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February 17, 2012

Weekend Preview – Admirals vs. Syracuse Crunch

Game Dates: February 17-18, 2012
Venue: Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia

Standings31-18-1-2, 65 points
T-1st East Division
T-2nd Eastern Conference
20-22-4-3, 47 points
4th East Division
T-14th Eastern Conference
Power Play 51/246 (20.7 %, 6th)44/216 (20.4 %, 7th)
Penalty Kill 199/244 (45 GA, 81.6%, 18th)169/212 (43 GA, 79.7 %, 24th)

At four straight wins, the Admirals have tied their longest winning streak of the 2011-12 season (December 17 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton through December 30 vs. Bridgeport) ... During their four-game winning streak, the Admirals have surrendered only four goals to their opponents – including just two goals at even strength ... Dustin Tokarski is 3-0-0 and has posted a 1.00 GAA and .955 SV% with two shutouts over the course of the streak … Jaroslav Janus is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .971 SV% during the streak ... Every skater on the roster is a plus player during the streak with Mike Kostka posting a team-best plus-5 rating … Norfolk has out-scored its opponents, 16-4, during the streak … Sixteen of the 18 skaters to have appeared for the Admirals during the winning streak have at least one point – including five points for Conacher (3g, 2a) and Johnson (2g, 3a). Ten different players have registered at least one goal … Pierre-Cedric Labrie has points in each of his last six games (5g, 3a) … Trevor Smith has points in three straight games (2g, 2a) ... Jean-Philippe Cote has points and assists in three straight games (0g, 3a) ... Dustin Tokarski has won three straight games ...

Join us at Scope tonight as the Admirals honor the Admirals Hall of Fame Class of 2012 on Friday night. Aaron Downey and Chris Phelps will be inducted as the 11th and 12th members of the Admirals Hall of Fame during a pre-game ceremony before the Admirals take on the Syracuse Crunch.

Downey and Phelps are the 11th and 12th members of the Admirals Hall of Fame. The Admirals Hall of Fame was established during the 2007-08 season with charter members Blake Cullen, John Brophy, Al MacIsaac and Rod Taylor. Over the last three seasons, Mark Bernard, Victor Gervais, Rick Kowalsky, Dennis McEwen, Ajay Baines and Steve Poapst have also been added to the elite group.

Tonight and tomorrow night’s games are the only two contests at Norfolk Scope Arena against Syracuse during the 2011-12 regular season … The Admirals have won their last three home games against Syracuse dating back to January 18, 2011 ... Norfolk also has standings points in four straight home games against the Crunch (3-0-1-0) dating back to December 8, 2010 ... Norfolk has out-scored Syracuse, 9-1, in the last three head-to-head matchups at Norfolk Scope Arena and has out-scored them, 12-5, in the last four head-to-head matchups at Scope ... The Admirals shut out the Crunch in the previous two home games at Scope, with Mike Smith recording 29 saves on February 11, 2011, at Scope, and Dustin Tokarski stopping 19 shots the next day at Scope ... Norfolk has a shutout streak of 152:05 at home against the Crunch dating back to Nick Bonino’s power play goal at 7:55 of the second period on January 18, 2011 ...

Former Admirals head coach Trent Yawney is now the associate head coach of the Syracuse Crunch. Yawney is the second-longest tenured coach in Admirals history, as he coached Norfolk's first five seasons in the American Hockey League (2000-01 – 2004-05). Only John Brophy (11 seasons, 1989-90 – 1999-2000) has coached the Admirals longer … Yawney led the Admirals to a 189-144-41-20-6 record in 400 regular season games, winning two division titles (2001-02, 2002-03) and qualifying for the Calder Cup Playoffs each season … Joining Yawney on the Syracuse coaching staff is assistant coach Marty Wilford, who played four seasons with the Admirals from 2000-01, 2002-03 – 2004-05. Wilford is the leading career scorer among defensemen in AHL Admirals history and ranks third overall in points in AHL Admirals history. In 318 games, Wilford posted 32 goals and 173 points … On the Crunch roster are former Admirals Mark Bell and Matt Smaby … Bell posted 15 goals and 42 points in 61 games with the Admirals in the team's inaugural AHL season in 2000-01 … Smaby posted three goals and 14 points in 90 games for the Admirals from 2007-08 through 2009-10 ...

On Saturday night, the Admirals will hold a post-game skate where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited number of skates will be available or fans may bring their own skates.

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