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Norfolk wins 24th straight, clinches AHL points title

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Norfolk Admirals extended their professional hockey record with their 24th consecutive win on Friday night and clinched the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the American Hockey League's 2011-12 regular-season points champion with a 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators.

The Admirals (51-18-1-2, 105 points) will have home-ice advantage for as long as they are in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, which begin following the conclusion of the regular season on Apr. 15.

Under second-year head coach Jon Cooper, the Admirals have demolished the record books by winning their last two dozen games since last losing on Feb. 5. Norfolk's 24-game winning streak – including their last 18 all in regulation – is the longest ever by a professional hockey team and has surpassed the previous AHL mark (18) by six.

Norfolk, which has won a division title for the first time since 2003, has set franchise records for wins and points in a season while claiming their first Kilpatrick Trophy.

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