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AHL Norfolk concludes season with 28 straight wins

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 10:47 PM / AHL Update

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Cory Conacher netted his first career hat trick as the Norfolk Admirals finished off the 2011-12 regular season with a 4-2 victory against the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, N.Y., on Sunday night.

Remarkably, Norfolk (55-18-1-2) concluded the regular season with a North American professional hockey record 28-game winning streak. The Admirals haven't lost since Feb. 5.

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 goalie Jaroslav Janus made 16 saves to extend his personal winning streak to 15 games.

Conacher's second goal 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 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.

Norfolk opens the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday night against Manchester.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery