NORFOLK, VA – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (14-10-1-1) upended the Norfolk Admirals (8-15-1-4) 7-3 on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton charged out of the gates to take a 4-0 lead through one period. Dustin Jeffrey opened scoring at 3:55 with a power play goal when his point shot cut through a screen and got past Admirals goaltender Karri Ramo. Thirty-eight seconds later, Ryan Stone sent a pass across the slot to Mark Letestu in the slot, and Letestu re-directed the puck five-hole on Ramo at 4:33. Just over four minutes later, Connor James found the rebound of a blocked shot and put it past Ramo at 8:50. Ramo’s night ended just under three minutes later when Letestu finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play at 11:32.
Brandon Segal got Norfolk on the board 5:30 into the second period. Justin Keller sent a shot from the left circle that bounced off Penguins goaltender Adam Berkhoel to Segal near the top of the crease. Segal shoveled a backhander past Berkhoel for his tenth goal of the season.
The Penguins answered back under a minute later, as former Admiral Adam Henrich centered the puck from behind the net to Paul Bissonnette in the low slot. Bissonnette fired a shot over the catching glove of new Admirals goaltender Mike McKenna at 6:22.
Jamie Heward netted Norfolk’s second goal of the game just 36 second into the final frame. Grant Potulny sent a pass from behind the net to Heward in the high slot. Heward one-timed the puck through traffic for his sixth goal of the season.
However, Tommy Goebel (6:05) and T.J. Kemp (10:46) scored to build Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s lead to 7-2.
Justin Keller closed out scoring with a shorthanded goal at 19:32.
Karri Ramo (9 shots, 5 saves) got the loss through 11:32. Mike McKenna (16 shots, 13 saves) did not receive a decision through 48:28. Adam Berkhoel (22 shots, 19 saves) got the win.
Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-6.
The Admirals will continue a five-game homestand with a pair of contests against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.
On Friday night, the Admirals will hold their annual Toy Toss. Fans are asked to bring new plush toys to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal of the game. The toys will be donated to several area charities, including the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Ronald McDonald House, St. Mary’s Home for Children and 4Kids Inc. Shelters.
Also on Friday, the Admirals will hold their first College Fair. High school students with a valid high school ID can purchase $8 tickets at the Scope Box Office. They can then visit information tables and ask questions of representatives from several area colleges and universities.
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!
1. Mark Letestu – WBS
2. Tommy Goebel – WBS
3. Janne Pesonen – WBS
Notes … The Admirals’ NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, recalled Norfolk captain Zenon Konopka earlier in the day … Jamie Heward wore a third alternate captain’s ‘A’ in Konopka’s absence, joining Brandon Segal and Brandon Bochenski … Scratches: F Pete Zingoni, D Kevin Quick, F Brent Henley … Attendance: 2,660.