By Ken Peacock
The Norfolk Admirals (19-11-0-1) beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (12-15-3-1), 2-1, on home ice Wednesday night. It was a defensive battle as the Admirals held of six Sound Tiger power play opportunities and Dustin Tokarski stopped 26 of 27 shots for the Norfolk win. The Scope was rocking as many of the 5,695 celebrated the victory, this was the largest crowd that the Scope has seen for a mid-week game since the Admirals moved to the AHL. The Admirals and Sound Tigers will meet again at Scope this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Brett Gallant scored first for the Sound Tigers. The Sound Tigers came down into the Admirals zone on a three on one rush. Gallant fed a pass from the top of the right circle that deflected off the stick of Mike Angelidis of the Admirals that went over the glove of Tokarski at 8:12 of the first to give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Mike Kostka of the Admirals would tie the at 1-1 at 2:41 of the second on the games only power play goal. With the Admirals on a two- man advantage, Cory Conacher sent a pass from the beside the Bridgeport goal to the top of the right circle. Kostka picked up the pass and rifled a shot thru the traffic in front of the net and past Sound Tiger Goalie, Kevin Poulin. This was Kostka’s second goal as an Admiral since coming over with Evan Oberg in the Lightning / Florida Panther trade.
Philip-Michael Devos goal at 11:38 of the second period put the Admirals ahead 2-1 with the game winning goal. Carter Ashton skated around the Bridgeport net and sent a pass thru the slot to Devos. Devos took the pass and sent the puck behind Poulin and into the net. The remainder of the game found the Admirals on the wrong end of penalty after penalty. Trevor Smith was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for spearing at 13:38 of the second. Jean-Philippe Cote hit the box for elbowing at 7:18 of the third. Evan Oberg was called for elbowing at 9:56 with Cote making his way back to the box again a few seconds later for slashing. Dustin Tokarski and the Admirals penalty kill were solid as they stopped the Bridgeport attack and held on for the 2-1 win.
Dustin Tokarski (12-7-0) stopped 26 of 27 for the win while Kevin Poulin (7-10-0) stopped 17 of 19 shots for the loss. Norfolk was 1-6 on the power play while Bridgeport was 0-6.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 at Norfolk Admirals 2 – Status: Final
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Bridgeport 1 0 0 – 1
Norfolk 0 2 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Bridgeport, Gallant 2 (Marcinko, Klementyev), 8:12. Penalties-Riley Bri (roughing), 1:18; Panik Nor (hooking), 3:26; Conacher Nor (slashing), 14:55.
2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Kostka 4 (Conacher, Barberio), 2:41 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Devos 2 (Ashton, Palat), 11:38. Penalties-Wishart Bri (tripping), 1:29; Donovan Bri (holding), 2:14; Marcinko Bri (tripping), 6:23; served by Gallant Bri (bench minor – too many men), 8:56; Smith Nor (major – spearing, game misconduct – spearing), 13:33.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Mouillierat Bri (hooking), 4:36; Cote Nor (elbowing), 7:18; Oberg Nor (interference), 9:56; Cote Nor (slashing), 10:01.
Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 13-5-9-27. Norfolk 5-6-8-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 0 / 6; Norfolk 1 / 6.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Poulin 7-10-0 (19 shots-17 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 12-7-0 (27 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (39), Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Bill Lyons (27), Scott Pomento (25).