The Norfolk Admirals finished off the 2010-11 season with a record of 39-26-9-6 and 93 points, which puts them in fourth place in the AHL East Division standings. They face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Calder Cup playoffs. Wilkes-Barre is the number one team in the AHL, with a record of 58-21-0-1 for 117 points.
Game one of the East Division semifinal series C playoffs will take place Friday, April 15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. The Admirals will bring the Calder Cup playoffs to the Norfolk Scope Arena on Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday April 20 for games 3 and 4 of the series. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. If the series leads to a game 5, that will also be played at the Scope on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
It’s been four years since the Admirals have been in the Calder Cup playoffs. The 2010-11 season has been a fast-paced one that has brought many ups and downs for the team. They have fought hard through three periods of hockey only to see their efforts answered by an overtime loss. They have battled their way from 3-4 goal deficits only to see themselves outscored in a shootout. These can be the hardest losses.
The Admirals have triumphed in wins over the league’s best. They have won 3 of the 8 matches this season against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Admirals have faced the talents of top-notch goaltenders such as the AHL outstanding goaltender of the year, Brad Thiessen.
The Admirals have faced injury in their own goaltending depth. Cedrick Desjardins suffered an injury late in the season, followed by a brief leave. Dustin Tokarski also became victim to injury this month. Luckily for the Admirals, they had Jaroslav Janus to fill in the net. With all the traveling that Janus had to bear this season, together with his back-up duties, he deserves a great deal of appreciation. He was the goaltender of note for games at the end of the season, getting a chance to show that he is highly capable in net.
During the 2010-11 season, the Norfolk Admirals ranked second in offense in the AHL. Norfolk achieved the second most goals in a single season in AHL Admirals history with a tally of 265. Marc-Antoine Pouliot led the team in goals, assists and points in a single season (25 goals, 47 assists for 72 points).
Blair Jones became the all-time leading point scorer in AHL Admirals history, ousting former Admirals captain Ajay Baines.
Troy Milam tied the AHL record in most goals by a defenseman and tied an AHL Admirals record for goals in a single season by a defenseman. Milam netted 16 goals.
The depth of Admirals scoring was abundant with five players that recorded at least 20 goals in the season. Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored 25, Blair Jones netted 24, Johan Harju sunk 23 goals, Paul Szczechura dented the twine 21 times and Mike Angelidis made 20 goals.
The 2010-11 Norfolk Admirals were a team worthy of note and certainly strong contenders to enter the post season. For the Norfolk Admirals, “It’s Time” proved not just an empty catch-phrase but a promise to fans, league affiliates and players alike.
Let the Calder Cup playoffs begin.
For more detailed information on the Calder Cup playoffs, visit the AHL website.
For more information on the Norfolk Admirals and their playoff action, see their website.