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Norfolk advances to Calder Cup Finals

Tuesday, 05.22.2012 / 8:44 PM / AHL Update

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Norfolk advances to Calder Cup Finals
The Norfolk Admirals won the AHL’s Eastern Conference championship on Tuesday by beating the St. John's Ice Caps 4-0 at Mile One Centre in St. John's Nfld., to complete a four-game sweep.

The Norfolk Admirals won the AHL’s Eastern Conference championship on Tuesday by beating the St. John's Ice Caps 4-0 at Mile One Centre in St. John's Nfld., to complete a four-game sweep.

Norfolk goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 28 saves for his second consecutive shutout. The Admirals set an AHL record for fewest goals allowed in a four-game playoff series, outscoring St. John’s 14-2 in the sweep.

The Admirals, the top affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, finished with an AHL-best 55-18-1-2 record, good for 113 points, and closed the regular season with a record-breaking 28-game winning streak. Under second-year coach Jon Cooper, Norfolk defeated the Manchester Monarchs 3-1 in the conference quarterfinals and beat the Connecticut Whale 4-2 in the conference semifinals before sweeping St. John to reach the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in the franchise’s 12 AHL seasons.

The Admirals will face the Oklahoma City Barons or the Toronto Marlies in the finals. The Marlies lead the Western Conference Finals 2-1 entering Game 4 on Wednesday night in Toronto.

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