LOWELL, MA – Devils goaltender Dave Caruso made 43 saves as the Norfolk Admirals (5-10-1-3) fell to the Lowell Devils (6-7-1-2) 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Tsongas Arena.
The teams exchanged five-on-three power play goals in the opening period. Nicklas Bergfors opened scoring at 3:49 when he one-timed a Jon DiSalvatore feed through the legs of Norfolk netminder Karri Ramo.
The Admirals struck back ten minutes later with a one-timer of their own. Blair Jones sent a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Lowell goaltender Dave Caruso at 14:43.
Lowell took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. Matthew Corrente sent a shot from the right point through a screen that beat Ramo five-hole at 12:44.
Rod Pelley doubled Lowell’s lead midway through the final frame as his snap shot from the left faceoff dot went over Ramo’s shoulder at 11:04. Pelley added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds remaining for a 4-1 final score.
Karri Ramo (23 shots, 20 saves) got the loss. Dave Caruso (44 shots, 43 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play. Lowell was 1-4
The Admirals will return to Scope with three games next week centered around Thanksgiving: Wednesday versus the Springfield Falcons, and Friday and Saturday versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. There are several exciting promotions planned for the week, beginning with Family Fun Pack Night, Student Rush Night, USA Hockey Night and a Domino’s Pizza Oven-Baked Sandwich giveaway on Wednesday. Please visit norfolkadmirals.com for more details.
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!
1. Rod Pelley – LOW
2. Nicklas Bergfors – LOW
3. Dave Caruso – LOW
Notes … Norfolk finished its season-long seven-game road trip at 2-4-0-1 after starting with two wins and a shootout loss … The three-goal margin ended a stretch of six consecutive one-goal games for the Admirals … Andrew Hutchinson now has points and assists in four consecutive games (0G, 5A) … Wyatt Smith has points in three straight games (1G, 3A) … Scratches: F Pete Zingoni, D Jamie Heward and D Vladimir Mihalik ... F Steve Downie served the second game of a three-game suspension levied by the American Hockey League yesterday … Attendance: 1,445.