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March 30, 2012

Admirals Fight Back to Extend Streak


NORFOLK, Va. – Goals by Ondrej Palat and Philip-Michael Devos helped to erase a one-goal deficit, as the Norfolk Admirals (49-18-1-2) defeated the St. John’s IceCaps (39-21-5-3), 2-1, on Friday night in front of 7,348 fans at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals' extended their winning streak to 22 games after completing the two-game sweep of St. John’s.

Norfolk's longest homestand of the season continues on Tuesday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Jaroslav Janus (20-8-2) extended his Norfolk franchise record winning streak to 12 games by stopping 20 of 21 shots.

St. John’s opened the scoring just 2:11 into the game. The IceCaps took advantage of a four-on-three power play when Aaron Gagnon collected a rebound and snuck it past Janus to give the visitors the 1-0 lead.

Norfolk answered back to knot the game at 1-1 with less than five minutes to go in the second period. Moments after a Norfolk power play expired, Palat passed to Alex Killorn at the right half boards. Killorn's pass deflected off the skate of Alexandre Picard, who then spun around drawing IceCaps goaltender David Aebischer to one side of his crease. Picard then passed to his right to Palat, who buried a shot into the open net for his ninth goal of the season at 15:42.

The Admirals took the lead for good midway through the final frame. After Aebischer attempted to cover a loose puck, Pierre-Cedric Labrie was able to knock it loose in the right corner. Labrie then spotted Devos alone in the low slot, and Devos shot the puck past the diving Aebischer to make his sixth goal of the season the game-winner at 10:46.

Despite a St. John's six-on-five attack for close to two minutes at the end the game, the Admirals held on for the 2-1 victory – their 22nd win in a row overall and their 16th consecutive win in regulation.

Aebischer (14-10-2) stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss.

Norfolk was 0-for-6 on the power play while stopping two of three St. John’s power play opportunities.

The Admirals will round out the home portion of their regular season schedule next week with games at Scope against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday and the Binghamton Senators on Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday night's game is the final Admirals Value Night of the season, including Family Fun Packs and Student Rush tickets. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m.

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 Rust Night tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

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. Philip-Michael Devos – NOR
2. Ondrej Palat – NOR
3. Jaroslav Janus – NOR

Box Score

NOTES … Norfolk has now won 16 consecutive games in regulation, equaling the 1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks' AHL record of 16 straight wins in regulation/overtime … Prior to the inception of the shootout in 2004-05, games tied after overtime finished as ties … The Admirals have won 21 of 22 games during the winning streak in regulation … Norfolk has surpassed 100 standings points in a season for the second time in its AHL history. The 2011-12 Admirals (49-18-1-2, 101 points in 70 games) join the 2006-07 Admirals (50-22-6-2, 108 points in 80 games) as the only 100-point teams in the 12-season AHL history of the Admirals … Norfolk has not lost since Feb. 5th – a 4-2 defeat in Springfield …The Admirals finished 3-1-0-0 against St. John’s for the season …Norfolk has not lost on home ice since Jan 28th against Hershey, winning 12 straight home games … Tyler Johnson’s 13-game point streak (11g, 15a) came to an end one game shy of Norfolk's franchise record ... Richard Panik’s seven-game point streak (6g, 6a) came to an end … Ondrej Palat has points in seven straight games (4g, 5a) … Palat now has goals in back-to-back games … Mark Barberio’s ten-game home point streak (1g, 11a) was snapped … Johnson’s ten-game home point streak (7g, 11a) ended … Norfolk (24-9-1-1) has best home record in the AHL … Norfolk has outscored its opponents 86-34 during their 22-game winning streak… The Admirals have picked up 46 goals from rookies during their 22-game win streak … Norfolk gave St. John's just its fifth regulation loss in games where the IceCaps scored first (26-5-1-2) … Norfolk won its sixth game of the 22-game winning streak when tied or trailing after two periods … Norfolk also won its seventh game of the 22-game winning streak when surrendering the game's first goal … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Alex Hutchings, Mike Angelidis, Jon Kalinski.


#ARMED AND READY #

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