BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Norfolk Admirals (12-6-3-1) sent 40 shots on goal but were unable to solve opposing goaltender Kevin Poulin as they lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (10-11-1-1), 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Norfolk fell to 2-1-0-0 through three legs of its six-game road trip, which continues on Friday night with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the Manchester Monarchs.
The Admirals, who were shut out for the first time in 2010-11, held a 40-27 advantage in shots on goal – including a 28-16 edge in the final two periods. Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 26 shots for Norfolk.
After a scoreless first period, the Sound Tigers took a 1-0 lead 3:53 into the second period while the teams skated four-on-four. David Ullstrom took the puck from his own end into the Norfolk zone along the right boards. Ullstrom cut across the right circle and sent a snap shot along the ice that eluded Admirals Tokarski.
Bridgeport doubled its lead 6:54 into the third period. Chris Blight sent a shot from the right faceoff circle that Eric Castonguay deflected past Tokarski for a 2-0 lead.
Blight sealed the victory for the Sound Tigers with an empty-net goal with 48 seconds remaining.
Dustin Tokarski (28 shots, 26 saves) was saddled with the loss. Kevin Poulin (40 shots, 40 saves) earned the shutout victory.
Norfolk was 0-2 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-5.
The Admirals will continue their six-game road trip on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. against the Manchester Monarchs. Follow all of the action on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com and AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday, December 8, to battle the Syracuse Crunch in another Admirals Value Night, featuring Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights.
Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, 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 provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for 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.
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.
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. Kevin Poulin – BRI
2. David Ullstrom – BRI
3. Eric Castonguay – BRI
NOTES … Tonight’s game was the first time in 2010-11 the Admirals were shut out and was just the fourth time this season they failed to score more than one goal in a game … It was the sixth time in AHL Admirals history that Norfolk was shut out despite sending 40 or more shots on goal … In addition to being the first shutout against Norfolk this season, tonight’s game marked the first time the Admirals had been shut out through two periods in 2010-11 … In their last 11 head-to-head meetings, neither Norfolk nor Bridgeport has scored more than three goals in a game … The Admirals have gone nine straight games without a power play goal (0-21) … Norfolk has killed 13 straight opponent power play opportunities over the last four games … The Admirals are 9-4-2-0 for 20 standings points through 15 road games this season – tied for the most wins and standings points through 15 road games in AHL Admirals history (2002-03, 9-4-1-1-0 and 2005-06, 9-4-0-1-1) … Scratches: Mark Barberio, Juraj Simek, Vladimir Mihalik.