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December 28, 2010

Admirals Earn Point But Fall in Shootout to Checkers


NORFOLK, Va. – Mark Barberio sent the game to overtime with his game-tying goal late in the third period, but the Norfolk Admirals (18-7-5-2) fell in a shootout to the Charlotte Checkers (18-10-1-3), 3-2, on Tuesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals and Checkers will square off once again at Scope on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Alex Berry also scored for Norfolk while goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 35 saves through regulation and overtime.

The Admirals opened scoring 12:42 into the first period with Berry’s tenth goal of the season. Marc-Antoine Pouliot entered the zone with speed down the left wing, deking around a defender in the slot before dropping a pass to Blair Jones. Jones sent a feed across the crease to Berry, and Berry shot the puck past the left leg of Charlotte goaltender Justin Pogge for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.

The Checkers took the lead with a quick pair of goals midway through the second stanza. Jonathan Matsumoto tied the game at 1-1 at 13:35 when his shot from the right circle got past Tokarski glove-side.

Jacob Micflikier gave the visitors the 2-1 lead 27 seconds later off a faceoff. Drayson Bowman sent a backhand shot from the slot that Micflikier tipped through the legs of Tokarski at 14:02.

Barberio tied the game at 2-2 with 3:10 remaining in regulation. Stefano Giliati centered the puck from the right circle to Barberio, who was streaking toward the goalmouth from the slot. Barberio redirected the puck past Pogge for his third goal of the season.

In the shootout, Pouliot scored Norfolk's lone goal while both Brett Carson and Zac Dalpe converted for Charlotte to give the visitors the victory.

Dustin Tokarski (37 shots, 35 saves) was saddled with the shootout loss. Justin Pogge (34 shots, 32 saves) got the win.

Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Charlotte was 0-4.

The Admirals and Checkers will square off once again at Scope on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. The game will feature Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights. In addition, the first 500 children aged 12 and younger through the gates will receive an Admirals Mini Sticks courtesy of Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Jacob Micflikier – CHA
2. Mark Barberio – NOR
3. Jonathan Matsumoto – CHA

NOTES … The Admirals have standings points in 14 of their last 17 games (11-3-2-1) … Scratches: Ty Wishart, Levi Nelson, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz.

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