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April 13, 2010

Admirals Have Bittersweet End to 2009-10 Season

NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Admirals won two of three games last week – including a victory over the top team in the AHL in Saturday’s regular season finale. However, the 2009-10 season ended on Saturday night for the Admirals after they fell just two points short of a spot in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Last Wednesday at Scope, Dustin Tokarski stopped all 29 shots he faced as the Admirals defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1-0. On Friday, the Admirals surrendered four goals in the second period as they fell to the Hershey Bears 6-1. In the Saturday rematch, Juraj Simek scored twice in the third period to propel the Admirals to a 5-2 victory over the Bears in the regular season finale. However, the Admirals were eliminated from the playoffs after both the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Lowell Devils were victorious in their games earlier that night

The Admirals finished the 2009-10 standings in fourth place in the East Division with a 39-35-3-3 record for 84 points. That marked an improvement of six wins and nine points over the 2008-09 season.

The East Division title was won by the Hershey Bears (60-17-0-3, 123 points). The Albany River Rats (43-29-3-5, 94 points) were second and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (41-34-2-3, 87 points) finished third. The first round of the playoffs will see Hershey face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Albany face Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bridgeport finished fifth in the Atlantic Division and crossed over into the East Division Semifinals as a result of finishing with two more points than the fourth-place Admirals.

The fifth-place Binghamton Senators (36-35-6-3, 81 points), sixth-place Syracuse Crunch (34-39-4-3, 75 points) and seventh-place Adirondack Phantoms (32-41-3-4, 71 points) round out the East Division standings.

  • Norfolk’s record after the All Star Break was 22-12-1-3 for 48 points and a 0.632 points percentage. During that time, the Admirals ranked seventh in wins and standings points in the American Hockey League while ranking second in team defense with a 2.47 goals-against average.
  • Fifty different players appeared on the Admirals roster in 2009-10 with 45 players appearing in at least one game.
  • Captain Ryan Craig finished the season as Norfolk’s leading goal and point producer with 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points.
  • Goaltender Dustin Tokarski ranked sixth in games played (55), tied for eighth in wins (27), tied for fifth in shutouts (4), 13th in goals-against average (2.51) and tied for 14th in save percentage (.915) in the AHL in 2009-10.
  • Among league rookies, Tokarski ranked second in games played, third in wins, tied for first in shutouts, fourth in goals-against average and second in save percentage.
  • Tokarski’s 27th win on Saturday tied him for the second-most wins in a single season in AHL Admirals history (Michael Leighton, 2001-02). Crawford had 38 wins in 2006-07.
  • Tokarski started his 15th consecutive game on Saturday, extending his own AHL Admirals franchise record for consecutive starts and passing Corey Crawford’s former AHL Admirals record for consecutive appearances.
  • Defenseman Jeremy Dehner picked up an assist on Norfolk’s first goal for his first professional point on Saturday.
  • Defenseman Scott Jackson was recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning after Saturday’s Admirals game and made his NHL debut with the Lightning in their 3-1 win at Florida on Sunday evening. Jackson skated 13:44 and was scoreless with an even rating in the game.
  • The regulation win by the Admirals over Hershey on Saturday night prevented the Bears from accumulating the most standings points in a single season in American Hockey League history. The Bears will finish with 123 points, trailing 1992-93 Binghamton Rangers by one point for the most in the 74-year history of the AHL.
Goals: Ryan Craig (23)
Assists: Dana Tyrell (27)
Points: Ryan Craig (45)
Games: Adam Hall (79)
PP goals: Brandon Bochenski, Juraj Simek (7)
SH goals: Several (1)
+/- Rating: Dana Tyrell (+9)
PIM: Mitch Fritz (157)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (2.07)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.922)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (27)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (25)
GPI: Dustin Tokarski (55)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (3319)

April 6, 2010
DELETE D Matt Lashoff – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
April 11, 2010
DELETE D Scott Jackson – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)

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