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May 8, 2012

Conference Semifinals Tied at Two Games Apiece






NORFOLK, Va. – Last night, the Connecticut Whale evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Norfolk Admirals at two games apiece. The series will be decided later this week with Game 5 tomorrow on the road, Game 6 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena and Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday evening at Scope.

The Whale claimed Game 1 of the series, 3-2, last Wednesday after an overtime goal from Andreas Thuresson at Scope. The Admirals charged back with a 27-save performance from Dustin Tokarski in a 4-1 victory on Friday night at Scope. With the series shifted to the Northeast, Norfolk claimed Game 3 on Sunday night at the XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 4-3. Last night at the XL Center, Connecticut evened the series at two wins apiece following a 4-1 decision.

Game 5 is set for tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Due to lack of arena availability in Hartford, the game will be played at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. You can watch the game live at the Chesapeake Square Mall location of Big Woody’s (4200 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake).

One of the teams will have a chance to close out the series in Game 6 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 7 will be played at Scope on Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m.



NORFOLK'S EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS SCHEDULE
Game 1 - Wed., May 2 … Connecticut 3 at Norfolk 2 (OT)
Game 2 - Fri., May 4 … Connecticut 1 at Norfolk 4
Game 3 - Sun., May 6 … Norfolk 4 at Connecticut 3
Game 4 - Mon., May 7 … Norfolk 1 at Connecticut 4
Game 5 - Wed., May 9 … at Connecticut Whale** (New York Rangers) … 7:00 p.m.
Game 6 - Fri., May 11 … vs. Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS | INVITE FRIENDS
*Game 7 - Sun., May 13 … vs. Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) … 5:00 p.m. | GET TICKETS

*If Necessary
**Played at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Entering Wednesday’s Game 5, there have been 123 best-of-seven series in Calder Cup Playoffs history that have been tied at 2-2. The Game 5 winner has won the series 99 times (80.5%).
  • Last night’s game was Norfolk’s first loss on the road since February 5 at Springfield, ending a 16-game road winning streak (regular season and playoffs combined).
  • Norfolk’s penalty kill ranks second in the AHL during the playoffs, killing 42 of 46 opponent power plays (91.3%).
  • Eleven of the 12 forwards to have appeared in a game for the Admirals in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs have recorded a goal.
  • Alex Killorn leads all rookies with 10 points and seven assists in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. After being held off the scoresheet in his professional playoff debut, Killorn has posted at least one point in his last seven games.
  • Killorn and Alexandre Picard (4g, 6a) are tied for second overall in scoring in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
  • Trevor Smith’s five-game point streak (2g, 5a) ended last night.
  • Mark Barberio’s four-game point and assist streak (1g, 4a) ended last night. Barberio is tied for second in points among defensemen in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs (2g, 4a, 6pts).
  • Mike Kostka has points and assists in three straight games (1g, 3a). He is also tied for second in points among defensemen in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs (2g, 4a, 6pts).
  • After out-shooting their opponents in the first six games of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Admirals have been out-shot in their last two games.
  • Norfolk had only 20 shots in last night’s setback at Connecticut – the third smallest shot total in AHL Admirals playoff history. The record for fewest shots in a Norfolk Calder Cup Playoff game is 16, set on April 23, 2004, in Game 2 of the East Division Semifinals series against Philadelphia.
  • Richard Panik’s goal last night was his first pro/AHL/Admirals playoff point. It was his first goal since March 28 vs. St. John’s.
  • Last night was the first game of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs where Norfolk trailed entering the third period.
  • After leading the AHL in third period goals scored (101) and third period goal differential (+55) during the regular season, the Admirals are last among remaining teams in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs in third period goals scored (4) and third period goal differential (-4).
  • Prior to this season, the latest date the AHL Admirals had ever played a game was May 7, 2003, when they fell in Game 6 to the Houston Aeros. Games 5 (May 9) and Game 6 (May 11) of Norfolk’s series against Connecticut will change that during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.

CATCH GAME 5 AT BIG WOODY’S TOMORROW
Big Woody’s Bar and Grill will show tomorrow’s Game 5 at their Chesapeake Square Mall location. The Chesapeake Square Mall location of Big Woody’s Bar and Grill is located at 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard in Chesapeake, Virginia.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Alexandre Picard (4)
Assists: Alex Killorn (7)
Points: Alex Killorn, Alexandre Picard (10)
Games: Several (8)
PP goals: Alexandre Picard (2)
SH Goals: Ondrej Palat (1)
+/- Rating: Alexandre Picard (+7)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (26)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.40)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.907)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (4)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (2)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (6)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (375)

CONNECTICUT LEADERS
Goals: Marek Hrivik (5)
Assists: Tim Erixon, Kelsey Tessier, Casey Wellman (4)
Points: Marek Hrivik, Casey Wellman (8)
Games: Several (3)
PP goals: Casey Wellman (3)
SH Goals: --
+/- Rating: Jared Nightingale (+6)
PIM: Andre Deveaux (45)
GAA: Cameron Talbot (1.92)
Spct: Cameron Talbot (.943)
Wins: Cameron Talbot (5)
Losses: Cameron Talbot (2)
GPI: Cameron Talbot (7)
Minutes: Cameron Talbot (438)

AHL CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS SERIES
E1 Norfolk Admirals vs. E6 Connecticut Whale (series tied, 2-2)
E2 St. John's IceCaps vs. E4 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (St. John's leads, 3-1)
W1 Oklahoma City Barons vs. W6 San Antonio Rampage (Oklahoma City leads, 2-1)
W2 Toronto Marlies vs. W4 Abbotsford Heat (Toronto leads, 2-1)
Click here for the latest Calder Cup Playoff bracket

FLORIDA EVERBLADES UPDATE
The Florida Everblades have advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals after defeating the Kalamazoo Wings in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Everblades will meet the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series on Monday night in Nevada.

Lightning/Admirals-contracted players in the Kelly Cup Playoffs include goaltender Pat Nagle (6GPI, 4-1, 1.42 GAA, .941 SV%, 2 SO, 1 assist, Lightning contract), defenseman Sebastien Piche (13GP, 2G, 7A, 9PTS, +7, Lightning contract), defenseman Kevin Quick (13GP, 1G, 3A, 4PTS, +1, Admirals contract) and defenseman Charles Landry (8GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +6, Lightning contract).

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
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