Norfolk Admirals Report

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Norfolk Admirals Report
by: Brad Johnson

In the past week the Norfolk Admirals have made produced several headlines
worthy of mention. This past Wednesday night the Admirals halted the Bears
franchise winning streak at ten-games while recording a 3-1 victory for the home
Crowd.  On Friday night the Bears were still in town for the Admirals final
home game of the regular season, the home team won once again by the count of
3-1 as the Admirals skated away with their first-ever division title in their
brief 2-year history.  The Admirals closed out their second campaign in the
American Hockey League with a 4-2 road loss at Philadelphia.  In other news
this past Tuesday, rookie center Tyler Arnason was rewarded with the AHL’s
Outstanding Rookie of the Year honors for his excellent performance this season.

Admirals fall in Philadelphia
by: Frank Porcelli – BlackhawkZone

Greg Koehler scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Phantoms
past the Norfolk Admirals 4-2 Saturday Night in Philadelphia. Norfolk finished
the regular season with only three losses in their last 17 games (12-3-2).

Philadelphia jumps on the board four minutes into the first
period. Mark Greig led a two on one into the Admirals zone after an Admirals
defenseman had a blowout at the blueline. Greig fired a shot from the inside of
the circle that Norfolk goalie Craig Andersson got a piece of, but trickled into
the net to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.

Philadelphia doubled its lead three minutes into the second period while on
the powerplay. David Harlock sent a centering pass from along the boards to Greg
Koehler. Koehler fired the puck past Andersson to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead.

Norfolk cut the lead in half three minutes later while on a four on four
situation. JY Leroux backhanded a pass to Nolan Baumgartner who snuck in from
the post. Baumgartner backhanded the puck past Philadelphia goalie Neil Little
to cut the Philadelphia lead to 2-1.

The Phantoms went back in front by two goals with just under five minutes to
go in the second period. Guillaume Lefebvre picked up a loose puck in the
Admirals zone. Using former Blackhawk Jarrod Skalde as a scree, Lefebvre fired
the puck past Andersson to give Philadelphia a 3-1 lead.

Philadelphia went ahead by three goals 43 seconds into the third period. Mark
Freer passed the puck to Greg Koehler just outside the goal crease. Koehler
tapped the puck past Andersson to score his second goal of the game and give
Philadelphia a 4-1 lead.

Norfolk’s Shawn Thornton scored with eight minutes left in the third period,
but that would be as close as the Admirals would come, as Philadelphia records a
4-2 victory.

Game Notes

The Admirals finish the regular season with a 38-26-12-4 record good for 92
points. They win the AHL South Division Championship and have the third seed in
the Western Conference.

The Admirals have a bye in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs and
will start in the second round with home ice advantage. Dates and times of the
playoff games will be on BlackhawkZone
when they are announced.

Norfolk went 5-4-1 against Philadelphia this season.

Baby Hawks win South Division Championship
by: Frank Porcelli – BlackhawkZone

The Norfolk Admirals captured the AHL South Division regular
season crown by defeating the Hershey Bears 3-1 Friday Night in Norfolk.

Norfolk got on the board with six minutes left in the first
period. Shawn Thornton poked Quentin Laing’s centering feed past Phil Sauve’s
stick and into the net, giving the Admirals a 1-0 lead.

The Admirals increased their lead three minutes into the second period. Steve
McCarthy let a long shot go from the left point that eluded Sauve to give the
Admirals a 2-0 lead.

The Bears cut the lead down to a goal four minutes into the third period when
Yevgeny Lazarev rifled a high shot past Michael Leighton to cut the Norfolk lead
to 2-1.

The Bears pulled Sauve for the extra attacker but Mike Peluso scored into the
empty net, giving the Admirals a 3-1 victory.

The Admirals win the AHL Southern Division crown for the first time in their
second year history, so congratulations to Trent Yawney and the entire Admirals

Game Notes

By winning the division crown, the Admirals will have a bye in the first
round of the AHL playoffs and will enter the playoffs with home ice in the
second round.

Ex Blackhawk defensive prospect Jeff Paul suffered an unspecified injury
after taking a hard hit from ex-teammate Dmitri Tolkunov in the first period. He
did not return to action. Paul missed 13 games earlier this season with a

Three Stars of the Game:

1 Michael Leighton – Norfolk
2 Kent Huskins – Norfolk
3 Shawn Thornton – Norfolk

Admirals end Bears 10-game winning Streak
by: Frank Porcelli – BlackhawkZone

Mike Peluso scored twice as the Norfolk Admirals downed the
Hershey Bears 3-1 Wednesday Night in Norfolk.  The victory ended the Bears
franchise best 10-game winning streak.

Hershey struck first five minutes into the first period. Yuri
Babenko put a backhand shot over Michael Leighton to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The Admirals tie the score 23 seconds into the second period. Shawn Thornton
let a shot go that was gloved by Hershey goalie Philip Sauve, but he dropped the
puck on the ice. Ajay Baines crashed the net and put the rebound past Sauve and
into the net, tying the score at one goal apiece.

The Admirals went out in front six minutes into the second period while on
the power play. Matt Henderson’s shot from the slot was redirected by Mike
Peluso past Sauve to give the Admirals a 2-1 lead.

The Admirals increased their lead to two goals halfway through the third
period. Kent Huskins let a shot go from the left point. Mike Peluso once again
redirected it past Sauve to give the Admirals a 3-1 lead.

That would be all the scoring in the game, as the Admirals record a 3-1
victory over the Hershey Bears.

Game Notes

The Admirals franchise record eight game losing streak ends with the loss

Norfolk’s record improves to 37-25-12-4. The Admirals now have a five point
lead in the AHL’s South Division over Hershey and a eight point lead over

If Norfolk can defeat Hershey on Friday Night, they will win the South
Division title for the first time in their short history.

Three Stars of the Game:

1 Mike Peluso – Norfolk
2 Michael Leighton – Norfolk
3 Ajay Baines – Norfolk

Arnason Named AHL Rookie of the Year
by: Frank Porcelli – BlackhawkZone

Tyler Arnason got another honor on Tuesday as he was named the
AHL Rookie of the year by the AHL Media in all 27 cities. The reward is
remarkable considering that Arnason has been up with the Blackhawks since
February 26th,

Blackhawks rookie Tyler Arnason contined to add to his trophy
case on Friday, being named the winner of the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial
Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie for the 2001-2002 season.

The award was voted on by the AHL Media in all 27 AHL cities.

Arnason didn’t play in the final 20 Admirals games, as he was called up by
the Blackhawks on February 26th. Arnason scored 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists)
in 60 games with the Admirals.

Arnason finished as the Admirals scoring leader and set a franchise record
for points in a season with the second year franchise.

Arnason’s 56 points was third in the AHL among rookies. His 26 goals and 30
assists tied for third in the AHL among rookies. Arnason’s 11 power play goals
was tops among AHL rookies.

Arnason has four points (three goals one assist) in 17 games with the

This is the fourth time this season that Arnason has been honored by the AHL.
Arnason was named to the AHL All rookie team, was named the AHL rookie of the
month in December and was selected to play in the AHL All Star Game.

Arnason is listed on the Norfolk playoff roster and with his ice time being
cut with the Blackhawks, the folks in Norfolk may get to see Arnason before this
season is over.

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Arnason joins former Blackhawk forward Darryl Sutter and current Blackhawk
Steve Thomas as winners of the award.

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Micahel Leighton Named Goaltender of the Month
by: AHL Press Release

Leighton, 20, won six consecutive starts from Mar. 9-29, including
consecutive shutouts of the Philadelphia Phantoms on Mar. 23-24, helping Norfolk
to a franchise-record eight-game winning streak. He also turned aside a
season-high 50 shots in a 3-1 loss to Saint John on Mar. 1, and allowed two
goals or fewer in eight of his 10 appearances. On Mar. 28, Leighton was named to
the 2002 AHL All-Rookie Team.

 A native of Petrolia, Ont., Leighton was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks
in 1999. He has dressed as a back-up for one NHL game with the Blackhawks this
season, and was the winning goaltender for the Canadian squad in the 2002 AHL
All-Star Game. In 50 games on the season, Leighton (25-16-8) ranks third in the
AHL with 25 victories, fourth with a 2.18 GAA and tied for second with six

In recognition of his accomplishment, Leighton will be presented with an etched
crystal trophy by the AHL prior to an upcoming game.