Admirals Wrap Up Road Trip With 4-2 Loss in Manchester
NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals (24-13-7-2) wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 4-2 loss to the Manchester Monarchs (28-16-1-3) on Wednesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Admirals return to Scope on Friday and Saturday nights to face off against the Springfield Falcons.
Alex Berry and Matt Fornataro staked Norfolk to a 2-1 first period lead before the Monarchs netted three unanswered goals – all on the power play. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski saw his personal four-game winning streak snapped as he stopped 28 of 32 shots.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on Berry’s eleventh goal of the season. Berry entered the attacking zone along the left wing and attempted a pass from the bottom of the left circle across the goalmouth to a teammate. However, the pass deflected off a Monarch in the crease and went into the net at 9:36.
Manchester leveled the score at 1-1 just under three minutes later. Andrew Campbell attempted a shot from the left point that went wide of the net. However, Corey Elkins retrieved the puck behind the net and wrapped a shot around the post and past the stick of a diving Tokarski at 12:30.
The Admirals briefly re-claimed the lead less than five minutes later. Radko Gudas sent a shot from the right point that was deflected and bounced off Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. The rebound went directly to Fornataro, who shot it into the net for his fourteenth goal of the season at 18:07.
The lead was short-lived, however, as James Wright was whistled for holding at 18:32 and the Monarchs took only six seconds to score on the ensuing power play. Viatcheslav Voynov sent a shot off a faceoff from the blueline that was deflected into the slot by Monarchs captain Marc-Andre Cliche to level the score at 2-2 at 18:38.
Manchester used another power play goal to take the lead late in the second period. Voynov sent a pass from the right point to Oscar Moller at the left point. Moller one-timed the puck past a screened Tokarski at 18:02 to put the Admirals behind 3-2.
The Monarchs closed out scoring with Cliche's second goal of the contest 12:45 into the third period. Tokarski attempted to clear the puck out of the Norfolk zone while killing a penalty. However, Cliche blocked the clearing attempt in the right circle, found the loose puck by the side of the net, and wrapped a shot around the post behind the left leg of Tokarski and into the net for a 4-2 Manchester lead.
Dustin Tokarski (32 shots, 28 saves) took the loss. Jeff Zatkoff (36 shots, 34 saves) earned the victory.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Manchester was 3-5.
The Admirals return to Scope on Friday and Saturday to face off against the Springfield Falcons. The first 750 children aged 14 and younger through the gates on January 28 will receive an Admirals Zamboni bank courtesy of JPM Financial Services, John's Tax Service, WAVY-TV 10 & Fox43. Also on January 28, students, teachers and staff of Norfolk Public Schools can get tickets for just $5 when purchased in advance through the Admirals website at norfolkadmirals.com.
Saturday marks the return of Guns and Hoses Night to benefit Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. You get two games for the price of one, as "The Finest" battle "The Bravest" in the Norfolk Police Department vs. the Norfolk Fire Department game at 4:30 p.m. Then, your Norfolk Admirals battle the Springfield Falcons at 7:15 p.m. For a limited time, Red Level Tickets for the event are available for only $12 - you save $2 per ticket and get in to "The Finest" vs. "The Bravest" for free! Best of all, a portion of your purchase goes back to CHKD. Tickets are available at norfolkadmirals.com.
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.
Take advantage of great savings on Admirals tickets with our 10-Packs and group tickets. 10-Packs are available for as little as $110 and allow you to pick the games you want. Group tickets start at $10 for groups of 25 or more people. 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 for more details or to purchase your tickets!
1. Marc-Andre Cliche – MCH
2. Jeff Zatkoff – MCH
3. Viatcheslav Voynov – MCH
NOTES … The Admirals have lost three consecutive games in regulation for the first time all season … Norfolk was 1-3-0-0 on its four-game road trip and will now play ten of its next 11 games at home … Norfolk allowed more than three goals in a game for the first time in 13 games dating back to January 1 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton … The Admirals tied a season high with three power play goals allowed … Matt Fornataro netted three goals on the four-game road trip to give him 14 goals on the season, establishing a new AHL career high in goals by eclipsing the 11 markers scored with Norfolk last season … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Levi Nelson, Tim Marks, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins, Troy Milam and Mike Smith.