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February 13, 2009

Denis Shuts Down Ex-Mates

NORFOLK, VA – Marc Denis made 45 saves to keep his former teammates off the scoreboard as the Norfolk Admirals (19-25-2-5) fell to the Hamilton Bulldogs (32-19-2-0) 2-0 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.

After a scoreless opening period, Hamilton took a 1-0 lead on a five-on-three power play. Brock Trotter sent a pass from the bottom of the left circle across the crease to David Desharnais between the goalmouth and the bottom of the right circle. Desharnais sent a quick shot into the net at 16:20.

The Hamilton lead doubled 7:08 into the final frame. Ex-Admirals captain Dan Jancevski sent a pass from the high slot to Steve Gainey at the bottom of the right circle. Gainey’s shot eluded Helenius low, glove-side.

The Admirals pumped 17 shots on Denis in the final frame but were unable to solve their former teammate.

Riku Helenius (26 shots, 24 saves) shouldered the loss. Marc Denis (45 shots, 45 saves) earned the win.

Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Hamilton was 1-5.

The Admirals will kick off a quick four-game road trip tomorrow night in Hershey. The puck drops at Giant Center at 7:00.

The Admirals will return to Scope next Friday and Saturday to battle the Binghamton Senators. On Friday night, the team will induct Mark Bernard and Victor Gervais into the Admirals Hall of Fame, presented by the Virginian-Pilot. On Saturday, the Admirals Alumni Game will take place at 3:00 p.m. For more details, please visit

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Three Stars:
1. Marc Denis – HAM
2. Steve Gainey – HAM
3. David Desharnais – HAM

Notes … The Admirals have been shut out in back-to-back games … The last time Norfolk was shut out in back-to-back games was December 15 and 19, 2007 … Norfolk has gone scoreless since a Justin Keller goal in the second period of last Saturday’s game versus Bridgeport – a span of 153:42. Norfolk’s franchise-worst scoreless drought was 198:36 over a five-game span from April 8 to 17, 2005, which included three straight shutouts against … Norfolk was shut out despite 45 shots on goal – the third-most Norfolk shots without a goal in a game in AHL Admirals history. The record is 50 shots, which occurred twice (12/26/04 at Hershey by Peter Budaj and 3/19/03 at Manchester by Travis Scott) … Forward Paul Szczechura re-joined the Admirals today following his first ever stint in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning … Earlier in the day, the Admirals signed goaltender Craig Kowalski to a Professional Tryout Contact (PTO) and released goaltender Tyler Sims from his PTO. Kowalski served as backup goaltender tonight … Scratches: F Jason Ward, F Chris Lawrence, F Justin Keller, F Grant Potulny, D Andy Rogers and F Chris Gratton … Attendance: 4,787.

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