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May 21, 2012

Conference Finals Continue in Canada This Week






NORFOLK, Va. – After winning the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals last week at Norfolk Scope Arena, the Norfolk Admirals have traveled to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, where they will play Game 3, Game 4 and (if necessary) Game 5 against the IceCaps this week.

The series opened last Thursday at Scope. Mike Kostka scored twice and 13 of 18 Norfolk skaters recorded points as the Admirals topped the IceCaps, 6-1. In Game 2 on Saturday at Scope, Alexandre Picard broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with his first of two goals and Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 3-1 Norfolk victory.

The Admirals are now in Canada with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is tonight from Mile One Centre at 6:00 p.m. Game 4 is tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. at Mile One Centre. If necessary, Game 5 will be on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. at Mile One Centre.



NORFOLK'S EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
Game 1 - Thursday, May 17 … St. John's 1 at Norfolk 6
Game 2 - Saturday, May 19 … St. John's 1 at Norfolk 3
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

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has out-scored its opponents, 14-3, in its last four games – all victories.
  • The Admirals have posted four wins in five road games during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. The IceCaps have won four of six home games during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
  • Norfolk has killed 23 of its opponents' last 24 power plays (95.8%). The Admirals had killed 16 consecutive opponent power plays prior to Zach Redmond's power play goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night.
  • Of the 20 players to have appeared in at least one game for Norfolk during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, 17 have recorded goals and all 20 have recorded points.
  • Dustin Tokarski has turned aside 59 of 61 St. John's shots (.967) in the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Alexandre Picard leads the AHL in the playoffs with eight goals and 14 points while tying for the league lead with a plus-10 rating and ranking second with 36 penalty minutes.
  • Picard became the first Norfolk player to record multiple game-winning goals in the playoffs on Saturday night. Eight different players have recorded game-winning goals for the Admirals during the playoffs.
  • Alex Killorn leads all AHL rookies in playoff scoring with 11 points (3g, 8a) in 11 games.
  • Four of the top five scoring defensemen in the AHL during the playoffs are playing in the Eastern Conference Finals: St. John's Paul Postma (1g, 9a, 10pts, 1st) and Derek Meech (4g, 5a, 9pts, T-2nd) along with Norfolk's Mike Kostka (3g, 6a, 9pts, T-2nd) and Mark Barberio (2g, 5a, 7pts, T-5th).
  • After going scoreless in four games against Manchester during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Ondrej Palat has points in five of his last eight games (4g, 3a).
  • After going the first seven games of the playoffs without a point, Richard Panik now has points and goals in three of his last five games (3g, 0a).
  • Norfolk tied an AHL Admirals playoff record with six goals scored in Game 1. The Admirals also had their most spread-out attack in the team's Calder Cup Playoff history with 13 different players registering points.
  • In Game 1, four of Norfolk's six goals were scored by a defenseman – including two by Mike Kostka. Kostka became the first defenseman with a multiple-goal game in AHL Admirals playoff history.
  • The other two goal-scoring blueliners in Game 1, Jean-Philippe Cote and Keith Aulie, recorded their first professional playoff goals in the contest.
  • A defenseman has had a hand in eight of Norfolk's nine goals in the Eastern Conference Finals (4g, 5a).
  • Evan Oberg has points and assists in three straight games (0g, 3a).
  • Tomorrow will mark the 14th anniversary of the Hampton Roads Admirals' last ECHL championship. On May 22, 1998, the Admirals defeated the Pensacola IcePilots, 4-1, at the Pensacola Civic Center to win the Kelly Cup Finals series, four games to two.
  • Entering this season, May 22nd was the latest calendar date on which the Admirals had ever played. That will change this season, as the Admirals are guaranteed to play either on May 26th in St. John's for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals or at a later date for Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals.

WATCH PARTIES SET FOR GAME 3, GAME 4 AND GAME 5
The Norfolk Admirals have announced several watch parties for road games during the Admirals' Eastern Conference Finals series against the St. John's IceCaps.

Big Woody’s Bar and Grill will show Game 3, Game 4 and (if needed) Game 5 of the series 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.

In addition, A Step In Time Chimney Sweeps is having an Admirals Party for Game 3 only at the Virginia Beach Town Center location of Guadalajara on Monday night, May 21st. Watch the game live at 6:00 p.m. and cheer on your Admirals. In addition, there will be a free buffet, happy hour drink specials, and cornhole with prizes available. You can also come and meet Admirals mascot Salty. The Virginia Beach Town Center location of Guadalajara is located at 4611 Columbus Street in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Game 3 will also be shown on Monday, May 21st, at the Hits at the Park Restaurant during the Norfolk Tides game against the Pawtucket Red Sox. You must have a ticket to the Tides game to be admitted into the ballpark.

Finally, the Michael & Son Admirals Hour will be broadcast live from Big Woody's Bar and Grill from 4:00 p.m. through 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st. Admirals #29 Eric Neilson and Dennis McEwen will carry the Admirals Hour show right until the pre-game show begins at 5:45 p.m.

Game 3 of the series takes place on Monday, May 21st. Game 4 is on Tuesday, May 22nd. If needed, Game 5 would be played on Saturday, May 26th. All three games will be played at the Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, and will begin at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

ADMIRALS GROW PLAYOFF BEARS TO FIGHT PEDIATRIC CANCER
The Norfolk Admirals are proud to announce that several players are growing their beards in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the fight against pediatric cancer.

During the playoffs, it is hard to find a hockey player without a beard. The Admirals are no different. However, Admirals players such as Scott Jackson and Eric Neilson are growing theirs to support the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

Approximately 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. It is the number one disease-killer of children in the United States and Canada. St. Baldrick's Foundation primarily raises money through head-shaving events in unity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatments. Through these events, volunteers discover the power they have to bring hope to children around the world.

Visit shavetheadmirals.com today to help the Admirals' support the battle against childhood cancer. At the end of the season, the Admirals will host an event where fans can watch the demise of the playoff beards. Visit norfolkadmirals.com to keep up-to-date on details of when and where the beards are coming off.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Alexandre Picard (9)
Assists: Trevor Smith (9)
Points: Alexandre Picard (14)
Games: Several (12)
PP goals: Alexandre Picard (2)
SH Goals: Ondrej Palat (1)
+/- Rating: Alexandre Picard (+10)
PIM: Alexandre Picard (36)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (1.69)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.937)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (6)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (2)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (8)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (495)

ST. JOHN'S LEADERS
Goals: Aaron Gagnon, Brock Trotter (5)
Assists: Paul Postma (9)
Points: Brock Trotter (11)
Games: Several (13)
PP goals: Patrice Cormier, Aaron Gagnon, Raymond Sawada (2)
SH Goals: --
+/- Rating: Several (+1)
PIM: Garth Murray (23)
GAA: Eddie Pasquale (2.41)
Spct: Eddie Pasquale (.923)
Wins: Eddie Pasquale (7)
Losses: Eddie Pasquale (6)
GPI: Eddie Pasquale (13)
Minutes: Eddie Pasquale (795)

AHL CONFERENCE FINALS SERIES
E1 Norfolk Admirals vs. E2 St. John’s IceCaps (Norfolk leads, 2-0)
W1 Oklahoma City Barons vs. W2 Toronto Marlies (Series tied, 1-1)
Click here for the latest Calder Cup Playoff bracket

FLORIDA EVERBLADES UPDATE
Matt Marquardt scored the game-winning shot 13:49 into overtime, as the Florida Everblades, ECHL affiliate of the Admirals, defeated the Las Vegas Wranglers, 4-3, in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, on Friday night. The Everblades have taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

Game 4 is Tuesday and Game 5 is Wednesday in Florida, with both games set for 7:30 p.m. EDT. If necessary, Game 6 and Game 7 will take place in Las Vegas on May 25th and May 26th, respectively, at 10:05 p.m. EDT.

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 (16GP, 2G, 8A, 10PTS, +8, 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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