By Ken Peacock
When you are playing against the best power play unit in the AHL you would thin that you would not take any penalties. Apparently the Admirals were not listening. Norfolk (16-10-0-1) gave up three power play goals in the first period as they fell to the Hershey Bears (14-7-3-2), 6-3. Once again, Norfolk, Hershey, and the WB/S Penguins are in a three-way tie for first place in the AHL East Division. The Admirals now return home to host the Bears at Scope on Friday. Friday night’s game is also the Admirals’ annual Toy Toss so bring a nice plush toy to toss after the Admirals first goal.
The Bears opened up with a power play goal from Keith Aucoin at 9:23 while the Bears were on a 5-3 man advantage. 21 seconds later Jacob MicFlikier grabbed a rebound and quickly made it 2-0 at 9:54. Cory Conacher would cut that lead in half when he scored his sixteenth goal of the season. Trevor Smith passed to Conacher at the top of the left circle. Conacher sent the puck past a screened Braden Holby to cut the lead to 2-1 at 11:23 of the first. Hershey was not done as Aucoin scored his second of the night on a power play one-timer that beat Dustin Tokarski at 14:08. In the closing minutes, Hershey would take a 4-1 lead when Chris Bourque scored at 18:28.
Norfolk cut the lead to 4-2 with a five-on-three power play goal from Trevor Smith at 3:03 of the second period. Norfolk would then close to within a goal on a Tyler Johnson goal that beat Holtby at 16:58 of the second. Both teams retired to the locker rooms with a 4-3 Hershey lead.
Hershey sealed the Admirals fate on goals from Tomas Kundratek and Chris Bourque. Bourque’s empty net goal was his fifth point of the night. Hershey’s defense held the Admirals scoreless during the third period.
Dustin Tokarski (10-6-0) stopped 23 of 28 shots took the loss, Braden Holtby (8-6-1) made 22 saves on 25 shots for the win. Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play. Hershey was 3-6.
Norfolk Admirals 3 at Hershey Bears 6 – Status: Final
Sunday, December 11, 2011 – Giant Center
Norfolk 1 2 0 – 3
Hershey 4 0 2 – 6
1st Period-1, Hershey, Aucoin 7 (Bourque, Micflikier), 9:23 (PP). 2, Hershey, Micflikier 10 (Aucoin, Mink), 9:54 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Conacher 16 (Smith, Oberg), 11:23. 4, Hershey, Aucoin 8 (Micflikier, Bourque), 14:08 (PP). 5, Hershey, Bourque 13 (Aucoin, Micflikier), 18:28. Penalties-Bourque Her (high-sticking), 2:26; Devos Nor (tripping), 7:24; Ashton Nor (hooking), 9:06; Neilson Nor (fighting), 10:12; Wellar Her (fighting), 10:12; Panik Nor (high-sticking), 13:04; Conacher Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:16; Smith Nor (cross-checking), 19:16; Ford Her (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:16.
2nd Period-6, Norfolk, Smith 13 (Conacher, Barberio), 3:03 (PP). 7, Norfolk, Johnson 10 (Conacher, Labrie), 16:58. Penalties-Rechlicz Her (tripping), 2:14; Richmond Her (slashing), 2:48; Wyman Nor (interference), 9:23; Kostka Nor (tripping), 13:41; Bourque Her (interference), 14:16; Wellar Her (tripping), 19:41.
3rd Period-8, Hershey, Kundratek 4 (Bourque, Wellar), 4:46. 9, Hershey, Bourque 14 (Mink), 17:52 (EN). Penalties-Dimmen Nor (fighting), 6:07; Hanson Her (fighting), 6:07.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 5-14-6-25. Hershey 13-6-10-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 5; Hershey 3 / 6.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 10-6-0 (28 shots-23 saves). Hershey, Holtby 8-6-1 (25 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Scott Pomento (25), Jameel Chaudry (51).
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