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November 22, 2010

Admirals Set Sail on Busy Week






NORFOLK, VA – After a pair of victories against division opponents last weekend, the Admirals prepare for a busy week ahead. The Admirals will play five games in seven nights, beginning tonight in Charlotte. The team will return home Wednesday night, before leaving on a six-game road trip.

The Admirals concluded their five-game road trip Friday night with a decisive victory over division rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Blair Jones scored twice and Cedric Desjardins made 27 saves as the Admirals skated away with a 4-1 victory over the Penguins. On Saturday night, the Admirals returned home to Scope against the Adirondack Phantoms. Alex Berry scored twice and Dustin Tokarski made 21 saves as the Admirals came out on top with a 3-1 victory.

The Admirals and the Checkers begin a home-and-home set of games tonight in Charlotte and will conclude it Wednesday night in Norfolk. After taking Thanksgiving off, the Admirals will embark on a six-game road trip through the Northeast, with games Friday in Adirondack, Saturday in Springfield and Sunday in Bridgeport.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
At 9-4-3-1 (22 pts.) the Admirals are in third place in the East Division. The Admirals trail only the division leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 14-3-0-0 (28 pts.) and the Charlotte Checkers 10-7-1-2 (23 pts.). Trailing the Admirals are the Hershey Bears (10-7-0-1, 21 pts.) and Binghamton Senators (9-8-2-1, 21 pts.). The Albany Devils (8-9-0-0) and the Syracuse Crunch (6-8-1-3) each have 16 points and the Adirondack Phantoms (3-14-2-0) wrap-up the division with 8 pts. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Mon., Nov 22… at Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes)… 7:00 p.m.
Wed., Nov 24… vs Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes)… 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Fri., Nov 26… at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)… 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov 27… at Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets)…. 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 28… at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)… 3:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has registered standings points in 13 of 17 games this season. Only San Antonio (15), Hamilton (15), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14) and Portland (14) have registered standings points in more games this season.
  • Norfolk has not allowed an even strength goal in its past two games.
  • Both of Norfolk's games last week featured former Admirals captains in the same role for the opponent. 2009-10 Norfolk captain Ryan Craig is now the captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 2007-08 Norfolk captain Dan Jancevski is now the captain of the Adirondack Phantoms.
  • Defenseman Radko Gudas registered back-to-back plus-2 performances last weekend and has had a plus/minus of even or better in 12 of 14 games this season. Gudas leads the Admirals with a +10 rating and is tied for third in the AHL (first among rookies). He also has points in three consecutive games (3A).
  • Goaltender Dustin Tokarski is 2-for-2 stopping penalty shots this season. He stopped Denis Hamel on Saturday vs. Adirondack and also stopped Charlotte's Chris Terry on November 6 at Scope. Tokarski joins Houston's Nolan Schaefer as the only AHL goaltenders to have faced two penalty shots this season.
  • Norfolk has stopped 14 of 18 (77.8%) regular season penalty shot attempts in its franchise history.
  • After Friday's 4-1 victory over the Penguins, Norfolk has won five of its last eight games on the road against the Penguins. Prior to that stretch, the Admirals had won just two of their prior 22 games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – including a 17-game winless streak.
  • The Admirals did not have a power play opportunity for just the second time in their AHL history on Friday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. They also won the first such game on March 20, 2010 at Scope against the Adirondack Phantoms.
  • On Saturday, Mike Vernace became the sixth different Admiral to be recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, joining Blair Jones, Mathieu Roy, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Johan Harju and James Wright. Jones and Roy remain in Tampa Bay.
  • Forward Mitch Fadden, who spent his rookie campaign in Norfolk last season, is tied for the ECHL scoring lead with 22 points (8G, 14A) in 16 games this season with the Florida Everblades. He is also tied for seventh in goals and is tied for second in assists in the league.
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Berry: 2GP, 3G, 1A, 4PTS
Winger Alex Berry netted goals in consecutive games for the first time in his AHL career to lead the Admirals to a pair of victories last week. In Friday's 4-1 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he assisted on the game-winning goal and tacked on an empty-netter while tying for the team lead with a plus-3 rating. The following night in Norfolk, he scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms. The game was the second-year pro's first multiple-goal game of his AHL career.

Berry has registered five goals and eight points with a plus-5 rating and 19 penalty minutes in 15 games this season for Norfolk.

ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS
The Norfolk Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday night to face off against the Charlotte Checkers in the first Weekday Value Night of the 2010-11 season. The game will feature the first Family Fun Packs, Presented by SunTrust, and Student Rush Nights of the season.

Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37! Click here for more information.

Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for high school and college students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night. Click here for more information.

Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

THIS WEEK ON THE ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
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 1021TheGame.com. “The Voice of the Admirals” Pete Michaud will be joined by "The Original Admiral" Dennis McEwen. Special call-in guests will be Tampa Bay Lightning play-by-play radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin and former Admiral Steve Poapst. To call in to the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Paul Szczechura (8)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (15)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (19)
Games: Several (17)
PP goals: Johan Harju, Paul Szczechura (3)
SH Goals: Mathieu Roy (1)
+/- Rating: Radko Gudas (+10)
PIM: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (44)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins (2.56)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.899)
Wins: Cedrick Desjardins (5)
Losses: Cedrick Desjardins (4)
GPl: Cedrick Desjardins (10)
Minutes: Cedrick Desjardins (610)

CHARLOTTE LEADERS
Goals: Jerome Samson (11)
Assists: Oskar Osala (13)
Points: Zach Boychuk (20)
Games: Several (20)
PP goals: Jerome Samson (5)
SH Goals: Nick Dodge (1)
+/- Rating: Jacob Micflikier (+7)
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (84)
GAA: Mike Murphy (2.54)
Spct: Mike Murphy (0.920)
Wins: Mike Murphy, Justin Pogge (5)
Losses: Mike Murphy, Justin Pogge (4)
GPI: Mike Murphy (11)
Minutes: Mike Murphy (661)

ADIRONDACK LEADERS
Goals: Denis Hamel (6)
Assists: Erik Gustafsson (11)
Points: Erik Gustafsson (13)
Games: Several (19)
PP goals: Denis Hamel (4)
SH Goals: --
+/- Rating: Matt Clackson, Shane Harper (E)
PIM: Zac Rinaldo (67)
GAA: Nic Riopel (2.55)
Spct: Nic Riopel (0.912)
Wins: Johan Backlund (3)
Losses: Johan Backlund (10)
GPI: Johan Backlund (14)
Minutes: Johan Backlund (815)

SPRINGFIELD LEADERS
Goals: Mike Blunden, Matt Calvert (8)
Assists: Ben Guite (10)
Points: Matt Calvert (15)
Games: Several (19)
PP goals: Mike Blunden, Matt Calvert (3)
SH Goals: Matt Calvert (2)
+/- Rating: Trevor Frischmon (+5)
PIM: Tom Sestito (65)
GAA: David LeNeveu (2.75)
Spct: David LeNeveu (0.898)
Wins: David LeNeveu (6)
Losses: David LeNeveu (4)
GPI: David LeNeveu (11)
Minutes: David LeNeveu (675)

BRIDGEPORT LEADERS
Goals: Jon Sim, Robin Figren (7)
Assists: Rob Hisey (8)
Points: Rhett Rakhshani (12)
Games: Several (19)
PP goals: Jon Sim (4)
SH Goals: Rob Hisey (1)
+/- Rating: Trent Campbell, Tony Romano, Rob Schremp (+1)
PIM: Micheal Haley (57)
GAA: Kevin Poulin (2.28)
Spct: Kevin Poulin (0.928)
Wins: Kevin Poulin (5)
Losses: Mikko Koskinen (5)
GPI: Kevin Poulin, Mikko Koskinen (7)
Minutes: Mikko Koskinen (425)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
November 17, 2010
DELETE F James Wright- Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE D Mathieu Roy- Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL)
November 18, 2010
ADD F James Wright- Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
November 20, 2010
DELETE D Mike Vernace- Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE F Blair Jones- Recalled by Tampa Bay (NHL)
November 21, 2010
ADD D Mike Vernace- Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD F Johan Harju- Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)

TICKETS
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 norfolkadmirals.com.

ON THE RADIO/INTERNET
All eighty regular season games will air live on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and online at 1021TheGame.com. 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 ahllive.com.






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