By Ken Peacock
Defense and Goaltender struggle as the Norfolk Admirals (16-11-0-1) lose another to the Hershey Bears (15-7-3-1), 4-3. Norfolk hit the road to WB/S to take on the Penguins Saturday night and then on to Hershey for another try against the Bears.
The Bears took a 1-0 at 7:42 of the first on a Matthew Ford power play goal. Hershey would make it a 2-0 with their second power play goal of the night at 11:37 of the second period. Jacob Micfilkier passed to Graham Mink in front of the Norfolk goal. Mink shot on Tokarski and beat on the right side. The Admirals would answer back 5 minutes later on a Michel Ouellet goal. Trevor Smith shot the puck on net and Ouellet deflected the shot through the legs of Braden Holtby at the 16:38 mark for his sixth goal of the season. Chris Bourque made it 3-1 with 18 seconds remaining in the second. Bourque’s goal was a shorthanded breakaway goal that Tokarski should have stopped. Hershey took the 3-1 lead into the locker room.
Norfolk started their comeback attempt at 4:05 of the third. Cory Conacher put in a rebound off of a Evan Oberg shot to put the Admirals within a goal of the Bears. Hershey recovered and made it 4-2 on Matthew Ford’s second goal of the night at 4:37.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie made it 4-3 less than one minute later at 5:11 of the third. Hershey had a couple of close calls as the Puck made it past Holtby, but the puck was swatted away or it met the metal goalpost. Norfolk could not put another puck past Holtby and Hershey took home another win.
Dustin Tokarski (10-7-0) stopped 17 of 21 shots in the loss, and Braden Holtby (9-6-1) stopped 31 of 34 shots in the win. Norfolk was 1-9 on the power play. Hershey was 2-6.
Hershey Bears 4 at Norfolk Admirals 3 – Status: Final
Friday, December 16, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Hershey 1 2 1 – 4
Norfolk 0 1 2 – 3
1st Period-1, Hershey, Ford 6 (Potulny, Micflikier), 7:42 (PP). Penalties-Micflikier Her (slashing), 5:29; Ashton Nor (tripping), 6:54; Bourque Her (roughing), 14:59; Palat Nor (roughing), 14:59; Holtby Her (roughing), 16:33; Gudas Nor (delay of game), 18:44.
2nd Period-2, Hershey, Mink 11 (Micflikier, McNeill), 11:37 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Ouellet 6 (Smith, Conacher), 16:38. 4, Hershey, Bourque 15 (Aucoin), 19:42 (SH). Penalties-Ford Her (cross-checking), 2:09; Labrie Nor (roughing), 7:38; Angelidis Nor (interference), 9:59; Pope Her (hooking), 11:51; Collins Her (roughing), 18:52; Rechlicz Her (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Conacher 17 (Oberg, Barberio), 4:05 (PP). 6, Hershey, Ford 7 (Potulny, Micflikier), 4:37. 7, Norfolk, Labrie 6 (Cote, Barberio), 5:11. Penalties-Richmond Her (fighting), 2:42; Ashton Nor (fighting), 2:42; Hanson Her (slashing), 3:36; Brouillette Her (high-sticking), 7:03; Kundratek Her (delay of game), 8:43; Smith Nor (goaltender interference), 9:01; Kostka Nor (holding), 15:52; Potulny Her (boarding), 19:50; Labrie Nor (hooking), 19:59.
Shots on Goal-Hershey 11-7-3-21. Norfolk 10-8-17-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 2 / 6; Norfolk 1 / 9.
Goalies-Hershey, Holtby 9-6-1 (35 shots-32 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 10-7-0 (21 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Steve Patafie (85).
Linesmen-Bill Lyons (27), Tom George (61).
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