WORCESTER, Mass. – Paul Szczechura scored the lone goal as the Norfolk Admirals (7-4-3-1) fell to the Worcester Sharks (7-4-1-2), 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center. The Admirals fell to 1-1-2-0 through four legs of their five-game road trip, which concludes on Friday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:05 p.m.
The Sharks took a 1-0 lead 14:34 into the first period. Dan DaSilva sent the initial shot from the left circle off the pads of Norfolk netminder Cedrick Desjardins. Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins then backhanded the rebound behind the net to Kevin Henderson, and Henderson sent a pass back to DaSilva in the left circle for a shot over the prone goaltender and into the net.
Worcester doubled its lead midway through the second period on a give-and-go play. Mike Moore entered the attacking zone in the high slot and passed it to Henderson in the left circle. Henderson returned the puck to Moore in the low slot, and Moore fired a shot past the glove of Desjardins at 13:27 for a 2-0 Sharks lead.
Norfolk cut its deficit to 2-1 less than five minutes later. Radko Gudas sent a shot from the top of the right circle into traffic. Paul Szczechura spotted the loose puck and lifted a shot from the right circle over Worcester goaltender Alex Stalock at 18:06 for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Moore’s second goal of the contest restored the Sharks’ two-goal lead at 6:26 of the third period. He sent a shot from the left point through a maze of bodies and past a screened Cedrick Desjardins for a 3-1 Worcester lead.
Cedrick Desjardins (25 shots, 22 saves) took the loss. Alex Stalock (28 shots, 27 saves) earned the win.
Both teams were 0-4 on the power play.
The Admirals will conclude their five-game road trip on Friday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 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. Mike Moore – WOR
2. Dan DaSilva – WOR
3. Kevin Henderson – WOR
NOTES … The Admirals and Sharks have closed out their 2010-11 regular season series, as each team won two games on home ice … Norfolk is now 2-7-0-0 all-time when playing in Worcester against the Sharks … Eighteen of 21 skaters to have appeared in a game for Norfolk over the past week registered at least one point, led by Paul Szczechura’s five points (3G, 2A) … Scratches: Mark Barberio, Scott Jackson, Tim Marks.