By Ken Peacock
The Admirals embarked on a 7 game road trip tonight at the home of the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers were the first opponents for the Admirals on opening weekend and Norfolk took both games. The Checkers were looking to return the favor tonight at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte.
Both teams went scoreless for the first period. Carter Ashton opened up the scoring at 8 minutes in on the second period with his team leading sixth goal of the season, Barberio and Conacher assisted in Ashton’s power play goal. The Checkers would answer back less than four minutes later to tie the game at a goal each. Charlotte’s Cedric McNicoll would give the Checkers a 2-1 lead in the closing seconds of the second period.
The third period was a goalie and defensive battle before Drayson Bowman of the Checkers put the final nail in the Admirals coffin with 1:20 remaining in the third period. Both goalies had good games, but Mike Murphy of the Checkers came out the winner. Dustin Tokarski faced stopped 27 of 30 shots and took the loss. Mike Murphy faced 45 Admiral shots and stopped 44 of them for the win. Both teams went 1-3 on the power play.
Carter Ashton was named the third star in the contest tonight. Ashton is leading the Admirals in scoring by adding another goal to his stat sheet.
The Admirals hold a 2-1 lead on the GEICO Challenge Cup.
The Admirals continue on with the 7 game road trip on Wednesday with the Adirondack Phantoms in Glen Falls, N.Y.
Norfolk Admirals 1 at Charlotte Checkers 3 – Status: Final
Sunday, October 23, 2011 – Time Warner Cable Arena
Norfolk 0 1 0 – 1
Charlotte 0 2 1 – 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Ashton Nor (interference), 15:29.
2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Ashton 6 (Barberio, Conacher), 8:19 (PP). 2, Charlotte, Jordan 1 (Blanchard, Pistilli), 11:42. 3, Charlotte, McNicoll 1 (Terry, Boychuk), 19:39 (PP). Penalties-Angelidis Nor (tripping), 2:01; Nash Cha (hooking), 6:46; Fornataro Nor (hooking), 19:10; Gudas Nor (roughing), 19:10; Samson Cha (roughing), 19:10.
3rd Period-4, Charlotte, Bowman 4 (Matsumoto, Samson), 18:40. Penalties-Pistilli Cha (tripping), 1:49; Gudas Nor (fighting), 10:20; Soryal Cha (fighting), 10:20; Matsumoto Cha (elbowing), 11:41.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 15-17-13-45. Charlotte 11-13-6-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 3; Charlotte 1 / 3.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 2-2-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Charlotte, Murphy 3-2-0 (45 shots-44 saves).
Referees-Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Terry Wicklum (58).