By Ken Peacock
Cory Conacher scores twice, Blair Jones adds another as the Norfolk Admirals (13-8-0-1) defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (11-6-1-4), 5-2 Tuesday night at Scope. Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton now share the top position in the East Division.
The Penguins struck first with a power play goal at 15:36 of the first period. Niko Dimitrakos sent a Nick Petersen through the traffic and past Admirals goalie, Dustin Tokarski for a 1-0 lead. The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 three minutes later with a Mike Angleidis goal beating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Scott Munroe at 18:39 for his fifth goal of the season.
The Admirals would take a 2-1 lead ten minutes into the second period on Blair Jones’ second goal of the season since returning from Tampa Bay. Richard Panik sent a shot to the net and Munroe stopped the shot. A WB/S Penguin player pushed an Admirals on top of Munroe and Jones slammed home the rebound. The Penguins recomposed themselves and struck less than a minute later on a goal from Ben Street to tie the game at 2 each. Cory Conacher would put the Admirals ahead for good at the 14 minute mark of the third. With the Admirals on the power play, Cory Conacher struck again. Blair Jones passed the puck to Conacher in the slot that was sent in on the net and past Munroe at the nine minute mark. As the final seconds rolled off the clock Trevor Smith made it 5-2 Admirals with an empty net goal.
Dustin Tokarski (8-5-0) made it three straight wins stopping 16 of 18 shots. Scott Munroe (2-2-2) stopped 27 of 31 shots for the loss. Norfolk was 2-7 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-6.
The Admirals are back in action at Scope on Friday and Saturday night against the Adirondack Phantoms.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2 at Norfolk Admirals 5 – Status: Final
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
W-B/Scranton 1 1 0 – 2
Norfolk 1 2 2 – 5
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Dimitrakos 6 (Petersen, Craig), 15:36 (PP). 2, Norfolk, Angelidis 5 (Barberio, Vernace), 18:39. Penalties-Craig Wbs (hooking), 6:16; Samuelsson Wbs (delay of game), 10:14; Cote Nor (cross-checking), 13:49; Neilson Nor (goaltender interference), 15:52; Craig Wbs (roughing), 18:33; Conacher Nor (roughing), 18:33.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Jones 2 (Smith, Barberio), 10:31. 4, W-B/Scranton, Street 6 (Petersen, Wild), 10:53. 5, Norfolk, Conacher 11 (Johnson, Jones), 13:56 (PP). Penalties-Barberio Nor (hooking), 3:28; Mormina Wbs (hooking), 8:30; Despres Wbs (slashing), 12:27; Lerg Wbs (hooking), 12:48; served by Petersen Wbs (bench minor – too many men), 18:24; Ashton Nor (high-sticking), 19:13.
3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Conacher 12 (Jones, Smith), 8:25 (PP). 7, Norfolk, Smith 10 19:16 (EN). Penalties-Panik Nor (hooking), 5:51; Williams Wbs (hooking), 7:52; Craig Wbs (roughing), 8:45; Angelidis Nor (roughing), 8:45; Panik Nor (roughing), 15:03.
Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 9-7-2-18. Norfolk 11-12-8-31.
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 1 / 6; Norfolk 2 / 7.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Munroe 2-2-2 (30 shots-26 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 8-5-0 (18 shots-16 saves).
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (47).
Linesmen-Francis Trempe (56), Alex Stagnone (7).