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May 16, 2012

Eastern Conference Finals Begin Thursday at Scope






NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time in team history. They will begin the series against the St. John's IceCaps on Thursday and Saturday nights at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The Admirals defeated the Connecticut Whale in six games to win their Eastern Conference Semifinals Series last week. Entering Game 5 with the series tied at 2-2 on Wednesday night in Bridgeport, Alexandre Picard scored twice and Jaroslav Janus made 22 saves as Norfolk shut out the Whale, 4-0. Two days later at Scope, Tyler Johnson scored midway through the third period to send the game to overtime and Richard Panik returned from a third-period injury to score the game-winning and series-clinching goal with 6:59 remaining in the extra session, as the Admirals claimed the 2-1 victory and the series win, four games to two, over Connecticut.

Game 1 and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals are set to take place at Norfolk Scope Arena on Thursday and Saturday nights. Game 1 will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th. Game 2 will take place on Saturday, May 19th, at 8:00 p.m. The series will shift to Canada next week for Game 3, Game 4 and (if necessary) Game 5 in St. John's, Newfoundland.



NORFOLK'S EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
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Game 1 - Thursday, May 17, 7:15 p.m., Norfolk Scope Arena (Game H) [Gates open at 6:00 p.m.]
Game 2 - Saturday, May 19, 8:00 p.m., Norfolk Scope Arena (Game I) [Gates open at 7:00 p.m.]

Game 3 - Monday, May 21, 6:00 p.m., Mile One Centre
Game 4 - Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m., Mile One Centre
*Game 5 - Saturday, May 26, 6:00 p.m., Mile One Centre
*Game 6 - Tuesday, May 29, 7:15 p.m., Norfolk Scope Arena (Game J) [Gates open at 6:00 p.m.]
*Game 7 - Wednesday, May 30, 7:15 p.m., Norfolk Scope Arena (Game K) [Gates open at 6:00 p.m.]
*If Necessary

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN THE BATTLE
Throughout the Calder Cup Playoffs, we've been encouraging you to Join the Battle at Admirals games. Now, we want your help to even more people to join in the thrilling playoff action as the Admirals charge towards a Calder Cup title.

If you have a Facebook page, please be sure that you have "liked" the Admirals at Facebook.com/NorfolkAdmirals. Then, check out the Admirals' events page for the latest games. In order to invite others to the game, click on the event and then click "Join" in the upper-right portion of the page. A new button will then appear that says "Invite Friends." Click on everyone on your friend list that you think should be at Scope!

We'll make it even easier for you for this round. Here are direct links to the Facebook even pages for Game 1 and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. St. John's. Spread the word and let's pack Scope!

Game 1 – Admirals vs. St. John's IceCaps – Thursday, May 17, 7:15 p.m.
Game 2 – Admirals vs. St. John's IceCaps – Saturday, May 19, 8:00 p.m.


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • On Friday night, the Admirals clinched their first ever best-of-seven series victory in the Calder Cup Playoffs since joining the American Hockey League in 2000-01.
  • Alexandre Picard is tied for the AHL lead in playoff goals (6, tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Colin McDonald and Toronto’s Jerry D'Amigo). Picard has six goals in 10 playoff games after he had six goals in 42 regular season games with Norfolk in 2011-12.
  • Picard also ranks fourth in points in the AHL (12) and is just one point off the lead.
  • Alex Killorn (3g, 8a) leads all AHL rookies with 11 points and eight assists in the playoffs. Killorn has points in eight of 10 games during the playoffs.
  • In his two games during the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Jaroslav Janus allowed just one goal on 52 shots in two wins. Janus ranks second in goals-against average (1.69) and third in save percentage (.937) in the AHL during the playoffs.
  • Ondrej Palat posted five points (3g, 2a) in six games against Connecticut after going scoreless in four games during Norfolk's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Manchester.
  • After being out-shot, 24-12, during the first two periods in Game 6, the Admirals outshot the Whale, 34-7, in the third period and overtime to finish the night with a 46-31 shot advantage.
  • In both of their series-clinching games during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Admirals have entered the third period tied with their opponent and won the game in overtime after out-shooting their opponents in the third period and overtime by a combined 54-12 total (Game 4 vs. Manchester, 20-5; Game 6 vs. Connecticut, 34-7).
  • Norfolk leads the AHL with 18 goals scored in five roads games during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
  • With its Game 6 win, Norfolk recorded its first overtime victory at Norfolk Scope Arena since Opening Night on October 7, 2011, vs. Charlotte.
  • All 20 players to appear in at least one game with the Admirals during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs have registered at least one point.
  • Norfolk is 4-0 when leading after one period and 5-0 when leading after two periods in the playoffs.
  • This season, the top two AHL teams in each conference have advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 1987 (Northern Division #1 Sherbrooke Canadiens vs. #2 Adirondack Red Wings, Southern Division #1 Rochester Americans vs. #2 Binghamton Whalers). In 1987, the top seeds both advanced to the Calder Cup Finals with Rochester edging Sherbrooke in seven games for the Calder Cup.

ADMIRALS VS. ST. JOHN'S ICECAPS
  • St. John’s is the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference after finishing the 2011-12 regular season with a 43-25-5-3 record for 94 points. They won the Atlantic Division regular season title in their first season of existence in the American Hockey League.
  • The IceCaps defeated the Syracuse Crunch in four games to win their first-round Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series, three games to one, before defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in seven games to win their second-round Eastern Conference Semifinals Series, four games to three.
  • Twenty of the 21 skaters to appear in at least one game for the IceCaps in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs have registered at least one point.
  • Among all goaltenders in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, Eddie Pasquale is tied first in wins (7), is first in saves (329) and is fifth in save percentage (.927).
  • St. John's has the top two scoring defensemen in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs – Derek Meech (4g, 4a, 8pts) and Paul Postma (1g, 7a, 8pts). Meech leads all defensemen in goals (4) and game-winning goals (2) while Postma leads all defensemen in assists (7).
  • The IceCaps are the least-penalized team among remaining clubs in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, averaging only 10.45 penalty minutes per game. By contrast, the Admirals are the most-penalized club left in the playoffs at 19.00 penalty minutes per game.
  • Both the Admirals and IceCaps have saved their best work for the second period in the playoffs. Norfolk (13GF, 5GA) leads the playoffs with 13 goals scored in the second period while St. John's (11GF, 7GA) is tied for second with 11 goals scored in the second period.
  • Norfolk ranks 11th on the power play (7/60, 11.7%) while St. John's ranks fourth on the power play (10/43, 23.3%) in the playoffs.
  • Norfolk ranks second on the penalty kill (49/53, 92.5%) while St. John's ranks seventh on the penalty kill (36/43, 83.7%) in the playoffs.
  • Five of the top 18 scorers in the playoffs will play in the Norfolk/St. John's series – Norfolk's Alexandre Picard (6g, 6a, 12pts, 4th), Alex Killorn (3g, 8a, 11pts, T-5th) and Trevor Smith (3g, 6a, 9pts, T-11th) along with St. John's Brock Trotter (5g, 5a, 10pts, T-7th) and Aaron Gagnon (5g, 4a, 9pts, T-11th).
  • Norfolk posted a 3-1-0-0 record vs. St. John’s during the regular season.
  • Tyler Johnson led the Admirals with five points (2g, 3a) in four games vs. the IceCaps this season.
  • Both Norfolk goaltenders posted strong numbers against St. John's in the regular season, with Jaroslav Janus posting a 2-0-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against average and .939 save percentage, and Dustin Tokarski posting a 1-1-0 record with a 1.54 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.
  • No St. John's player recorded more than one goal during the regular season series against Norfolk.
  • Carl Klingberg led the IceCaps with three points (1g, 2a) against Norfolk in the regular season series.
  • The only St. John's goaltender to record a win against Norfolk in the regular season, Peter Mannino, is no longer with the club.
  • Eddie Pasquale, who is the only goaltender to have played for the IceCaps in the playoffs so far, lost his only game against Norfolk in the regular season on November 18 at St. John's, allowing six goals on 31 shots in a 6-2 win for the Admirals.
  • St. John's other goaltender in the playoffs, David Aebischer, went 0-2 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .926 save percentage against Norfolk in 2011-12.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Alexandre Picard (6)
Assists: Alex Killorn (7)
Points: Alexandre Picard (12)
Games: Several (10)
PP goals: Alexandre Picard (2)
SH Goals: Ondrej Palat (1)
+/- Rating: Alexandre Picard (+9)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (26)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (1.69)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.937)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (4)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (2)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (6)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (375)

ST. JOHN'S LEADERS
Goals: Aaron Gagnon, Brock Trotter (5)
Assists: Spencer Machacek, Paul Postma (7)
Points: Brock Trotter (10)
Games: Several (11)
PP goals: Patrice Cormier, Aaron Gagnon, Raymond Sawada (2)
SH Goals: --
+/- Rating: Aaron Gagnon, Derek Meech (+4)
PIM: Jason King (13)
GAA: Eddie Pasquale (2.22)
Spct: Eddie Pasquale (.927)
Wins: Eddie Pasquale (7)
Losses: Eddie Pasquale (4)
GPI: Eddie Pasquale (11)
Minutes: Eddie Pasquale (703)

AHL CONFERENCE FINALS SERIES
E1 Norfolk Admirals vs. E2 St. John’s IceCaps (Game 1 – Thursday at 7:15 p.m. EDT)
W1 Oklahoma City Barons vs. W2 Toronto Marlies (Game 1 – Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EDT)
Click here for the latest Calder Cup Playoff bracket

FLORIDA EVERBLADES UPDATE
Last night, the Admirals' ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades, fell in Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals against the Las Vegas Wranglers, 2-1, at Orleans Arena in Nevada. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight at 10:05 p.m. EDT. The Everblades advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals after defeating the Kalamazoo Wings in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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 (14GP, 2G, 7A, 9PTS, +7, Lightning contract), defenseman Kevin Quick (14GP, 1G, 3A, 4PTS, +1, Admirals contract) and defenseman Charles Landry (9GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +6, Lightning contract).

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
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