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March 9, 2011

Admirals Enter Critical Week in Stretch Run






NORFOLK, VA – After splitting four games last week, the Admirals will play three critical games this week with games against the Binghamton Senators tonight and Friday night at Scope and a road contest against the Hershey Bears Sunday. Norfolk leads Binghamton by two points for the East Division's fourth and final guaranteed playoff spot.

Norfolk began last week with a 6-1 win over Hershey on Wednesday night at Scope. Dustin Tokarski registered 29 saves as the Admirals blanked the Devils, 1-0, on Friday in Albany. The following night, despite erasing a two-goal deficit, the Admirals fell to the Bears in Hershey, 3-2. Sunday afternoon, the Admirals suffered a 4-1 setback in Binghamton.

Before traveling to Pennsylvania to take on the Bears on Sunday, the Admirals will host the Binghamton Senators tonight and Friday night at Scope. Tonight is another Admirals Value Night with Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, and Student Rush Night Tickets. On Friday, the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive the Admirals third and final trading card set of the season. For more details, please see below.

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
With 17 games remaining, the Norfolk Admirals (31-19-8-5, 75 pts.) are currently in fourth place in the East Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (45-18-0-0, 90 pts.), Hershey Bears (39-21-1-4, 83 pts.) and Charlotte Checkers (36-22-2-6, 80 pts.) are in first through third places, respectively. The Binghamton Senators (33-23-3-4, 73 pts.), Albany Devils (24-34-1-3, 52 pts.), Syracuse Crunch (22-33-3-4, 51 pts.) and Adirondack Phantoms (21-32-3-6, 51 pts.) wrap-up the East Division standings. Click here for the complete, up-to-the-minute AHL standings.


THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Mar. 9 … vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Fri., Mar. 11 … vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS

Sun., Mar. 13 … at Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 5:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk saw a six-game point streak end on Saturday in Hershey (4-0-0-2)
  • With a pair of goals on Wednesday vs. Hershey, Blair Jones is now just five points away from tying Ajay Baines as the all-time leading point scorer in AHL Admirals history. Jones has recorded 63 goals and 107 assists for 170 points in 265 games with Norfolk from the 2007-08 season to the present. Baines recorded 68 goals and 107 assists for 175 points in 409 games with Norfolk from 2000-01 – 2005-06.
  • Jones and Mattias Ritola were recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
  • Dustin Tokarski saw his personal seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) end on Saturday in Hershey. During the streak, Tokarski was 5-0-2 with two shutouts, a 1.38 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.
  • Tokarski’s seven-game unbeaten streak was one shy of the Norfolk franchise-record eight-game unbeaten streak, held by three different goaltenders (Corey Crawford, Craig Anderson and Michael Leighton).
  • Friday's 1-0 victory at Albany was just the third 1-0 victory for Norfolk in the last five years and was the first since Dustin Tokarski shut out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on April 7, 2010 at Scope. Norfolk has won 14 games by a 1-0 score since joining the American Hockey League in 2000-01.
  • On Saturday at Hershey, Troy Milam tied his AHL career high with his twelfth goal of the season (2007-08, Manchester).
  • Norfolk was out-shot on Saturday in Hershey and Sunday in Binghamton, marking just the third time this season they were out-shot in back-to-back games and the first time since January 1-2.
  • The Admirals tied a season high by allowing their opponent eight power play opportunities on Sunday in Binghamton. In the prior ten games, the Admirals were averaging fewer than four opponent power play opportunities allowed per game (3.6).
  • Norfolk had killed 14 consecutive opponent power plays before Andrew Sweetland’s first period power play tally on Sunday night in Binghamton.
  • The Admirals’ penalty kill is 46/50 (92.0%) over its last 12 games.
  • Yesterday, Chris Durno was suspended three games by the American Hockey League as a result of his actions in a game at Hershey on Mar. 5. Durno was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline). Durno will miss Norfolk’s games Wednesday (Mar. 9) vs. Binghamton, Friday (Mar. 11) vs. Binghamton and Sunday (Mar. 13) at Hershey.
ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dustin Tokarski: 3 GPI, 2-1-0, 1.34 GAA, .957 SV%

Norfolk goaltender Dustin Tokarski continued his stellar play of late last week, winning two of three games against East Division Rivals while posting a 1.34 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in the process. On Wednesday at Scope, Tokarski allowed only one goal to the Hershey Bears en route to a 6-1 victory. He posted a 29-save shutout on Friday at Albany in a 1-0 victory. On Saturday in Hershey, Tokarski stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bears.

Tokarski now boasts a 16-15-4 record with two shutouts, a 2.45 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 35 games this season. The second-year pro has posted a 5-1-2 record with two shutouts, a 1.58 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in eight games since February 12. Included in that run was a seven-game unbeaten streak from February 12 – March 4. The streak was one shy of the longest unbeaten streak in AHL Admirals history.

ADMIRALS FAMILY FUN PACK/STUDENT RUSH NIGHT
The Admirals will begin a busy week when they return to Scope tonight at 7:15 p.m. to battle the Binghamton Senators in another Admirals Value Night, featuring Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights. 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!

Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for 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.

Family Fun Packs for tonight's game are only available at the Scope Box Office. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. today.

TRADING CARD SET GIVEAWAY #3
The first 2,000 fans entering Scope Friday night prior to the game will receive the third and final set of Admirals Trading cards.

CLEAR DAY ROSTER RELEASED
Norfolk Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois yesterday announced the players on the team’s Clear Day Roster. According to AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the 2010-11 AHL regular season and in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension. Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

The following 22 players are on the Clear Day Roster for the Norfolk Admirals: F Mike Angelidis, D Mark Barberio, F Alex Berry, G Cedrick Desjardins, F Chris Durno, F Matt Fornataro, F Mitch Fritz, F Stefano Giliati, D Radko Gudas, F Johan Harju, D Scott Jackson, F Blair Jones, F Pierre-Cedric Labrie, D Vladimir Mihalik, D Troy Milam, F Marc-Antoine Pouliot, F Mattias Ritola, D Mathieu Roy, F Paul Szczechura, G Dustin Tokarski, D Mike Vernace,
F James Wright.

The Admirals also have four players who are considered “in residence” for the remainder of the regular season and Calder Cup Playoffs. These players may be added to the active roster in the event of emergency conditions. The players “in residence” are: F Levi Nelson, F Tim Marks, G Jaroslav Janus, D Kevin Quick.

The complete list of Clear Day rosters can be found on theahl.com.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Blair Jones (20)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (35)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (53)
Games: Mike Angelidis, Paul Szczechura, James Wright (63)
PP goals: Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Paul Szczechura (7)
SH Goals: James Wright (2)
+/- Rating: Mike Angelidis, Blair Jones, Radko Gudas (+17)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (142)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.45)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.910)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (16)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (15)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (35)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (2102)

BINGHAMTON LEADERS
Goals: Ryan Keller (26)
Assists: Corey Locke (55)
Points: Corey Locke (73)
Games: Geoff Kinrade (61)
PP goals: Ryan Keller (10)
SH Goals: Jim O'Brien (2)
+/- Rating: Erik Condra (+19)
PIM: Francis Lessard (187)
GAA: Barry Brust (2.49)
Spct: Barry Brust (0.927)
Wins: Barry Brust (24)
Losses: Barry Brust (14)
GPI: Barry Brust (40)
Minutes: Barry Brust (2313)

HERSHEY LEADERS
Goals: Brian Willsie (25)
Assists: Keith Aucoin (48)
Points: Keith Aucoin (63)
Games: Brian Willsie (64)
PP goals: Brian Willsie (14)
SH Goals: Jay Beagle (4)
+/- Rating: Sean Collins (+23)
PIM: Joel Rechlicz (127)
GAA: Braden Holtby (1.98)
Spct: Braden Holtby (0.930)
Wins: Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin (14)
Losses: Dany Sabourin (9)
GPI: Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin (23)
Minutes: Braden Holtby (1362)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
March 3, 2011
DELETE C Blair Jones – Recalled from load by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE C Mattias Ritola – 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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