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March 26, 2010

Penguins Power Past Admirals, Leave Norfolk With Third Place


NORFOLK, Va. – Matt Lashoff’s power play goal midway through the third period closed the home team’s gap to one goal. However, two power play markers by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (38-29-2-3) were the difference as they topped the Norfolk Admirals (36-31-3-3) 3-1 and left Norfolk with a three-point lead for third place in the East Division standings on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The Admirals will host the Worcester Sharks tomorrow night at Scope in the tenth annual MDA Jersey Auction Night, presented by PAPCO.

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period with a power play goal. Former Admiral Wyatt Smith took a shot from the high slot. Tim Wallace was able to deflect the shot from the top of the goalmouth past Tokarski stick-side at 10:08.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton doubled its lead with another power play goal 5:34 into the final frame. Chris Lee sent a shot from the right point that went wide of net and hit the end boards. The rebound caromed back into the bottom of the left circle where Eric Tangradi banked a shot into the net off Tokarski’s back.

The Admirals closed the gap to one goal after converting a power play opportunity midway through the final frame. Matt Lashoff wound up with the puck in the high slot after Norfolk won a faceoff. Lashoff sent a slap shot that deflected off the stick of a Penguins defender in the mid-slot and snuck past Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen at 11:05 to make the score 2-1.

Norfolk had one more power play opportunity later in the period - including time with a six-on-four advantage after Tokarski was pulled late in the contest in favor of the extra attacker. However, they were unable to find the equalizer. Wallace cemented the victory for the visitors with an empty-net goal with 41 seconds remaining.

Dustin Tokarski (21 shots, 19 saves) took the loss. Brad Thiessen (27 shots, 26 saves) earned the win.

Norfolk was 1-6 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 2-4.

The Admirals will conclude a five-game homestand tomorrow night against the Atlantic Division-leading Worcester Sharks. The game begins at 7:15 p.m.

Tomorrow night 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, a live auction will take place on the ice with the jerseys being sold right off the players’ backs.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Tim Wallace – WBS
2. Brad Thiessen – WBS
3. Matt Lashoff – NOR

NOTES … The Admirals (36-31-3-3, 78 points in 7 games remaining) fell three points back of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (38-29-2-3, 81 points in 8 games remaining) for the third and final guaranteed playoff position in the East Division … The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (35-28-4-6, 80 points in 7 games remaining) remained just two points ahead of the Admirals for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division after they fell to the Manchester Monarchs tonight. The Sound Tigers, who occupy fifth place in the Atlantic Division, would cross over to claim the fourth seed in the East Division if the playoffs began today … The Admirals lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since January 15-16 versus Adirondack … Brad Thiessen stopped 86 of 88 shots against the Admirals in three games for a .977 save percentage and 0.67 goals-against average … Scratches: Nick St. Pierre, Kevin Quick, Juraj Simek, Jaroslav Janus, Taylor Vichorek … Attendance: 4,076.

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