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February 2, 2012

Following All-Star Break, Norfolk Sets Sail For Three Games in Three Nights on the Road






NORFOLK, Va. – Coming on the heels of an exciting week of hockey at Scope and the all-star break, the Norfolk Admirals will drop the puck on a three-game road trip tomorrow night.

Last Tuesday night, the Admirals dropped a 4-2 decision to the Charlotte Checkers despite goals by Philip-Michael Devos and Eric Neilson. On Friday night in front of 7,414 fans at Scope, Carter Ashton notched his 17th goal of the season and Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored the game-winning goal in the third period, as the Admirals defeated the Hershey Bears, 2-1. The following night in front of a sellout crowd, the Admirals scored a goal in each of the first two periods, but could not answer a third period goal by the Bears as they fell, 3-2.

The Admirals return to action with three games in three nights, beginning tomorrow night in Glens Falls, New York, for a meeting with the Adirondack Phantoms. Norfolk will then travel to Springfield, Massachusetts, for matchups on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon as they faceoff against the Falcons.



STANDINGS UPDATE
After 45 games, the Norfolk Admirals (26-16-1-2, 55 points) stand two points behind the second-place Hershey Bears (25-12-4-3, 57 points, 44 games) and three points behind the division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (26-13-2-4, 58 points, 45 games) for first place. The Admirals are 11 points ahead of the Syracuse Crunch (19-17-3-3, 44 points, 42 games) for fourth place and hold a 13-point advantage over the fifth place Binghamton Senators (20-24-1-1, 42 points, 46 games). Click here for complete AHL standings.

THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Fri., Feb. 3 … at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)… 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Feb 4 … at. Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) … 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb 5… at. Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) … 3:00 p.m.

ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • A total of 16,113 fans attended last weekend's two-game set between the Admirals and Hershey Bears – including Saturday's sellout crowd of 8,699. No other set of consecutive home games has drawn a higher combined attendance since the Admirals joined the American Hockey League.
  • Exiting the All-Star break, Cory Conacher is tied with Kyle Palmieri (SYR) for first in the AHL with 25 goals. Conacher also leads all rookies and ranks fourth in the league with 49 points.
  • Dustin Tokarski is currently in a four-way tie for the AHL-lead in wins with 18. His 2.50 goals-against average ranks 15th in the AHL.
  • In the closing seconds of Tuesday night’s contest, Eric Neilson recorded his first oal since April 1, 2011 when he was a member of the San Antonio Rampage. The point was Neilson’s first as an Admiral and was the first power play goal of his AHL career.
  • The Admirals are 10-3-0-2 in contests held on Saturday night and are 9-1-0-0 when allowing two goals this season.
  • In Monday night’s AHL All-Star Classic, Conacher recorded two goals and an assist, Mark Barberio recorded two assists and Trevor Smith tallied an assist.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT
The Admirals will hold their second Military Appreciation Night of the 2011-12 season on Friday, February 10. The Admirals will be facing off against the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL Affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers) at Scope starting at 7:30 p.m.

Red Level Tickets (normally $17.50 on game nights) will be available for just $9 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active and retired Military, their dependants and reservists with valid military identification.

Groups of 25 or more can purchase their Red Level Tickets in advance for just $8 by contacting the Admirals Group Sale office via phone at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23 or via email at charlie@norfolkadmirals.com.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Cory Conacher (25)
Assists: Mark Barberio (32)
Points: Cory Conacher (49)
Games: Carter Ashton (45)
PP goals: Cory Conacher (10)
SH Goals: J.T. Wyman (2)
+/- Rating: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+18)
PIM: Radko Gudas (108)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.50)
Spct: Dustin Tokarski (0.900)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (18)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (10)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (30)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (1684)

ADIRONDACK LEADERS
Goals: Denis Hamel (15)
Assists: Jason Akeson (23)
Points: Jason Akeson (33)
Games: Jason Akeson, Garret Roe (44)
PP goals: Denis Hamel (7)
SH Goals: Eric Wellwood, Jonathon Kalinski (2)
+/- Rating: Dan Jancevski (+4)
PIM: Tom Sestito (120)
GAA: Michael Leighton (2.84)
Spct: Michael Leighton (.906)
Wins: Michael Leighton (14)
Losses: Michael Leighton (16)
GPI: Michael Leighton (31)
Minutes: Michael Leighton (1731)

SPRINGFIELD LEADERS
Goals: Cam Atkinson (24)
Assists: Martin St. Pierre (32)
Points: Martin St. Pierre (40)
Games: Brent Regner (43)
PP goals: Cam Atkinson (11)
SH Goals: Cam Atkinson, Ryan Garlock (2)
+/- Rating: Brent Regner (+8)
PIM: Dane Byers (71)
GAA: Manny Legace (2.54)
Spct: Manny Legace (.910)
Wins: Manny Legace (10)
Losses: Manny Legace (13)
GPI: Manny Legace (25)
Minutes: Manny Legace (1392)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
January 25, 2012
ADD C Trevor Smith – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD LW Mike Angelidis – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE C Michael Pelech – Released from PTO
DELETE D Kevin Quick – Returned on loan to Florida (ECHL)
ADD D Evan Oberg – Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
January 26, 2012
DELETE D Charles Landry – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Florida (ECHL)
January 31, 2012
DELETE LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie – 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.

Admirals 10-Packs for the 2011-12 season remain available for as little as $110. You may also reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat 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!

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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