Penalty Kill Leads Admirals Past Toronto In Game 1
NORFOLK, Va. – Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson each scored a goal and an assist and the Norfolk penalty killing unit stopped all 10 power plays against as the Admirals defeated the Toronto Marlies, 3-1, in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The two teams will meet again at Scope tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.
Dustin Tokarski (9-2) stopped 23 of 24 shots for his fifth straight win. His shutout streak ended at 202:06 after former Admiral Carter Ashton netted Toronto's lone goal early in the third period. Brandon Segal added an empty netter. Toronto's Ben Scrivens (11-3) turned aside 39 of 41 shots in defeat.
Conacher scored Norfolk's first goal of the game at 12:21 of the first period. Tyler Johnson had the puck in the right circle when Conacher criss-crossed behind him into the slot. As Conacher became open, Johnson passed the puck to the AHL regular season MVP, who one-timed it past Scrivens, glove-side. The four-on-four goal put Norfolk on top, 1-0.
Conacher and Johnson were also involved in the second Norfolk goal 10:03 in the second period. On a Norfolk power play, Conacher passed the puck from the right circle to Mark Barberio, who was waiting the high-slot. Barberio spotted Johnson in the left circle and passed to him. Johnson one-timed the puck past Scrivens for a 2-0 Admirals lead.
Carter Ashton, who was a linemate of Johnson and Conacher early in the season, got the Marlies on the scoreboard at 3:57 of the third period. After taking a pass from Greg Scott, Ashton beat Dustin Tokarski from the left circle, putting the puck in the bottom-right corner of the net. Ashton’s goal made the score 2-1.
The third period saw Toronto go on five power plays, none of which were successful. With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Scrivens was pulled for an extra skater to give the Marlies a six-on-four skater advantage. After the puck was cleared from the Norfolk defensive zone, Segal skated past a Toronto defender and shot the puck into the empty net, securing the 3-1 Norfolk win at 19:41.
The same two teams meet Saturday night in Norfolk for game two of the Calder Cup Finals. Fans with playoff packages should use tickets labeled "Game M" for tomorrow's game.
Individual ticket prices for the Calder Cup Finals are $25.50 for Gold, $22.50 for Red and $20.50 for White. Tickets are on sale now at the Scope Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. The Scope Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., or 10:00 a.m. through game time on Admirals game days.
Reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat today. 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. Cory Conacher – NOR
2. Tyler Johonson – NOR
3. Ben Scrivens – TOR