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October 26, 2010

Admirals Return Home For a Nautical Battle

NORFOLK, VA – After a week away from Hampton Roads, the Norfolk Admirals (5-2-0-0) return home for a maritime matchup against the Atlantic Division-leading Portland Pirates (6-2-0-0) on Friday and Saturday at Scope.

Last week, the Admirals endured a four-games-in-five-nights road trip throughout the Northeast. In Hartford on Wednesday night, five different Admirals lit the lamp in a 5-1 victory over the Wolf Pack. The Admirals allowed three power play goals and suffered their first defeat of the 2010-11 campaign on Friday night in a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Syracuse Crunch. In Albany on Saturday night, Blair Jones recorded a goal and two assists and the Admirals scored three power play goals in a 3-2 win over the Devils. To wrap up the trip, Johan Harju scored two goals, but the Admirals fell short to the Worcester Sharks 4-3 on Sunday.

The Admirals will take a few days off before returning to Scope for what will be another thrilling weekend of hockey. This weekend’s matchup against the Portland Pirates marks the return of former Admiral Mark Parrish to Scope. The puck drops Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Friday, all fans will receive a 2010-11 Admirals Magnetic Schedule, courtesy of ITAC.For more information, please see below.

At 5-2-0-0 (10 points), the Admirals are in second place in the American Hockey League's East Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (6-0-0-0, 12 pts.) lead the division. Trailing the Admirals are the Hershey Bears (4-2-0-1, 9 pts.) The Syracuse Crunch (3-2-0-1) and Binghamton Senators (3-3-0-1) tied for third place with seven points. The Albany Devils (2-1-0-0) are in sixth place with six points, while the Adirondack Phantoms (2-6-1-0, 5 pts.) are in seventh place and the Charlotte Checkers (2-6-0-0, 4 pts.) in eighth place. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

Fri., Oct. 29 … vs Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Oct. 30 …vs Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS

  • Norfolk began a season with wins in each of its first four games for the first time in its AHL history.
  • The Admirals are averaging an AHL-best 4.29 goals scored per game.
  • Norfolk's average of only 2.29 goals allowed per game is the fifth-best in the AHL.
  • Blair Jones has points in five straight games (2G, 6A).
  • Admirals goaltender Cedrick Desjardins has lost back-to-back decisions in regulation for the first time since last November while he was with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
  • Admirals Hall of Famer Rick Kowalsky, who was named Albany Devils head coach last summer, coached in his first game against his former team. Kowalsky played for the Admirals (1994-95 – 1999-2000, 2001-02) and was an assistant coach with the team for the 2005-06 season. He was inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame last February.
Blair Jones: 4GP, 2G, 4A, 6PTS
Center Blair Jones led Norfolk and was tied for the AHL lead in scoring last week with six points. Jones netted the game-winning goal Wednesday in Hartford in a 5-1 Admirals victory over the Wolf Pack. On Friday in Syracuse, Jones assisted on Norfolk's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the Crunch. The next night, Jones had a part in all three Norfolk goals with a goal and two assists in a 3-2 road victory over the Albany Devils. On Sunday in Worcester, Jones recorded an assist to spark a third period comeback attempt in an eventual 4-3 loss to the Sharks.

Jones ranks second on the Admirals in scoring with ten points and his four goals are tied for the team lead. Jones is also tied for seventh in the AHL in scoring. He has points in each of his last five games (2G, 6A) and in six of seven games so far this season.

Anyone purchasing season tickets or a 10-pack of tickets for the 2010-11 season between now and October 30th will have their names entered in a drawing to win an autographed team jersey by the entire roster of current Admirals. For more details or to purchase season tickets or a 10-pack, call (757) 640-1212 or visit

Friday Night, all fans who enter Norfolk Scope will receive a 2010-11 Magnetic Schedule, courtesy of ITAC.

Tune in to the Admirals Hour this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on the new radio home of the Admirals – "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and online at "The Voice of the Admirals" Pete Michaud will be joined in the studios by Admirals Head Coach Jon Cooper. To call in to the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

Goals: Paul Szczechura, Blair Jones, Johan Harju (4)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (9)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (11)
Games: Several (7)
PP goals: Blair Jones, Ty Wishart (2)
SH goals: Mathieu Roy (1)
+/- Rating: James Wright (+6)
PIM: Vladimir Mihalik (22)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins (2.02)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.922)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (2)
Losses: Cedrick Desjardins (2)
GPI: Cedrick Desjardins (4)
Minutes: Cedrick Desjardins (237)

Goals: Mark Mancari, Luke Adam (5)
Assists: Mark Mancari (6)
Points: Mark Mancari (11)
Games: Several (8)
PP goals: Several (1)
SH goals: Paul Byron, Luke Adam (1)
+/- Rating: Mark Mancari, Colin Stuart, Drew Schiestel (+5)
PIM: Tim Conboy (27)
GAA: David Leggio (1.44)
Spct: David Leggio (.959)
Wins: Jhonas Enroth (4)
Losses: Jhonas Enroth (2)
GPI: Jhonas Enroth (6)
Minutes: Jhonas Enroth (359)


Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Affordable monthly payment plans are available for a limited time only! 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

All eighty regular season games will air live on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and online at AHL Live will also carry online video of every Admirals game on a pay-per-view or season pass basis. Fans can log in to watch, listen or get more information about AHL Live’s online audio and video features at

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