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February 24, 2009

Admirals Set for Grizzly Battles This Weekend



NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals will take the momentum of back-to-back wins to the ice this weekend as they prepare to battle the Providence Bruins on Friday at Scope before hitting the road to face the Hershey Bears and Albany River Rats on Saturday and Sunday.

Last week, the Admirals claimed points in three out of four games as they concluded a stretch of seven games in nine days. Tuesday night in Bridgeport, Brandon Segal scored twice and Riku Helenius made 42 saves as the Admirals fell to the Sound Tigers 3-2 in overtime. Wednesday in Binghamton, the Senators erased a 2-0 deficit to hand the Admirals a 6-3 loss. Friday in Norfolk, the Admirals exacted revenge as Justin Keller and Brandon Segal netted a pair of goals in a 5-2 win over the Senators. In the Saturday rematch, Keller and Brandon Bochenski each netted a goal and an assist in the third period as the Admirals erased a 2-0 deficit to earn a 4-2 win at Scope.

The Admirals will next face off against Martin St. Pierre and the Providence Bruins Friday night at Scope. That night is Red Cross Heroes Night at the Admirals Game with special $10 fundraising tickets available. In addition, the first 2,000 fans will receive an Admirals/Heroes for the American Red Cross Puck courtesy of the American Red Cross. Please see below for more details.

Following Friday’s game, the Admirals will embark on a quick four-game road trip. The trip begins Saturday in Hershey and continues Sunday in Albany.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 23-26-3-5 (54 points), the Admirals are tied for sixth place in the East Division. The division is led by the Hershey Bears (37-17-0-4, 78 points). They are followed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (36-17-1-2, 75 points), Bridgeport Sound Tigers (33-17-3-4, 73 points), Binghamton Senators (29-20-5-3, 66 points), Philadelphia Phantoms (30-24-2-1, 63 points) and Albany River Rats (24-25-3-3, 54 points). Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Feb. 27 … vs. Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Feb. 28 … at Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 1 … at Albany River Rats (Carolina Hurricanes) … 5:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS LOG
  • The Admirals went 4-2-1-0 during their stretch of seven games in nine days.
  • Brandon Segal’s five-game goal-scoring streak (8G) ended on Saturday night vs. Binghamton. The streak is the longest by an Admiral this season and is the longest of Segal’s AHL career. During the streak, Segal established a new AHL career high with 21 goals in a single season. He is now tied for the team lead in goal scoring with Brandon Bochenski and is in the top 15 of the AHL in that department.
  • Segal has points in nine of his last 14 games (9G, 3A).
  • Bochenski has points in 12 of the last 20 games (10G, 9A).
  • Justin Keller has points in nine of his last eleven games (6G, 8A).
  • All 11 of Keller’s goals this season have been scored at Norfolk Scope Arena.
  • Wade Brookbank notched an assist for his first point as an Admiral on Saturday night.
  • Paul Szczechura and Steve Downie are tied for the team lead in plus/minus at +9, with Radek Smolenak (+8), Kevin Quick (+7) and Brookbank (+5) in close pursuit.
  • Defenseman Kevin Quick registered a career high with three assists on Friday night vs. Binghamton.
  • Jay Rosehill scored the first power play goal of his AHL career on Friday vs. Binghamton. He has now established AHL career highs in goals, assists and points (4G, 7A, 11PTS).
  • The Admirals are the only team with points in three games in Bridgeport this season, as they now own a 2-0-1-0 record at The Arena at Harbor Yard in 2008-09.
ADMIRALS CO-RBK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
Riku Helenius: 3 GPI, 2-1-0, 2.27 GAA, .935 SV%

Rookie goaltender Riku Helenius helped Norfolk to pick up points in three out of four games last week. On Tuesday in Bridgeport, Helenius made 42 saves – including 20 in the third period and overtime alone – as the Admirals picked up a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Sound Tigers. On Friday, Helenius stopped 34 of 36 Senators shots in a 5-2 victory over Binghamton. In the Saturday rematch, Helenius did not allow a goal in the final two periods of play as the Admirals erased a 2-0 deficit against the Senators in a 4-2 win.

The rookie netminder is now 4-4-0 in his first eight career AHL starts – all this month. On the season, Helenius has appeared in nine games with a 4-4-0 record, one shutout, a 2.18 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

Brandon Segal: 4 GP, 5G, 0A, 5 PTS
Alternate captain Brandon Segal notched five goals in four games last week. On Tuesday in Bridgeport, Segal scored both of Norfolk’s goals as the Admirals picked up a point in a 3-2 overtime defeat. On Wednesday in Binghamton, Segal opened scoring with his 19th goal of 2008-09. On Friday, Segal scored twice – including the game-winning goal – as Norfolk returned home to top the Senators 5-2. On Saturday, Segal’s five-game goal-scoring streak came to an end.

The streak was the longest by an Admiral this season and is also a personal best for the sixth-year pro. Segal is now tied for the team lead and ranks in the top 15 in the AHL with 21 goals – a personal AHL career high. Segal has already topped his previous AHL career high in points and now shows 39 points with Norfolk in 2008-09.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
For more details, please visit the Promotional Schedule at norfolkadmirals.com.
  • Friday, February 27 (vs. Providence Bruins)
    • American Red Cross Heroes Night – Special $10 red level tickets for Friday’s game are available for purchase through the American Red Cross online at seva-redcross.org. Two dollars of each of those tickets sold will go back to the American Red Cross’ Heroes Campaign.
    • Admirals/Heroes for the American Red Cross Puck Giveaway – Pucks will be given away to the first 2,000 fans, courtesy of the American Red Cross.
    PARKING AVAILABLE AT NORFOLK PLAZA HOTEL
    A significant amount of parking spaces (based on availability) are available for Admirals games this season at the Norfolk Plaza Hotel (formerly the Norfolk Radisson Hotel). Parking spots will be opened to Admirals fans for $5 per game. The Norfolk Plaza Hotel is located immediately across Brambleton Avenue from Norfolk Scope Arena. Fans who would like to take advantage of this opportunity are asked to enter the Brambleton Avenue parking entrance. A sign will be posted at that entrance.

    Please note that there is an event at Chrysler Hall Friday night occurring simultaneously as the Admirals’ games against Providence. This will likely lead to increased parking congestion.

    MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT COMING UP NEXT WEEK
    The Admirals honor the military with the second Military Appreciation Night of the season. All members of the military can receive red level tickets for just $8 through the Scope Box Office or through the Admirals Group Sales Office. To purchase tickets for groups of 25 or more, please contact Admirals Director of Group Sales Charlie Colon at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23 or email Charlie at charlie@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 forward Paul Szczechura and defenseman Kevin Quick. 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 COACHES & ALUMNI PARTICIPATE IN HAMPTON ROADS JUNIOR WHALERS FUNDRAISER
    Admirals coaches Darren Rumble and Alan May, General Manager Mike Butters and Alumni Dennis McEwen and David Buckley will be among the participants in the Stars of Yesterday versus the Stars of Tomorrow Game taking place this Thursday, February 26, at The Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex in Chesapeake. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $2 with proceeds going to the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers.

    ADMIRALS STREAKS AND TRENDS
    • Blair Jones, Points/assists in three straight games (1G, 3A since 02/18 at BNG)
    • Justin Keller, Points/goals in back-to-back games (3G, 1A since 02/20 vs. BNG)
    • Brandon Bochenski, Points/assists in back-to-back games (1G, 3A since 02/20 vs. BNG)
    • Grant Potulny, Points in back-to-back games (1G, 1A since 02/20 vs. BNG)
    • Brandon Segal, Goals/Points in 5 of last 6 games (8G, 0A since 02/14 at HER)
    • Justin Keller, Points in 9 of his last 12 games (6G, 8A since 01/17 vs. WOR)
    • Mike Lundin, Points/assists in 2 of last 3 games (0G, 2A since 02/18 at BNG)
    • Radek Smolenak, Points in 4 of last 6 games (1G, 5A since 02/14 at HER)
    • Brandon Bochenski, Points in 12 of last 20 games (10G, 8A since 01/07 vs. HER)
    • Mike Lundin, Points in 11 of last 22 games (3G, 9A since 01/02 at WOR)
    • Zenon Konopka, Points in 7 of last 14 games (2G, 9A since 01/23 vs. LE)
    ADMIRALS IN THE TOP 20 OF THE AHLNORFOLK LEADERS
    Goals: Brandon Bochenski, Brandon Segal (21)
    Assists: Blair Jones, Zenon Konopka (27)
    Points: Brandon Bochenski (43)
    Games: Blair Jones (57)
    PP goals: Brandon Bochenski, Radek Smolenak (7)
    SH goals: Bracken Kearns (2)
    +/- Rating: Steve Downie, Paul Szczechura (+9)
    PIM: Jay Rosehill (187)
    GAA: Riku Helenius (2.18)
    Spct: Riku Helenius (.935)
    Wins: Mike McKenna (11)
    Losses: Karri Ramo (14)
    GPI: Karri Ramo (26)
    Minutes: Karri Ramo (1507)

    PROVIDENCE LEADERS
    Goals: Mikko Lehtonen (19)
    Assists: Johnny Boychuk (33)
    Points: Johnny Boychuk (47)
    Games: Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Jeff Penner (57)
    PP goals: Martins Karsums (9)
    SH goals: Jeremy Reich (3)
    +/- Rating: Jeff Penner, Jeremy Reich (+11)
    PIM: Jeremy Reich (118)
    GAA: Tuukka Rask (2.52)
    Spct: Tuukka Rask (.915)
    Wins: Tuukka Rask (24)
    Losses: Tuukka Rask (17)
    GPI: Tuukka Rask (41)
    Minutes: Tuukka Rask (2362)

    HERSHEY LEADERS
    Goals: Alexandre Giroux (39)
    Assists: Keith Aucoin (54)
    Points: Keith Aucoin (74)
    Games: Andrew Gordon, Kyle Wilson (58)
    PP goals: Alexandre Giroux (15)
    SH goals: Alexandre Giroux (3)
    +/- Rating: Patrick McNeill (+19)
    PIM: Greg Amadio (154)
    GAA: Simeon Varlamov (2.43)
    Spct: Simeon Varlamov (.913)
    Wins: Simeon Varlamov (16)
    Losses: Daren Machesney (8)
    GPI: Daren Machesney (27)
    Minutes: Daren Machesney (1526)

    ALBANY LEADERS
    Goals: Michael Ryan (25)
    Assists: Jakub Petruzalek (29)
    Points: Jakub Petruzalek, Michael Ryan (42)
    Games: Mike Angelidis, Nicolas Blanchard, Nick Dodge (55)
    PP goals: Michael Ryan (8)
    SH goals: Pat Dwyer, Mark Flood, Dwight Helminen (1)
    +/- Rating: Michael Ryan (+4)
    PIM: Nicolas Blanchard (132)
    GAA: Justin Peters (2.65)
    Spct: Justin Peters (.914)
    Wins: Justin Peters (13)
    Losses: Justin Peters (19)
    GPI: Justin Peters (37)
    Minutes: Justin Peters (2109)

    TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
    February 16, 2009
    DELETE D Ty Wishart – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
    February 21, 2009
    ADD D Ty Wishart – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
    ADD RW Steve Downie – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
    DELETE C Chris Gratton – Claimed off waivers by Columbus (NHL)

    THIS WEEK IN ADMIRALS HISTORY (FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 1)
    February 26, 1989
    • The East Coast Hockey League awards an expansion franchise to Blake Cullen for the 1989-90 season. Cullen pays $25,000 to join the ECHL, which has just five teams at the time. His team will be located in Norfolk, VA and will be known as the Hampton Roads Admirals. The birth of the Admirals brings hockey back to Norfolk for the first time since the departure of the Tidewater Sharks (Southern Hockey League) during the 1976-77 season.
    February 24, 2008 … Admirals 5 at Portland Pirates 1
    • Radek Smolenak scores twice and Jonathan Boutin runs his winning streak to five games as the Admirals drop the Portland Pirates 5-1 at Cumberland County Civic Center. Junior Lessard, Norm Milley and Jay Rosehill also add goals for Norfolk in its most dominating road showing of the season. The Admirals claim the victory for the eighth time in a 12-game stretch.
    February 26, 1991 … Admirals 4 at Greensboro Monarchs 0
    • With new goaltender Dave Gagnon making 29 saves between the pipes and Victor Gervais factoring on all of Hampton Roads’ offense, the Admirals shut out the Greensboro Monarchs 4-0 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Gervais nets two goals and two assists in the win, which is the sixth in a row for the team and raises Hampton Roads’ record to a perfect 5-0 on their lengthy eight-game road swing.
    February 27, 2004 … Admirals 6 vs. Binghamton Senators 1
    • Quintin Laing and Carsen Germyn each score twice as the Admirals hammer the Binghamton Senators 6-1 at Scope. Norfolk wins for the seventh time in eight games. Lasse Kukkonen, Duncan Keith and Ajay Baines enjoy multi-point nights while Jason Morgan also adds a goal in his Admirals debut. Craig Anderson needs to make only 12 saves for the victory, as the Admirals outshoot the visitors 42-13.
    March 1, 2000 … Admirals 7 vs. Greensboro Generals 4
    • The Admirals rack up four goals in the second period en route to a 7-4 win over the Greensboro Generals at Scope. Hampton Roads is led by Dominic Maltais, with two goals and an assist, and Bobby Russell, who has four assists. Both Louis Bedard and Rod Taylor have a goal and an assist. Goaltender Brent Bielecki makes 30 saves for the win.
    TICKETS
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    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. 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.

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