Admirals Top Division-Leading Penguins 4-1 to Close Out Road Trip
WILKES-BARRE, Penn. – Cedrick Desjardins made 27 saves and Blair Jones scored twice as the Norfolk Admirals (8-4-3-1) defeated the East Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (12-3-0-0), 4-1, on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Admirals concluded their five-game road trip with six of a possible ten standings points (2-1-2-0) and will return to Norfolk to host the Adirondack Phantoms tomorrow night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead 5:39 into the first period. Tim Wallace scored on a shot from the bottom of the left circle for a four-on-three power play goal.
The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 just over six minutes later. Matt Fornataro sent a shot from the right faceoff circle that Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen kicked into the slot with his right leg. Chris Durno found the rebound in the slot and sent it into the net for his fifth goal of the season at 11:43.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead just 46 seconds into the second stanza. Mike Vernace sent a high snap shot from the blue line that Blair Jones deflected out of mid-air past Thiessen.
Jones doubled his team’s lead 12:27 into the second period. Kevin Quick sent a shot from the left point that Thiessen stopped. However, Jones was one of several Admirals crowding the crease and he put the rebound into the net low past Thiessen’s glove for his seventh goal of the season and a 3-1 lead.
Alex Berry cemented the victory for Norfolk with an empty-net goal with 41 seconds remaining in regulation.
Cedrick Desjardins (28 shots, 27 saves) earned his fifth win of the season. Brad Thiessen (25 shots, 22 saves) shouldered his first loss of the season.
Norfolk did not have a power play in the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-2 on the power play.
The Admirals now return to Scope to host the Adirondack Phantoms tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. on US Marine Corps Night. Also tomorrow, former Pro Bowl Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.
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. Blair Jones – NOR
2. Cedrick Desjardins – NOR
3. Chris Durno – NOR
NOTES … The Admirals handed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton just their third loss of the season in 15 games … Norfolk has won five of its last eight games on the road against the Penguins. Prior to that stretch, the Admirals had won just two of their prior 22 games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – including a 17-game winless streak … The Admirals did not have a power play opportunity for just the second time in their AHL history. They also won the first such game on March 20, 2010 at Scope against the Adirondack Phantoms … Norfolk was out-shot for just the third time in 16 games this season … Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning returned forward James Wright to the Admirals after a one-game call-up. Wright had skated in the Lightning's 8-7 win at Philadelphia last night … 2009-10 Admirals captain Ryan Craig was named Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's captain last week … Scratches: Stefano Giliati, Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik.