Norfolk Admirals win Calder Cup

The Norfolk Admirals captured the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Marlies

The Norfolk Admirals completed a storybook 2011-12 season by capturing the franchise’s first Calder Cup championship with a 6-1 win over the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

It was the Marlies that eliminated the Abbotsford Heat from the AHL playoffs.

The Admirals, the top development team of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, finished off a four-game sweep of the Marlies in the league championship.

After completing the regular season with a professional hockey record 28-game winning streak, Norfolk went 15-3 in the postseason to finish with 70 victories in 94 games overall, including 43 in their final 46 games of the year.