The Norfolk Admirals extended their historic winning streak by winning three more games last week. Their winning streak now stands at 18 games, which has surpassed the 2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms (17 wins) for the longest single-season win streak in the AHL’s 76-year history, while moving them into a tie with the 2008 Syracuse Crunch for the longest all-time win streak in AHL history.
The Admirals’ three most recent wins all came in decisive fashion, as they combined to outscore the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers by a clip of 16-3. The three wins also improved Norfolk’s record to 45-18-1-2, with its 93 points equaling last season’s total when the Admirals first set the record for the most points by a Lightning AHL affiliate which wasn’t shared with another club.
Norfolk’s 93 points have also made it the AHL’s first team to clinch a playoff berth for this season. Holding a 10-point lead in the Eastern Conference and East Division standings, the Admirals next see action when they host the Albany Devils on Friday and Saturday, in what will be the first two games of a season-high seven-game homestand.
Wednesday, March 14: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1, Norfolk Admirals 4
Friday, March 16: Norfolk Admirals 7, Charlotte Checkers 2
Sunday, March 18: Norfolk Admirals 5, Charlotte Checkers 0
Friday, March 23: Albany Devils at Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, March 24: Albany Devils at Norfolk Admirals
Goals: Cory Conacher/Tyler Johnson/Richard Panik (3)
Assists: Tyler Johnson (4)
Points: Tyler Johnson (7)
Plus/Minus: Jean-Philippe Cote/Ondrej Palat (+5)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (7)
Wins: Jaroslav Janus (3)
Goals-Against Average: Jaroslav Janus (1.00)
Save Percentage: Jaroslav Janus (.954)
Shutouts: Jaroslav Janus (1)
Goals: Cory Conacher (34)
Assists: Mark Barberio (43)
Points: Cory Conacher (71)
Plus/Minus: Pierre-Cedric Labrie (+30)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (168)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (27)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.34)
Save Percentage: Jaroslav Janus (.909)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (4)
The Admirals’ 18-game win streak surpassed the 2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms for the longest single-season win streak in AHL history. Norfolk’s 18-game streak is now tied with the 1990-91 IHL Peoria Rivermen for the longest single-season win streak in North American pro-hockey history.
Norfolk’s 242 goals scored lead all AHL teams, while its 167 goals-against are the fewest any Eastern Conference team has allowed.
18 different Admirals skaters posted plus ratings last week. 12 of the 18 were at least a +2, with Ondrej Palat
and Jean-Philippe Cote leading the way at +5.
Cory Conacher has three goals in his last three games and leads the AHL with 34 goals for the season. He is second in the league with 71 points, trailing only Chris Bourque of the Hershey Bears.
Conacher and Tyler Johnson
(59 points) rank first and second, respectively, among AHL rookies in scoring.
Johnson has set the Admirals’ franchise record by scoring goals in eight straight games, and he leads the team with 12 goals and 31 points during the 18-game win streak.Jaroslav Janus
has won his last 10 decisions, breaking Norfolk’s franchise record. The previous record of eight straight wins belonged to Dustin Tokarski, who broke Michael Leighton’s franchise record of seven straight wins earlier on the Admirals’ win streak. Tokarski’s eight-game streak is still active, as he was called up to the Lightning immediately after winning his eighth straight game.
Despite having been with the Lightning for the last two weeks, Dustin Tokarski still leads AHL goalies with 27 wins.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie leads the AHL with a +30.Mark Barberio
leads AHL defensemen in assists (43) and points (54).
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 Standings
1. Norfolk Admirals 93 pts (Tampa Bay Lightning)
2. St. John’s IceCaps 83 pts (Winnipeg Jets)
3. Connecticut Whale 76 pts (New York Rangers)
4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 83 pts (Pittsburgh Penguins)
5. Hershey Bears 78 pts (Washington Capitals)
6. Bridgeport Sound Tigers 72 pts (New York Islanders)
7. Manchester Monarchs 69 pts (Los Angeles Kings)
8. Worcester Sharks 67 pts (San Jose Sharks)
9. Syracuse Crunch 66 pts (Anaheim Ducks)
10. Springfield Falcons 66 pts (Columbus Blue Jackets)
11. Albany Devils 65 pts (New Jersey Devils)
12. Portland Pirates 65 pts (Phoenix Coyotes)
13. Adirondack Phantoms 63 pts (Philadelphia Flyers)
14. Providence Bruins 63 pts (Boston Bruins)
15. Binghamton Senators 55 pts (Ottawa Senators)
Bolts Beyond the AHL
Alex Killorn finished his season at Harvard by leading his team with 23 goals and 46 points, The Crimson were eliminated by Union this past Saturday in the ECAC Finals.Vladislav Namestnikov
and the London Knights finished the regular season in first place of the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference. With the best overall record in the 20-team OHL, the Knights will begin the playoffs with a matchup against the Windsor Spitfires.
With five wins in their last six games, the Florida Everblades have improved their record to 34-25-2-5, which positions them seventh in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference, with a six-point cushion on a playoff spot.