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January 24, 2011

Admirals Set to Wrap Up Trip, Return Home

NORFOLK, VA – Winners of five of their last six games, the Norfolk Admirals will wrap up a four-game road trip with games Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to Virginia this weekend with a pair of games against the Springfield Falcons on Friday and Saturday at Norfolk Scope Arena.

On Tuesday, first-year defenseman Radko Gudas broke a 1-1 tie 47 seconds into the third period as the Admirals won their fourth consecutive game with a 2-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch at Scope. On the road Friday, Paul Szczechura scored a goal in regulation and the winning conversion in the shootout as Norfolk defeated the Binghamton Senators, 3-2. Finally on Saturday, despite putting up 19 shots in the third period, the Admirals fell to the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.

With two games at Scope Arena this weekend, the Admirals will look close the gap between themselves and East Division leading Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins. Friday is Zamboni Bank Giveaway Courtesy of JPM Financial Services, John’s Tax Service, WAVY-TV 10 and Fox43 as well as Norfolk Public Schools Night. Saturday is the Admirals annual Guns and Hoses Night to Benefit Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. For more details, please see below.

At 24-11-7-2 (57 pts.) the Admirals are in second place in the American Hockey League’s East Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (34-11-0-0, 68 pts.) lead the division. The Hershey Bears (26-14-1-2, 55 pts.) and Charlotte Checkers (25-16-1-4, 55 pts.) are tied for third place. The Binghamton Senators (23-18-2-3, 51 pts.) are in fifth place just six points back of the second-place Admirals. Wrapping up the division are the Albany Devils (17-23-0-3, 37 pts.), Syracuse Crunch (16-24-1-4, 37 pts.), and Adirondack Phantoms (13-28-2-3, 31 pts.). Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

Tues., Jan. 25 … at Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres) … 6:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 26 … at Manchester (Los Angeles Kings) … 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 28 … vs. Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Jan. 29 … vs. Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS

  • The Admirals' five-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday in Syracuse. Norfolk had won all five games played from January 14 - 21.
  • Norfolk is 6-3-1-0 in its last ten contests. The Admirals did not allow more than three goals in any of those games.
  • Norfolk takes on the first and second place teams in the Atlantic Division on Tuesday in Portland and Wednesday in Manchester. The Admirals swept a similar slate in December with a 7-2 win at Manchester on December 3 and 4-3 shootout win at Portland on December 4.
  • Goaltender Mike Smith, a veteran of 157 career NHL games, was assigned to Norfolk on a conditioning stint by the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. On Saturday in Syracuse, Smith played his first AHL game since the 2005-06 season with the Iowa Stars, stopping 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 setback to the Crunch.
  • The Admirals are 0-4-0-0 on the road in Syracuse and Hershey but have a 10-1-1-0 road record against the rest of the East Division.
  • Norfolk won just its second game in 18 tries when trailing after two periods on Friday in Binghamton.
  • Norfolk has three of the top ten ranked players in plus/minus in the AHL with Chris Durno and Radko Gudas tied for third at +19 and Mike Angelidis tied for eighth at +17. Gudas leads all AHL rookies in plus/minus.
  • All three of Gudas' goals this season have broken tied scores and stood up as game-winning goals. Gudas is tied for the lead among all AHL blueliners in game-winning goals at three (along with teammate Mike Vernace and Toronto defenseman Josh Engel).
  • Nine of the top ten ranked players in plus/minus in the AHL are from the East Division.
Dustin Tokarski, 2-0-0, 1.43 GAA, .940 SV%

Dustin Tokarski won both of his starts last week to extend his winning streak to four games. He turned aside 18 of 19 Syracuse offerings on Tuesday at Scope – including all ten third period shots to preserve a one-goal lead. On Friday at Binghamton, Tokarski was named the game's first star after denying 28 of 30 Senators shots through regulation and overtime before stopping three of five Binghamton shooters in the shootout.

Tokarski is 10-11-1 this season with Norfolk including a 2.67 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. During his four-game winning streak dating back to January 15 vs. Bridgeport, Tokarski has a 1.43 GAA and .938 save percentage.

The Norfolk Admirals will announce the Class of 2011 Admirals Hall of Fame inductees during tomorrow afternoon's Admirals Hour Radio Show, which airs from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and

On Friday Jan. 28th, the first 750 kids ages 14 and under through the gates will receive an Admirals Zamboni Bank courtesy of JPM Financial Services, John's Tax Service, WAVY-10 and Fox43. Click here for more details.

Also on Friday night, parents, students and staff of Norfolk Public Schools can get tickets for just $5. The discounted tickets are only available via advance purchase on before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27. Click here for more details.

On Saturday Jan. 29th, the Admirals will host Guns and Hoses Night to benefit the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. You get two games for the price of one, as “The Finest” battle “The Bravest” in the Norfolk Police Department versus the Norfolk Fire Department game at 4:30 p.m.

For a limited time only, Red Level Tickets for the event are available for only $12 – you save $2 per ticket and get in to “The Finest” versus “The Bravest” for free! Best of all, a portion of your purchase goes back to CHKD. Tickets may also be upgraded to Gold Level for an additional $3. Tickets must be purchased in advance through or by calling the Norfolk Fire Federal Credit Union at (757) 875-5389. Click here for more details.

Join the Admirals at Scope for an encore performance of the national anthem by Elizabeth Hughes on Saturday, February 5, as the Admirals play the Binghamton Senators at 7:15 p.m. Eight-year-old Elizabeth and Admirals fans inspired people across the country with a display of unity and composure on January 7 at Scope. Halfway through a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, Elizabeth's microphone malfunctioned and her voice was no longer carried through the Scope sound system. Without hesitation, Elizabeth maintained her poise and continued to sing as nearly 5,000 Admirals fans at Scope joined her in rousing fashion.

Tickets for the game start at $12, including a $1 charitable donation to Elizabeth's school, the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. To purchase tickets, please visit the Norfolk Scope Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or click here to visit

All fans in attendance will receive an American flag courtesy of A Step In Time Chimney Sweeps. Click here for more details.

Goals: Johan Harju (15)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (26)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (37)
Games: Mike Angelidis, Paul Szczechura, James Wright (44)
PP goals: Paul Szczechura (5)
SH Goals: James Wright (2)
+/- Rating: Chris Durno, Radko Gudas (+19)
PIM: Mike Angelidis, Alex Berry (106)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins (2.56)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.906)
Wins: Cedrick Desjardins (14)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (11)
GPl: Cedrick Desjardins (22)
Minutes: Cedrick Desjardins (1311)

Goals: Mark Mancari (26)
Assists: Mark Mancari (25)
Points: Mark Mancari (51)
Games: Derek Whitmore (45)
PP goals: Paul Byron(7)
SH Goals: Matt Ellis (2)
+/- Rating: Alex Biega (+16)
PIM: Tim Conboy (126)
GAA: David Leggio (2.72)
Spct: David Leggio (0.910)
Wins: Jhonas Enroth (15)
Losses: Jhonas Enroth (12)
GPI: Jhonas Enroth (30)
Minutes: Jhonas Enroth (1759)

Goals: Bud Holloway (14)
Assists: Andrei Loktionov, Viatcheslav Voynov (23)
Points: Bud Holloway (33)
Games: Several (46)
PP goals: Bud Holloway (7)
SH Goals: Several (1)
+/- Rating: Andrei Loktionov (+15)
PIM: Richard Clune (158)
GAA: Martin Jones (2.17)
Spct: Martin Jones (0.930)
Wins: Martin Jones (16)
Losses: Jeff Zatkoff (11)
GPI: Jeff Zatkoff (26)
Minutes: Jeff Zatkoff (1377)

Goals: Tomas Kubalik (14)
Assists: Ben Guite (17)
Points: Tomas Kubalik (27)
Games: Trevor Frischmon (45)
PP goals: Mike Blunden (5)
SH Goals: Matt Calvert (2)
+/- Rating: Nate Guenin (+8)
PIM: Tom Sestito (150)
GAA: David LeNeveu (2.96)
Spct: Gustaf Wesslau (0.903)
Wins: David LeNeveu (12)
Losses: David LeNeveu (11)
GPI: David LeNeveu (25)
Minutes: David LeNeveu (1518)

January 18, 2011
ADD G Jaroslav Janus – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Florida (ECHL)
January 20, 2011
ADD G Mike Smith – Conditioning loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)

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