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April 14, 2012

Admirals Rally, Win in Overtime to Keep Streak Alive


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Mark Barberio’s power play goal 2:04 into overtime completed a comeback from a one-goal, third period deficit as the Norfolk Admirals (54-18-1-2) defeated the Binghamton Senators (29-41-4-2), 3-2, on Saturday night at the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena. The win extended Norfolk’s North American professional hockey record to 27 consecutive wins.

The Admirals will conclude the 2011-12 regular season tomorrow in Glens Falls, New York, with a 5:00 p.m. matchup against the Adirondack Phantoms.

Alex Killorn tied the game at 2-2 midway through the third period and assisted on a Cory Conacher goal late in the first period. Dustin Tokarski (32-11-0) stopped 22 of 24 shots to run his personal winning streak to 13 games. The game was just the second non-regulation win of Norfolk’s 27-game winning streak.

The Admirals took a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Killorn sent a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Conacher in the right faceoff circle. Conacher sent a shot past the outstretched glove of Binghamton goaltender Mike McKenna for his 36th goal of the season at 19:24.

Binghamton took a 2-1 lead after two goals late in the second period. The Senators tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal at 15:17. Eric Gryba sent a pass from the right point to Mark Hoffman at the left point. Hoffman then sent a slap shot through traffic and past Tokarski.

Binghamton went ahead, 2-1, less than two minutes later. After accepting a pass from Tim Conboy, Matt Puempel wound up for a slap shot from the top of the left circle that eluded Tokarski at 17:13. McKenna made 28 saves on 29 shots to hold Norfolk to just one goal through two periods.

However, the Admirals tied the game at 2-2 on Killorn’s second professional goal. The rookie who recently joined Norfolk from Harvard University entered the attacking zone along the left wing and sped around a defenseman in the left circle. He then deked to his backhand as he cut across the top of the crease and slipped a shot around McKenna’s left leg at 13:21 for a power play goal.

Norfolk out-shot Binghamton, 19-3, in the third period, but Killorn’s shot was the only one to get past McKenna as the game required overtime.

Tim Conboy was whistled for hooking 1:27 into overtime to give the Admirals their fifth power play of the game. Just moments after Mike Kostka hit the post, he sent a pass to Barberio at the left point. Barberio’s shot through traffic found its mark for his 14th goal of the season and the 3-2 Norfolk win.

McKenna (14-22-1) stopped 46 of 49 shots in the defeat.

Norfolk was 2-for-5 on the power play. Binghamton was 1-for-3.

The Admirals will conclude the 2011-12 regular season tomorrow in Glens Falls, New York, with a 5:00 p.m. matchup against the Adirondack Phantoms. All games can be heard at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. You can also watch on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com.

The 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs will begin next week. Norfolk's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals playoff schedule and opponent will be released to the media and posted at norfolkadmirals.com tomorrow.

Tickets for Playoff games A and B are now on sale at the Scope Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. These games will take place next week at Norfolk Scope Arena. Once exact dates and opponents for the games are determined, they will be announced at norfolkadmirals.com.

Ticket prices for the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs are $21.50 for Gold, $18.50 for Red and $16.50 for White. Fans receive a discount when purchasing playoff tickets in advance of the day of the game, with $18 tickets for Gold, $15 tickets for Red and $13 tickets for White.

In addition, 10-seat corporate boxes are available for $310 per game by contacting the Admirals' Administrative Office at (757) 640-1212.

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. Mike McKenna – BNG
2. Alex Killorn – NOR
3. Mark Barberio – NOR

NOTES … Norfolk has now won 27 games in a row, the longest streak for any team in North American professional hockey history … Norfolk has not lost since Feb. 5th - a 4-2 defeat in Springfield … Norfolk’s regulation winning streak ended at 20 games – a record for active professional hockey leagues in North America … The Admirals have won 25 of 27 games during the winning streak in regulation, one game in overtime (tonight) and one game in a shootout (Feb. 18 vs. Syracuse) …Norfolk won its third game of the 27-game winning streak when trailing after two periods … Norfolk’s potential opponents for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals are the Manchester Monarchs, Portland Pirates and Syracuse Crunch. Norfolk’s schedule and opponent for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals will be determined and announced tomorrow … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Mike Angelidis, Alex Hutchings, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Scott Jackson, Eric Neilson.

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