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March 23, 2012

Norfolk's Penalty Kill Leads Push to Longest Winning Streak in Pro Hockey History


NORFOLK, Va. – Tyler Johnson’s 28th goal of the season and an Admirals’ penalty kill that stopped eight of nine opponent power plays was the difference as the Norfolk Admirals (46-18-1-2) defeated the Albany Devils (28-27-6-5), 2-1, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. With the victory, Norfolk extended their winning streak to 19 consecutive games, establishing a new North American professional hockey record.

The Admirals continue their longest homestand of the season tomorrow night as they face off against the Devils at Scope at 7:15 p.m.

Norfolk has now won 19 consecutive games since February 10, 2012, vaulting into first place in the entire American Hockey League. The Admirals have not lost a game since a 4-2 road setback to the Springfield Falcons on Super Bowl Sunday on February 5, 2012.

Jaroslav Janus (19-8-2) stopped 26 of 27 shots to extend his personal franchise-record winning streak to 11 games. Jean-Philippe Cote scored his third of the season.

The visitors took a 1-0 lead with a first period power play goal. Mattias Tedenby slipped a pass through the Norfolk defense to Eric Gelinas just above the left faceoff circle. Gelinas then sent a shot under Janus at 14:14.

Eighteen seconds later, Norfolk responded to knot the game at 1-1. After picking off an Albany pass, Mark Barberio sent a slap shot off the left post. The rebound deflected out to Cote in the left faceoff circle, and the veteran defenseman sent a shot through traffic and over the blocker of Devils’ netminder Jeff Frazee for his third goal of the season at 14:32.

The Admirals took the lead for good with just under eight minutes remaining in the second period. Beginning on top of the right faceoff circle, Richard Panik spun off one Devils’ defender in the right circle, then spun around a second defender near the slot before firing a shot on net. The rebound kicked off Frazee directly to Johnson on the goalmouth. Johnson then buried his 28th goal of the season to give Norfolk the 2-1 lead at 12:08.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the final frame as the Admirals skated away with their 19th victory in as many games.

Norfolk was held scoreless on five attempts with the man advantage while the Admirals killed off eight of nine Albany power plays.

Devils netminder Jeff Frazee (11-17-2) finished the night with 26 saves on 28 shots.

The Admirals and Devils square off again at Scope at 7:15 p.m. in the 12th Annual MDA Jersey Auction, Presented by PAPCO. Immediately following the conclusion of the game, a live auction will take place on the ice with special jerseys being sold right off the players’ backs. All proceeds go to the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Admirals will don jerseys that pay homage to the first hockey team to play at Scope – the 1971-72 Tidewater Wings. This season marks the 40th anniversary of hockey in Hampton Roads.

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. Jaroslav Janus – NOR
2. Richard Panik – NOR
3. Jeff Frazee – ALB

NOTES … Norfolk’s 19-game winning streak is now the longest winning streak in professional hockey history … Norfolk surpassed an 18-game winning streak by the IHL's Peoria Rivermen (1990-91) and the and 18-game winning streak by the AHL's Syracuse Crunch (2007-08 – 2008-09) ... During their streak, the Crunch won 15 games to conclude the 2007-08 regular season and the first three games to open the 2008-09 regular season … Admirals forward Alexandre Picard was on that Crunch team, along with former Admirals captain Zenon Konopka … Norfolk's last loss of any kind came on February 5 – a 4-2 defeat at the MassMutual Center by the Springfield Falcons … 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 … Tyler Johnson has ten goals and 13 assists in his last 11 games in what continues to be the longest active point streak in the American Hockey League and the longest point streak this season by a Norfolk player … Johnson also extended his Norfolk franchise record by scoring a goal in his eighth straight game (10g) – the longest goal scoring streak in the AHL this season … Johnson leads the Admirals with 13 goals and 32 points during the 19-game winning streak … Dating back to February 12, Jaroslav Janus has allowed just 16 goals on 286 shots (1.45 goals-against average and .945 save percentage) … Tonight’s contest marked the professional debut for Alex Killorn, who was signed to a two-year entry-level contract by Tampa Bay and signed to an Amateur Tryout Contract with Norfolk earlier this week … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Mike Angelidis, Jon Kalinski.


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