BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Mark Wotton scored with 10.3 seconds remaining in overtime as the Norfolk Admirals (7-3-3-1) fell in overtime for the second straight game, this time by a 3-2 score to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6-9-0-0) on Saturday night at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The Admirals have standings points in each of the first three legs of their five-game road trip (1-0-2-0), which continues tomorrow afternoon against the Worcester Sharks at 3:00 p.m.
Mike Vernace and Alex Berry each scored their second goals of the season for Norfolk while Dustin Tokarski stopped 20 of 23 shots in net for the Admirals.
After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals midway through the second period. The Sound Tigers took a 1-0 lead 11:00 into the stanza as defenseman Dylan Reese’s shot from the high slot snaked its way through traffic and past a screened Tokarski.
Vernace tied the game at 1-1 just 23 seconds later off a faceoff. He teed up a slap shot from the high slot that eluded Sound Tigers goaltender Mikko Koskinen at 11:23 for his second goal in as many games.
The Admirals took a 2-1 lead early in the third period after a power play expired. Berry sent a snap shot from the right faceoff circle past the blocker of Koskinen at 2:02.
However, Bridgeport tied the game at 2-2 just over three minutes later off a turnover. David Ullstrom fed the puck into the slot from the right corner, and Jesse Joensuu sent a quick wrist shot over the right shoulder of Tokarski at 5:28.
The game remained tied at 2-2 until 10.3 seconds remaining in overtime. Ullstrom sent a shot from the left circle off the leg pads of Tokarski. Wotton found the rebound in the slot and snapped it into the net for the game-winning goal.
Dustin Tokarski (23 shots, 20 saves) shouldered the loss. Mikko Koskinen (22 shots, 20 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-2.
The Admirals will continue their five-game road trip tomorrow afternoon in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a 3:00 p.m. puck drop against the Sharks. Follow all of the action on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com and AHLLive.com. The Admirals return to Scope next Saturday to battle with the Adirondack Phantoms.
The Admirals will hold United States Marine Corps Night next Saturday. All active duty and retired members of the U.S. Marine Corps (and their dependents) may purchase $10 Red Level Tickets (normally $14) for this game at norfolkadmirals.com.
Also next Saturday, former Pro Bowl Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. More details will be available as the game approaches.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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. Mark Wotton – BRI
2. Jesse Joensuu – BRI
3. Dylan Reese – BRI
NOTES … Norfolk has gone to overtime in five of its last seven games with one win in a shootout, three overtime losses and one shootout loss … Six of the last eight games between Norfolk and Bridgeport have gone to overtime and seven of the last nine games between the teams have been decided by one goal … In their last ten head-to-head meetings, neither Norfolk nor Bridgeport has scored more than three goals in a game … Mike Vernace, who scored his first goal as an Admiral last night in Adirondack, recorded goals in consecutive games for the first time in his 243-game AHL career … The Admirals were out-shot for just the second time this season … Scratches: Juraj Simek, Scott Jackson, Troy Milam.