NORFOLK, VA – Despite out-shooting their opponent 29-18, the Norfolk Admirals (1-5-1-2) were shut out by the Portland Pirates (5-1-1-0) 4-0 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
After a scoreless opening period, the Pirates took a 3-0 lead with a trio of goals under five minutes apart in the second stanza. Tim Kennedy opened scoring with a turnaround shot from the slot at 10:16. Felix Schutz made it 2-0 Portland under a minute later with a backhand shot off a rebound at 11:01. Nathan Gerbe accepted a pass in the slot and sent a wrist shot into the net at 15:10.
Aaron Slattengren closed out scoring when the puck ricocheted off his leg in a goalmouth scramble at 4:52 of the final frame.
Karri Ramo (18 shots, 14 saves) suffered the loss. Jhonas Enroth (29 shots, 29 saves) earned the shutout.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Portland was 0-5.
The Admirals and Pirates will engage again tomorrow night at Scope. The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive an Admirals pennant courtesy of Good Neighbor Pharmacy. Also, fans will be able to skate on the ice with their favorite Admirals following the game. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 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!
You may listen to all Admirals games live on ESPN Radio 1310 and sportsjuice.com. You may also view the contests on a pay-per-view basis through AHL Live. For more information, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
1. Jhonas Enroth – POR
2. Tim Kennedy – POR
3. Nathan Gerbe – POR
Notes … The Admirals have out-shot their last two opponents after not doing so for their first seven games of the season … The Admirals gave up only 18 shots to the Pirates – the lowest amount of shots allowed in 84 games since October 19, 2007, versus Binghamton … Portland’s Slattengren was signed to an AHL Standard Player’s Contract on Wednesday. He had been the captain of Norfolk’s ECHL affiliate, the Augusta Lynx … Healthy scratches: F Chris Lawrence, D Scott Jackson, D Daryl Boyle ... Attendance: 2,392.