The Norfolk Admirals continued their historic winning streak by sweeping a three-game road trip this past weekend. The three wins give the Admirals 15 straight victories entering this week, which are just two back of the AHL’s single-season win-streak record and three away from the AHL’s longest winning streak in its 76 years of existence.
Norfolk’s three most recent wins are all the more impressive given the circumstances. With their top goalie up with the Lightning, and with the team playing on the road, while also having to bus a combined 215 miles for three games in less than 48 hours, the Admirals outscored their opponents by a combined score of 12-5.
Unbeaten since February 5, the Admirals start the week by hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday night, before hitting the road for a two-game series against the Midwest Division-leading Charlotte Checkers next weekend.
Friday, March 9: Norfolk Admirals 3, Adirondack Phantoms 1
Saturday, March 10: Norfolk Admirals 3, Connecticut Whale 1
Sunday, March 11: Norfolk Admirals 6, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3
Wednesday, March 14 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Norfolk Admirals
Friday, March 16 – Norfolk Admirals at Charlotte Checkers
Sunday, March 18 – Norfolk at Charlotte Checkers
Goals:Tyler Johnson (4)
Assists: Tyler Johnson (4)
Points: Mike Angelidis and Radko Gudas (6)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Johnson (+4)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (17)
Wins: Jaroslav Janus (1.67)
Goals-Against Average: Jaroslav Janus (1.67)
Save Percentage: Jaroslav Janus (.938)
Goals: Cory Conacher (31)
Assists: Mark Barberio (42)
Points: Cory Conacher (68)
Plus/Minus: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+27)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (161)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (27)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.34)
Save Percentage: Dustin Tokarski (.907)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (4)
Center Tyler Johnson
was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week on Monday, after posting four goals and four assists during Norfolk’s three wins last weekend. Johnson leads the Admirals with 24 points (9g, 15a) during the team’s winning streak.
Johnson is currently on a seven-game point streak during which he has 15 points (6g, 9a), which is the longest active streak of any player currently in the AHL.
Cory Conacher’s two assists this weekend give him 68 points (31g, 37a) for the season, which are third in the AHL and 13 more points than the league’s next-highest scoring rookie.
Trevor Smith is the Admirals’ second-leading scorer with 60 points (22g, 38a), which is sixth overall in the AHL.Mark Barberio
’s two goals on Sunday in Bridgeport give him 53 points (11g, 42a) for the season, which make him the AHL’s leader in assists and points amongst defensemen.Jaroslav Janus
was the winning goaltender in all three of the Admirals wins this weekend. During Norfolk’s 15-game winning streak, Janus is 7-0-0-0, with a 1.73 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.
The Admirals are averaging 4.00 goals per game during their winning streak, while allowing just an average of 1.73 goals-against per game.
Norfolk’s three wins this past weekend gives it 23 road wins this season, surpassing its franchise record of 22 road wins it accumulated in 2005-06 as the Chicago Blackhawks’ top affiliate.
During the Admirals’ team-record 15-game winning streak, they’ve won eight straight road games, which is also a team record.
Eastern Conference Standings1. Norfolk Admirals 87 pts (Tampa Bay Lightning)
2. St. John’s IceCaps 81 pts (Winnipeg Jets)
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers 72 pts (New York Islanders)
4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 79 pts (Pittsburgh Penguins)
5. Hershey Bears 72 pts (Washington Capitals)
6. Connecticut Whale 72 pts (New York Rangers)
7. Manchester Monarchs 65 pts (Los Angeles Kings)
8. Albany Devils 64 pts (New Jersey Devils)
9. Worcester Sharks 63 pts (San Jose Sharks)
10. Adirondack Phantoms 63 pts (Philadelphia Flyers)
11. Portland Pirates 62 pts (Phoenix Coyotes)
12. Springfield Falcons 62 pts (Columbus Blue Jackets)
13. Providence Bruins 61 pts (Boston Bruins)
14. Syracuse Crunch 60 pts (Anaheim Ducks)
15. Binghamton Senators 52 pts (Ottawa Senators)
Bolts Beyond the AHL
The Florida Everblades have won four times in their last five games, boosting their record to 31-24-2-5, which ranks them seventh in the ECHL’s 12-team Western Conference. The Everblades currently have a four-point lead on a playoff spot, with the chance to make the playoffs for the 14th straight season since their entrance into the ECHL.Vladislav Namestnikov
has two points (1g, 1a) in his last three games for the London Knights. Namestnikov is the second-leading scorer for the Knights, whose 95 points tie the Plymouth Whalers for first place in the OHL’s Western Conference, with three games left in the regular season.
Alex Killorn and his Harvard Crimson teammates defeated the Yale Bulldogs in a three-game series last weekend, advancing to the ECAC Finals against the Cornell Big Red next weekend in Atlantic City. Killorn, the Crimson’s leading scorer during the season, led his team with six points (2g, 4a) in the series against Yale.