GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Goals by rookies Dana Tyrell and Mitch Fadden would not be enough as the Norfolk Admirals (31-26-3-1) fell to the Adirondack Phantoms (27-28-2-2) 3-2 on Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Admirals saw their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to third place in the AHL’s East Division after the second-place Albany River Rats defeated the Portland Pirates tonight. Norfolk will continue a five-game road trip tomorrow night against the Binghamton Senators.
The Phantoms took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal just 3:03 into the first period. Mike Pyorala sent a feed from the right circle to David Laliberte in the slot. Laliberte sent a quick shot that Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski kicked back into the left circle. However, Laliberte found his own rebound and shot it over Tokarski’s right leg and into the net.
The Admirals tied it up at 1-1 just over four minutes later off a faceoff in the left circle. Vladimir Mihalik teed up a slap shot that Phantoms goaltender Johan Backlund blocked. However, the rebound ended up on the stick of rookie forward Dana Tyrell, who chipped a shot over the shoulder of Backlund and into the net at 7:38 for his fourth goal of the season.
Adirondack took a 2-1 lead 4:37 into the second stanza. Jonathon Kalinski stole a puck behind the Norfolk goal line and centered a pass into the slot. Former Admiral Jason Ward collected the pass between the hashmarks and fired a shot past Tokarski and into the net.
Norfolk had a good opportunity to tie the game at 2-2 midway through the second stanza with a five-minute power play. David Clackson was given a five-minute major penalty for kneeing Admirals forward Mark Parrish at 8:06. However, the Admirals were unable to capitalize despite good pressure by the Admirals throughout the man advantage.
Just over a minute after the Clackson penalty expired, Adirondack took a two-goal lead with a five-on-three power play opportunity. Jason Ward sent a pass from the top of the left circle to Jon Matsumoto at the right faceoff dot for a one-timer past a diving Tokarski at 14:17.
Norfolk cut its disadvantage to one goal midway through the final frame with a four-on-three power play goal. Ty Wishart attempted a shot from the right point that was partially blocked. The puck trickled to the bottom of the right circle where Mitch Fadden swept it into the net past Backlund at 12:58 for his fifth goal of the season.
The Admirals kept pressure on the Phantoms throughout the final frame, out-shooting them 14-7. However, they were unable to find the equalizer and fell 3-2.
Dustin Tokarski (21 shots, 18 saves) took the loss. Johan Backlund (38 shots, 36 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Adirondack was 2-7.
The Admirals will continue a five-game road trip with game three tomorrow night against the Binghamton Senators.
The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, for a pair of pivotal East Division matchups against the Albany River Rats. On March 5, the Admirals and the Norfolk Department of Public Health will team up to offer free H1N1 flu vaccinations to all fans in attendance. Then join us on March 6 for American Cancer Society Relay For Life Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available with proceeds going back to the American Cancer Society. For more information or to purchase your vouchers, contact your Relay For Life team leader or the American Cancer Society at (757) 493-7940. The top two selling teams will compete in an intermission broomball game.
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. Johan Backlund – ADK
2. Jason Ward – ADK
3. Dana Tyrell – NOR
NOTES … The third-place Admirals (31-26-3-1, 66 points in 61 games) fell two points behind the second-place Albany River Rats (31-23-3-3, 68 points in 60 games), who defeated the Portland Pirates 4-2 tonight on the road … Norfolk maintained a six-point lead over the idle fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (29-27-1-1, 60 points in 58 games) … Mark Parrish’s Norfolk season-high seven-game point streak ended (3G, 6A) … Parrish, who has points in 15 of his last 21 games for the Admirals (6G, 12A), did not return to the game after suffering a lower body injury in the second period … With an assist, Brandon Bochenski has points in all five games (4G, 3A) since returning from Tampa Bay last week … Ty Wishart has points in three straight games (1G, 2A) and seven of his last 11 games (3G, 8A) … Dana Tyrell has points in back-to-back games (1G, 2A) and six of his last eight games (2G, 8A) … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Justin Keller … Attendance: 3,817.