Admirals Strike In Final Minutes, Beat Senators 4-1. Streak Moves To 25!

NORFOLK, Va. – With a trio of goals in the final three minutes of regulation on Saturday night, the Norfolk Admirals (52-18-1-2) downed the Binghamton Senators (28-40-4-2), 4-1, in their regular season finale in front of a sellout crowd at Norfolk Scope Arena. With the win, the Admirals set a franchise record with 15 consecutive wins on home ice and stretched their overall winning streak to 25 games.

The Admirals will conclude the 2011-12 regular season with a three-game road trip beginning next Friday against the Albany Devils.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Trevor Smith, Tyler Johnson and Cory Conacher all scored for Norfolk while
Alex Killorn picked up a pair of assists in the victory. Dustin Tokarski (31-11-0) stopped 30 of 31 shots to run his personal winning streak to 12 games.

Craig Schira gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 13:12 of the first. After Wacey Hamilton won a faceoff in the right circle of the Norfolk zone, Schira’s shot from just inside the blue line deflected off a player in front of Tokarski and eluded the Norfolk netminder’s glove.

Photo - Thomas Slusser

The Admirals knotted the game at 1-1 in with less than two minutes to go in the second period. After winning a race to the puck, Alexandre Picard slipped a pass to Labrie on the right side of the net. From there, Labrie jammed home a shot behind Binghamton goaltender Mike McKenna at 18:27for his 14th goal of the season.

After an equally-played first 16 minutes of the third period, the Admirals took charge with three goals in the final three minutes to close out the game.

Photo: Thomas Slusser

Norfolk took a 2-1 lead on Smith’s 24th goal of the season. With teammate Brandon Segal fighting off a Senators’ defenseman in front of the net, Smith snapped a shot from just inside the left faceoff circle. The shot found its way through traffic and over McKenna’s shoulder and into the net at 17:11.

Norfolk doubled its lead just 42 seconds later. From the left faceoff circle, Killorn sent a cross-crease pass to Johnson. Before McKenna could recover, Johnson slipped his 31st of the season behind the Senators netminder to give Norfolk the 3-1 lead.

An empty-net goal by Conacher capped off the scoring as the Admirals skated away with the 4-1 victory in front of the third sellout crowd at Scope of the season.

McKenna (14-21-1) stopped 36 of 39 shots in the defeat.

Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.

Three Stars:
1. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
2. Trevor Smith – NOR
3. Mike McKenna – BNG

NOTES … Tonight’s crowd of 8,699 was the third sellout at Norfolk Scope Arena during the 2011-12 season … The Admirals averaged over 5,000 fans in attendance for the first time in the twelve-year AHL Admirals history (5,119) … Norfolk also surpasses the 190,000 attendance plateau for the first time in AHL Admirals history (194,521), despite playing just 38 games on home ice … Admirals have now won 25 games in a row, the longest streak for any active professional league in North American hockey history … Norfolk has not lost since Feb. 5th – a 4-2 defeat in Springfield … Norfolk extended their regulation winning streak to 19 games, a record for active professional hockey leagues in North America … The Admirals have won 24 of 25 games during the winning streak in regulation and only one game in a shootout (Feb. 18 vs. Syracuse) …The Admirals set a new franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory on home ice … Norfolk finishes with a 27-9-1-1 record on home ice this season … Tonight’s contest was the ninth time Norfolk has claimed a victory while entering the third period trailing or tied … during the 25-game winning streak … Tyler Johnson leads the Admirals with 16 goals and 39 points during the 25-game winning streak, posting at least one point in 21 of 25 games of the streak and posting multiple points in 14 of the 25 games … Trevor Smith continued his success against Binghamton with his goal tonight, giving him seven goals and 13 points in six games against the Senators for the season … Rookie Alex Killorn registered his first professional multi-point performance in just his seventh game as a pro* … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Mike Angelidis, Alex Hutchings, Ondrej Palat, Jon Kalinski.

Binghamton Senators 1 at Norfolk Admirals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, April 7, 2012 – Norfolk Scope

Binghamton 1 0 0 – 1
Norfolk         0 1 3 – 4

1st Period-1, Binghamton, Schira 4 (Hamilton), 13:12. Penalties-Blood Bng (fighting), 12:53; Conboy Bng (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; Downing Bng (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; Dziurzynski Bng (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; Grant Bng (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; McKenna Bng (roughing), 12:53; Devos Nor (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; Gudas Nor (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; Jackson Nor (fighting), 12:53; Ouellet Nor (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; Picard Nor (roughing, misconduct), 12:53; Tokarski Nor (leaving the crease), 12:53; Segal Nor (slashing), 14:38.

2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Labrie 14 (Picard), 18:27. Penalties-Borowiecki Bng (tripping), 0:30; Grant Bng (slashing), 7:27; Gryba Bng (interference), 16:19.

3rd Period-3, Norfolk, Smith 24 (Oberg, Segal), 17:11. 4, Norfolk, Johnson 31 (Killorn, Conacher), 17:53. 5, Norfolk, Conacher 35 (Killorn, Cote), 19:47 (EN). Penalties-Segal Nor (cross-checking), 4:03; Picard Nor (tripping), 10:06.

Shots on Goal-Binghamton 11-10-10-31. Norfolk 10-10-20-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 3; Norfolk 0 / 3.
Goalies-Binghamton, McKenna 14-21-1 (39 shots-36 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 31-11-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
A-8,699
Referees-Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Luke Murray (92), Tom George (61).

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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