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June 5, 2012

Admirals Head To Toronto Ahead 2-0 in Calder Cup Finals






NORFOLK, Va. – After winning the first two games of the 2012 Calder Cup Finals, the Norfolk Admirals head to Toronto leading the Marlies, 2-0, with Game 3, Game 4 and (if necessary) Game 5 set for later this week at Ricoh Coliseum.

Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson each had a goal and an assist as the Admirals claimed Game 1 over the Marlies, 3-1, on Friday at Scope. The following night, Richard Panik had a goal and an assist and Mike Angelidis assisted on the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goals as Norfolk topped Toronto, 4-2, in Game 2 at Scope.

The series resumes in Toronto on Thursday night for Game 3 at 7:00 p.m. Game 4 is set for Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 will be on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

All three games will be televised locally on WGNT CW27 and nationally on the CBS Sports Network. You can also watch online on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com. Pete Michaud's call of the game will be broadcast on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com.

Additionally, the Chesapeake Square Mall location of Big Woody's Bar & Grill (4200 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake) will hold watch parties for all three games.

2012 CALDER CUP FINALS SCHEDULE AND RESULTS (Home Games Bolded)
Game 1 – Fri., June 1 … Toronto 1 at Norfolk 3
Game 2 – Sat., June 2 … Toronto 2 at Norfolk 4
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

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has allowed only six goals over its past eight games.
  • Dustin Tokarski is second in wins (10) and leads the league with a 1.63 goals-against average during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
  • Tokarski and Toronto's Ben Scrivens are tied at the top of the league with a .940 save percentage. Tokarski (12) has played in three fewer games than Scrivens, who is tied for most games played with 15 during the postseason.
  • Tokarski's shutout streak of 203:26 fell just 4:01 short of Marcel Paille's 50-year-old Calder Cup playoff record. Tokarski did not allow a goal from a second-period marker against St. John's in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals until Carter Ashton's goal early in the third period of Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals.
  • Toronto’s Joe Colborne notched the first power play goal given up by the Admirals since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. St. John’s. Norfolk had killed 31 straight opponent power plays dating back to a Zach Redmond goal at 2:11 of the third period on May 17.
  • The Admirals are 10-0 during the playoffs when leading after the second period.
  • The top five scorers during the Calder Cup Playoffs come from either Norfolk or Toronto. Alexandre Picard (9g, 7a) leads the league with 16 points and is followed by teammate Trevor Smith (5g, 10a) with 15 points. Toronto’s Philippe Dupuis (4g, 10a) is third with 14 points while Matt Frattin (10g, 3a) and Jerry D’Amigo (8g, 5a) are tied for fourth with 13 points.
  • After recording 65 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games, Alexandre Picard leads the AHL with 48 penalty minutes in just 16 postseason contests.
  • Norfolk’s Brandon Segal (3g, 1a) has points in four straight contests dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against St. John’s.
  • Norfolk’s Evan Oberg (2g, 8a) trails only Toronto’s Jake Gardiner (2g, 9a) in points scored by a defenseman during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
  • A team leading the Calder Cup Finals series 2-0 has won the Calder Cup in 39 of 42 previous series (92.9%).
  • With victories on Friday and Saturday night, the Admirals handed the Marlies their first back-to-back regulation losses since they lost games on January 27-28, 2012 (at Hamilton, vs. Rochester).
  • Saturday’s crowd of 8,661 at Norfolk Scope Arena was the first postseason sellout crowd for the Admirals in their AHL history. It was just the second post-season sellout since the Admirals began play in 1989-90 (Game 5 of the 1998 Kelly Cup Finals, May 18, 1998).
  • Norfolk has won eight straight games. That is the longest winning streak in the team's Calder Cup Playoff history and is tied for the second-longest winning streak overall in team history (regular season or playoffs).


ADMIRALS GROW PLAYOFF BEARDS 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 (10)
Points: Alexandre Picard (16)
Games: Several (16)
PP goals: Tyler Johnson (3)
SH Goals: Ondrej Palat, Brandon Segal (1)
+/- Rating: Jean-Philippe Cote, Mike Kostka (+11)
PIM: Alexandre Picard (48)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (1.63)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.940)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (10)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (2)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (12)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (737)

TORONTO LEADERS
Goals: Matt Frattin (10)
Assists: Philippe Dupuis (10)
Points: Philippe Dupuis (14)
Games: Several (15)
PP goals: Mike Zigomanis (3)
SH Goals: Jerry D'Amigo, Greg Scott (1)
+/- Rating: Jerry D'Amigo (+12)
PIM: Jay Rosehill (44)
GAA: Ben Scrivens (1.79)
Spct: Ben Scrivens (.944)
Wins: Ben Scrivens (11)
Losses: Ben Scrivens (4)
GPI: Ben Scrivens (15)
Minutes: Ben Scrivens (903)






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