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February 19, 2011

Admirals Rally But Fall to Penguins in Thriller at Scope


NORFOLK, Va. – Mark Barberio brought a crowd of 7,737 fans at Norfolk Scope Arena to their feet by tying the game with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. However, the Norfolk Admirals (28-16-8-4) fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (42-15-0-0) in a shootout, 2-1, on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. Next up for the Admirals is a matchup on Friday night against the Charlotte Checkers at Scope – including an appearance by the Stanley Cup.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 34 of 35 shots for the Admirals but was saddled with the shootout setback.

Neither team found the back of the net through the first two periods of play, as Norfolk was denied on 12 shots and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 18 shots through 40 minutes.

The Penguins opened scoring with 5:17 remaining in regulation, as Ben Street put the rebound of a Corey Potter shot past Tokarski.

Norfolk tied the game in the waning seconds of regulation with Tokarski on the bench in favor for the extra attacker. Mike Vernace made a sliding block to prevent the puck from being cleared out of the attacking zone. Barberio found the loose puck in the high slot and wired a wrist shot through a screen and past Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Brad Thiessen to tie the game at 1-1 with his sixth goal of the season.

Both teams had two shots in overtime but were unable to net the game-winner.

Keven Veilleux and Andrew Hutchinson scored in the shootout for the Penguins while Norfolk was denied by Thiessen on all four of their attempts to give the visitors the win.

Dustin Tokarski (35 shots, 34 saves) was saddled with the loss. Brad Thiessen (27 shots, 26 saves) earned the victory.

Norfolk was 0-2 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 0-3.

The Admirals will battle the Charlotte Checkers at Scope for the final time in the 2010-11 regular season on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Stanley Cup will be in attendance for the game for fans to see and take photos with.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Brad Thiessen – WBS
2. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
3. Mark Barberio – NOR

NOTES … Tonight's crowd of 7,737 fans at Scope was the third-highest attended Admirals game this season and ranks sixth all-time in AHL Admirals history … Three of the top ten crowds in AHL Admirals history have happened this season (1/15/11 vs. Bridgeport, 8,103; and 1/29/11 vs. Springfield, 7,780) … Norfolk's shootout loss combined with Binghamton Senators' victory over the Albany Devils tonight moves the Admirals into a tie with the Senators for fourth place in the AHL's East Division standings … Dustin Tokarski has only allowed one goal in his last two games, stopping 53 of 54 shots (not counting shootout goals, which do not officially count against goaltender statistics) … Brad Thiessen is 4-1-0 with two shutouts, a 0.60 goals-against average and .979 save percentage in five career games at Norfolk Scope Arena, allowing only three goals while stopping 142 of 145 shots ... Yesterday, the Lightning reassigned defenseman Mike Vernace to the Admirals. Vernace leads the Admirals in scoring among defensemen with 21 points (6G, 15A) in 47 games ... Also yesterday, the Lightning acquired veteran defenseman Eric Brewer from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Brock Beukeboom and a third-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft ... Scratches: Tim Marks, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins, Vladimir Mihalik, Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

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