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February 15, 2010

Admirals Set Their Sights On Second Place






NORFOLK, VA – Winners of ten of their last 13 games, the Norfolk Admirals will look to close in on second place in the American Hockey League’s East Division with four games this week.

The Admirals concluded a six-game homestand by winning all three games at Scope last week. On Wednesday, Justin Keller netted a hat trick to help the Admirals defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-3. On Friday, Jaroslav Janus turned aside all 24 shots he faced for his first professional shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Lowell Devils. In the Saturday rematch, captain Ryan Craig had two goals and an assist to propel the Admirals past the Devils 5-1.

The Admirals, who are just four points back of the second-place Albany River Rats in the East Division standings, have a critical game against the River Rats at 5:00 this evening in Albany. They will then travel to Hartford on Wednesday before returning to Scope on Friday and Saturday to face off against the Springfield Falcons. Following those two games, the Admirals hit the road for a five-game trip. On Friday night, the Admirals will induct Dennis McEwen and Rick Kowalsky into the Admirals Hall of Fame. On Saturday, discounted fundraising tickets are available for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Night. Also on Saturday, the Admirals will hold the final post-game skate of the 2009-10 season.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 27-24-3-1 (58 points), the Admirals are in third place in the American Hockey League’s East Division. The East is led by the Hershey Bears (41-10-0-2, 84 pts). The Admirals trail the Albany River Rats (28-20-3-3, 62 pts) by just four points for second place. The Admirals lead the fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (26-26-1-1, 54 pts) by four points. The Adirondack Phantoms (24-25-2-2) and Syracuse Crunch (23-25-3-3) are tied for fifth place with 52 points. The Binghamton Senators (22-24-3-2, 49 pts) round out the division. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

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THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Mon., Feb. 15 … at Albany River Rats (Carolina Hurricanes) … 5:00 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 17 … at Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) … 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 19… vs. Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Feb. 20… vs. Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has won ten of its last 13 games (10-1-1-1, 22 points, .846) to climb from seventh to third place in the AHL’s East Division. Eight of the games were decided by one goal (6-0-1-1) and two others were decided by two goals with an empty-net goal added at the end of the game (2-0-0-0).
  • The Admirals are averaging 3.00 goals scored per game, 2.15 goals against per game, 14.3% on the power play and 91.7% on the penalty kill in their past 13 games.
  • Prior to that stretch, the Admirals were averaging 2.50 goals scored per game, 2.86 goals against per game, 12.5% on the power play and 86.2% on the penalty kill in their first 42 games.
  • Following a pair of road games early this week, the Admirals play fourteen of their final 23 games at Norfolk Scope Arena.
  • There are four former Admirals competing in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games: Canadian defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, Finnish defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and Latvian forward Martins Karsums.
  • 2006 Team USA Olympian Mark Parrish was signed to an NHL contract by the Tampa Bay Lightning last week and made his Lightning debut yesterday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers playing on a line with Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone. He was returned to the Admirals earlier today.
  • Parrish has points in ten of his last 15 games for the Admirals (4G, 8A).
  • The Admirals shut down the second-ranked power play in the American Hockey League, leaving Lowell 0-14 on power play against Norfolk in the four-game season series. The Admirals won the season series 3-1-0-0, outscoring the Devils by a combined 10-3 score.
  • With a pair of goals on Saturday night, captain Ryan Craig tied Brandon Bochenski for the team lead with 16 goals.
  • With an assist on Saturday night, Ty Wishart took over the team lead with 17 assists.
  • With a power play goal on Saturday night, Juraj Simek tied Brandon Bochenski for the team lead with six power play goals.
  • Jaroslav Janus has won three straight games, allowing only three goals in that span for a 0.99 goals-against average and .963 save percentage.
  • Janus has also won five of his last six games (5-1-0, 1.81, .929) and his only loss in that span came in overtime.
  • Janus’ first professional shutout came in his tenth professional game on Friday versus Lowell, as he turned aside all 24 Devils shots.
  • Norfolk now has four shutouts on the season – the most since the 2004-05 season when Michael Leighton (7), Craig Anderson (2) and Adam Munro (4) combined for a franchise-record 13 shutouts
  • Justin Keller registered his first professional hat trick on Wednesday versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
  • Keller’s point streak ended at five games (5G, 3A) on Saturday night.
  • Juraj Simek has points in four straight games (3G, 2A) and goals in three straight games (3G).
  • Ty Wishart has points in nine of his last 15 games (3G, 10A) and is now tied for 25th in AHL scoring among defensemen with 24 points (7G, 17A) in 54 games. Last season, Wishart had just seven points (1G, 6A) in 61 games.
  • Matt Fornataro has points in three straight (2G, 1A) and ten of his last 13 games (7G, 4A).
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jaroslav Janus: 3 GPI, 2-0-0, 1 shutout, 0.50 GAA, .980 SV%

Rookie goaltender Jaroslav Janus put together spectacular back-to-back starts last weekend to help the Admirals earn a sweep of the Lowell Devils at Norfolk Scope Arena. On Friday night, he turned aside all 24 shots he faced and helped the Admirals quell six chances by the AHL’s #2 power play in a 3-0 win over Lowell. On Saturday, he stopped 26 of 27 shots as Norfolk claimed the season series over the Devils (3-1-0-0) with a 5-1 win.

Janus improved his season record to 5-6-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. The pro rookie has won three straight games, allowing only three goals in that span for a 0.99 goals-against average and .963 save percentage. He has also won five of his last six games (5-1-0, 1.81, .929) and his only loss in that span came in overtime.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION NIGHT :
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Admirals all-time greats Dennis McEwen and Rick Kowalsky will be inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame on Friday night.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION NIGHT, PRESENTED BY HOMETOWN HEROES :
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Join us for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Night, Presented by Hometown Heroes, on Saturday night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available in advance of the game with proceeds going back to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets are available by clicking here or visiting norfolkadmirals.com. They may also be purchased at several area restaurants. You can view a list of the participating restaurants at norfolkadmirals.com.

POST-GAME SKATE:
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The Admirals will hold their final post-game skate of the season where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited number of skates will be available or fans may bring their own skates.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Admirals Hour this week on a special date and time: Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. on ESPN Radio 94.1-FM. Then turn your dial to STAR 1310-AM at 6:45 p.m. for the STIHL Ice Breaker Pre-Game Show leading up to Wednesday’s game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

SCOUTING REPORT
The Albany River Rats sit just four points in front of the Admirals for second place in the AHL’s East Division. The River Rats have won three of the four meetings between the clubs this season. However, the teams have not met since November 28 at Scope. Jerome Samson (21G, 22A) leads the River Rats with 43 points in 52 games. Justin Peters (18-13-2, 2.55, .916) and Mike Murphy (10-9-0, 2.81, .917) have split time in net this season for the Carolina Hurricanes’ top affiliate. Albany is winless in five of its last seven games (2-4-1-0) but shut out the Binghamton Senators 7-0 in their last game on Saturday at home.

Norfolk plays the Hartford Wolf Pack for the final time this season on Wednesday in Connecticut. The Admirals lead the season series 2-1-0-0. The Wolf Pack currently are in a three-way tie for the fifth spot in the hotly-contested Atlantic Division with a 25-22-3-4 record and 57 points. Corey Locke (21G, 41A) leads the Wolf Pack and ranks third in the American Hockey League with 62 points. He also leads the AHL with 14 power play goals. Chad Johnson (14-9-2, 2.33, .920), Matt Zaba (5-8-1, 3.03, .905) and Miikka Wiikman (2-3-0, 4.15, .865) are manning the pipes for the Wolf Pack at this time. Former Admiral Pierre Parenteau (13G, 19A) ranks fourth on the Wolf Pack with 32 points but has not played since January 17 due to injury. Hartford has lost nine of its last 11 games (2-7-2-0) including a loss at Portland today. They do not play tomorrow before hosting Norfolk on Wednesday.

The Admirals and Springfield Falcons face off for the final two times in 2009-10 on Friday and Saturday at Scope in the Admirals’ last home games before a five-game road trip. Both teams have a victory in the season series with the Falcons taking a 3-2 overtime decision in the last matchup on January 29 in Massachusetts. At 18-29-9-2, the Falcons round out the Atlantic Division in eighth place with 47 points. Left wing Charles Linglet (14G, 42A) leads Springfield with 56 points in 58 games this season and ranks third in the AHL in assists. Right wing Colton Fretter leads the Falcons with 22 goals. Devan Dubnyk (11-15-1, 3.13, .910) and Jean-Philippe Levasseur (6-12-0, 3.44, .898) tend the nets for the Falcons. The Falcons have lost six of their last eight games (2-6-0-0) but shut out the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport on Sunday evening. They will host Worcester tomorrow night before traveling to Virginia for Friday and Saturday’s games.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Craig (16)
Assists: Ty Wishart (17)
Points: Brandon Bochenski (32)
Games: Adam Hall, Juraj Simek, Ty Wishart (54)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski, Juraj Simek (6)
SH goals: Justin Keller, Paul Szczechura, Dana Tyrell (1)
+/- Rating: Scott Jackson (+9)
PIM: Mitch Fritz (89)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (2.01)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.925)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (17)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (14)
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (32)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1928)

ALBANY LEADERS
Goals: Jerome Samson (21)
Assists: Jamie McBain (23)
Points: Jerome Samson (43)
Games: Stefan Chaput, Nick Dodge, Chris Terry (54)
PP goals: Drayson Bowman, Jerome Samson (5)
SH goals: Pat Dwyer (2)
+/- Rating: Jonathan Paiement (+8)
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (203)
GAA: Justin Peters (2.55)
Spct: Mike Murphy (.917)
Wins: Justin Peters (18)
Losses: Justin Peters (13)
GPI: Justin Peters (34)
Minutes: Justin Peters (2026)

HARTFORD LEADERS
Goals: Corey Locke (21)
Assists: Corey Locke (42)
Points: Corey Locke (62)
Games: Brodie Dupont, Evgeny Grachev, Corey Locke (55)
PP goals: Corey Locke (14)
SH goals: Dale Weise (4)
+/- Rating: Jordan Owens (+7)
PIM: Devin DiDiomete (114)
GAA: Devin DiDiomete (114)
Spct: Chad Johnson (.920)
Wins: Chad Johnson (14)
Losses: Chad Johnson (9)
GPI: Chad Johnson (28)
Minutes: Chad Johnson (1547)

SPRINGFIELD LEADERS
Goals: Colton Fretter (22)
Assists: Charles Linglet (42)
Points: Charles Linglet (56)
Games: Charles Linglet (58)
PP goals: Colton Fretter (12)
SH goals: Ryan O'Marra (2)
+/- Rating: Chris Minard (+5)
PIM: Kip Brennan (263)
GAA: Devan Dubnyk (3.13)
Spct: Devan Dubnyk (.910)
Wins: Devan Dubnyk (11)
Losses: Devan Dubnyk (15)
GPI: Devan Dubnyk (27)
Minutes: Devan Dubnyk (1629)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
February 12, 2010
DELETE LW Radek Smolenak – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Abbotsford (AHL)
ADD D Zach Tarkir – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
February 13, 2010
DELETE RW Mark Parrish – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
February 14, 2010
ADD C Paul Szczechura – Returned on 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 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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