By Ken Peacock
The Norfolk Admirals were on their best behavior tonight in Providence. When I say best I mean not only did they try to stay out of the box, but they did their best to put the puck in the net. Providence had the advantage of being well rested and not playing since Sunday, but they were unable to put the points on the board. The Admirals improved their record to 6-2-0-1 while the Bruins dropped to 4-4-1-0.
The Admirals struck first with a Carter Ashton goal. Radko Gudas put a shot on goal that was stopped by Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin. Carter Ashton was there to put in the tap-in goal past Khudobin. This was Ashton’s eighth goal of the season. Trevor Smith struck next for the Admirals with less than a minute in the first period.
The second period saw the Admirals J.T. Wyman feeding a pass to Dana Tyrell. Tyrell one-timed the puck past Khudobin for a 3-0 Admiral lead almost three minutes into the second period. Craig Cunningham of the Bruins scored his first professional goal with less than four minutes left in the period to bring the Bruins a goal closer. The Admirals lead at the end of two was 3-1.
The Bruins found themselves shorthanded four minutes into the third period. Stefan Chaput caught the defense sleeping and put the puck behind Admiral goalie Dustin Tokarski for a shorthanded goal. The Admirals would answer back three minutes later as Alexandre Picard would connect with a pass to Jeff Dimmen who immediately deposited the puck behind the Bruin goalie for his first professional goal. Dimmen’s goal was on the power-play and this was the goal to seal a 4-2 Admirals victory.
Dustin Tokarski (3-2-0) turned in a solid performance stopping 20 of 22 shots. Bruin goalie Anton Khudobin (3-5-0) stopped 37 of 41 shots and took the loss for the Bruins.
Norfolk Admirals 4 at Providence Bruins 2 – Status: Final
Friday, October 28, 2011 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Norfolk 2 1 1 – 4
Providence 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Ashton 8 (Gudas, Picard), 4:30. 2, Norfolk, Smith 4 (Labrie, Ashton), 19:26. Penalties-MacDermid Pro (hooking), 11:50.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Tyrell 2 (Wyman), 2:49. 4, Providence, Cunningham 1 (Bartkowski, MacDonald), 17:21. Penalties-MacDonald Pro (hooking), 14:53.
3rd Period-5, Providence, Chaput 2 (Miller, Bodnarchuk), 4:05 (SH). 6, Norfolk, Dimmen 1 (Picard, Conacher), 7:01 (PP). Penalties-Ashton Nor (fighting), 3:51; McKelvie Pro (roughing, fighting), 3:51; Warsofsky Pro (delay of game), 6:50.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 17-11-13-41. Providence 7-7-8-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; Providence 0 / 0.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 3-2-0 (22 shots-20 saves). Providence, Khudobin 3-5-0 (41 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Jack Millea (23), Scott Whittemore (96).