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December 15, 2011

Crucial Weekend Ahead for Admirals






NORFOLK, Va. – After winning two games in last week's three-game road trip, the Norfolk Admirals are only two points outside of first place in the American Hockey League's East Division. This week, they play three games against the teams they are competing for first with – the division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Hershey Bears.

The Admirals opened last week with back-to-back games in Binghamton, New York. Each game featured three-point performances from Trevor Smith, as the Admirals defeated the Senators, 5-1 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. On Sunday evening, it was Cory Conacher posting three points, but the Admirals fell to the Hershey Bears, 6-3, in Pennsylvania.

This week's schedule features a visit from the Bears at Scope on Friday followed by games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday and in Hershey on Sunday. Friday's game marks the Admirals' annual Toy Toss. Please see below for more details.



STANDINGS UPDATE
At 16-10-0-1 (33 points), the Admirals are tied with the Hershey Bears (14-7-3-2) for second place in the AHL's East Division. Those Admirals and Bears are also tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (15-7-1-4, 35 points) have a two-point edge over Norfolk and Hershey for first place in the East Division. The Syracuse Crunch (11-10-2-1, 25 points) and Binghamton Senators (9-17-1-1, 20 points) round out the East Division. Click here for complete AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Dec. 16 … vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Sat., Dec. 17 … at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) … 7:05 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18 … at Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) … 5:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk has won six of its last eight games.
  • A rookie has scored a goal in 25 of Norfolk's first 27 games this season – including each of the last 16 games.
  • Three of Norfolk's top five scorers are rookies: Cory Conacher (16G, 16A, 32PTS), Carter Ashton (13G, 9A, 22PTS) and Tyler Johnson (10G, 8A, 18PTS).
    Conacher (1st), Ashton (T-3rd) and Johnson (T-8th) each rank in the top-10 of AHL scoring by rookies.
  • Johnson has points in five of his last six games (4G, 2A) – including two game-winning goals.
  • Conacher has points in three consecutive games (4G, 3A) and has six goals in his last six games. Conacher now leads the Admirals in goals (16) and ranks second in goals in the AHL.
  • Admirals netminder Dustin Tokarski had a five-game winning streak snapped Sunday in Hershey. During the streak, Tokarski posted a 1.40 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. It tied the longest winning streak of Tokarski’s professional career (January 13 – 31, 2010) and was the longest winning streak by a Norfolk netminder since Cedrick Desjardins won six consecutive games from November 19 – December 4 last season.
  • Trevor Smith led the AHL with eight points (3G, 5A) in three games last week. Conacher was tied for second in the AHL with seven points (4G, 3A) last week.
  • Smith (13G, 20A) now leads the Admirals with 33 points and is tied for third in the AHL in scoring. His plus-17 rating also leads Norfolk and is tied for the AHL lead.
  • Friday's game in Binghamton marked the return of two veteran forwards to the Norfolk lineup. Michel Ouellet returned after missing 15 games due to an injury sustained on October 28 at Providence. Alexandre Picard returned after missing 12 games due to an injury sustained on November 5 at Bridgeport.
  • Sunday's loss in Hershey was the first road loss by the Admirals against an East Division opponent this season (5-1-0-0).
  • Norfolk is 7-2-0-1 on Saturdays this season.

TOY TOSS
The Admirals are pleased to announce that their annual Toy Toss will take place Friday night when the Admirals take on the Hershey Bears at Scope at 7:30 p.m. Admirals fans are asked to bring new stuffed toys to that game to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal. The toys will be donated to area charities to bring a brighter holiday to children in our area.

You can view a Facebook photo gallery of the Admirals Toy Toss over the Years by clicking here or by clicking on the photo at right.


HOLIDAY GIFT BAGS
Click here to check out Admirals merchandiseGive the gift of Admirals hockey this holiday season with Admirals Holiday Gift Bags. All Admiral Holiday Gift Bags include an Admirals Reebok cap, an Admirals holiday puck and an Admirals pen. Fans then complete their gift bag with one of the following:

  • Four White Level Vouchers ($50)
  • White Level 10-Pack ($130)
  • Red Level 10-Pack ($150)
  • Gold Level 10-Pack ($180)
Admirals 10-Packs offer a flexible and affordable way to watch Admirals hockey at Scope. 10-Packs consist of ten undated ticket vouchers at $1 off the gate price. These vouchers may be redeemed at the Scope Box Office anytime for tickets to any 2010-11 Admirals regular season home game.

Click here to visit the Admirals merchandise page

You can use all ten vouchers for ten tickets to one game, spread them out for a single ticket over ten different games, or anywhere in-between. Plus, there are no ticket fees and you save $10 over the life of the ten pack off the regular ticket price.

10-Pack vouchers may be exchanged for game tickets as far in advance as you like. So if you have a list of games you know you will attend, take the 10-Pack vouchers to the Scope Box Office today and redeem them for the seats of your choice (based upon availability) for the games of your choice.

Limited Admirals Holiday Gift Bags are available, so get yours today. You can purchase them at the Admirals Center Ice Souvenir Stand during Admirals games, via phone at (757) 640-1212 or online at the merchandise page on norfolkadmirals.com.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Cory Conacher (16)
Assists: Trevor Smith (20)
Points: Trevor Smith (33)
Games: Carter Ashton, Trevor Smith (27)
PP goals: Cory Conacher (6)
SH Goals: J.T. Wyman (2)
+/- Rating: Trevor Smith (+17)
PIM: Radko Gudas (58)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.43)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (.901)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (10)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (6)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (16)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (937)

HERSHEY LEADERS
Goals: Chris Bourque (14)
Assists: Keith Aucoin (35)
Points: Keith Aucoin (43)
Games: Keith Aucoin, Chris Bourque, Christian Hanson, Jacob Micflikier (26)
PP goals: Chris Bourque, Graham Mink (8)
SH Goals: Keith Aucoin, Chris Bourque, Christian Hanson (1)
+/- Rating: Boyd Kane (+10)
PIM: Joel Rechlicz (85)
GAA: Braden Holtby (2.60)
Spct: Dany Sabourin (.899)
Wins: Braden Holtby (8)
Losses: Braden Holtby (6)
GPI: Braden Holtby (16)
Minutes: Braden Holtby (947)

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON LEADERS
Goals: Bryan Lerg, Eric Tangradi (10)
Assists: Colin McDonald, Jason Williams (14)
Points: Colin McDonald (22)
Games: Bryan Lerg (27)
PP goals: Ben Street (4)
SH Goals: Bryan Lerg (2)
+/- Rating: Colin McDonald (+12)
PIM: Joey Mormina (39)
GAA: Scott Munroe (2.14)
Spct: Scott Munroe (.919)
Wins: Brad Thiessen (11)
Losses: Brad Thiessen (6)
GPI: Brad Thiessen (20)
Minutes: Brad Thiessen (1112)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
On December 2, 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defensemen Evan Oberg and Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward James Wright and defenseman Mike Vernace. Oberg and Kostka were assigned to Norfolk
December 2, 2011
ADD C Philip-Michael Devos – Recalled from loan to Florida (ECHL)
ADD D Mike Kostka – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD D Evan Oberg – Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE D Mike Vernace – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE C James Wright – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 6, 2011
DELETE D Evan Oberg – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 8, 2011
DELETE C Blair Jones – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 9, 2011
ADD D Evan Oberg – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 12, 2011
DELETE D Evan Oberg – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 13, 2011
ADD D Evan Oberg – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
December 14, 2011
DELETE D Jean-Philippe Cote – Released from Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
ADD D Jean-Philippe Cote – Signed to AHL Standard Player's Contract (SPC)
DELETE D Charles Landry – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Florida (ECHL)

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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