PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Max Friberg scored his first AHL goal to tie the game, but the Norfolk Admirals (37-31-4-1) surrendered three goals in the third period as they fell to the Providence Bruins (47-21-0-5), 4-1, on Sunday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
The Admirals saw their four-game winning streak snapped with the decision. Friberg, a 20-year-old draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks who joined the Admirals from the Swedish Elite League last Wednesday, scored his first North American professional goal in his third game with the Admirals. Norfolk goaltender Igor Bobkov (11-17-0) stopped 26 of 30 shots in the setback.
The Admirals and Connecticut Whale remain tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 79 points. Norfolk has three games remaining in the regular season while Connecticut has only two games left. The Admirals saw their their lead over the Hershey Bears and Manchester Monarchs shrink to two points for the eighth and final playoff berth in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. The Bears and Monarchs each have 77 points with three games to play.
Norfolk’s six-game road trip resumes with three games next weekend – Friday against the Syracuse Crunch, Saturday against the Albany Devils and Sunday against the Providence Bruins.
Providence received a pair of goals each from Torey Krug and Alexander Fallstrom. Bruins netminder Niklas Svedberg (36-8-2) stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win.
The home-standing Bruins took a 1-0 lead a late first period power play tally by Krug. Just seconds into the man advantage, Krug fired a shot behind Bobkov to give the Bruins the lead with 2:47 remaining. The goal ended Norfolk’s streak of opponent power plays killed at 33.
The visitors’ lone goal of the contest came as they outshot the Bruins, 19-5, in the second stanza. With an opponent draped over him, Friberg tipped a pass from Devante Smith-Pelly over Svedberg to even the game at 1-1 at 1:08.
However, the third period belonged to the Bruins, as they scored the game’s final three goals. Fallstrom’s first goal of the evening came after he picked up an Admirals turnover and sent a shot short-side on Bobkov at 2:53.
Just over Two minutes later, the Harvard product struck again with his third goal as a professional. Following a glove save by Bobkov, Fallstrom picked up a loose puck next to the Norfolk net and snuck one under the Admirals netminder to give his team a 3-1 lead at 4:58 of the period.
Providence stretched their lead to 4-1 on Krug’s second tally of the evening. Following a faceoff victory, Krug sent a slap shot past Bobkov with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
Norfolk was 0-for-4 on the power play. Providence was 1-for-5.
Next up for the Admirals is a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night. All games can be heard on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM or 1021TheGame.com. You may also watch at AHLLive.com.
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1. Alexander Fallstrom – PRO
2. Torey Krug – PRO
3. Trent Whitfield – PRO