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March 11, 2012

Admirals Power Past Sound Tigers for 15th Consecutive Victory


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Mark Barberio scored two power play goals and Tyler Johnson registered points on all four of his team’s power play goals as the Norfolk Admirals (42-18-1-2) defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (32-20-3-5), 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena. Norfolk has now extended its franchise-record winning streak to 15 straight games – including a new franchise record with eight straight victories on the road. The Admirals return home to Norfolk Scope Arena on Wednesday night to square off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Johnson tallied a goal and three assists, Richard Panik scored twice and added an assist and Trevor Smith had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped 27 of 30 shots for his third win in as many days and his seventh consecutive win overall.

The Admirals took a 1-0 lead 15:00 into the first period on Smith’s 22nd goal of the season. He intercepted a Bridgeport pass by reaching to his right in the low slot. He quickly swept a backhand shot into the net between the right leg and blocker of Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin.

Bridgeport tied the game at 1-1 with an early second period shorthanded goal. Trevor Frischmon stole the puck from a Norfolk defender at the right point and skated the other way on a breakaway. He sent a forehand shot from the low slot into the net between the blocker and right leg of Janus at 1:17.

The Sound Tigers controlled much of the play in the second stanza until a Trevor Gillies boarding penalty with 3:34 remaining in the period. On the ensuing power play, Cory Conacher sent a feed from the right point to Barberio in the high slot. Barberio sent a wrist shot through traffic that beat Poulin at 17:16 for Barberio’s tenth goal of the season and a 2-1 lead for the visitors.

Norfolk’s lead doubled just over two minutes later with another power play goal. This time, Smith sent a feed from the left circle to Panik in the mid slot. Panik sent a wrist shot through a screen that beat Poulin glove-side at 19:28 for Panik’s 14th goal of the season and a 3-1 Admirals lead.

Bridgeport battled back to tie the game midway through the third period. Kael Mouillierat converted a two-on-one feed from Blair Riley at 7:50 to cut the home team’s deficit to 3-2. Just over three minutes later, Tyler McNeeley found the loose puck in the slot and sent a quick shot past Janus blocker-side. The tally tied the game at three goals apiece at 11:14 of the final frame.

However, the Norfolk man advantage controlled play for much of the remainder of the contest, giving the Admirals the lead back just under two minutes after McNeely’s score on Barberio’s second goal of the game. This time, he took a feed from Johnson in the high slot and sent a slap shot off the post and into the net at 13:12 for his 11th goal of the season and a 4-3 lead.

The lead doubled for the visitors less than three minutes later on Panik’s second tally of the afternoon. Pierre-Cedric Labrie held off a defender in the left faceoff circle before sending a pass from near the goal line across the crease to Panik on the opposite side of Poulin. Panik’s 15th goal of the season came on a one-timer for a 5-3 lead at 15:52.

Johnson closed out scoring with Norfolk’s fourth power play goal of the contest at 17:32. Michel Ouellet caused a turnover at the Bridgeport blue line and passed the puck to Panik in the right faceoff circle. Panik sent a long pass to Johnson in the left circle, and Johnson’s shot beat a sliding Poulin for his 24th goal of the season and a 6-3 Admirals win.

Jaroslav Janus (15-8-2) made 27 saves on 30 shots for his seventh straight win. Kevin Poulin (17-15-3) stopped 26 of 32 shots for the loss.

The Admirals were 4-for-8 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-for-1.

The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday for a matchup against their East Division rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in another Admirals Value Night.

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.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Mark Barberio – NOR
2. Tyler Johnson – NOR
3. Richard Panik – NOR

NOTES … Norfolk's current 15-game winning streak is the third-longest winning streak in the American Hockey League since the Admirals joined the AHL in 2000-01 … It is the longest winning streak in the AHL since the Syracuse Crunch won an AHL-record 18 straight regular season games from March 9 – October 17, 2008. During Syracuse’s streak, they won 15 games to end the 2007-08 regular season and three games to begin the 2008-09 regular season ... The longest AHL winning streak contained within a single season was accomplished by the Philadelphia Phantoms when they won 17 consecutive games from October 22 – November 27, 2004 … The Admirals have established a new franchise record with eight consecutive road victories, passing the previous mark of seven straight wins away from Scope which was set from December 29, 2002 – February 7, 2003 … Norfolk's last loss of any kind came on February 5 – a 4-2 defeat at the MassMutual Center by the Springfield Falcons … During their streak, the Admirals are averaging 4.00 goals scored and only 1.73 goals against per game … The last time Norfolk was in first place overall in the American Hockey League this late in the season was March 31, 2007, when they held a one-point lead over the Hershey Bears … With 87 points (40-18-1-2), Norfolk has tied the best all-time record through 63 games in AHL Admirals history (2006-07, 41-17-4-1) … Tyler Johnson has points in seven consecutive games (6g, 9a) … Johnson leads the Admirals in goals (9), assists (15), points (24) and plus/minus (+14) during the team’s 15-game winning streak … The Admirals have established a new AHL Admirals franchise record for road victories (23), passing the previous record of 21 (2005-06) with last night’s win at Connecticut … Jaroslav Janus became the first Admirals goaltender to start three games in three nights since Dustin Tokarski did so on March 25, 26 & 27, 2011 … Pierre-Cedric Labrie returned to the lineup following his two-game suspension and Eric Neilson served the final game of his three-game suspension … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Alexandre Picard, Mike Kostka, Eric Neilson, Jonathon Kalinski.

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