Norfolk drops the puck on a three-game road trip tonight against the Adirondack Phantoms. The trip then moves to Connecticut, with a game against the Connecticut Whale tomorrow and a contest against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday afternoon. The Admirals return to Scope for a contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on March 14.
EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS UPDATE As of March 8, the Admirals (39-18-1-2, 81 points in 60 games) continue to lead the East Division, Eastern Conference and overall American Hockey League standings. Norfolk leads the St. John's IceCaps (35-15-5-2, 77 points, 57 games) by four points for first place in the Eastern Conference and in the American Hockey League. They lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (33-19-2-5, 73 points in 59 games) by eight points for first place in the East Division. The IceCaps hold three games in hand on the Admirals while the Penguins hold one game in hand on the Admirals.
Here are the current Eastern Conference standings (updated in real-time):
Eight teams in each conference shall qualify for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Following the conclusion of each team's 76-game regular season, the three division winners in each conference will be seeded first through third (in order of regular-season points) and the next five best teams (in order of regular-season points) will be seeded fourth through eighth. Click here for complete AHL standings.
THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD Fri., Mar 9 … at Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)… 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Mar 10 … at Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) … 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Mar 11 … at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) … 3:00 p.m.
Norfolk’s current 12-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in the American Hockey League since the Hershey Bears won 12 straight games from December 12, 2009 through January 9, 2010.
Norfolk’s streak is only the sixth winning streak of 12 or more games in the American Hockey League since the Admirals joined the league in the 2000-01 season.
The last time the Admirals were in first place overall in the American Hockey League this late in the season was March 31, 2007, when they held a one-point advantage over the Hershey Bears.
After 141 career games with Norfolk, Dustin Tokarski (75-56-7) has tied Michael Leighton for the most wins in Admirals history. Leighton posted a 75-52-17 record in 147 career games with Norfolk from 2001-02 to 2004-05.
Tokarski made his first career NHL start last night for the Lightning in Washington, stopping 29 of 32 shots in a 3-2 overtime setback to the Capitals.
Tokarski was recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday after Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon suffered an injury on Tuesday night.
Mark Barberio has posted two goals and four assists during his current five-game point streak.
Tyler Johnson has a pair of goals and added five assists during a personal four-game point streak.
Johnson has scored four goals and assisted on four others in eight games vs. the Phantoms this season.
The Admirals have posted a 9-3-0-0 mark vs. this weekend’s opponents – including a 3-0-0-0 mark vs. the Whale.
Friday night’s contest is the seventh of eight meetings between the Admirals and Phantoms this season. Norfolk returns to Adirondack for their regular season finale on April 15th.
Cory Conacher continues to lead the American Hockey League in rookie scoring with 66 points (31g, 35a) for while Connecticut’s Jonathan Audy-Marchessault sits in third with 49 points (18g, 31a). Johnson is now tied for fourth with 44 points (20g, 24a).
Earlier this week, the AHL announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Eric Neilson has been suspended for three (3) games, Norfolk left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie has been suspended for two (2) games, Springfield Falcons center Adam Mair has been suspended for three (3) games and Springfield defenseman Greg Amadio has been suspended for two (2) games, all as a result of their actions during pregame warm-ups prior to a game between the teams in Norfolk, Va., on Mar. 3.
ADMIRALS ANNOUNCE CLEAR DAY ROSTER On Tuesday afternoon, the Norfolk Admirals announced their Clear Day Roster. As per AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team's Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension. Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.
Twenty-two Admirals were included on the Clear Day Roster, while three players were listed as “in-residence” for the remainder of the regular season and Calder Cup Playoffs. To view Norfolk’s Clear Day Roster and in-residence list, click here to visit norfolkadmirals.com.
Sixteen of the AHL’s 30 teams will qualify for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, which will get under way during the third week of April. For complete qualification rules and up-to-date standings, as well as for Calder Cup history, records and all-time championship rosters, visit theahl.com.
ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday as they face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in another Weekday Value Night. The game will once again feature Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights.
Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK March 1, 2012 ADD C Mike Angelidis – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
March 7, 2012 DELETE G Dustin Tokarski – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
ADD G Pat Nagle – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) from Florida (ECHL)
March 8, 2012 ADD F Bryan Brutlag – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
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.