By Ken Peacock
The Norfolk Admirals are getting ready to close out training camp and say goodbye to Canada on a good note. An early Sunday showdown at the Mile One Center in St John’s was the scene for the third and final preseason match between the Admirals and the IceCaps.
The Admirals were the first to strike with a Michel Ouellet goal in the opening minutes of the first period. Riley Armstrong answered back four minutes later for St Johns with a wraparound gettin by Dustin Tokarski. Both teams would go to the locker rooms tied at a goal each. Defense shut down both team until late in the third when former Admiral, Jason Jaffray put the puck in the net for an IceCap goal. The Admirals were presented with a power play opportunity and Jeff Dimmen answered the call putting a wrist shot past Peter Mannino. With the IceCaps committing penalties in the third it was time for Norfolk’s power play to step back into action. Alexandre Picard and Carter Ashton notched power play markers to put the Admirals ahead. Tyler Johnson would seal the scoring with and empty net goal to finish the game. Admirals goalie, Dustin Tokasrski, stopped 30 of 32 shots for the win and the power play units wen 3 for 5. 5-2 was the final for not only this match, but the first two matches as well.
Norfolk will now wrap things up in Canada and make their way back to the friebdly confines of the Norfolk Scope. There will be some roster adjustments from both Tampa and Norfolk prior to the start of the NHL and AHL openers this Friday.
We want a packed house this weekend. Don’t wait until Friday to get your tickets at the box office. Avoid the line and get online. Visit Tickemaster.com, any of the Ticketmaster retail outlets, and the Scope Box Office.