NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals bring a franchise record 15-game winning streak back to Norfolk Scope Arena on Wednesday night for an East Division showdown with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, before heading to Charlotte for a pair of contests this weekend.
The Admirals return home on Wednesday night for the fourth of five meetings at Scope with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in another Admirals Value Night. Norfolk then travels to Charlotte on Friday and Sunday to square off against the Checkers in the final two installments of the GEICO Challenge Cup.
EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS UPDATE The Admirals (42-18-1-2, 87 points in 63 games) continue to lead the East Division, Eastern Conference and overall American Hockey League standings. Norfolk leads the St. John's IceCaps (37-15-5-2, 81 points, 59 games) by six points for first place in the Eastern Conference and in the American Hockey League. They lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (36-19-2-5, 79 points in 62 games) by eight points for first place in the East Division. The IceCaps hold four games in hand on the Admirals while the Penguins hold one game in.
Here are the current Eastern Conference standings (updated in real-time):
Eight teams in each conference shall qualify for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Following the conclusion of each team's 76-game regular season, the three division winners in each conference will be seeded first through third (in order of regular-season points) and the next five best teams (in order of regular-season points) will be seeded fourth through eighth. Click here for complete AHL standings.
Norfolk’s current 15-game winning streak is the third-longest winning streak in the American Hockey League since the Admirals joined the AHL in 2000-01.
Norfolk’s streak, which dates back to Feb. 10 vs. Adirondack, is the longest winning streak in the AHL since the Syracuse Crunch won an AHL-record 18 regular season games from March 9 – October 17, 2008. During their streak, the Crunch won 15 games to end the 2007-08 season and three games to begin in the 2008-09 season.
The longest AHL winning streak contained within a single season was accomplished by the Philadelphia Phantoms when they won 17 consecutive games from October 22 – November 27, 2004.
The Admirals have established a new franchise record with eight consecutive road victories, passing the previous mark of seven straight wins away from Scope, which was set from December 29, 2002 – February 7, 2003.
The last time the Admirals were in first place overall in the American Hockey League this late in the season was March 31, 2007, when they held a one-point advantage over the Hershey Bears.
During the streak, the Admirals are averaging 4.00 goals a game and only allowing 1.73 goals against per game.
With 87 points (42-18-1-2), Norfolk has tied the best all-time record through 63 games in AHL Admirals history (2006-07, 41-17-4-1).
The Admirals have established an AHL Admirals franchise record for road victories (23), passing the previous record of 21 set in 2005-06.
Norfolk has played in 104 sets of three-games-in-three-days all-time, winning all three games only 11 times. They’ve won three sets of three-games-in-three-days during their 15-game winning streak alone.
Jaroslav Janus became the first AHL Admirals goaltender to win all three games of a three-games-in-three-days set. He stopped 76 of 81 shots during the three games for a 1.67 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. Janus joined St. John's goaltender Eddie Pasquale as the only AHL goaltenders to record three wins last week.
Tyler Johnson has points in seven consecutive games (6g, 9a) marking the longest active point streak in the American Hockey League. He also leads the Admirals in goals (9), assists (15), points (24) and plus/minus (+14) during the team’s 15-game winning streak.
Conacher continues to lead the American Hockey League in rookie scoring with 68 points (31g, 37a) while Johnson is now third in the AHL with 52 points (24g, 28a).
After Norfolk's games in Charlotte, the Admirals will commence a seven-game homestand to round out the home portion of their regular season schedule from March 23 – April 7.
TYLER JOHNSON NAMED REEBOK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK Yesterday, the American Hockey League announced that Norfolk Admirals center Tyler Johnson was selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 11, 2012.
Johnson totaled four goals and four assists for eight points as Norfolk swept its three-game road weekend and extended its winning streak to 15 games, two shy of the AHL record.
On Friday night, Johnson scored twice in the opening period of Norfolk’s 3-1 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms. The next night, Johnson assisted on the game-winning goal and added an empty-netter as Norfolk defeated Connecticut 3-1. Finally, in Bridgeport on Sunday, Johnson led the way with a goal and three assists in Norfolk’s 6-3 decision over the Sound Tigers, extending his personal scoring streak to seven games (6-9-15).
Johnson, a 21-year-old native of Spokane, Wash., has 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points in 62 games for Norfolk this season, ranking third among all AHL rookies in scoring. Signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Mar. 7, 2011, Johnson played four junior seasons with Spokane in the WHL, winning a Memorial Cup title in 2008 and helping the United States to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.
In recognition of his achievement, Johnson will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.
Johnson becomes the seventh Norfolk Admirals player to be named the AHL Player of the Week and the second player this season, joining Carter Ashton (week ending October 9).
ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday as they face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in another Weekday Value Night. The game 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 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.
THUNDERSTICKS AND TOTE BAG GIVEAWAY The first 2,000 fans through the gates on Wednesday night will receive light-up thundersticks and a tote bag courtesy of BB&T. Click here for more details.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK March 7, 2012 DELETE G Dustin Tokarski – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD G Pat Nagle – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Florida (ECHL)
March 8, 2012 ADD F Bryan Brutlag – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
March 10, 2012 ADD LW Casey Haines – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
March 12, 2012 DELETE LW Casey Haines – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
DELETE F Bryan Brutlag – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
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.
Admirals 10-Packs for the 2011-12 season remain available for as little as $110. You may also reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat 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!
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.