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March 26, 2012

Admirals Prepare For Critical Games Against IceCaps




NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals look to build on the longest winning streak in North American professional hockey history this week as they square off against the second-place team in the Eastern Conference, the St. John's IceCaps, on Wednesday and Friday nights at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Last weekend, Norfolk re-wrote the record books as they opened their season-long, seven-game homestand with a pair of wins against the Albany Devils. The victories were Norfolk’s 19th and 20th in a row. On Friday night, Tyler Johnson scored his 28th goal of the season and the Admirals killed off eight of nine Albany power plays en route to a 2-1 victory. The next night, Dustin Tokarski recorded 34 saves to earn his Admirals-record 76th career win as Norfolk held on to defeat the Devils, 4-3.

The Admirals continue their season-long, seven-game homestand on Wednesday and Friday nights as the St. John’s IceCaps make their first ever appearances at Scope. The puck drops Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday's game is another Admirals Value Night with Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night tickets available. Friday's game is Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night. Please see below for more details.



STANDINGS UPDATE
The Admirals (47-18-1-2, 97 points in 68 games) continue to lead the East Division, Eastern Conference and the overall American Hockey League standings. Norfolk leads the St. John's IceCaps (39-19-5-3, 86 points in 66 games) by eleven points for first place in the Eastern Conference. The IceCaps hold two games in hand on the Admirals. They lead the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (39-22-2-5, 85 points in 68 games) by 12 points for first place in the East Division. The Admirals lead the Oklahoma City Barons (41-18-4-5, 91 points in 68 games) by six points for the overall lead in the American Hockey League.

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.

Norfolk's magic number to clinch the East Division title is five points over the Hershey Bears and four points over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Admirals' magic number to clinch the Eastern Conference title is 10 points over St. John's. Norfolk's magic number to clinch the AHL's best overall record is 11 points over Oklahoma City.



THE ADMIRALS’ WEEK AHEAD
Wed., Mar 28 … vs. St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) … 7:15 p.m. | GET TICKETS
Fri., Mar 30 … vs. St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) … 7:30 p.m. | GET TICKETS


ADMIRALS’ LOG
  • Norfolk’s 20-game winning streak, which dates back to Feb. 10 vs. Adirondack, is the longest winning streak the history of North American professional hockey. The Admirals surpassed the 1990-91 Peoria Rivermen (IHL), who won 18 straight games from Oct. 6 – Nov. 22, 1990.
  • Norfolk’s last loss of any kind came on Feb. 5 in Springfield – a 4-2 defeat at the MassMutual Center by the Falcons. Norfolk has not lost on home ice since Jan. 28th – a 3-2 defeat by the Hershey Bears.
  • The Admirals have outscored their opponents 82-33 over their last 20 games – including 50-17 at even strength.
  • 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.
  • Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski earned his 76th career win as an Admiral on Saturday night, giving him the most career victories in Admirals history. Tokarski (76-56-7) moved past Michael Leighton (75-52-17) for first place on the Admirals’ all-time wins list.
  • Rookies Cory Conacher (34g, 38a, 72pts) and Tyler Johnson (29g, 31a, 62pts) lead all AHL rookies in scoring.
  • Johnson leads the Admirals with 14 goals, 19 assists, 33 points and a plus-21 rating during the team’s 20-game winning streak.
  • Johnson has 11 goals and 13 assists during a 12-game point streak, which is two games shy of Norfolk's franchise record (14 held by both Brandon Bochenski and Pierre Parenteau during the 2006-07 season).
  • Johnson already holds the longest goal-scoring streak in AHL Admirals history with goals in his last nine consecutive games (11g). It is the longest goal-scoring streak in the AHL since Alexandre Giroux set an AHL record by scoring at least one goal in 15 consecutive games (22g) for the Hershey Bears from November 26, 2008 through January 18, 2009.
  • On Friday, Jaroslav Janus stopped 26 of 27 shots for #1 star as the Admirals set a professional hockey record with its 19th straight win. It was Janus' 11th straight win. He is 11-0-0 with a 1.45 goals-against average and .944 save percentage since February 12 at Charlotte.
  • Dustin Tokarski is 9-0-0 with a 1.89 goals-against average and .926 save percentage since February 10 vs. Adirondack.
  • After making his professional debut on Friday night, Alex Killorn netted his first pro/AHL/Admirals goal on Saturday night against Albany. Killorn, a 2007 third-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, joined the Admirals last week on an Amateur Tryout Contract following the conclusion of his collegiate hockey career at Harvard University.
  • Prior to this week's contests, the Admirals and IceCaps played a weekend set of games in Newfoundland on November 18-19, with both teams earning one win at the Mile One Centre.
NORFOLK'S WINNING STREAK BY THE NUMBERS
The following numbers are for Norfolk during its 20-game winning streak from February 10 to March 24, 2012:
  • 270 saves by Jaroslav Janus
  • 213 saves by Dustin Tokarski
  • 83.7% penalty kill efficiency (72/86)
  • 82 total goals scored
  • 50 goals scored at even strength
  • +49 goal differential
  • 42 goals scored by rookies
  • 33 total goals allowed
  • 33 points by Tyler Johnson, leading the team
  • 26.9% power play efficiency (28/104)
  • 26 different skaters have appeared in at least one game
  • 24 different skaters have an even or better plus/minus rating
  • 22 different skaters have points
  • +21 plus/minus rating by Tyler Johnson, leading the team
  • 20 different skaters have goals
  • 17 goals allowed at even strength
  • 15 different skaters have game-winning goals
  • 14 goals scored by Tyler Johnson, leading the team
  • 11 different skaters are rookies
  • 11 consecutive wins by Jaroslav Janus
  • 10 wins at home
  • 10 wins on the road
  • 9 consecutive wins by Dustin Tokarski
  • 8 different skaters have appeared in all 20 games
  • 3 different skaters are averaging at least one point per game
  • 1.89 goals-against average by Dustin Tokarski
  • 1.45 goals-against average by Jaroslav Janus
  • .944 save percentage by Jaroslav Janus
  • .926 save percentage by Dustin Tokarski
ADMIRALS VALUE NIGHTS
The Admirals return to action at Scope on Wednesday night to face off against the St. John's IceCaps 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 Night tickets provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for high school and college 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.

NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY NIGHT
Join us on Friday night for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Nightas your Norfolk Admirals play the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:30 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Through an exclusive online offer, Red Level tickets for this game are available for just $10. If you were to buy these tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they’d be $17.50 – you save 43%. Plus, a portion of ticket sales goes back to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

This special offer is only good online and is only available through Tuesday, March 27. The offer will expire at 11:59 that night.

To take advantage of this special offer, please visit norfolkadmirals.com/groups. The promo code is only available from the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. For more information, contact Kathy Nelson at (757) 322-1173 or email kathy.nelson@nmcrs.org.

NORFOLK LEADERS
Goals: Cory Conacher (34)
Assists: Mark Barberio (45)
Points: Cory Conacher (72)
Games: Cory Conacher, Tyler Johnson (67)
PP goals: Cory Conacher (14)
SH Goals: Tyler Johnson, J.T. Wyman (2)
+/- Rating: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+30)
PIM: Radko Gudas (170)
GAA: Dustin Tokarski (2.36)
Spct: Jaroslav Janus (.911)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (28)
Losses: Dustin Tokarski (11)
GPl: Dustin Tokarski (41)
Minutes: Dustin Tokarski (2342)

ST. JOHN'S LEADERS
Goals: Jason King (20)
Assists: Spencer Machacek, Paul Postma (31)
Points: Spencer Machacek (48)
Games: Travis Ramsey (66)
PP goals: Jason DeSantis, Jason King (8)
SH Goals: Jason Jaffray (3)
+/- Rating: Arturs Kulda (+21)
PIM: Garth Murray (96)
GAA: Eddie Pasquale (2.36)
Spct: Eddie Pasquale (.913)
Wins: Eddie Pasquale (21)
Losses: Eddie Pasquale (11)
GPI: Eddie Pasquale (34)
Minutes: Eddie Pasquale (1954)

TRANSACTIONS OF THE PAST WEEK
March 22, 2012
ADD F Bryan Brutlag – Signed to Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
March 20, 2012
ADD C Alex Killorn – Signed to Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO)
ADD G Dustin Tokarski – Returned on loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE G Pat Nagle – Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Florida (ECHL)
March 19, 2012
DELETE LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie – Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
DELETE F Bryan Brutlag – Released from 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. Current season ticket holders may reserve 2012 Calder Cup Playoff Packages now. 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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