NORFOLK, Va. – Goaltender Kevin Lalande stopped 33 shots to lead the Syracuse Crunch (13-19-3-3) past the Norfolk Admirals (16-20-2-0) 4-1 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The same two teams will meet tomorrow night at Scope as a five-game homestand for the Admirals continues.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead just 1:07 into the game on the power play. Defenseman Kenny Macaulay made a great play at the left point to keep the puck in the Syracuse zone after a Crunch clearing attempt. Macaulay then spotted an open Juraj Simek at the right point. Simek skated into the right circle and sent a wrist shot over Lalande’s glove from just before the faceoff dot for his tenth goal of the season.
Syracuse knotted the score at one goal apiece just over ten minutes later on a power play of their own. Brendan Bell sent a pass from the top of the left circle toward the top of the right circle. Jonathan Sigalet one-timed the pass through traffic and over the left shoulder of Tokarski at 11:44.
The Crunch took a two-goal lead with a pair of markers mid-way through the second stanza. Jared Aulin made it 2-1 in favor of the visitors at 7:06. Aulin accepted a pass at the left circle and skated toward the hashmarks at the edge of the slot before sending a wrist shot through the leg pads of Tokarski.
The Crunch used a five-on-three power play to take a 3-1 lead nearly three minutes later. Dan Fritsche sent a pass from the top of the right circle toward the left circle. Bell then one-timed the pass into the net at 9:42.
Former Admiral Michael Blunden closed out scoring at 15:44 of the final frame. Mike Radja sent a shot from the point that got through Tokarski and landed in the crease. Blunden punched it in for his third goal of the season.
Dustin Tokarski (40 shots, 36 saves) took the loss. Kevin Lalande (34 shots, 33 saves) earned the victory.
Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play. Syracuse was 2-6.
The Admirals and Crunch will square off again tomorrow night at Scope. Tomorrow is Special Olympics Night, presented by SunTrust, and 2010 Pro Sports Calendar Giveaway Night, courtesy of Independent Lighting. A limited amount of 2010 Pro Sports Calendars featuring the Admirals and Norfolk Tides will be given away at the gates.
For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.
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 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 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. Kevin Lalande – SYR
2. Brendan Bell – SYR
3. Jared Aulin – SYR
NOTES … Norfolk has lost six of its last seven games (1-5-1-0) … Syracuse is 2-0-0-0 at Scope this season and is 1-14-2-2 on the road against the rest of the AHL … The teams meet for the final time this season at Scope tomorrow night before concluding the six-game season series on February 28 at Syracuse … Juraj Simek now has goals in five of his last eight games (6G) and has set a new personal single-season high with ten goals in 2009-10 … Defenseman Kenny Macaulay recorded his first point with Norfolk in his second Admirals game … Former Admirals Steve Downie and Brandon Bochenski scored power play goals in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s game tonight against the New Jersey Devils. The game was suspended with the Lightning leading 3-0 during the second period after a lighting failure at the Prudential Center in New Jersey … Scratches: F Dana Tyrell, D Scott Jackson, G Riku Helenius ... Attendance: 4,414.