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April 12, 2011

Admirals Begin Quest For 2011 Calder Cup






NORFOLK, Va. – The Admirals capped off their eleventh season in the American Hockey League with a 39-26-9-6 record, good for 93 points and a fourth place finish in the AHL's East Division. The Admirals will match up against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the East Division Semifinals of the Calder Cup Playoffs beginning on Friday.

The Admirals closed out the season on a five-game road trip. Blair Jones opened the trip on Monday by recording three points and becoming the AHL Admirals career scoring leading as the Admirals defeated the Charlotte Checkers, 5-2. Wednesday night, Jaroslav Janus turned aside 42 shots, but the Admirals fell in overtime to the Binghamton Senators, 2-1. The Admirals dropped their next two-games on Thursday and Saturday nights to the Syracuse Crunch, 5-3 and 5-4, respectively. In Sunday's regular-season finale, the Admirals defeated the Connecticut Whale, 6-3.

The Admirals will begin their pursuit for the 2011 Calder Cup on Friday night with Game One of their best-of-seven East Division Semifinals series. The puck drops between the Admirals and Penguins from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at 7:05 p.m. Game Two will be Saturday night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 7:05 p.m. before the series heads to Norfolk Scope Arena next Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (if necessary).

EAST DIVISION RUNDOWN
The Norfolk Admirals (39-26-9-6, 93 points) finished fourth in the AHL's East Division and will face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (58-21-0-1, 117 points), winners of the East Division title. The Hershey Bears (46-26-3-5, 100 points) finished second and will face off against the third-place Charlotte Checkers (44-27-2-7, 97 points) in their East Division Semifinals matchup.

The winners from the Penguins/Admirals and Bears/Checkers semifinals will meet in the East Division Final. That winner will face off against the winner of the Atlantic Division Final in the Eastern Conference Final. The Eastern Conference Final winner and Western Conference Final winner will advance to the Calder Cup Final to determine a champion.

The East Division did produce another playoff team, as the Binghamton Senators (42-30-3-5, 92 points) finished fifth and will cross over into the Atlantic Division Semifinals by virtue of having more points than the fourth-place team in the Atlantic Division. The Senators will open-up the playoffs against the second-place team in the Atlantic Division, the Manchester Monarchs.

QUICK LINKS: Final 2010-11 Standings | Playoff Qualification Rules | Playoff Bracket | Playoff Schedule

COMPLETE FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:
Game 1 – Friday, April 15, at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena
Game 2 – Saturday, April 16, at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena
Game 3 – Tuesday, April 19, at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m., Norfolk Scope Arena
Game 4 – Wednesday, April 20, at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m., Norfolk Scope Arena
Game 5* – Friday, April 22, at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m., Norfolk Scope Arena

Game 6* – Saturday, April 23, at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena
Game 7* – Monday, April 25, at W-B/Scranton, 7:05 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena
If necessary

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • In their only prior playoff meeting, the Penguins defeated Norfolk four games to two in the East Division Semifinals of the Admirals' last trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2007.
  • The parent clubs of the Admirals and Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, will also meet in the playoffs as their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
  • Norfolk’s 93-point season is tied for the third-best season in AHL Admirals history.
  • Norfolk registered the second-most goals in a single season in AHL Admirals history (265). The Admirals ranked second in offense in the AHL in 2010-11.
  • With a three-point effort on Monday in Charlotte, Blair Jones became the all-time leading point scorer in AHL Admirals history. In four seasons as an Admiral, Jones has recorded 67 goals and 114 assists for 181 points in 274 games with Norfolk. Jones surpassed longtime Admirals captain Ajay Baines for the record. Baines recorded 68 goals and 107 assists for 175 points in 409 games with Norfolk from 2000-01 through 2005-06.
  • Marc-Antoine Pouliot became just the third player in AHL Admirals history to lead Norfolk in goals, assists and points in a single season. Pouliot recorded 25 goals and 47 assists for 72 points, joining Kyle Wanvig (2007-08) and Tyler Arnason (2001-02) as the only Norfolk players to lead all three categories in a single season.
  • James Wright and Mike Angelidis were the only two Norfolk players to appear in all 80 regular season games and became the first duo to appear in all 80 games in a single season for Norfolk since Marty Wilford and Ajay Baines did so in 2003-04.
  • Troy Milam led all Norfolk defensemen with 16 goals and 37 points. Milam tied for the AHL league lead in goals by a defenseman and also tied an AHL Admirals record for goals in a single season by a defenseman (Dustin Byfuglien, 2006-07).
  • Norfolk had five players record at least 20 goals – Marc-Antoine Pouliot (25), Blair Jones (24), Johan Harju (23), Paul Szczechura (21) and Mike Angelidis (20).


PLAYOFF PACKAGES ON SALE FOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
Season ticket holders can purchase discounted playoff packages now by clicking here to visit norfolkadmirals.com or by calling (757) 640-1212.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYOFF TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Individual playoff tickets for home games in the Norfolk Admirals' first round matchup against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are now on sale at the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Playoff hockey returns to Norfolk Scope Arena for the first time in four years on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, April 19, 20 and 22, for Games Three, Four and Five (if necessary) in the series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Individual playoff tickets range in price from $13.00 - $18.00 when purchased in advance of the day of a game. Students through high school, active military with valid identification and senior citizens receive $1 off single game tickets at the Scope Box Office. Group discounts are also available when purchased in advance through the Admirals group sales office.

ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS CONTINUE DURING PLAYOFFS
In addition, the Admirals will continue to offer midweek Value Nights including the popular Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, and Student Rush Night tickets. These special offers will be available for all Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday home games throughout the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. The first two Admirals Value Nights of the playoffs will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20.

Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $52 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $52 – that’s a savings of $37! Student Rush Nights provide $9 White Level Tickets (normally $13) for students with a valid current high school or college ID.

During the playoffs, Family Fun Packs 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. on the day of the game.

ADMIRALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mattias Ritola: 5 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 PTS (E, 20 shots, 2 PPG)
Forward Mattias Ritola led Norfolk with four goals and eight points in their final five regular season games last week. He recorded his fourth three-point game of the season in a 5-2 win at Charlotte on Monday, extending his streak of multiple point games to six. That streak ended on Wednesday in Binghamton. However, Ritola tied an AHL Admirals record by recording goals in a sixth consecutive game for Norfolk (8G) in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators. In addition, Ritola still recorded a point on Wednesday in Binghamton and Thursday in a 5-3 loss at Syracuse to extend his point streak to eight games. After being held off the scoresheet by the Crunch in a 5-4 loss on Saturday, Ritola rebounded with his fifth three-point performance of the season with a goal and two assists Sunday against Connecticut in a 6-3 win.

Ritola has nine goals and 27 points in only 17 games with Norfolk this season. Ritola has appeared in a NHL career-high 31 games this season with the Lightning, recording career-bests with four goals and eight points.

THIS WEEK ON THE MICHAEL AND SON ADMIRALS HOUR RADIO SHOW
Tune in to the Michael and Son Admirals Hour today at 4:00 p.m. on "The Game" 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. "The Voice of the Admirals" Pete Michaud and Admirals Hall of Famer "The Original Admiral" Dennis McEwen will be live from the studio. Call-in guests include #33 Troy Milam, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins broadcaster Scott Stuccio, Hershey Bears broadcaster John Walton and Binghamton Senators broadcaster Grady Whittenburg. To call in to the show, dial (757) 490-2750.

NORFOLK FINAL REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (25)
Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (47)
Points: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (72)
Games: Mike Angelidis, James Wright (80)
PP goals: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (12)
SH Goals: James Wright (2)
+/- Rating: Mike Angelidis (+18)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (169)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins (2.59)
Spct: Cedrick Desjardins (.905)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (21)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (20)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (46)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (2691)

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON FINAL REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: Brett Sterling (27)
Assists: Corey Potter (30)
Points: Brett Sterling (53)
Games: Zach Sill (80)
PP goals: Nick Johnson, Brett Sterling (10)
SH Goals: Dustin Jeffrey (6)
+/- Rating: Robert Bortuzzo (+28)
PIM: Jesse Boulerice (147)
GAA: Brad Thiessen (1.94)
Spct: Brad Thiessen (0.922)
Wins: Brad Thiessen (35)
Losses: John Curry (13)
GPI: Brad Thiessen (46)
Minutes: Brad Thiessen (2567)

TICKETS
Individual playoff tickets start at just $13. 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! 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 playoff 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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