NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals (36-20-8-6) sent 35 shots on goaltender Jeff Zatkoff but were unable to score as they were shut out by the Manchester Monarchs (42-23-3-6), 4-0, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The loss coupled by a shootout loss by the Charlotte Checkers tonight moves Norfolk back to fourth place in the East Division. The Admirals and Monarchs will square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski stopped 15 of 18 shots in the setback. Monarchs forward Dwight King registered a hat trick while David Meckler scored Manchester's other goal.
After a scoreless first period, the Monarchs took the lead with only 2:15 left in the second stanza. King carried the puck into the Norfolk zone along the left wing and let a shot go from the bottom of the faceoff circle. The shot found its way through Tokarski’s legs for a power play goal and a 1-0 Manchester lead.
Norfolk's deficit increased to 2-0 midway through the third period. King sent a shot toward the net from the bottom of the right circle that ricocheted off the skate and shoulder of an Admirals defender before sneaking past Tokarski at 10:30.
Meckler put Manchester ahead 3-0 just over three minutes later when his shot from the right circle found its mark at 13:46.
King completed the hat trick with an empty net goal with 59 seconds remaining.
Dustin Tokarski (18 shots, 15 saves) fell to 20-16-4 with the loss. Jeff Zatkoff (35 shots, 35 saves) improved to 19-14-5 with the win.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Manchester was 1-4.
The Admirals and Monarchs will square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
The 2011 Admirals Spring Puck Crawl is on Saturday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Online reservations are now closed. However, you can still register for $25 at the door at Baxter's Sports Lounge beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Your registration fee includes discounts on food and beverages at participating establishments on Granby Street, an Admirals commemorative mug, raffle prizes, promotional items and a ticket to see Saturday night's Admirals game against the Manchester Monarchs. More details 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.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available! Low monthly payments available for a limited time only. 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. Dwight King – MCH
2. Jeff Zatkoff – MCH
3. David Meckler – MCH
EAST DIVISION PLAYOFF CHASE ... Norfolk's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is nine points over the Worcester Sharks. Any combination of nine standings points gained by Norfolk or lost by Worcester will clinch a berth in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs for the Admirals … With ten games remaining in the regular season, Norfolk has 86 points and is in fourth place in the AHL's East Division. The fifth-place Binghamton Senators (83 points, 8 games remaining) drew to within three points of Norfolk after defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tonight. Norfolk holds two games in hand on Binghamton … The Worcester Sharks (78 points, 8 games remaining) lost to Providence tonight and remain six points back of the Admirals should the "Crossover Rule" come into effect … The Charlotte Checkers (87 points, 7 games remaining) moved one point ahead of Norfolk as a result of a shootout loss at Connecticut tonight. The Admirals hold three games in hand on the Checkers … Norfolk remains five points behind the second-place Hershey Bears (91 points, 7 games remaining) after Hershey fell tonight at Adirondack. The Admirals also have three games in hand on the Bears ... The top four spots in the East Division are guaranteed to qualify for the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. The "Crossover Rule" is in effect where if the fifth place team in the East Division has more points than the fourth place team in the Atlantic Division, that team will cross over into the Atlantic Division Semifinals.
NOTES … Norfolk's six-game streak of games registering at least one standing point ended (5-0-0-1) … Norfolk's eight-game streak of registering at least one standing point at home also ended (6-0-0-2) … Dustin Tokarski's personal four-game winning streak and seven-game home unbeaten streak (6-0-1) also ended ... Norfolk was shut out for the fourth time this season and just the second time at Norfolk Scope Arena (February 18 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Brad Thiessen) … The Admirals are 2-0-0-1 in the three games following their previous shutouts, out-scoring their opponents by a combined 13-6 in those three games … The four-goal margin of defeat was the worst for the Admirals this season … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Levi Nelson, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins.