The Norfolk Admirals established the longest winning streak in the 76-year history of the American Hockey League Sunday afternoon, posting their 18th consecutive victory with a 5-0 win against the Charlotte Checkers at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
Norfolk's winning streak surpasses the previous mark held by the Philadelphia Phantoms, who won 17 straight games during the 2004-05 season. The Syracuse Crunch also won 18 consecutive regular-season games, but they spanned the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
The Admirals' 18-game win streak is also one better than the National Hockey League record, held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins
Norfolk, which has not lost since Feb. 5, has outscored opponents by a margin 76-29 during this remarkable stretch.
Under second-year coach Jon Cooper, the Admirals, who are the Tampa Bay Lightning
's top affiliate, have pulled away from the pack atop the overall AHL standings, leading the way with a record of 45-18-1-2 and 93 points. On Friday, Norfolk became the first AHL team to clinch a playoff berth. The Admirals are closing in on their first division title since 2003.