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October 25, 2008

Rockford Hog-Ties Norfolk’s Offense


ROCKFORD, IL – Rockford netminder Antti Niemi stopped all 26 Norfolk shots he saw as the Norfolk Admirals (1-3-0-2) were shut out by the Rockford IceHogs (6-1-0-0) 4-0 on Saturday night at the Rockford MetroCentre.

The IceHogs took a 2-0 lead through the first period of play with goals in the first and last minute of the period. Evan Brophey gave Rockford a 1-0 lead just 39 seconds in when he picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Norfolk netminder Mike McKenna. Jean-Claude Sawyer sent a power play slap shot through a screen and past McKenna with just three seconds remaining in the first period.

Petri Kontiola netted another Rockford power play goal 13:20 into the second stanza when he batted a loose puck into the net in a goalmouth scramble.

Tim Brent closed out scoring with a shorthanded goal 14:17 into the final frame.

Mike McKenna (43 shots, 39 saves) got the loss in his first appearance of the season. Antti Niemi (26 shots, 26 saves) earned the shutout victory.

Norfolk was 0-7 on the power play. Rockford was 2-6.

The Admirals will close out their five-game Western Conference road swing tomorrow afternoon with a 4:00 faceoff against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

You may listen to all Admirals games live on ESPN Radio 1310 and sportsjuice.com. You may also view the contests on a pay-per-view basis through AHL Live. For more information, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

The next Admirals home game will be on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phantoms. The game will mark the first Student Rush Night and Family Fun Pack Night of the season. Students in high school and college may purchase $8 white level tickets on each Wednesday and Thursday night home game this season by presenting their school IDs at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.

Also on each Wednesday and Thursday night home game this season, the Admirals will have Family Fun Pack Nights. With Family Fun Packs, you receive four red level tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for only $48 – that’s a saving of $37! Family Fun Packs are available only at the Scope Box Office. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!

Three Stars:
1. Antti Niemi – RFD
2. Tim Brent – RFD
3. Evan Brophey – RFD

Notes … Brandon Segal’s five-game point streak (3G, 4A) and Radek Smolenak’s four-game goal and point streak (4G, 2A) ended in the shutout … The Admirals have now given up 40 or more shots in four consecutive games and have not out-shot an opponent in their first six games this season … Forward Brent Henley made his Admirals debut … Healthy scratches: D Ty Wishart, LW Jay Rosehill, D Daryl Boyle ... Attendance: 3,758.

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