BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Mark Barberio scored two power play goals and Tyler Johnson registered points on all four of his team’s power play goals as the Norfolk Admirals (42-18-1-2) defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (32-20-3-5), 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena. Norfolk has now extended its franchise-record winning streak to 15 straight games – including a new franchise record with eight straight victories on the road. The Admirals return home to Norfolk Scope Arena on Wednesday night to square off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Johnson tallied a goal and three assists, Richard Panik scored twice and added an assist and Trevor Smith had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped 27 of 30 shots for his third win in as many days and his seventh consecutive win overall.
The Admirals took a 1-0 lead 15:00 into the first period on Smith’s 22nd goal of the season. He intercepted a Bridgeport pass by reaching to his right in the low slot. He quickly swept a backhand shot into the net between the right leg and blocker of Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin.
Bridgeport tied the game at 1-1 with an early second period shorthanded goal. Trevor Frischmon stole the puck from a Norfolk defender at the right point and skated the other way on a breakaway. He sent a forehand shot from the low slot into the net between the blocker and right leg of Janus at 1:17.
The Sound Tigers controlled much of the play in the second stanza until a Trevor Gillies boarding penalty with 3:34 remaining in the period. On the ensuing power play, Cory Conacher sent a feed from the right point to Barberio in the high slot. Barberio sent a wrist shot through traffic that beat Poulin at 17:16 for Barberio’s tenth goal of the season and a 2-1 lead for the visitors.
Norfolk’s lead doubled just over two minutes later with another power play goal. This time, Smith sent a feed from the left circle to Panik in the mid slot. Panik sent a wrist shot through a screen that beat Poulin glove-side at 19:28 for Panik’s 14th goal of the season and a 3-1 Admirals lead.
Bridgeport battled back to tie the game midway through the third period. Kael Mouillierat converted a two-on-one feed from Blair Riley at 7:50 to cut the home team’s deficit to 3-2. Just over three minutes later, Tyler McNeeley found the loose puck in the slot and sent a quick shot past Janus blocker-side. The tally tied the game at three goals apiece at 11:14 of the final frame.
However, the Norfolk man advantage controlled play for much of the remainder of the contest, giving the Admirals the lead back just under two minutes after McNeely’s score on Barberio’s second goal of the game. This time, he took a feed from Johnson in the high slot and sent a slap shot off the post and into the net at 13:12 for his 11th goal of the season and a 4-3 lead.
The lead doubled for the visitors less than three minutes later on Panik’s second tally of the afternoon. Pierre-Cedric Labrie held off a defender in the left faceoff circle before sending a pass from near the goal line across the crease to Panik on the opposite side of Poulin. Panik’s 15th goal of the season came on a one-timer for a 5-3 lead at 15:52.
Johnson closed out scoring with Norfolk’s fourth power play goal of the contest at 17:32. Michel Ouellet caused a turnover at the Bridgeport blue line and passed the puck to Panik in the right faceoff circle. Panik sent a long pass to Johnson in the left circle, and Johnson’s shot beat a sliding Poulin for his 24th goal of the season and a 6-3 Admirals win.
Jaroslav Janus (15-8-2) made 27 saves on 30 shots for his seventh straight win. Kevin Poulin (17-15-3) stopped 26 of 32 shots for the loss.
The Admirals were 4-for-8 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-for-1.
Norfolk Admirals 6 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 – Status: Final
Sunday, March 11, 2012 – Webster Bank Arena
Norfolk 1 2 3 – 6
Bridgeport 0 1 2 – 3
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Smith 22 15:00. Penalties-Mouillierat Bri (tripping), 15:16.
2nd Period-2, Bridgeport, Frischmon 8 1:17 (SH). 3, Norfolk, Barberio 10 (Conacher, Johnson), 17:16 (PP). 4, Norfolk, Panik 14 (Smith, Johnson), 19:28 (PP). Penalties-Ness Bri (interference), 0:38; Johnson Nor (slashing), 6:33; Rakhshani Bri (elbowing), 12:40; Gillies Bri (boarding), 16:26; Romano Bri (tripping), 19:06.
3rd Period-5, Bridgeport, Mouillierat 7 (Riley, Oleksy), 7:50. 6, Bridgeport, McNeely 7 (Sinkewich, Rakhshani), 11:14. 7, Norfolk, Barberio 11 (Johnson, Ouellet), 13:12 (PP). 8, Norfolk, Panik 15 (Labrie), 15:52. 9, Norfolk, Johnson 24 (Panik, Ouellet), 17:32 (PP). Penalties-Landry Bri (hooking), 12:07; served by Romano Bri (bench minor – unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:12; de Haan Bri (high-sticking), 17:07; served by Bri (game misconduct – abuse of officials), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 10-5-17-32. Bridgeport 7-11-12-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 4 / 8; Bridgeport 0 / 1.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 15-8-2 (30 shots-27 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 17-15-3 (32 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Francis Charron (46), Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Marty Demers (79).