NORFOLK, Va. – The top line of captain Ryan Craig, alternate captain Adam Hall and rookie forward Dana Tyrell combined for two goals and three assists. However, their Norfolk Admirals (34-28-3-2) fell 3-2 after a shootout to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (35-24-3-4) on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
Bridgeport took a 1-0 lead 7:41 into the game. Trevor Smith picked off an Admirals pass at the Norfolk blue line and passed the puck to Mark Flood. Flood’s shot from the low slot went off the back of an Admirals defender and bounced back into the slot. Tyler Haskins found the loose puck and skated around a poke-check attempt by Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski before sliding the puck into the net around Tokarski’s left leg.
Norfolk tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period. Dana Tyrell forced a turnover in the neutral zone and got the puck to Ryan Craig. Craig entered the slot and passed to Adam Hall in the right circle. Hall returned the pass to Craig in the slot and the captain sent a wrister past the blocker side of Bridgeport backstop Scott Munroe at 1:34 for Craig’s 20th goal of the season.
The Admirals took a 2-1 lead just 3:34 into the third period. Dana Tyrell sent a pass from the left half wall to Adam Hall in the slot. As Ryan Craig wreaked havoc in the crease, Hall was able to send a wrist shot from the right hashmarks of the slot that went past the glove hand of Munroe for his 13th goal of the season.
Bridgeport knotted the score at 2-2 midway through the third period with Haskins’ second goal of the game. Sean Bentivoglio picked off a pass after a strange bounce in the right corner behind the goal line and centered it toward the slot. Haskins banked it past Tokarski from the top of the goalmouth at 12:32.
After a scoreless overtime, it took four rounds before anyone converted a shootout opportunity when Bridgeport’s Robin Figren deked around Tokarski and shot the puck into the net in the bottom of the fourth round. Bridgeport claimed the 1-0 shootout victory after Munroe denied Mitch Fadden in the top of the fifth, giving the Sound Tigers the 3-2 win in the game.
Dustin Tokarski (28 shots, 26 saves) took the shootout loss. Scott Munroe (30 shots, 28 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-1.
The Admirals and Sound Tigers will square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 for CHKD Night. As a special part of the event, fans can participate in a silent auction to win dinner with Admirals players Ty Wishart, Chris Lawrence and Scott Jackson and Admirals Strength & Conditioning/Video Coach Ben Eaves. Look for the silent auction on the Scope concourse on March 13! Also tomorrow, the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive the final set of Admirals trading cards, courtesy of 96X.
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. Tyler Haskins – BRI
2. Dana Tyrell – NOR
3. Ryan Craig – NOR
NOTES … The Admirals (34-28-3-2, 73 points in 67 games) are now five points back of Albany (36-24-3-5, 78 points in 67 games) for second place in the American Hockey League’s East Division after the River Rats defeated the Rochester Americans tonight … Norfolk’s lead over the fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (33-29-1-2, 69 points in 65 games) dropped to four points after the Penguins defeated the Providence Bruins on the road tonight … With two assists tonight, Dana Tyrell took over the team lead in assists with 22 on the season ... Tyrell has points in five straight games (2G, 4A) and 11 of his last 14 games (4G, 13A) … With a goal and an assist tonight, Adam Hall has points in four straight games (3G, 2A) and six of his last eight games (3G, 5A) … With a goal tonight, captain Ryan Craig has points in four straight games (1G, 3A) … Forwards Tim Marks and Kai Kantola both made their professional debuts tonight after being signed to Amateur Tryout Contracts (ATOs) earlier in the week following the conclusion of their collegiate hockey careers … Defenseman Nick St. Pierre made his Admirals debut … Goaltender Zane Kalemba served as the backup goaltender after being signed to an ATO earlier in the day following the conclusion of his collegiate hockey career at Princeton University … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Taylor Vichorek … Attendance: 4,008.