PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Norfolk Admirals (6-2-0-1) received goals from four different scorers as they upended the Providence Bruins (4-4-1-0), 4-2, on Friday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Norfolk’s seven-game road trip (2-1-0-0) continues with game four tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. against the Syracuse Crunch.
Carter Ashton, Trevor Smith, Dana Tyrell and Jeff Dimmen each scored for the Admirals, who out-shot the Bruins, 41-22. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski improved to 3-2-0 on the season with a 20-save performance.
The Admirals took a 1-0 lead 4:30 into the game. Radko Gudas sent a shot from the left point that was stopped by goaltender Anton Khudobin. The rebound kicked out to Carter Ashton at the goalmouth for a tap-in past Khudobin’s right leg. The goal was Ashton’s team-leading eighth of the season.
Norfolk’s lead doubled with less than 34 seconds remaining in the first period. Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Trevor Smith broke in on Khudobin on a two-on-one. Labrie sent a pass from the left circle beyond the reach of a Providence defender to Smith coming down the slot. Smith lifted a shot into the top corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
The Admirals went ahead, 3-0, just 2:49 into the second stanza. J.T. Wyman picked off a pass behind the Providence net and sent a quick centering feed into the slot. Dana Tyrell one-timed the puck over the left leg of Khudobin for his second goal of the season.
Providence got on the board 17:21 into the second period. Craig Cunningham netted his first professional goal on a shot from the left circle to cut Norfolk’s lead to 3-1.
The Bruins closed to within one goal of the Admirals 4:05 into the final frame. Stefan Chaput scored a shorthanded goal to cut Norfolk’s lead to 3-2.
However, the Admirals sealed the victory with a power play goal 7:01 into the third period. Alexandre Picard sent a pass to Jeff Dimmen in the left circle, and Dimmen scored his first professional goal to put the Admirals ahead, 4-2.
Dustin Tokarski (3-2-0) turned aside 20 of 22 shots for the win. Anton Khudobin (3-5-0) stopped 37 of 41 shots for the loss.
Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Providence did not have a power play.
Norfolk’s seven-game road trip continues tomorrow night at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter against the Syracuse Crunch. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. All games can be heard at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. You can also watch on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday, November 9, to take on their East Division rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in the first Admirals Value Night of the 2011-12 season.
Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
The November 9 game is also Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Night. For every non-perishable food item you donate at the game, you will receive a raffle ticket. We will hold a raffle drawing at the game and you could win autographed Admirals memorabilia! Plus, fundraising tickets are available for a limited time at norfolkadmirals.com/groups.
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.
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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!
1. Carter Ashton – NOR
2. Alexandre Picard – NOR
3. Stefan Chaput – PRO
NOTES … Scott Jackson played his first game of the season … The Admirals surrendered their first shorthanded goal of the season … Jeff Dimmen became the second Admiral to record his first professional goal this season, joining Tyler Johnson … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik, Charles Landry, Matt Fornataro.