PORTLAND, ME – Chris Gratton staked Norfolk to a 1-0 lead with his first goal as an Admiral and Mike McKenna made 28 saves against his former club. However, the Norfolk Admirals (13-17-1-4) saw their four-game winning streak end in a 2-1 loss to the Portland Pirates (19-11-1-2) on Wednesday evening at Cumberland County Civic Center.
All of the scoring for the game occurred in the second stanza. The Admirals took a 1-0 lead 5:01 into the period. Ty Wishart sent a shot from the top of the left circle that Pirates netminder Jhonas Enroth blocked. Chris Gratton found the rebound at the top of the crease and sent a quick shot into the net.
However, the Pirates took a 2-1 lead before the period’s end. Mark Mancari found the rebound of a Mathieu Darche shot in the right faceoff circle and sent a shot through a screen past Norfolk netminder Mike McKenna for a power play goal at 14:09. Just under four minutes later, Colton Fretter sent a shot from the right circle that Trent Campbell redirected between McKenna’s legs for a 2-1 Portland lead at 17:56.
Norfolk out-shot Portland 9-8 in the final frame but was unable to find the equalizer.
Mike McKenna (30 shots, 28 saves) took the loss. Jhonas Enroth (31 shots, 31 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Portland was 1-4.
The Admirals will head to Worcester for a Friday tilt against the Sharks on Friday night at 7:05.
The Admirals return to Scope to kick off a nine-game homestand with solid home games from January 7-30. The homestand begins for Norfolk against their East Division Rivals, the Hershey Bears, on January 7 at 7:15 p.m.
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1. Jhonas Enroth – POR
2. Trent Campbell – POR
3. Mike McKenna – NOR
Notes … Norfolk has allowed two or fewer goals in six of its last seven games … The Admirals have killed 35 of the last 38 opponent power plays overall … Steve Downie’s eight-game point streak ended. Downie had five goals and ten assists in that stretch … Scratches: F Pete Zingoni, F Juraj Simek, D Andy Rogers, F Brandon Segal … Attendance: 6,374.