By Ken Peacock
After a long road trip the Admirals were home for a midweek game against the WB/S Penguins. Unfortunately the friendly confines of Scope were not so friendly. Norfolk (8-5-0-1) were brought to their knees with a 4-2 loss to the Penguins (8-2-1-1). The Admirals and Penguins also switched places in the standings.
Eric Tangradi opened up the scoring with a power play goal near the 5 minute mark of the first period. Four minutes later the Admirals found themselves on the power play as well. Penguin goaltender, Brad Thiessen, attempted to stop a Mike Vernace shot when Tyler Johnson knocked it loose and onto the stick of Cory Conacher. Conacher immediately deposited the puck in the back of the Penguin net for his fifth goal of the season. Late in the first Dustin Tokarski attempted to pass the puck out from behind the net. Tokarski found himself surrounded by two Penguin players and his pass was picked off. Ben Street took the puck and wrapped it around the post and into the empty Admiral net. With 3 minutes left in the period Despres captured the rebound from a Ben Street shot and sent it home for a 3-1 lead going into the locker room.
Both teams failed to score in the second and most of the third. Norfolk’s Pierre-Cedric Labrie managed to bang home a goal past Thiessen. The front of the goal was packed with players, but Labrie got the last poke at the puck which turned into his third goal of the season. The Admirals failed to score in the closing moments while the Penguins Tangradi sealed the Penguin victory with an empty net goal.
Dustin Tokarski (4-4-0) stopped 22 of 25 shots and Brad Thiessen (8-2-0) stopped 25 of 27 shots. Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play while WB/S was 1-7.
Norfolk Returns to the road with a Friday game against Albany. They close the week in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday against the Penguins.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4 at Norfolk Admirals 2 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
W-B/Scranton 3 0 1 – 4
Norfolk 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Tangradi 6 (Street, Despres), 4:46 (PP). 2, Norfolk, Conacher 5 (Johnson, Vernace), 8:35 (PP). 3, W-B/Scranton, Street 1 13:27. 4, W-B/Scranton, Despres 2 (Street, Craig), 16:48. Penalties-Johnson Nor (hooking), 3:01; Samuelsson Wbs (cross-checking), 6:43; Despres Wbs (boarding), 9:18; Tangradi Wbs (elbowing), 17:47; Johnson Nor (roughing), 19:39.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Despres Wbs (tripping), 0:28; Ashton Nor (tripping), 0:28; MacIntyre Wbs (high-sticking), 7:08; Jackson Nor (high-sticking), 11:16; Street Wbs (roughing), 12:29; Dimmen Nor (roughing), 12:29; Sneep Wbs (fighting), 18:32; Angelidis Nor (fighting), 18:32; Fornataro Nor (roughing), 18:32; Tangradi Wbs (slashing), 19:59; Vernace Nor (slashing), 19:59.
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Labrie 3 (Ashton, Smith), 16:41. 6, W-B/Scranton, Tangradi 7 (Mormina), 19:38 (EN). Penalties-Lerg Wbs (slashing), 1:11; MacIntyre Wbs (interference, fighting), 9:08; Jackson Nor (fighting), 9:08; Angelidis Nor (hooking), 10:31; Dimitrakos Wbs (slashing), 12:41.
Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 12-9-5-26. Norfolk 15-3-9-27.
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 1 / 5; Norfolk 1 / 7.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 8-2-0 (27 shots-25 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 4-4-0 (25 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Curtis Marouelli (58).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Tom George (61).