By Ken Peacock
Five Norfolk Admirals chip in for goals on Ugly Sweater Night in Wilkes-Barre Scranton last night. Norfolk (17-11-0-1) gains two points on the East Division leading Penguins (16-8-1-4). The Admirals will play Hershey tonight in their final game before the holidays.
Norfolk started the scoring on Matt Fornataro’s second goal of the season less than a minute into the game. With the Admirals on the power play, Trevor Smith took the puck from in the right corner and passed Fornataro who redirected the pass into the net for a power play goal. Less than four minutes later Radko Gudas shot on the net. Brad Thiessen stopped the shot, but the rebound landed on Carter Ashton’s stick and then the puck was deposited into the back of the net at 4:32 of the first. The Penguins would make it 2-1 on a Ben street goal at 10:41. Norfolk led 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton struck early in the second on a Bryan Lerg deflection of a Geoff Walker shot that beat Dustin Tokarski. Norfolk’s, Trevor Johnson would put the Admirals ahead for good at 7:06. Johnson took the puck the length of the ice and put a wrist shot past Thiessen for his eleventh goal of the season. WB/S would pull the normally solid Thiessen with goalie Scott Munroe. Munrore was immediately put to the test and at 13:31 he let a goal in. Cory Conacher would score a wraparound goal, his team-leading eighteenth goal, to put Norfolk ahead 4-2. Michel Ouellet sealed the nail on the coffin with 20 seconds remaining in the second period. Ouellet sent a Carter Ashton pass into the net and past Munroe for his seventh goal of the season.
The third period was a defensive battle. Brad Thiessen returned to the WB/S net and only face 3 Admirals shots. Neither team scored in the third period.
Dustin Tokarski (11-7-0) stopped 20 of 22 shots for the win. Brad Thiessen (11-7-2) stopped 10 of 13 shots for the loss, Scott Munroe (5-2-2) stopped 9 of 11. Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 0-4.
The Admirals take on the Hershey Bears tonight for their final game before the holiday break.
Norfolk Admirals 5 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2 – Status: Final
Saturday, December 17, 2011 – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Norfolk 2 3 0 – 5
W-B/Scranton 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Fornataro 2 (Smith, Devos), 0:53 (PP). 2, Norfolk, Ashton 14 (Gudas, Jackson), 4:32. 3, W-B/Scranton, Street 10 (Henningson, Merth), 10:41. Penalties-Wild Wbs (interference), 0:32; Labrie Nor (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:15; Schnell Wbs (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:15; Jackson Nor (interference), 6:54; Jackson Nor (hooking), 14:19.
2nd Period-4, W-B/Scranton, Lerg 11 (Walker, McDonald), 1:42. 5, Norfolk, Johnson 11 (Cote, Tokarski), 7:06. 6, Norfolk, Conacher 18 (Smith, Jackson), 13:31. 7, Norfolk, Ouellet 7 (Ashton, Angelidis), 19:40. Penalties-Grant Wbs (hooking), 3:47.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cote Nor (tripping), 1:03; Palat Nor (tripping), 9:18; Samuelsson Wbs (interference), 14:52; Schnell Wbs (interference), 19:07.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 7-14-3-24. W-B/Scranton 13-3-6-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; W-B/Scranton 0 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 11-7-0 (22 shots-20 saves). W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 11-7-2 (13 shots-10 saves); Munroe 5-2-2 (11 shots-9 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Jud Ritter (34), Matt McNulty (26).