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Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Jun 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-09 20:18:54-04
The Norfolk Admirals have won the Calder Cup Championship, sweeping the seven game series four games to zero.
 
The Admirals went into Saturday’s game leading three games to zero.  Game four took place at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
The Admirals got off to a good start with a goal from Richard Panik.
 
The Marlies’ Mike Zigomanis got Toronto's only goal, tying the game at one right before the end of the first period.
 
During the second period, Admiral and Toronto native Mike Kostka put one in from almost center ice, putting Norfolk up 2-1.
 
The Admirals would continue to dominate as Tyler Johnson would bank the puck off of the Marlies’ goalie Ben Scrivens for a 3-1 Norfolk advantage.
 
Admiral Mike Kostka then put his second goal of the day on the board to put the Admirals up 4 to 1.  Tyler Johnson added another to the score, followed by Pierre-Cedric Labrie to make it 6-1 Norfolk.
 
That would be the final score as the Admirals beat the Toronto Marlies to win the Calder Cup for the first time in the franchise's history.  The Admirals recorded the 17th sweep in Calder Cup Finals history.
 
Alexandre Picard was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs as voted by the coaches.  He scored nine goals and added seven assists, tallying 16 points in the Calder Cup Finals.
 
Prior to the championships, Norfolk won its last 28 regular season games, establishing a North American professional hockey record.