NORFOLK, Va. – Nick Petersen scored two power play goals in the first period for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who held on to defeat the Norfolk Admirals, 2-1, in Game Five of the East Division Semifinals on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals now trail in the best-of-seven series, three games to two, with Game Six scheduled for tomorrow night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at 7:05 p.m.
Mark Barberio scored Norfolk's lone goal while goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped 23 of 25 shots in defeat.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead with a five-on-three power play goal 8:16 into the contest. Andrew Hutchinson sent a pass from the right point to Brett Sterling at the bottom of the right circle. Sterling quickly passed the puck across the slot to Petersen for a back-door tap-in goal past Tokarski’s right leg.
Petersen doubled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead with another power play goal late in the first period. He entered the attacking zone with speed along the right wing and dropped a pass to Sterling in the faceoff circle. Sterling’s attempted shot went wide to Tokarski’s left and hit the end boards. Petersen collected the loose puck behind the net and wrapped a shot around the opposite post at 19:13.
After a scoreless second stanza, the Admirals drew to within a goal of the Penguins midway through the third period on the power play. Mattias Ritola sent a pass from the left half wall to Barberio in the high slot. Barberio sent a slap shot through traffic that eluded Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Brad Thiessen along the ice at 9:45.
Norfolk out-shot the Penguins 12-6 in the final frame and pulled Tokarski in favor of the extra attacker in the final minute of regulation. However, they were unable to get the equalizer as they fell, 2-1.
Dustin Tokarski (25 shots, 23 saves) registered the loss. Brad Thiessen (24 shots, 23 saves) got the win.
Norfolk was 1-6 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 2-4.
The best-of-seven East Division Semifinals series continues with Game Six tomorrow night and Game Seven (if necessary) on Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m.
The game will be shown live via AHL Live at Baxter's Sports Lounge on 500 Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk. In addition, fans can follow the action live at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com and AHLLive.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. Nick Petersen – WBS
2. Mark Barberio – NOR
3. Brett Sterling – WBS
NOTES: The road team has won every game of the series so far … The only time in the 75-year history of the Calder Cup Playoffs that every game of a best-of-seven series was won by the road team was the 1992 Calder Cup Finals, as the Adirondack Red Wings defeated the St. John's Maple Leafs four games to three … Carter Ashton, who was assigned to the Admirals yesterday upon the conclusion of his junior team's playoff run, made his professional playoff debut … Mark Barberio's goal was his first professional playoff point … Mike Angelidis returned from injury after missing Games Two, Three and Four of the series … Did not play: Kevin Quick, Paul Szczechura, Charles Landry, Alex Hutchings, Tim Marks, Chris Durno, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins, Pat Nagle.