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March 2, 2012

Norfolk's Streak Soars to New Heights with Win Over Falcons


NORFOLK Va. – Michel Ouellet had two goals and an assist to lead the Norfolk Admirals (38-18-1-2) to their eleventh consecutive win, a 5-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons (27-26-2-2) on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The same two teams meet tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.

The Admirals are now owners of the longest winning streak in the American Hockey League since the 2009-10 season. Mike Angelidis, Alexandre Picard and Philip-Michael Devos also scored goals for Norfolk tonight. Dustin Tokarski tied an AHL Admirals franchise record with his seventh consecutive win by stopping 20 of 22 Springfield shots.

Norfolk opened scoring 12:13 into the first period with a five-on-three power play goal. Mike Kostka sent a shot from the right point that Springfield goaltender Paul Dainton stopped. However, the puck ended up in the crease behind him, and Ouellet swept the puck into the net for his 12th goal of the season and a 1-0 Norfolk lead.

The Norfolk lead doubled to 2-0 early in the second period. Ouellet picked off a pass at the right point and centered the puck to Picard in the slot. Picard’s shot went off Dainton’s left leg to Angelidis, who scored his 13th goal of the season at 4:15.

Ouellet’s second goal and third point of the game made it 3-0 less than nine minutes later on the power play. Richard Panik centered the puck from behind the net into the crease, and Ouellet swatted it behind Dainton for another power play goal at 12:48.

Picard’s fourth goal of the season stretched the home team’s lead to 4-0. Scott Jackson cut around the Springfield defense in the right circle before sending the puck to the right point. Radko Gudas sent a shot that Picard deflected from the middle of the slot past Dainton at 18:33 of the second stanza.

Matt Calvert broke up Tokarski's shutout bid 12:26 into the final frame and Wade MacLeod added a power play goal for the Falcons at 17:14.

However, the Admirals responded with their third power play goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Devos sent a shot from the right half wall through a screen and past Dainton at 18:52 for his fifth goal of the season and a 5-2 Norfolk win.

Dustin Tokarski (26-11-0) made 20 saves on 22 shots for the win. Paul Dainton (9-5-0) stopped 22 of 27 shots for the loss.

Norfolk was 3-for-9 on the power play while Springfield was 1-for-5.

The same two teams meet tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m. Following the game, the Admirals will hold their final post-game skate of the 2011-12 season where fans can skate with their favorite Admirals. A limited amount of skates will be available or fans may bring their own.

Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Admirals 10-Packs for the 2011-12 season remain available for as little as $110. You may also reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!

Three Stars:
1. Michel Ouellet – NOR
2. Alexandre Picard – NOR
3. Mike Angelidis – NOR

NOTES … Norfolk's current 11-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in the AHL since the Portland Pirates won 11 straight games from January 26 – February 20, 2010 ... An AHL team had an 11-game winning streak four times in 2009-10 - twice by Hershey (including a 12-game winning streak from December 12, 2009 - January 9, 2010), once by Portland and once by Rochester … The Admirals (38-18-1-2, 79 points in 59 games) now have the best record in the American Hockey League by four points over the Oklahoma City Barons (35-16-2-3, 75 points in 56 games) … The Admirals lead the St. John's IceCaps (33-14-5-2, 73 points in 54 games) by six points for the Eastern Conference lead and lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (32-18-2-5, 71 points in 57 games) by eight points for the East Division lead … The Barons (3), IceCaps (5) and Penguins (2) each have multiple games in hand on the Admirals … The last time Norfolk was in first place overall in the American Hockey League this late in the season was March 31, 2007, when they held a one-point lead over the Hershey Bears … Dustin Tokarski has tied the AHL Admirals franchise record for longest winning streak by a goaltender with his seventh consecutive win. He now shares the record with Michael Leighton, who posted seven straight wins from January 30 – February 18, 2004 … Tokarski is now 74-56-7 in 140 career games with the Admirals from 2009-10 to the present. He is one win away from tying Leighton for the most wins in Admirals history. Leighton posted a 75-52-17 record in 147 career games with Norfolk from 2001-02 to 2004-05 … Mark Barberio is the first defenseman to record 50 points (9g, 41a) in a single season in AHL Admirals history. Earlier this week, he surpassed the previous AHL Admirals record for points in a single season by a defenseman, which had been held by Marty Wilford (48 points in 2002-03) … Norfolk improved to 26-2-1-1 when scoring first, 17-1-1-1 when leading after the first period and 25-1-1-0 when leading after the second period … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Jeff Dimmen, Jonathon Kalinski.

# ARMED AND READY #

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