirals play the Hershey Bears at 7:15 p.m.

Red Level tickets for this game are available for just $12 through our special offer, which expires on Wednesday, January 25th. If you were to buy these tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they’d be $17.50 – you save 31%! You may also upgrade to Gold level tickets for just $3 more. If you were to buy the Gold Level tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they’d be $20.50. Through this offer, they are only $15 – you save 27%!

You may purchase tickets by entering the proper promo code at norfolkadmirals.com/groups or by contacting:

This special offer is good online or through the above contact information. The online offer is only available through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday. The page will automatically expire at that time.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Cory Conacher (24)
Assists: Mark Barberio (32)
Points: Cory Conacher (46)
Games: Carter Ashton (42)
PP goals: Cory Conacher (10)
SH Goals: J.T. Wyman (2)
+/- Rating: Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Trevor Smith (+17)
PIM: Radko Gudas (100)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.53)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (0.898)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (17)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (9)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (28)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1565)

CHARLOTTE LEADERS
Goals: Jerome Samson (15)
Assists: Chris Terry (26)
Points: Chris Terry (36)
Games: Justin Soryal (43)
PP goals: Jerome Samson (8)
SH Goals: Several (1)
+/- Rating: Justin Krueger (+10)
PIM: Justin Soryal (106)
GAA: Mike Murphy (2.71)
Spct: Justin Peters (0.920)
Wins: Mike Murphy (15)
Losses: Mike Murphy (11)
GPI: Mike Murphy (29)
Minutes: Mike Murphy (1618)

HERSHEY LEADERS
Goals: Chris Bourque (21)
Assists: Keith Aucoin (57)
Points: Keith Aucoin (68)
Games: Christian Hanson (42)
PP goals: Jacob Micflikier, Graham Mink (11)
SH Goals: Chris Bourque (5)
+/- Rating: Boyd Kane (+12)
PIM: Joel Rechlicz (184)
GAA: Braden Holtby (2.66)
Spct: Dany Sabourin (0.904)
Wins: Braden Holtby (14)
Losses: Braden Holtby (10)
GPI: Braden Holtby (26)
Minutes: Braden Holtby (1535)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
January 19, 2012
ADD D Charles Landry – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Florida (ECHL)
ADD D Kevin Quick – Recalled from loan to Florida (ECHL)
DELETE D Evan Oberg – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
January 21, 2012
DELETE D Kevin Quick – Reassigned on loan to Florida (ECHL)
January 22, 2012
ADD D Evan Oberg – Reassigned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
January 23, 2012
ADD D Kevin Quick – Recalled from loan to Florida (ECHL)
January 24, 2012
DELETE C Mike Angelidis – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE D Evan Oberg – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD C Michael Pelech – Signed to 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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