By Ken Peacock
After being outplayed on their home ice on Wednesday the Admirals redeemed themselves on Penguin home ice tonight. Norfolk (9-6-0-1) fires off four unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Penguins (9-3-1-1), 5-3. The Admirals return to action in St. John’s against the IceCaps next Friday and Saturday.
Cory Conacher continues his scoring streak with two goals in the third. Mark Barberio contributed with a goal and two assists. Radko Gudas and Dana Tyrell also chipped in with a goal each. Dustin Tokarski got the start tonight and stopped 23 of 26 Penguin shots tonight for his fifth win of the season.
It appeared that Norfolk was going to have another rough night when the Penguins scored early into the first period. An Admirals turnover in the defensive zone led to a Jason Williams goal. The Admirals would answer back with five minutes left in the first with a shorthanded goal. Dana Tyrell went into the offensive zone on a one-on-one with Radko Gudas close behind. Tyrell passed to Gudas who promptly sent a slap shot past Penguin goalie, Brad Thiessen.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came out hot at the beginning of the second period. The Penguins scored two goals within a minute to take a 3-1 lead. Ben Street would take a shot that hit the post and past Tokarski at the one minute mark of the period. Niko Dimitrakos would answer again 56 seconds later with a slap shot on Tokarski. Both teams would remain scoreless for the remainder of the period.
The third period was all Admirals. Cory Conacher scored an early third period power play goal on a rebound from a Mark Barberio shot and buried it past Thiessen at the two mnute mark. Norfolk tied the game at 3-3 with another power play goal from a Mark Barberio slapshot. With a little more than eight minutes in regulation Dana Tyrell gave the Admirals their first lead of the night. Cory Conacher scored an empty net goal with 2.6 seconds remaining with his second of the night to seal the Admiral victory.
Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves on 26 shots while Brad Thiessen had 19 saves on 23 shots in the loss. Norfolk was 2-4 on the power play and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-5.
Next up for the Admirals are the St. John’s IceCaps. Norfolk will play next Friday and Saturday before returning home to Scope.
Norfolk Admirals 5 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Norfolk 1 0 4 – 5
W-B/Scranton 1 2 0 – 3
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Williams 3 (McDonald, Lerg), 1:13. 2, Norfolk, Gudas 3 (Tyrell, Wyman), 15:01 (SH). Penalties-Dimitrakos Wbs (tripping), 5:39; Palat Nor (hooking), 10:26; Dimmen Nor (tripping), 14:20.
2nd Period-3, W-B/Scranton, Street 2 (Bortuzzo, Sneep), 0:56 (PP). 4, W-B/Scranton, Dimitrakos 4 (Gibbons), 1:52. Penalties-Conacher Nor (interference), 0:29; Neilson Nor (fighting), 9:11; MacIntyre Wbs (fighting), 9:11; Landry Nor (tripping), 12:54.
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Conacher 7 (Fornataro, Barberio), 1:56 (PP). 6, Norfolk, Barberio 3 (Dimmen, Smith), 8:26 (PP). 7, Norfolk, Tyrell 4 (Barberio, Angelidis), 11:23. 8, Norfolk, Conacher 8 (Dimmen), 19:58 (PP EN). Penalties-Thompson Wbs (boarding), 0:59; Barberio Nor (slashing), 3:24; Gibbons Wbs (tripping), 6:57; Dimitrakos Wbs (delay of game), 19:30.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 5-8-10-23. W-B/Scranton 8-12-6-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 3 / 4; W-B/Scranton 1 / 5.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 5-4-0 (26 shots-23 saves). W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 9-3-0 (22 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Andy Thiessen (11).
Linesmen-Bob Fyrer (72), Leo Boylan (97).