BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Brock Nelson netted a hat trick to lead the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (21-19-2-3) past the Norfolk Admirals (18-23-2-1), 4-1, on Saturday night at Webster Bank Arena.
Peter Holland scored Norfolk’s lone goal for his 100th career professional point, which gave the Admirals a 1-0 lead in the first period. However, Bridgeport used a pair of power play goals to erase the deficit. Admirals goaltender Igor Bobkov (8-12-0) turned aside 29 of 32 shots in the setback.
The Admirals return to Scope next week to face off against their East Division rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night is Military Appreciation night, presented by USAA.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead on Holland’s team-leading 14th goal of the season. While on a five-on-three power play, Nate Guenin sent a slap shot from the high slot. The rebound traveled into the right circle, where Holland was able to send a shot over Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin at 14:18.
However, the Admirals were unable to solve Poulin for the remainder of the contest, and Nelson provided all the offense Bridgeport would need to win. Nelson found the rebound of a blocked shot in the right circle and sent a shot past Bobkov to tie the game at 1-1 just 0:37 into the second period.
Nelson scored again on the power play 6:55 into the third period to give Bridgeport a 2-1 lead. Nino Niederreiter deflected a shot past Bobkov at 9:14 of the final frame before Nelson scored into the empty net with 46 seconds remaining for the 4-1 final score.
Poulin (14-10-3) stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win.
Norfolk was 1-for-7 on the power play. Bridgeport was 2-for-6.
The next home action for the Admirals takes place on Friday and Saturday nights against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
The second Military Appreciation Night, presented by USAA, takes place on Friday. Red Level Tickets (normally $19 on game nights) will be available for just $11 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active or retired military, their dependents and reservists with valid military identification. Groups of 15 or more can purchase their Red Level Tickets for just $9 by contacting the Admirals Group Sales Office via phone at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23.
In addition, the first 2,500 fans through the gates on Friday will receive Admirals thundersticks courtesy of Tim Horton’s.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets 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. Brock Nelson – BRI
2. Kevin Poulin – BRI
3. Sean Backman – BRI
NOTES … Peter Holland’s first period goal was his 100th professional point (41g, 59a) in his 115th professional game. Holland has 40 goals and 59 assists for 99 points in 110 career AHL games between the Admirals and Syracuse Crunch. He also has one goal in five career NHL games … The Admirals were out-shot for the first time in eight games … Dan Sexton’s five-game point streak ended (2g, 3a) … Did not play: Brandon McMillan, Troy Bodie, Nick Schaus, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.