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March 9, 2009

Admirals in Midst of Five-Game Road Trip



NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals will conclude a five-game road trip this week before returning to Scope next week to kick off a seven-game homestand.

Last week, the Admirals won three of five games during a stretch of five games in six days. Juraj Simek had a goal and an assist and Riku Helenius stopped 27 of 28 shots as the Admirals topped the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-1 on Tuesday night at The Arena at Harbor Yard. Wednesday night, Blair Jones scored twice, but a bad bounce hurt Norfolk late in the game as they fell to the Philadelphia Phantoms 4-3 at the Wachovia Center. The Admirals returned to Scope on Friday night, as Blair Jones scored twice again, Riku Helenius made 31 saves and the penalty kill stopped all eight chances in a 4-1 victory over the Lowell Devils. The Admirals and Devils squared off again on Saturday at Scope, as Norfolk scored twice on the power play and received a 26-save effort from Riku Helenius to sweep the weekend set with a 2-1 win. The Admirals kicked off their five-game road trip on Sunday, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins used three power play goals in the first period to power past Norfolk 4-1 on Sunday evening at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.

Norfolk will complete the last four legs of a five-game road trip this week with contests in Albany Wednesday night, Binghamton Friday and Saturday nights and Philadelphia Sunday evening.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 26-31-3-5 (60 points), the Admirals are in seventh place in the East Division. The division is led by the Hershey Bears (40-18-1-5, 86 points) and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (39-18-3-5, 86 points). They are followed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (39-21-2-2, 82 points), Binghamton Senators (33-23-5-3, 74 points), Philadelphia Phantoms (32-26-2-2, 68 points) and Albany River Rats (28-28-3-3, 62 points). Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Mar. 11 … at Albany River Rats (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 13 … at Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 14 … at Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:05 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 15 … at Philadelphia Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) … 5:05 p.m.

ADMIRALS LOG
  • Norfolk completed a stretch of eight games in ten days on Sunday night in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
  • The Admirals will complete a five-game road trip on Sunday in Philadelphia before kicking off a seven-game homestand from March 18 – April 4 to close out the home portion of the 2008-09 schedule.
  • Admirals All-Star Forward Brandon Segal made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday versus Pittsburgh. Segal skated in two games with the Lightning before rejoining Norfolk on Saturday.
  • C Blair Jones had five goals and six points in five games last week to lead the team. He now has points in seven of his last 11 games (6G, 6A) and has established AHL career highs in goals, assists and points.
  • C Zenon Konopka has points and assists in three straight games (0G, 3A) and has points in seven of his last nine games (1G, 8A).
  • LW Justin Keller has points in three straight games (2G, 1A). Keller has points in each of his past ten home games (9G, 5A) and goals in each of his last six home games (7G). All 14 of his goals this season have been scored at Norfolk Scope Arena.
  • D Mike Lundin has points in six of his last 11 games (1G, 6A)
  • D Richard Petiot, acquired by the Admirals’ NHL parent club the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline on Wednesday, made his Admirals debut on Sunday in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
  • With a win in Bridgeport on Tuesday night, the Admirals finished the season series against the Sound Tigers with a 5-2-1-0 mark – including seven points in four games (3-0-1-0) in Bridgeport. No other opponent has earned points in more than two games at the Arena at Harbor Yard this season.
  • G Riku Helenius finished the season with a 3-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers with a 1.56 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout.
ADMIRALS RBK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Blair Jones: 5 GP, 5G, 1A, 6 PTS

No American Hockey League player scored more goals last week than Blair Jones. The third-year pro notched five goals and added an assist in five games to pace the Admirals with six points last week. On Wednesday in Philadelphia, Jones opened scoring and finished with a pair of goals in a 4-3 loss to the Phantoms. Jones returned home and once again opened scoring and had two tallies in a 4-1 victory over the visiting Lowell Devils. For the third straight game, a Blair Jones goal opened scoring on Saturday against Lowell and Jones added an assist for #1 star honors in back-to-back games in a 2-1 win over the Devils.

Last week, Jones surpassed his AHL career high marks for goals, assists and points. Jones now has 16 goals, 29 assists and 45 points in all 65 games with Norfolk this season. He surpassed his previous highs set last season of 14 goals, 28 assists and 24 points. Jones has points in seven of his last 11 games (6G, 6A).

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. Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory, Admirals Color Commentator Pat “The Red Whistle” Shetler, Admirals Hall of Fame Member and the founder of the Admirals Blake Cullen, and Admirals part-owner Dave Rosenfield will be in the studio hosting the show. 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
  • Justin Keller, Points in ten straight home games (9G, 5A since 01/23 vs. LE)
  • Justin Keller, Goals in six straight home games (7G since 02/07 vs. BRI)
  • Zenon Konopka, Points/Assists in three straight games (0G, 3A since 03/06 vs. LOW)
  • Justin Keller, Points in three straight games (2G, 1A since 03/06 vs. LOW)
  • Justin Keller, Points in 3 of his last 4 games (2G, 2A since 03/03 at BRI)
  • Blair Jones, Points/Goals in 3 of his last 4 games (5G, 1A since 03/04 at PHI)
  • Brandon Bochenski, Points in 3 of his last 4 games (2G, 1A since 03/03 at BRI)
  • Zenon Konopka, Points in 7 of his last 9 games (1G, 8A since 02/21 vs. BNG)
  • Blair Jones, Points in 7 of his last 11 games (6G, 6A since 02/18 at BNG)
  • Justin Keller, Points in 7 of his last 10 games (6G, 3A since 02/20 vs. BNG)
  • Brandon Bochenski, Points in 6 of his last 10 games (5G, 4A since 02/20 vs. BNG)
  • Brandon Segal, Points in 7 of his last 11 games (8G, 2A since 02/14 at HER)
  • Mike Lundin, Points/Assists in 6 of his last 11 games (1G, 6A since 02/18 at BNG)
ADMIRALS IN THE TOP 20 OF THE AHLNORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Brandon Bochenski (25)
Assists: Zenon Konopka (33)
Points: Brandon Bochenski (48)
Games: Blair Jones (65)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski (10)
SH goals: Bracken Kearns (2)
+/- Rating: Radek Smolenak, Paul Szczechura (+8)
PIM: Jay Rosehill (221)
GAA: Riku Helenius (2.34)
Spct: Riku Helenius (.929)
Wins: Mike McKenna (11)
Losses: Karri Ramo (14)
GPI: Karri Ramo (26)
Minutes: Karri Ramo (1507)

ALBANY LEADERS
Goals: Michael Ryan (25)
Assists: Jakub Petruzalek (30)
Points: Jakub Petruzalek (47)
Games: Mike Angelidis, Nick Dodge (62)
PP goals: Michael Ryan (8)
SH goals: Pat Dwyer (3)
+/- Rating: Michael Ryan (+4)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (135)
GAA: Daniel Manzato (2.73)
Spct: Daniel Manzato (.911)
Wins: Justin Peters (15)
Losses: Justin Peters (22)
GPI: Justin Peters (42)
Minutes: Justin Peters (2414)

BINGHAMTON LEADERS
Goals: Denis Hamel (22)
Assists: Mattias Karlsson (37)
Points: Ilya Zubov (44)
Games: Greg Mauldin (64)
PP goals: Josh Hennessy (11)
SH goals: Danny Bois, Denis Hamel (2)
+/- Rating: Peter Regin (+11)
PIM: Matt Carkner (166)
GAA: Brian Elliott (2.31)
Spct: Brian Elliott (.926)
Wins: Brian Elliott (18)
Losses: Jeff Glass (13)
GPI: Brian Elliott (30)
Minutes: Brian Elliott (1691)

PHILADELPHIA LEADERS
Goals: Jonathan Matsumoto (23)
Assists: Danny Syvret (36)
Points: Jared Ross (49)
Games: Several (62)
PP goals: Patrick Maroon, Jonathan Matsumoto (10)
SH goals: Jonathan Matsumoto, Jared Ross (3)
+/- Rating: Jared Ross (+12)
PIM: Matt Clackson (228)
GAA: Scott Munroe (2.62)
Spct: Scott Munroe (.923)
Wins: Scott Munroe (23)
Losses: Scott Munroe (17)
GPI: Scott Munroe (42)
Minutes: Scott Munroe (2471)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
March 3, 2009
DELETE C Paul Szczechura – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE RW Brandon Segal – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD F Paul McIlveen – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
ADD D Wes Cunningham – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
DELETE F Paul McIlveen – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
DELETE D Wes Cunningham – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
March 4, 2009
ADD RW Brock Hooton – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
ADD D Steve Ward – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
ADD C Mac Faulkner – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
RELEASE D Steve Ward – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
RELEASE C Mac Faulkner – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
March 5, 2009
DELETE D Andy Rogers – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD D Richard Petiot – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD RW Brandon Segal – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
March 6, 2009
DELETE RW Brandon Segal – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
March 7, 2009
ADD RW Brandon Segal – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)


THIS WEEK IN ADMIRALS HISTORY (MARCH 9 – 15)
March 9, 2007 … Admirals 4 vs. Binghamton Senators 3 March 10, 1993 … Admirals 5 vs. Johnstown Chiefs 1
  • The Admirals return home from a 12-day road trip with a 5-1 win at Scope over the Johnstown Chiefs. With a crowd of 8,210, the Admirals surpass one million in all-time attendance on this night. Brian Martin puts up his fourth hat trick of the season, while Victor Gervais adds three assists. Gervais and Martin would finish the year first and second in scoring for the Admirals, with 118 and 102 points, respectively.
March 11, 2005 … Admirals 6 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 0 March 13, 1999 … Admirals 5 at Dayton Bombers 3
  • Sparked by a 40-save effort from Stephen Valiquette, the Admirals win their third in a row, topping the Dayton Bombers at the Nutter Center 5-3. Dominic Maltais ends a nine-game scoring drought by scoring twice, while Trent Whitfield and Dan Ceman each add goals. The game marked Valiquette’s fourth of the season with 40 or more saves.
TICKETS
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Packages are on sale now with special monthly rates available. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.

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
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