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January 14, 2009

Admirals Look to Keep Waters Safe as Sharks Invade Scope This Weekend



NORFOLK, VA – After passing the halfway point of the regular season with a victory in their fortieth game, the Admirals will continue a nine-game homestand with contests against Worcester on Friday and Saturday at Scope.

On Wednesday night, goals by Brandon Bochenski and Justin Keller gave the Admirals a 2-1 lead in the third period. However, the Hershey Bears scored twice in the game’s final ten minutes to hand Norfolk a 3-2 setback at Scope. On Friday night, Admirals captain Zenon Konopka set the tone for the game with a goal only eight seconds after the opening faceoff and added another tally as the Admirals topped the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 at Scope. In the Saturday rematch, All-Star Steve Downie erased a two-goal deficit with a pair of second period markers and Bracken Kearns netted the third-period game-winning goal for the second time in as many nights as the Admirals defeated the Monarchs 4-2.

The Admirals will host the Worcester Sharks on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m. Friday night is All Faith Night and Saturday night is Pink in the Rink Night. Please see below for more details.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 16-19-1-4 (37 points), the Admirals are in sixth place in the East Division. The division is led by the Hershey Bears (28-11-0-1, 57 points). They are followed by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (24-10-2-2, 52 points), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (24-13-1-2, 51 points), Binghamton Senators (20-12-3-3, 46 points) and Philadelphia Phantoms (20-18-1-1, 42 points). The Albany River Rats (15-18-3-2, 35 points) round out the division. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Jan. 16 … vs. Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Jan. 17 … vs. Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS


ADMIRALS LOG
  • Steve Downie will represent the Admirals at the AHL All-Star Classic, Presented by Charter Communications, later this month at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Downie has points in 11 of his last 14 games (8G, 12A) with Norfolk.
  • Goaltender Mike McKenna has started Norfolk’s last seven games, going 4-3-0 with a 2.71 GAA and .910 save percentage during that stretch. Since the beginning of December, McKenna’s GAA has dropped from 3.77 to 3.02 and his save percentage has risen from .877 to .897.
  • Chris Gratton is on a six-game point streak (2G, 4A). He has points in eight of the ten games he has appeared in for the Admirals this season (2G, 7A).
  • Bracken Kearns has points in three straight games (2G, 1A) – including the game-winning goal in back-to-back games.
  • Brandon Bochenski has points in three straight games (1G, 3A).
  • Zenon Konopka had assists on three of the four Norfolk tallies in Saturday night’s 4-2 win over Manchester. It was his third 3+ assist night of the season.
  • Karri Ramo made 29 saves in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win at Anaheim Friday for his first NHL win of 2008-09.
  • Zenon Konopka’s goal eight seconds into Friday’s 4-3 win over Manchester was the fastest goal to start a game in AHL Admirals' history. The previous fastest goal to start a game was 14 seconds by Brandon Bochenski on 12/16/06 at Springfield. The fastest goal to start a period remains seven seconds after Casey Hankinson’s third period goal on 11/10/00 at the Saint John Flames.
  • After going 37 games without a penalty shot for or against Norfolk this season, the Admirals had penalty shots in back to back games. Mike McKenna denied Keith Aucoin on a third period penalty shot on Wednesday night versus Hershey. On Friday night versus Manchester, Justin Keller hit the post on a third period penalty shot attempt. Norfolk is now 9-19 on penalty shot attempts and has stopped 11 of 14 opponent penalty shot attempts since joining the AHL in 2000-01.
ADMIRALS RBK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Zenon Konopka: 3 GP, 2G, 3A, 5PTS, 14PIM
Admirals captain Zenon Konopka played a large part in Norfolk’s two victories last week. On Friday versus Manchester, Konopka set a Norfolk franchise record by scoring eight seconds into the game. He added another goal later in the 4-3 victory over the Monarchs at Scope. In the Saturday rematch, Konopka dished out three assists in a 4-2 comeback win over the Monarchs. Konopka is tied for second in scoring with Norfolk with 27 points. He is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with three and is second in assists with 18.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
For more details, please visit the Promotional Schedule at norfolkadmirals.com.
  • Friday, January 16 (vs. Worcester Sharks)
    • All Faith Night – Groups of all faiths may purchase $10 red level tickets through the Admirals office. Just call (757) 640-1212 ext. 23. Groups of 50 or more will have the opportunity to display information on a concourse table during the game. The largest group will be able to select a representative to participate in the ceremonial puck drop and to lead the arena in a pre-game invocation.
  • Saturday, January 17 (vs. Worcester Sharks)
    • Pink in the Rink – Pink in the Rink Night will seek to educate and raise awareness about breast cancer while also raising monies for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Events leading up to and during the game include a breast cancer informational session, survivor participation during game night, “Hockey 101 – A Clinic for Women” and a silent auction for player-autographed Tampa Bay Lightning merchandise. Even the ice will be pink! Special $12 red level tickets will be available for groups of 10 or more people through the Admirals office at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23 or online at norfolkadmirals.com. Individual ticket vouchers are available through the Tidewater Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation at (757) 490-7794 or online at komentidewater.org.
    ADMIRALS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
    The Norfolk Admirals today announced that goaltender/team executive Mark Bernard and forward Victor Gervais will comprise the second class of inductees to the Admirals Hall of Fame, presented by the Virginian-Pilot. Bernard was a goaltender for four seasons with the Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL), winning two championships. He ranks second in all-time wins with 62. Bernard also spent two seasons as Vice President of the Admirals from 2006-08 and won the AHL’s James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the top executive in the AHL last season. Gervais spent parts of seven seasons with the Hampton Roads Admirals and also won two championships with the club. He ranks on the team’s top ten list for goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. His 118 points during the 1992-93 season are the most in a single season in Admirals history.

    The Admirals Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in a pre-game, on-ice ceremony prior to the Admirals game against the Binghamton Senators on Friday, February 20. To learn more about Bernard and Gervais, please visit norfolkadmirals.com .

    THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR
    Tune in to the Admirals Hour on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud will be joined in the studio by Admirals Center Bracken Kearns. If you have a question for the show, please call (757) 497-1310 during the show or email keith@norfolkadmirals.com prior to 2:00 on Thursday afternoon.

    ADMIRALS STREAKS AND TRENDS
    • Chris Gratton, Points in six straight games (2G, 4A since 12/31 at POR)
    • Brandon Bochenski, Points in three straight games (1G, 3A since 01/07 vs. HER)
    • Bracken Kearns, Points in three straight games (2G, 1A since 01/07 vs. HER)
    • Bracken Kearns, GWG in back-to-back games (2 GWG since 01/09 vs. MCH)
    • Steve Downie, Points in 11 of last 14 games (8G, 12A since 11/16 at PRO)
    • Chris Gratton, Points in 8 of last 10 games (2G, 7A since 12/17 vs. ALB)
    • Mike Lundin, Points in 4 of last 7 games (2G, 5A since 12/27 vs. PHI)
    • Radek Smolenak, Points in 6 of last 9 games (4G, 3A since 12/17 vs. ALB)
    • Blair Jones, Assists in 6 of last 9 games (7A since 12/17 vs. ALB)
    • Blair Jones, Points in 7 of last 11 games (1G, 7A since 12/12 vs. BRI)
    ADMIRALS IN THE TOP 20 OF THE AHLNORFOLK LEADERS
    Goals: Brandon Bochenski, Brandon Segal, Radek Smolenak (12)
    Assists: Blair Jones (19)
    Points: Brandon Bochenski (29)
    Games: Blair Jones (40)
    PP goals: Brandon Bochenski, Radek Smolenak (6)
    SH goals: Several (1)
    +/- Rating: Steve Downie (+10)
    PIM: Jay Rosehill (135)
    GAA: Mike McKenna (3.02)
    Spct: Mike McKenna (.897)
    Wins: Mike McKenna (9)
    Losses: Karri Ramo (11)
    GPI: Karri Ramo (23)
    Minutes: Karri Ramo (1326)

    WORCESTER LEADERS
    Goals: Riley Armstrong (15)
    Assists: Ryan Vesce (26)
    Points: Ryan Vesce (38)
    Games: Jason Demers, Ryan Vesce, Steven Zalewski (39)
    PP goals: Riley Armstrong, Cory Larose (5)
    SH goals: Tom Cavanagh (2)
    +/- Rating: Mike Moore (+11)
    PIM: Fraser McLaren (91)
    GAA: Thomas Greiss (2.50)
    Spct: Thomas Greiss (.900)
    Wins: Thomas Greiss (13)
    Losses: Thomas Greiss (9)
    GPI: Thomas Greiss (23)
    Minutes: Thomas Greiss (1342)

    TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
    January 11, 2009
    DELETE D Vladimir Mihalik – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
    January 13, 2009
    DELETE D Kevin Quick – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)

    TICKETS
    To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets 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!

    ON THE RADIO/INTERNET
    All games are broadcast on ESPN Radio 1310 WGH-AM. The games are also cybercast at SportsJuice.com. Go to SportsJuice.com, or click on the link at norfolkadmirals.com. Broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to game time.

    Games are also viewable through the Internet on a pay-per-view basis through AHL Live. Visit norfolkadmirals.com and click the AHL Live banner on the left side of the site to view all Admirals’ home and away games.






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