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November 2, 2009

Admirals Kick Off Four-Game Road Trip






NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals are north of the border today to take on the Manitoba Moose as they begin a four-game road trip.

Last Friday night at Scope, Jaroslav Janus made 19 saves but the Admirals fell to the Syracuse Crunch 2-0 in their only game last week.

The Admirals will battle the Manitoba Moose in Winnipeg tonight and tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. ET. They will then travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to face the Penguins on Friday and to Syracuse for a rematch against the Crunch on Saturday.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 3-6-0-0 (6 points), the Admirals are in seventh place in the American Hockey League’s East Division. The Hershey Bears (7-4-0-0, 14 pts) lead the East. They are followed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (5-3-1-1, 12 pts), Adirondack Phantoms (5-4-1-0, 11 pts), Albany River Rats (5-5-0-1, 11 pts), Syracuse Crunch (4-5-1-1, 10 pts) and Binghamton Senators (3-5-2-0, 8 pts). Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Mon., Nov. 2 … at Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks) … 8:30 p.m. ET
Tues., Nov. 3 … at Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks) … 8:30 p.m. ET
Fri., Nov. 6 … at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:05 p.m. ET
Sat., Nov. 7 … at Syracuse Crunch (Columbus Blue Jackets) … 7:30 p.m. ET

ADMIRALS LOG
  • The Admirals play 14 of their next 18 games on the road – including 16 games (4 home, 12 road) in November alone.
  • The Admirals will face the Manitoba Moose for the first time ever tonight in Winnipeg. Manitoba joined the AHL for the 2001-02 season – Norfolk’s second in the league.
  • Admirals forward Juraj Simek spent his rookie pro season with the Moose in 2007-08.
  • 2001-02 Admirals captain Nolan Baumgartner has a goal and five points in 14 games for the Moose this season.
  • After surrendering three power play goals in its season opener at Hershey on October 3, Norfolk has killed 22 of the last 23 opponent power plays (95.7%) in the eight games since.
  • Through nine games this season, the Admirals are averaging 13.78 penalty minutes per game – the third-lowest total in the AHL. Last season, Norfolk averaged 23.13 penalty minutes per game – the most in the AHL.
  • Ryan Craig’s six-game point streak straight (6G, 2A) and four-game goal streak (5G) ended on Friday vs. Syracuse. Craig’s goal-scoring streak remains tied for the longest in the American Hockey League this season while his point streak is tied for the second-longest in the AHL this season.
  • Craig and teammate Brandon Bochenski are tied for eighth in the AHL with six goals apiece.
  • Bochenski and Craig are also tied for the team lead in scoring with eight points apiece.
  • Paul Szczechura’s four-game point streak (2G, 3A) ended on Friday vs. Syracuse.
  • Brandon Bochenski’s three-game point streak (3G, 2A) ended on Friday vs. Syracuse.
  • Juraj Simek three-game point and assist streaks (1G, 4A) ended on Friday vs. Syracuse.
FAMILY FUN PACKS RETURN
Last week, the Admirals announced that Admirals Family Fun Packs will return for the 2009-10 season. Admirals Family Fun Packs include four Red Level tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for only $48. That is a savings of $37! This great deal is available for all Tuesday and Wednesday night home games. Your first opportunities for these great deals are next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10 and 11, against the Binghamton Senators. Admirals Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. For more details - including a complete list of Family Fun Pack Nights and links to complete a purchase - please click here or visit norfolkadmirals.com

STUDENT RUSH NIGHTS RETURN WITH NEW FEATURES
Last week, the Admirals announced the return of a new and improved Student Rush Night ticket. This season, Student Rush Nights, brought to you by Pit Bull Energy Drink and Baxter’s Sports Lounge, will occur on all Tuesday and Wednesday night home games. All students have to do is show their valid, current student ID at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game and receive a White Level ticket for just $8 (normally $12). Plus, students will receive a buy one, get one free offer for the next Student Rush night. High School and College IDs are accepted. Your first opportunities for these great deals are next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10 and 11, against the Binghamton Senators. This offer is not available anywhere other than the Scope Box Office.

Student Rush tickets will also get students $5.99 menu items at Baxter’s Sports Lounge before and after the game that day. Baxter’s Sports Lounge is located just behind Norfolk Scope at 500 Granby Street. Students of any age with Student Rush tickets will be permitted into Baxter’s prior to game time. After the game, only students over age 21 with Student Rush ticket stubs will be permitted unless a parent or guardian accompanies them.

For more details - including a complete list of Student Rush Nights - please click here or visit norfolkadmirals.com

TEN PACKS
Admirals Ten Packs offer a flexible and affordable way to watch Admirals hockey at Scope. Ten packs consist of ten undated ticket vouchers at $1 off the gate price. These vouchers may be redeemed at the Scope Box Office anytime for tickets to any 2009-10 Admirals regular season home game. Fans can use all ten vouchers at once, spread them out for a single ticket over ten different games, or anywhere in-between. Plus, there are no ticket fees and you save $10 over the life of the ten pack. For more details, call (757) 640-1212 or visit visit norfolkadmirals.com.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Admirals Hour on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 94.1-FM. Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory, Admirals Color Commentator Pat Shetler, Admirals founder and Hall of Fame member Blake Cullen and Admirals part-owner Dave Rosenfield will be in the studio hosting the show.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Admirals will kick off the week with a pair of contests against the Manitoba Moose. Rookie RW Sergei Shirokov leads the Moose with five goals and 11 points. The Moose have been very solid in goal with former Bears backstop Daren Machesney (2-3-0, 2.14, .921) and reigning Aldege ”Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Goaltender Cory Schneider (6-3-0, 2.41, .910). However, Schneider is currently on recall to the Vancouver Canucks. The Moose have signed former Philadelphia Phantoms netminder Rejean Beauchemin to a Professional Tryout Contract.

On Friday, the Admirals travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to face the Penguins for the first time this season. Baby Pens leading scorer Chris Conner (2G, 6A) is on recall to Pittsburgh. John Curry (5-2-1, 2.20, .926) continues to shine for the Penguins in net. There are three former Admirals on the Penguins squad: C Wyatt Smith, D Ben Lovejoy and LW Wade Brookbank. The Penguins are off until facing the Admirals on Friday.

The Admirals will renew pleasantries with the Syracuse Crunch in New York on Saturday night to close out the week. Syracuse has claimed both games of the season series thus far – a 5-4 come-from-behind victory in Syracuse on October 16 and a 2-0 victory last Friday at Scope. Alexandre Picard leads the team with five goals and his nine points are tied with Derek MacKenzie and Pascal Pelletier for the team lead in scoring. Dan LaCosta (3-4-1, 3.32, .907), who turned in a 32-save shutout performance against Norfolk last Friday, leads the team with three wins. The Crunch will play in Rochester on Friday before hosting the Admirals on Saturday.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Craig (6)
Assists: Juraj Simek, Paul Szczechura (5)
Points: Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Craig (8)
Games: Several (9)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Craig, Matt Lashoff (1)
SH goals: --
+/- Rating: Kevin Quick (+5)
PIM: Matt Lashoff (29)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (1.52)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.939)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (3)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (3)
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (6)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (357)

MANITOBA LEADERS
Goals: Sergei Shirokov (5)
Assists: Michael Funk, Sergei Shirokov (6)
Points: Sergei Shirokov (11)
Games: Several (14)
PP goals: Sergei Shirokov (3)
SH goals: Mario Bliznak, Mike Keane (1)
+/- Rating: Michael Grabner, Marty Murray, Matt Pettinger (+2)
PIM: Tom Maxwell (41)
GAA: Daren Machesney (2.14)
Spct: Daren Machesney (.921)
Wins: Cory Schneider (6)
Losses: Daren Machesney, Cory Schneider (3)
GPI: Cory Schneider (9)
Minutes: Cory Schneider (548)

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON LEADERS
Goals: Ryan Bayda (6)
Assists: Dustin Jeffrey (7)
Points: Chris Conner, Dustin Jeffrey (8)
Games: Several (10)
PP goals: Ryan Bayda, Luca Caputi (2)
SH goals: Dustin Jeffrey (1)
+/- Rating: Ryan Bayda (+7)
PIM: Aaron Boogaard (30)
GAA: John Curry (2.20)
Spct: John Curry (.926)
Wins: John Curry (5)
Losses: John Curry (2)
GPI: John Curry (8)
Minutes: John Curry (490)

SYRACUSE LEADERS
Goals: Alexandre Picard (5)
Assists: Derek MacKenzie, Pascal Pelletier (6)
Points: Derek MacKenzie, Pascal Pelletier, Alexandre Picard (9)
Games: Several (11)
PP goals: Tom Sestito (2)
SH goals: Derek MacKenzie (2)
+/- Rating: Grant Clitsome (+5)
PIM: Jon Mirasty (80)
GAA: Kevin Lalande (2.68)
Spct: Kevin Lalande (.918)
Wins: Dan LaCosta (3)
Losses: Dan LaCosta (4)
GPI: Dan LaCosta (8)
Minutes: Dan LaCosta (488)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
October 29, 2009: ADD F Matt Syroczynski – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)

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 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 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 eighty regular season games will air live on STAR 1310-AM and will stream online free of charge at star1310.com. AHL Live will carry online video of every Admirals game on a pay-per-view or season pass basis. Fans can log in to watch or get more information about AHL Live’s online video features at ahllive.com.






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