Segal’s Three Points Push Admirals Past Sound Tigers
NORFOLK, VA – Brandon Segal had a three-point game – including an assist on Blair Jones’ game-winning tally in the third period – as the Norfolk Admirals (9-15-1-4) defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (17-7-1-2) 3-2 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Admirals struck first 5:04 into the first period with a goal just after a power play expired. Steve Downie, who arrived earlier in the afternoon after being reassigned by Tampa Bay, found a loose puck in the bottom of the left faceoff circle. He quickly passed to Brandon Segal at the top of the crease for a tap-in.
Norfolk’s lead doubled with less than two minutes remaining in the opening period. Immediately after a faceoff, Grant Potulny took the puck behind the net from the right corner and emerged behind the opposite goalpost. He wrapped a backhand shot past Bridgeport goaltender Peter Mannino at 18:27.
However, the Sound Tigers clawed back to within a goal of Norfolk under thirty seconds later. Jeremy Colliton centered the puck from behind the net into the slot where Sean Bentivoglio sent a shot over the right shoulder of Norfolk netminder Mike McKenna at 18:51.
After a scoreless second period in which McKenna stopped all 18 shots thrown his way, Bridgeport knotted the score at two goals apiece just thirty seconds into the third period. Kurtis McLean sent a backhand shot from the left faceoff circle into the top of the net, blocker-side.
The Admirals responded six minutes later on the power play. From the left corner, Segal spotted Blair Jones at the left point. Jones sent a wrist shot high into the air that sailed past Mannino’s right shoulder at 6:29. The goal stood up as the game-winner.
Mike McKenna (33 shots, 31 saves) earned the win. Peter Mannino (23 shots, 20 saves) was saddled with the loss.
Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-5.
The Admirals and Sound Tigers will face off once again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m. That game is not the only one at Scope, as tomorrow is also Public Safety Pride Night. Police officers and fire fighters throughout the area are invited to attend both the Admirals/Sound Tigers game and to watch area police officers and fire fighters play in “The Bravest versus The Finest” game at 3:00 p.m. Ten dollar tickets are available at the Scope Box Office for individuals with valid police or fire fighter identification with a portion of the proceeds going back to CHKD Child Life.
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. Brandon Segal – NOR
2. Blair Jones – NOR
3. Kurtis McLean – BRI
Notes … Norfolk is the only team to defeat Bridgeport twice in regulation this season … Brandon Segal has goals and points in three of the last four games (3G, 2A) … Bracken Kearns (2G, 2A) and Grant Potulny (2G, 3A) have points in three of their last four games …Kearns has eight points (4G, 4A) in seven career games against Bridgeport … The Admirals’ NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, returned right wing Steve Downie to Norfolk earlier in the day and recalled defenseman Jamie Heward from Norfolk yesterday … Downie assisted on the first goal of the game and the game-winning tally … Jay Rosehill has assists in back-to-back games (2A) … Scratches: F Pete Zingoni, F Brent Henley, D Scott Jackson … Attendance: 3,157.