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January 2, 2011

Admirals’ Winless Skid Hits Five Games With Shutout Loss at Hershey


HERSHEY, Penn. – The Norfolk Admirals (18-9-6-2) sent 22 shots on net but were unable to solve netminder Braden Holtby as they fell to the Hershey Bears (21-13-0-1), 2-0, on Sunday evening at Giant Center. The Admirals are winless in their last five games (0-3-1-1) and will return to Norfolk next weekend to battle the Connecticut Whale on Friday and Saturday nights at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Hershey took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on the power play. Kyle Greentree banked a shot from the right corner through traffic and between the post and left side of Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski at 11:34.

The Bears’ lead doubled 7:32 into the second period. Keith Aucoin sent a cross-ice feed from the left circle to Zach Miskovic at the bottom of the right circle. Miskovic one-timed the puck past the right leg of Tokarski for a 2-0 Hershey lead.

The Admirals sent 11 shots on net in the third period but were unable to solve Holtby.

Dustin Tokarski (24 shots, 22 saves) took the loss. Braden Holtby (22 shots, 22 saves) earned the win.

Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Hershey was 1-6.

The Admirals return to Scope next weekend to battle the Connecticut Whale on Friday and Saturday nights. The puck drops on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the first 750 children ages 14 and younger will receive an Admirals Zamboni Bank courtesy of JPM Financial Services, John's Tax Service, WAVY-TV 10 and WTKR NewsChannel3. Saturday is Special Olympics Night, presented by SunTrust, with discounted tickets available through norfolkadmirals.com to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia.

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. Braden Holtby – HER
2. Keith Aucoin – HER
3. Zach Miskovic – HER

NOTES … Norfolk is winless in five games following the holiday break (0-3-1-1) … The Charlotte Checkers have tied the Admirals for second place in the AHL’s East Division while Hershey is now only one point behind Charlotte and Norfolk … The Admirals became the final AHL team to lose back-to-back games in regulation in 2010-11 … The Admirals were shut out for just the second time in 2010-11 (November 28 at Bridgeport) … Earlier today, goaltender Cedrick Desjardins was returned to the Admirals by the Tampa Bay Lightning … Desjardins went 2-0-0 in his first NHL call-up, winning his first two NHL starts with a 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage … Last night, the Lightning acquired goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the New York Islanders in exchange for former Admirals defenseman Ty Wishart … Scratches: Stefano Giliati, Tim Marks, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz.

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