NORFOLK, Va. – Dustin Tokarski stopped 38 shots to lead the Norfolk Admirals (36-29-3-3) past the Adirondack Phantoms (30-34-3-3) 3-1 on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
With a win by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tonight, Norfolk’s lead over the Penguins for third place in the East Division remained one point with the Penguins holding one game in hand. The Admirals and Penguins will square off in two crucial games on Wednesday and Friday at Scope.
The Admirals jumped out to a 1-0 lead 7:14 into the game. Ryan Craig sent a pass from the left corner behind the net to Dana Tyrell. Tyrell attempted a wraparound at the opposite post that bounced off the left leg of goaltender Carter Hutton and stopped inside the crease. The goaltender did not know where the loose puck was until Craig emerged from behind the net and swept it into the net for his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.
Adirondack tied the game at 1-1 on a highlight reel play just over seven minutes later. Ryan Dingle took the puck in the left circle and was facing the opposite end of the rink with an Admirals defender draped over him. Dingle put his backside against the defender and sent a no-look backhand shot through the legs of the defender and just inside the far post at 14:39.
Norfolk re-claimed the lead with just 17 seconds remaining in the second period on a faceoff play. Defenseman Nick St. Pierre sent a wrist shot from the left point toward the net that deflected off an Adirondack defender and caromed back into the slot. Adam Hall found the loose puck and sent it past the outstretched glove of Hutton for his 15th goal of the season.
Adirondack controlled play much of the final frame, out-shooting the Admirals 15-10. However, Tokarski came up huge to preserve the lead. Dana Tyrell iced the game with an empty-net goal with 42 seconds remaining for a 3-1 win.
Dustin Tokarski (39 shots, 38 saves) earned the win. Carter Hutton (25 shots, 23 saves) took the loss in his professional debut.
Norfolk did not have a power play. Adirondack was 0-1 with the man advantage.
The third-place Admirals will continue a five-game homestand next week with critical games on Wednesday and Friday against the fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They will conclude the homestand with a tilt on Saturday against the Atlantic Division-leading Worcester Sharks. All games begin at 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday will be another Family Fun Pack Night and Student Rush Night. Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights, brought to you by Pit Bull Energy Drink and Baxter’s Sports Lounge, provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for high school and college students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night. On top of that, you get discounted food at Baxter’s Sports Lounge (located right across the street from Scope) on the day of the game.
Admirals Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
On Friday, the first 3,500 fans through the gates will get an Admirals water bottle courtesy of SUPERCUTS. Friday is also Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available through norfolkadmirals.com with proceeds benefiting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Saturday is the tenth annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Jersey Auction, presented by PAPCO. The Admirals will don one-of-a-kind jerseys during the game. Immediately following the conclusion of the game on Saturday, a live auction will take place on the ice with the jerseys being sold right off the players’ backs.
There are also special discounted fundraising tickets available at norfolkadmirals.com. Proceeds from the auction and ticket sales go to the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Over the past eight seasons, the Admirals have raised $240,960 for MDA through the annual jersey auction.
For complete details of all promotions, ticket offers and giveaways, 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 2010-11 season tickets today. Affordable monthly payment plans are available for a limited time only! 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. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
2. Adam Hall – NOR
3. Dana Tyrell – NOR
NOTES … The Admirals (36-29-3-3, 78 points in 71 games) extended their lead over the sixth-place Phantoms (30-34-3-3, 66 points in 70 games) to 12 points … The Admirals remain just one point ahead of the fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (36-29-2-3, 77 points in 70 games) after the Penguins defeated the Rochester Americans tonight … Norfolk closed to within six points of the Albany River Rats (38-26-3-5, 84 points in 72 games) for second place after the River Rats fell to the #5 Binghamton Senators (30-32-5-3, 68 points in 70 games) tonight. Norfolk leads the Senators by ten points ... The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (34-27-3-6, 77 points in 70 games) are now two points back of the Admirals after falling in overtime to the Manchester Monarchs tonight … The Penguins, Senators, Sound Tigers and Phantoms have one game in hand on the Admirals while Norfolk has one game in hand on the River Rats … The Admirals are 19-6-1-3 since the All-Star Break … Norfolk has points in ten of its last 11 home games (8-1-0-2) … The Admirals play six of their final nine games at Norfolk Scope Arena … Norfolk’s #1 forward line of Ryan Craig, Adam Hall and Dana Tyrell combined for fourteen points (7G, 7A) and a +17 rating in the two games against Adirondack this weekend … With a goal and two assists tonight, Dana Tyrell has points in 14 of his last 18 games (7G, 16A) … Matt Fornataro’s three-game point streak ended (2G, 2A) … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Kai Kantola, Jaroslav Janus, Taylor Vichorek … Mitch Fritz served the second contest of his two-game suspension. He is eligible to return next Wednesday versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton … Attendance: 3,675.