– Last week, the Norfolk Admirals clinched the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the American Hockey League’s regular season points championship for the first time in franchise history. Tonight, the Admirals commence a three-game, three-night set of road games to conclude the regular season before the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs begin next week.
With three victories last week, the Admirals stretched their winning streak to 25 games. On Tuesday night, Mark Barberio
captured the game-winning goal and Dustin Tokarski
made 25 saves as the Admirals defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1
. On Friday night, a pair of third period goals and 27 saves by Jaroslav Janus
led the Admirals to a 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators
. In the home finale on Saturday night, Tokarski made 30 saves and Norfolk scored a trio of third period goals as they defeated the Senators, 4-1
The Admirals close out the 2011-12 regular season this weekend with a three-game, three-night road trip in New York. Tonight, the Admirals visit the Albany Devils before squaring off once again with the Senators tomorrow night. The Admirals wrap up the regular season on Sunday afternoon in Adirondack against the Phantoms.
The Admirals (52-18-1-2, 107 points in 73 games) have clinched the best record in the American Hockey League this season, ensuring home ice advantage throughout the Calder Cup Playoffs. They still do not know opponent for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals or the schedule for the first round of the playoffs.
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.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., April 13 … at Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) … 7:00 p.m.
Sat., April 14 … at Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:05 p.m.
Sun., April 15 … at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) … 5:00 p.m.
ACCOLADES ROLL IN FOR ADMIRALS
- With a victory on Friday night, the Admirals clinched the franchise’s first Macgregor Kilpatrick title, awarded to the regular season points champion. The title gives the Admirals home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
- Admirals have now won 25 games in a row, the longest streak for any active professional league in North American hockey history. Norfolk has not lost since Feb. 5th - a 4-2 defeat in Springfield.
- Norfolk extended their regulation winning streak to 19 games, a record for active professional hockey leagues in North America. The Admirals have won 24 of 25 games during the winning streak in regulation and only one game in a shootout (Feb. 18 vs. Syracuse).
- The Admirals set a new franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory on home ice and finished with an AHL-best record of 27-9-1-1 on home ice this season.
- Saturday night’s announced crowd of 8,699 was the third sellout at Norfolk Scope Arena during the 2011-12 season. The Admirals averaged over 5,000 fans in attendance for the first time in the twelve-year AHL Admirals history (5,119) and also surpasses the 190,000 attendance plateau for the first time in AHL Admirals history (194,521), despite playing just 38 games on home ice.
- Saturday night’s contest was the ninth time Norfolk has claimed a victory while entering the third period trailing or tied during the 25-game winning streak.
- For the first time since 2006-07, Norfolk boasts two 30-goal scorers in Tyler Johnson (30) and Cory Conacher (34). The last pair of Admirals to accomplish that feat were Troy Brouwer (41) and Brandon Bochenski (33) in 2006-07.
- Tyler Johnson leads the Admirals with 16 goals and 39 points during the 25-game winning streak, posting at least one point in 21 of 25 games of the streak and posting multiple points in 14 of the 25 games.
- Trevor Smith continued his success against Binghamton with his goal tonight, giving him seven goals and 13 points in six games against the Senators for the season.
- With a pair of assists on Saturday night, rookie Alex Killorn registered his first professional multi-point performance in just his seventh game as a pro.
Keep up with all the awards won by the Norfolk Admirals in 2011-12 with this list (click on the headline for the full story):
NORFOLK'S WINNING STREAK BY THE NUMBERS
|October 11, 2011 || Carter Ashton Named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week|
|November 2, 2011 || Admirals RW Carter Ashton Named Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month|
|January 4, 2012 || Mark Barberio, Cory Conacher and Trevor Smith Named AHL All-Stars|
|January 25, 2012 || Mark Barberio and Cory Conacher Named All-Star Starters|
|March 12, 2012 || Tyler Johnson Named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week|
|March 18, 2012 || Admirals Shut Down Checkers, Set Record For Longest Winning Streak in AHL History|
|March 31, 2012 || Admirals Clinch Frank Mathers Trophy as East Division Champions|
|April 2, 2012 || Eric Neilson Named Norfolk Admirals 2011-12 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man Of The Year|
|April 2, 2012 || Tyler Johnson Named Reebok/AHL Player of the Month|
|April 4, 2012 || Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson Named to AHL All-Rookie Team|
|April 5, 2012 || Mark Barberio and Cory Conacher Named to AHL All-Star Teams|
|April 6, 2012 || Admirals Clinch Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL Regular Season Points Champions|
|April 9, 2012 || Jon Cooper Named AHL's Outstanding Coach|
|April 10, 2012 || Mark Barberio Named AHL's Outstanding Defenseman|
|April 12, 2012 || Cory Conacher Named AHL's Outstanding Rookie|
|April 13, 2012 || Cory Conacher Named AHL's Most Valuable Player|
The following numbers are for Norfolk during its 25-game winning streak from February 10 to April 7, 2012:
PLAYOFF TICKETS NOW ON SALE
- 317 saves by Jaroslav Janus
- 300 saves by Dustin Tokarski
- 95 total goals scored
- 85.6% penalty kill efficiency (15/104)
- 59 goals scored at even strength
- +58 goal differential
- 49 goals scored by rookies
- 39 points by Tyler Johnson, leading the team
- 37 total goals allowed
- +26 plus/minus rating by Jean-Philippe Cote, leading the team
- 26 different skaters have appeared in at least one game
- 24.6% power play efficiency (31/126)
- 24 different skaters have an even or better plus/minus rating
- 22 different skaters have points
- 20 different skaters have goals
- 20 goals allowed at even strength
- 16 goals scored by Tyler Johnson, leading the team
- 15 consecutive wins at home (franchise record)
- 15 different skaters have game-winning goals
- 13 consecutive wins by Jaroslav Janus
- 12 consecutive wins by Dustin Tokarski
- 11 different skaters are rookies
- 10 consecutive wins on the road
- 7 different skaters have appeared in all 25 games
- 1.59 goals-against average by Dustin Tokarski
- 1.38 goals-against average by Jaroslav Janus
- .946 save percentage by Jaroslav Janus
- .940 save percentage by Dustin Tokarski
Individual tickets for the first two Norfolk Admirals home games of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs are now on sale at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com
Tickets are on sale only for Game A and Game B. These games will take place next week at Norfolk Scope Arena. Once exact dates and opponents for the games are determined, they will be announced at norfolkadmirals.com.
Ticket prices for the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs are $21.50 for Gold, $18.50 for Red and $16.50 for White. Fans receive a discount when purchasing playoff tickets in advance of the day of the game, with $18 tickets for Gold, $15 tickets for Red and $13 tickets for White.
In addition, 10-seat corporate boxes are available for $310 per game by contacting the Admirals' Administrative Office at (757) 640-1212.
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.
FLORIDA EVERBLADES UPDATE
Last Friday night, the Florida Everblades capped off a three-game sweep of the Greenville Road Warriors with a 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Bi-Lo Center Friday night. Former Admirals Kevin Quick
(3GP, 1A, +1, 2 shots, Norfolk contract), Charles Landry
(3P, 1 A, +2, Tampa Bay contract) and Sebastian Piche (3GP, 1G, 2A, +2, 15 shots, Tampa Bay contract) all skated for the Everblades during the three-game series. The Everblades begin their second round playoff series tonight, as they visit the Elmira Jackals at 7:05 p.m.
Goals: Cory Conacher
Assists: Mark Barberio
Points: Cory Conacher
Games: Cory Conacher
, Tyler Johnson
PP goals: Cory Conacher
SH Goals: Tyler Johnson
, J.T. Wyman
+/- Rating: Pierre-Cedric Labrie
PIM: Radko Gudas
GAA: Dustin Tokarski
Spct: Jaroslav Janus
, Dustin Tokarski
Wins: Dustin Tokarski
Losses: Dustin Tokarski
GPl: Dustin Tokarski
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski
Goals: Steve Zalewski
Assists: Joe Whitney
Points: Joe Whitney
Games: Eric Gelinas
PP goals: Eric Gelinas
SH Goals: Vladimir Zharkov
+/- Rating: Dan Kelly
PIM: Tim Sestito
GAA: Jeff Frazee
Spct: Keith Kinkaid
Wins: Keith Kinkaid
Losses: Jeff Frazee
, Keith Kinkaid
GPI: Keith Kinkaid
Minutes: Keith Kinkaid
Goals: Andre Petersson
Assists: Corey Locke
Points: Mike Hoffman
Games: Pat Cannone
, Wacey Hamilton
, Mike Hoffman
PP goals: Mike Hoffman
Jim O’Brien (3)
+/- Rating: Nikita Filatov
PIM: Tim Conboy
GAA: Mike McKenna
Spct: Mike McKenna
Wins: Mike McKenna
Losses: Robin Lehner
GPI: Mike McKenna
Minutes: Mike McKenna
Goals: Denis Hamel
Assists: Jason Akeson
Points: Jason Akeson
Games: Jason Akeson
PP goals: Denis Hamel
SH Goals: Eric Wellwood
+/- Rating: Andrew Rowe
PIM: Ben Holmstrom
GAA: Michael Leighton
Spct: Michael Leighton
Wins: Michael Leighton
Losses: Michael Leighton
GPI: Michael Leighton
Minutes: Michael Leighton
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
April 9, 2012
ADD D Keith Aulie
– Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
April 4, 2012
ADD RW Brandon Segal
– Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
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