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October 18, 2011

Admirals Set to Focus Explosive Attack on Defending Champions






NORFOLK, Va. – Owners of one of the most potent offenses in the American Hockey League, the Norfolk Admirals will face off against the defending Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators this Friday and Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena in the final home games of October.

Last week, the Admirals split a home-and-home set of games against the Hershey Bears. On Friday night at Scope, the Bears scored three power play goals en route to a 7-5 defeat of the Admirals. The following evening at Giant Center in Hershey, Michel Ouellet scored 1:06 into overtime as the Admirals erased a pair of two-goal deficits to defeat the Bears, 6-5.

This week, the puck drops on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. against Binghamton. These are the last home games before the Admirals embark on a seven-game, two-week road trip, which begins on Sunday evening in North Carolina against the Charlotte Checkers.

STANDINGS UPDATE
At 3-1-0-0 (6 points), the Admirals are in second place in the American Hockey League's East Division. The Hershey Bears (3-0-1-0) have a one-point edge on Norfolk for first place. The Binghamton Senators (2-2-1-0, 5 points) are in third place. The Syracuse Crunch (2-0-0-0) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (1-2-1-1) round out the division with four points apiece. The Admirals are currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference standings with Adirondack, St. John's, Manchester and Springfield. Click here for complete AHL standings.



THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Oct. 21 … vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Oct. 22 … vs. Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sun., Oct. 23 … at Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) … 5:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • The Admirals have opened the season with 21 goals scored in four games. Their 5.25 goals scored per game trails only the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.
  • This is just the seventh time in AHL Admirals history that Norfolk has scored 21 or more goals in a four-game stretch. Three of those seven occasions have been the first four games of a season (2006-07, 2010-11, 2011-12). The most goals ever scored in a four-game stretch by the AHL Admirals is 24 (twice in the 2006-07 season).
  • The Admirals lead the AHL in shots taken per game (40.5).
  • At 5.0 goals allowed per game, Norfolk is tied with the Texas Stars for the most goals allowed per game in the AHL.
  • With seven points in four games, Carter Ashton (4g, 3a) is tied for eighth in overall scoring in the AHL. Among AHL rookies, Ashton ranks second in points, tied for first in goals and first in power play goals (2).
  • Ashton (4g, 3a) and Tyler Johnson (3g, 3a) have points in all four games for the Admirals this season.
  • Among AHL defensemen, Mark Barberio ranks first in points (6) and is tied for first in assists (5) while tying for fourth in plus/minus (+5) and tying for second in shots (14). Barberio is also tied for the overall AHL lead in power play assists (4).
  • Radko Gudas is tied for third in scoring among AHL defensemen (4 points) and is tied for first in goals (2).
  • With their overtime win at Hershey on Saturday, Norfolk has already tied its overtime win total from the entire 2010-11 season. The Admirals are now 2-0-0 in overtime in 2011-12 after going 2-9-11 in 2010-11.
  • The Admirals will battle the defending Calder Cup Champion Binghamton Senators this weekend at Scope. Former Admirals Mark Parrish and Mike McKenna currently play for Binghamton.


NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Carter Ashton (4)
Assists: Mark Barberio (5)
Points: Carter Ashton (7)
Games: Several (4)
PP goals: Carter Ashton (2)
SH Goals: Tyler Johnson (1)
+/- Rating: Mark Barberio, Trevor Smith (+5)
PIM: Mike Angelidis (12)
GAA: Jaroslav Janus (3.93)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.883)
Wins: Jaroslav Janus (2)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (1)
GPl: Jaroslav Janus (2)
Minutes: Jaroslav Janus (137)

BINGHAMTON LEADERS
Goals: Kaspars Daugavins, Mark Parrish (4)
Assists: Corey Locke (6)
Points: Kaspars Daugavins, Corey Locke, Mark Parrish (6)
Games: Several (5)
PP goals: Mark Parrish, Patrick Wiercioch (1)
SH Goals: Kaspars Daugavins (1)
+/- Rating: Tim Conboy, Nikita Filatov, Jim O'Brien (+3)
PIM: David Dziurzynski (7)
GAA: Robin Lehner (2.96)
Spct: Robin Lehner (.907)
Wins: Robin Lehner (2)
Losses: Mike McKenna (2)
GPI: Robin Lehner (3)
Minutes: Robin Lehner (182)

CHARLOTTE LEADERS
Goals: Drayson Bowman, Jon Matsumoto, Jerome Samson (3)
Assists: Jon Matsumoto (6)
Points: Jon Matsumoto (9)
Games: Several (4)
PP goals: Drayson Bowman (2)
SH Goals: --
+/- Rating: Drayson Bowman, Jon Matsumoto, Jerome Samson (+3)
PIM: Mathieu Roy (11)
GAA: Mike Murphy (2.52)
Spct: Mike Murphy (.934)
Wins: Mike Murphy, Justin Peters (1)
Losses: Mike Murphy, Justin Peters (1)
GPI: Mike Murphy, Justin Peters (1)
Minutes: Justin Peters (127)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
None

TICKETS
Individual tickets are now on sale for all Admirals regular season home games at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets or 10-packs today. 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 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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