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May 31, 2012

Calder Cup Finals Begin Friday Night at Scope






NORFOLK, Va. – After winning their Eastern Conference Finals Series against the St. John's IceCaps, the Norfolk Admirals have advanced to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. The best-of-seven series opens on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena as the Admirals face the Toronto Marlies.

Norfolk clinched the Richard F. Canning trophy as Eastern Conference Champions after defeating the St. John’s IceCaps in four games. After winning Games 1 and 2 on home ice, the Admirals traveled to the Mile One Center for Games 3 and 4. In Game 3 last Monday night, Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored 1:37 into overtime and Dustin Tokarski stopped all 25 shots he faced, as the Admirals took a three-games-to-none series lead with a 1-0 win. The following night, Tokarski stopped all 29 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout, as the Admirals advanced to the Calder Cup Finals with a 4-0 victory over the IceCaps.

The Admirals and Marlies face off for the first time ever as they commence the Calder Cup Finals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 takes place on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. The series shifts to Toronto next week for Game 3, Game 4 and (if necessary) Game 5.



2012 CALDER CUP FINALS SCHEDULE (Home Games Bolded)
Game 1 – Fri., June 1 … vs. Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) … 7:30 p.m. (Game L)
Game 2 – Sat., June 2 … vs. Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) … 7:15 p.m. (Game M)

Game 3 – Thurs., June 7 … Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) … 7:00 p.m.
Game 4 – Sat., June 9 … at Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) … 3:00 p.m.
*Game 5 – Sun., June 10 … at Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)… 3:00 p.m.
*Game 6 – Wed., June 13 … vs. Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) … 7:15 p.m. (Game N)
*Game 7 – Fri., June 15 … vs. Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) … 7:30 p.m. (Game O)

*If Necessary

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR CALDER CUP FINALS AT SCOPE
Tickets for Game 1 and Game 2 are now on sale through Ticketmaster online or by telephone. You can charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or go online to ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Scope Box Office during regular business hours. The Scope Box Office is open from 10:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. through game time on game days.

Individual ticket prices for Calder Cup Finals games at Scope are $25.50 for Gold Level, $22.50 for Red Level and $20.50 for White Level. Fans receive a discount when purchasing tickets in advance of the day of the game, with $22 Gold tickets, $19 Red tickets and $17 White tickets. In addition, a limited number of 10-seat corporate boxes are available for $350 per game by contacting the Admirals at (757) 640-1212.

Playoff package holders should use tickets labeled "Game L" for the game on Friday, June 1st, and should use tickets labeled "Game M" for the game on Saturday, June 2nd.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • The Admirals set an AHL record for fewest goals allowed in a four-game Calder Cup Playoff series by allowing just two goals against the St. John's IceCaps in the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Dustin Tokarski backstopped the Admirals through the Eastern Conference Finals by stopping 115 of 117 shots he faced – including back-to-back shutouts to conclude the series.
  • In its last six games, Norfolk has outscored its opponents, 20-3.
  • Norfolk’s Alexandre Picard leads the AHL with 15 points (8g, 7a) in 14 Calder Cup playoff games.
  • The Admirals killed 24 of 25 shorthanded opportunities during the Eastern Conference Finals against St. John's (96.0%).
  • Norfolk is 7-0 when leading after the opening period and is 8-0 when holding a lead after two periods during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
  • Of the 20 skaters to have appeared in a game for the Admirals in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, all 20 have points, 17 have goals, 16 have an even or better plus/minus rating, 10 have game-winning goals and nine have power play goals.
  • Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned defenseman Charles Landry and goaltender Pat Nagle to the Admirals from the ECHL's Florida Everblades. Both Landry and Nagle join the Admirals during the Calder Cup Finals one week after winning the ECHL's Kelly Cup Championship with the Everblades – Norfolk's ECHL affiliate.
ADMIRALS VS. MARLIES
  • The Admirals and Marlies have never faced off in regular season or postseason play.
  • As the #2 seed in the Western Conference, the Marlies won three straight games over the Rochester Americans in the opening round of the playoffs. The Marlies followed that up defeating the Abbotsford Heat in the Western Conference Semifinals and the Oklahoma City Barons in the Western Conference Finals, with both series ending in five games.
  • Norfolk’s goaltenders Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus have combined for three shutouts this postseason, which equals the amount posted by Marlies’ netminder Ben Scrivens this postseason.
  • The trio of goaltenders leads the league in goals-against average. Scrivens leads the league with a 1.61 GAA, while Tokarski (1.65) and Janus (1.69) rank second and third, respectively.
  • Toronto’s Matt Frattin (10g, 3a) leads all rookies in scoring, closely followed by Norfolk’s Alex Killorn (3g, 8a). The Admirals and Marlies combine for six of the top seven rookie scorers during the Calder Cup playoffs.
  • Averaging 3.21 goals-per-game, Norfolk trails only Toronto, who lead the league with 3.28 goals-per-game in the playoffs.
  • The Admirals (1.86) and the Marlies (1.77) are the only two teams in the AHL who are allowing less than two goals per game during the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs.
  • Norfolk’s penalty killing unit (93.6%) trails only Toronto, which has killed 58 of 61 shorthanded opportunities (95.1%) during the postseason.
  • The Marlies are 7-0 when being outshot during the Calder Cup playoffs.
  • Of the 26 skaters to have appeared in a game for the Marlies in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, 22 have an even or better plus/minus rating, 19 have points, 14 have goals, seven have game-winning goals and five have power play goals.
  • Both teams' rosters were affected during the NHL trade deadline last February. Norfolk’s parent-club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, acquired defenseman Keith Aulie from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Carter Ashton. Aulie, who had been playing for the Marlies, first joined the Lightning before donning an Admirals jersey in the final week of the regular season. Ashton was assigned to the Marlies, where he posted two goals and an assist in seven games for the Marlies before being recalled by the Maple Leafs and making his NHL debut.
  • Ashton has not appeared in a game for the Marlies since April 21 after appearing in two playoff games for Toronto and posting an assist.
  • Toronto’s roster also includes former Admirals Matt Lashoff and Jay Rosehill, who both spent parts of two seasons in Norfolk.
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 (8)
Assists: Trevor Smith (9)
Points: Alexandre Picard (15)
Games: Several (14)
PP goals: Tyler Johnson, Alexandre Picard (2)
SH Goals: Ondrej Palat (1)
+/- Rating: Alexandre Picard (+11)
PIM: Alexandre Picard (40)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (1.65)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.939)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (8)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (2)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (10)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (617)

TORONTO LEADERS
Goals: Matt Frattin (10)
Assists: Nicolas Deschamps, Philippe Dupuis (9)
Points: Jerry D'Amigo, Matt Frattin, Philippe Dupuis (13)
Games: Several (13)
PP goals: Mike Zigomanis (3)
SH Goals: Jerry D'Amigo, Greg Scott (1)
+/- Rating: Jerry D'Amigo (13)
PIM: Korbinian Holzer (33)
GAA: Ben Scrivens (1.61)
Spct: Ben Scrivens (.944)
Wins: Ben Scrivens (11)
Losses: Ben Scrivens (2)
GPI: Ben Scrivens (13)
Minutes: Ben Scrivens (784)

FLORIDA EVERBLADES WIN KELLY CUP
On Wednesday, May 23, Brandon MacLean’s goal 4:54 into overtime lifted the Florida Everblades to their first ECHL Kelly Cup Championship, as they defeated the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2, in Game Five of the Kelly Cup Finals.

Final statistics for Lightning/Admirals-contracted players in the Kelly Cup Playoffs:
Pat Nagle (6GPI, 4-1, 1.42 GAA, .941 SV%, 1 SO, 1 assist, Lightning contract), defenseman Sebastien Piche (18GP, 2G, 9A, 11PTS, +10, Lightning contract), Kevin Quick (16GP, 1G, 3A, 4PTS, -+4, Admirals contract) and Charles Landry (11GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +3, Lightning contract).

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
May 30, 2012
ADD D Charles Landry – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Florida (ECHL)
ADD G Pat Nagle – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Florida (ECHL)

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