Opening Day is here! Well after much debate, we couldn’t pick just one of the four championships to make number one. So number one on our countdown goes to the Norfolk Admirals 28-game win streak. The win streak is a North American Professional Hockey League Record. An amazing feat by an amazing team. Following the streak , the Admirals put the cherry on top of the 2011-12 season by winning the Calder Cup.
A banner hangs at the Norfolk Scope to recognize the record 28-game win streak.
The streak brought a lot of regional and national attention to the team and the city. The Admirals were the talk of the hockey world, and made national news on many programs and newspapers across the country and Canada. ESPN recognized the streak and the team winning the Calder Cup as a result. It was a memorable moment not only for Admirals fans, but hockey fans in general. For that, we make “the streak” #1 on our countdown.
The following is the game recap of that 28th win which set the record:
GLEN FALLS, N.Y. – AHL MVP Cory Conacher netted his first career hat trick as the Norfolk Admirals finished off the regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday evening at the Glen Falls Civic Center. Norfolk concludes the regular season with a North American professional hockey record 28-game winning streak.
Conacher broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals, including his AHL-leading 39th goal of the season, in the final two minutes of regulation. Brandon Segal notched his 18th goal of the season and added three assists. Norfolk netminder Jaroslav Janus (23-8-2) made 16 saves to extend his personal winning streak to 15 games.
Adirondack’s Ben Holmstrom opened the scoring with a power play goal early in the opening period. While standing in front of the Norfolk net, Holmstrom deflected a Brandon Manning shot over Janus to give the Phantoms the 1-0 lead at 2:19.
Goals by Segal and Conacher put the Admirals ahead by one goal at the end of the second period. With under five minutes remaining in the period, Conacher sent a shot from the right faceoff circle. While skating out in front of the crease, Segal deflected the shot over the left shoulder of Phantoms’ goaltender Jason Bacashihua for his 18th goal of the season to knot the game at 1-1 at 15:30.
Less than two minutes later, the Admirals claimed a 2-1 lead Conacher’s first goal of the game. From the center slot, Conacher picked up a rebound and sent a backhand over Bacashihua at 17:27.
The Phantoms squared the game at 2-2 with nearly eight minutes remaining in regulation. After a failed clearing attempt by the Admirals, Jason Akeson snapped a shot over the blocker of Janus at 12:15 of the final period.
Conacher’s second of the night came with just two minutes remaining in regulation. The AHL Rookie of the Year picked up a loose puck off the stick of a teammate and buried a shot behind Bacashihua to give Norfolk a 3-2 lead with his 38th goal of the season.
After an Adirondack goal was waved off with 18.2 seconds remaining, Conacher capped off the hat trick with an empty net goal with just two seconds remaining as the Admirals skated away with the 4-2 victory.
GAME NOTES … Norfolk finished the 2011-12 regular season with 28 wins 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 … The Admirals have won 26 of 28 games during the winning streak in regulation, one game in overtime and one game in a shootout (Feb. 18 vs. Syracuse).
We hope you have enjoyed our 25 in 25 series. You can relive the moments by purchasing the Admirals Game programs. Each moment recap throughout the first five volumes.
It’s been a wonderful 25 years, and we look forward to many more memorable moments for years to come! Thanks for all of your support Admirals fans.