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February 23, 2011

Stanley Cup Visits Norfolk as Admirals Conclude Eight-Game Homestand






NORFOLK, VA – Last week, the Norfolk Admirals fell to 3-3-0-1 on their season-long eight game homestand. This week, the Admirals will conclude the homestand against the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night before taking a quick weekend road trip with games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Albany Devils.

On Tuesday night, the Admirals suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Hershey Bears at Scope. Despite putting up 35 shots on net Friday night, the Admirals couldn't beat Penguins netminder Brad Thiessen, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Norfolk 3-0. In the Saturday rematch, Mark Barberio tied the game at 1-1 with 3.3 seconds remaining, but the Admirals failed to convert in the shootout as the Penguins skated away with a 2-1 victory.

The Admirals will square off against the Charlotte Checkers Friday night at Scope in the finale of the homestand. Fans will be able to visit the Stanley Cup at Scope prior to and during the game. More details are given below. Norfolk closes out the weekend with a trip to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night and a Sunday afternoon meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, against the Albany Devils.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
With 24 games remaining, the Norfolk Admirals (27-17-8-4, 66 pts.) are currently tied for fourth place in the East Division with the Binghamton Senators (30-20-2-3, 66 pts.). The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (42-15-0-0, 84 pts.), Hershey Bears (35-18-1-3, 74 pts.) and Charlotte Checkers (32-20-2-5, 71 pts.) are in first through third places, respectively. The Albany Devils (22-29-1-3, 48 pts.), Syracuse Crunch (20-30-2-4, 46 pts.) and Adirondack Phantoms (18-30-3-6, 45 pts.). Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Feb. 25 … vs. Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Feb. 26 … at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:05 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 27… at Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) … 4:00 p.m. (at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.)

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Saturday night's crowd of 7,737 fans at Scope was the third-highest attended Admirals game this season and ranks sixth all-time in AHL Admirals history. Three of the top ten crowds in AHL Admirals history have happened this season (1/15/11 vs. Bridgeport, 8,103; and 1/29/11 vs. Springfield, 7,780).
  • Dustin Tokarski has only allowed one goal in his last two games, stopping 53 of 54 shots.
  • Norfolk has not allowed a power play goal to its opponent in its last five games, killing all 19 opponent power plays. The Admirals penalty kill is 34/38 (89.5%) over its last ten games.
  • Forward Ajay Baines and defenseman Steve Poapst were inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony at Norfolk Scope Arena Friday night.
  • Defenseman Mike Vernace recorded his first NHL point with an assist with the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Tuesday.
  • Since a five-game winning streak from January 14 – 21, the Admirals are just 3-7-1-2 – including their current three-game winless streak (0-2-0-1).
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton out-shot Norfolk 36-27 Saturday night, ending a streak of 12 consecutive games in which the Admirals out-shot their opponents.
STANLEY CUP VISITS SCOPE
The Norfolk Admirals are proud to announce that the Stanley Cup will visit Norfolk Scope Arena this Friday, February 25. Admirals fans will have the opportunity to see Hockey’s Holy Grail when the Admirals face off against the Charlotte Checkers. Season ticket holders will have an exclusive viewing opportunity from 4:45 – 6:30 p.m. in the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall (with a valid season ticket). The general public will then have the opportunity to view the Stanley Cup from 6:30 p.m. through the end of the Admirals game in the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall (with a valid ticket to Friday night's game).

In addition, fans are encouraged to "like" the Norfolk Admirals on Facebook and "Follow" the Norfolk Admirals on Twitter for inside information on a special Stanley Cup appearance on Thursday night, February 24. In addition, the Admirals are currently running a Facebook promotion where whoever gets the most "likes" on their comment will be moved to the front of the line during the Stanley Cup's visit to Scope. Visit Facebook.com/NorfolkAdmirals and Twitter.com/NorfolkAdmirals. This special appearance will not be publicized anywhere else.

For the complete story about the Cup and more information visit norfolkadmirals.com.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Johan Harju (18)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (31)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (46)
Games: Mike Angelidis, Paul Szczechura, James Wright (56)
PP goals: Troy Milam, Paul Szczechura (5)
SH Goals: James Wright (2)
+/- Rating: Mike Angelidis (+20)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (129)
GAA: Mike Smith (1.83)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.924)
Wins: Cedrick Desjardins (14)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (14)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (29)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1734)

CHARLOTTE LEADERS
Goals: Jerome Samson (26)
Assists: Jerome Samson (28)
Points: Jerome Samson (54)
Games: Riley Nash, Chris Terry (58)
PP goals: Zach Boychuk, Jon Matsumoto, Jacob Micfliker (8)
SH Goals: Jon Matsumoto, Jerome Samson (2)
+/- Rating: Brett Carson (+12)
PIM: Zack FitzGerald (162)
GAA: Mike Murphy (2.80)
Spct: Mike Murphy (0.911)
Wins: Mike Murphy (17)
Losses: Justin Pogge (13)
GPI: Justin Pogge (34)
Minutes: Justin Pogge (1838)

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON LEADERS
Goals: Nick Johnson (20)
Assists: Dustin Jeffrey (28)
Points: Dustin Jeffrey (45)
Games: Zach Sill (57)
PP goals: Nick Johnson (10)
SH Goals: Dustin Jeffrey (6)
+/- Rating: Corey Potter (+24)
PIM: Jesse Boulerice (102)
GAA: Brad Thiessen (1.77)
Spct: Brad Thiessen (0.930)
Wins: Brad Thiessen (24)
Losses: John Curry (10)
GPI: Brad Thiessen (31)
Minutes: Brad Thiessen (1761)

ALBANY LEADERS
Goals: Matt Anderson, Adam Henrique (17)
Assists: Matt Anderson (22)
Points: Matt Anderson (39)
Games: David McIntyre (54)
PP goals: Adam Henrique (6)
SH Goals: Brad Mills (2)
+/- Rating: Dan Kelly (+6)
PIM: Louis Robitaille (193)
GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.77)
Spct: Jeff Frazee (0.904)
Wins: Jeff Frazee (9)
Losses: Mike McKenna (14)
GPI: Jeff Frazee (24)
Minutes: Jeff Frazee (1387)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
February 17, 2011
ADD D Mike Vernace – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
February 15, 2011
DELETE D Mike Vernace – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)

TICKETS
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available! Low monthly payments 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 anytime for more details or to purchase your tickets!

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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