Admirals Are First Team to Clinch Berth in 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs
NORFOLK, Va. – This evening, the Norfolk Admirals became the first team to clinch a berth in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Admirals clinched the playoff berth tonight by virtue of their 7-2 victory over the Charlotte Checkers combined with a 5-1 loss by the Portland Pirates to the Springfield Falcons. Norfolk is now guaranteed to finish among the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference during the 2011-12 regular season.
Norfolk (44-18-1-2, 91 points in 65 games) has the best record in the American Hockey League and Eastern Conference by eight points over the St. John's IceCaps (38-16-52, 83 points in 61 games). The Admirals also lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (36-20-2-5, 79 points in 63 games) by 12 points for the lead in the East Division.
Eight teams in each conference shall qualify for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Following the conclusion of each team's 76-game regular season, the three division winners in each conference will be seeded first through third (in order of regular-season points) and the next five best teams (in order of regular-season points) will be seeded fourth through eighth.
Information on playoff packages will be sent to season ticket holders next week. Individual playoff tickets will go on sale beginning Thursday, April 12, at the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
The Admirals also recorded their seventeenth consecutive win this evening, tying the American Hockey League record for longest winning streak contained within a single season. The Philadelphia Phantoms also won 17 games from October 22 through November 27, 2004. Norfolk will try to establish the new record when they search for their eighteenth straight win in another contest against the Checkers on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Following Sunday's contest, the Admirals will return to Virginia to open a seven-game homestand beginning next Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th, against the Albany Devils. For a complete schedule of games and promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
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. 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!