NORFOLK, Va. – Marc-Antoine Pouliot put the Norfolk Admirals (24-13-7-3) ahead 2-1 late in regulation. However, Kyle Wilson tied the game late and the Springfield Falcons (21-22-1-3) scored on all three shootout attempts to defeat the Admirals, 3-2, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The same two teams will square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
Dustin Tokarski stopped 18 of 20 shots through regulation and overtime.
The Admirals struck first with Jones’ thirteenth goal of the season just 1:42 into the game. Mike Angelidis picked off a pass along the left half wall and sent a pass to Jones in the slot. Jones then fired a wrist shot past the blocker side of Falcons goaltender Gustaf Wesslau for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
Springfield tied the game with a power play goal 10:33 into the second period. Jonathan Sigalet sent a pass from the right corner to Chris D’Alvise, who was cutting through the slot. D’Alvise re-directed the pass beyond the right leg of Tokarski to tie the game at 1-1.
Norfolk went ahead 2-1 midway through the third period on Pouliot's twelfth goal of the season. Marc-Andre Bergeron sent a shot from the slot off Wesslau's pads. Pouliot found the rebound and fired a shot over Wesslau at 11:36.
However, the Falcons knotted the game at 2-2 with only 2:37 remaining in regulation. John Moore sent a shot from the left point that Kyle Wilson deflected past Tokarski.
The Admirals dominated overtime territorially, out-shooting Springfield 4-1. However, they were unable to solve Wesslau.
In the shootout, the Falcons scored on all three of their shots while Johan Harju was the only player to convert one of Norfolk's four chances as Springfield claimed the shootout 3-1 and the game 3-2.
Dustin Tokarski (20 shots, 18 saves) took the shootout loss. Gustaf Wesslau (37 shots, 35 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Springfield was 1-4.
The same two teams will square off again tomorrow night at Scope with a 7:15 p.m. faceoff. Prior to that, the Norfolk Police Department will play the Norfolk Fire Department in the annual Guns and Hoses Game at 4:30 p.m. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and a ticket to the Admirals game gets you in to the Guns and Hoses Game, which benefits the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters.
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. Kyle Wilson – SPR
2. Gustaf Wesslau – SPR
3. Marc-Antoine Pouliot – NOR
NOTES … Norfolk's 11-game home winning streak over Springfield ended … The Falcons’ only prior win at Norfolk Scope Arena came on January 24, 2004, in a 2-1 decision ... Norfolk is now 14-1-0-0-1 against Springfield all-time at Norfolk Scope Arena ... The Admirals have points in eight straight games against Springfield overall (6-0-1-1) ... The Admirals play nine of their next ten games at home … Scratches: Mark Barberio, Levi Nelson, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins, Troy Milam and Mike Smith.