NORFOLK, Va. – Bryan Lerg's power play goal midway through the third period was the difference as the Norfolk Admirals fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1, in Game Three of the East Division Semifinals on Tuesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals lead the best-of-seven series two-games-to-one with Game Four scheduled for tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
Stefano Giliati scored for Norfolk while goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped 23 of 25 shots.
The Penguins took their first lead of the series late in the first period. Keven Veilleux intercepted a pass in the Norfolk zone and broke in alone on Tokarski. He sent a shot over Tokarski's glove at 17:58 to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 1-0 lead.
Norfolk tied the game with the first power play goal of the series late in the second stanza. Mathieu Roy sent a shot from the high slot through traffic that hit goaltender Brad Thiessen. The rebound came out to Giliati on the goalmouth to Thiessen's right, and Giliati lifted a backhand shot over the right leg of the netminder for his first career Calder Cup Playoff goal at 15:40.
The Penguins took the lead for good midway through the final frame with a power play goal of their own. Andrew Hutchinson took the puck from his goaltender behind the Penguins net and skated the length of the ice into the Norfolk zone. He dropped a pass to Bryan Lerg, and Lerg sent a wrist shot past Tokarski at 10:20.
Despite out-shooting the Penguins 11-4 in the third period, the Admirals were unable to find the equalizer.
Dustin Tokarski (25 shots, 23 saves) took the loss. Brad Thiessen (29 shots, 28 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-6.
The best-of-seven East Division Semifinals series continues with Games Four and Five on Wednesday and Friday nights at Scope. Individual playoff tickets range in price from $13.00 - $18.00 when purchased in advance of the day of a game. Students through high school, active military with valid identification and senior citizens receive $1 off single game tickets at the Scope Box Office. Group discounts are also available when purchased in advance through the Admirals group sales office.
In addition, the Admirals will continue to offer midweek Value Nights including the popular Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, and Student Rush Night tickets. These special offers will be available for all Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday home games throughout the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $52 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $52 – that’s a savings of $37! Student Rush Nights provide $9 White Level Tickets (normally $13) for students with a valid current high school or college ID.
During the playoffs, Family Fun Packs are ONLY available at the Scope Box Office. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
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. Bryan Lerg – WBS
2. Stefano Giliati – NOR
3. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
NOTES: Prior to the game, forwards Blair Jones and Mattias Ritola were recalled by the parent Tampa Bay Lightning … Norfolk's streak of penalties killed in the series ended at 16 after Lerg's third period goal gave the Penguins their first power play goal of the series on their 17th chance … Did not play: Mike Angelidis, Alex Hutchings, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins, Pat Nagle.