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March 28, 2012

Tokarski, Admirals Shut Out IceCaps To Extend Streak to 21 Straight Wins


NORFOLK, Va. – Dustin Tokarski stopped all 32 shots he faced and Ondrej Palat scored the game-winning goal in his team's 21st straight win on his 21st birthday as the Norfolk Admirals (48-18-1-2) shut out the St. John’s IceCaps (39-20-5-3), 2-0, on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The same two teams meet Friday night at Scope at 7:30 p.m. in Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night.

Richard Panik also scored as Norfolk tallied all its offense in the second period. Tyler Johnson assisted on both Norfolk goals, extending his point streak to 13 games but seeing his franchise-record goal-scoring streak end at nine games.

After a scoreless opening period, the Admirals broke the ice 12:27 into the second stanza on a shorthanded tally by Palat. While the IceCaps were on a power play, Johnson stole the puck in the Norfolk zone near the right point and chipped the puck around a defender to himself in the neutral zone, creating a two-on-one break with Palat. Instead of passing to Palat, Johnson dropped a pass to Mark Barberio in the right circle for a shot that bounced off IceCaps goaltender David Aebischer. Palat found the rebound on top of the goalmouth and backhanded a shot into the net while falling backwards for his eighth goal of the season.

Norfolk used a power play tally just over five minutes later to double its lead. After Johnson won a faceoff in the right circle, Michel Ouellet shuffled the puck to Panik, who was being held by St. John's defenseman Arturs Kulda. Panik sent a shot that banked off the skate of a St. John’s defender and trickled between the legs of Aebischer. Panik's 19th goal of the season gave the home team a 2-0 lead at 17:34.

That was more than enough offense for Tokarski, who turned aside 32 shots – including 12 in the second period and 11 in the third period – for his fifth shutout of 2011-12.

Aebischer (14-9-2) stopped 25 of 27 shots – many in spectacular fashion – but was saddled with the loss.

Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play while turning aside all five St. John's man advantages.

The same two teams meet Friday night at Scope at 7:30 p.m. in Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
2. Tyler Johnson – NOR
3. David Aebischer – STJ

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NOTES … The Admirals have not lost since Feb. 5th – a 4-2 defeat in Springfield … Johnson has 11 goals and 15 assists during a 13-game point streak, which is one game shy of Norfolk’s franchise record (14, held by both Brandon Bochenski and Pierre Parenteau during the 2006-07 season) … Johnson's Norfolk franchise-record goal-scoring streak ended at nine games (11g) … Richard Panik has points in seven straight games (6g, 6a) … Ondrej Palat has points in six straight games (3g, 5a) … Mark Barberio has points and assists in ten straight home games (1g, 11a). It is the longest home assist streak in the AHL this season … Tyler Johnson has points in ten straight home games (7g, 11a) … The victory was Tokarski’s 10th straight and his fifth shutout of the season … Norfolk (23-9-1-1) takes over the top spot for best home record in the AHL … Norfolk has outscored its opponents 84-33 during their 21 game winning streak … The Admirals improved to 16-1-1-0 when scoring first on home ice and improve to 33-1-1-0 when leading after two periods of play … Pierre-Cedric Labrie returned to the lineup after being re-assigned by the Admirals' NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, earlier in the afternoon … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Alex Hutchings, Mike Angelidis, Jon Kalinski.

#ARMED AND READY #

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