NORFOLK, VA – Grant Potulny and Blair Jones each had a goal and an assist and Jay Rosehill picked up a pair of assists. However, the Norfolk Admirals (16-21-2-4) fell to the Hershey Bears (31-12-0-2) 6-2 on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 with three goals late in the opening period. Graham Mink gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage at 16: 37 by backhanding a Keith Aucoin feed from behind the net through the legs of Norfolk netminder Karri Ramo. Patrick McNeill doubled the Hershey lead by batting a Quintin Laing shot out of mid-air from the low slot at 17:24. Then with just 1.2 seconds remaining, Kyle Wilson redirected a Dean Arsene pass from the slot into the net.
The Admirals answered back with a pair of goals in the first half of the second period. Jay Rosehill stole the puck from a Hershey defender in the left corner and quickly centered a pass to the slot where a waiting Grant Potulny scored with a quick tap-in at 3:02.
Just over three minutes later, Potulny stole the puck from a Hershey defender just inside the Bears blue line and got it to Blair Jones. Jones’ initial shot hit the post, but he buried his second attempt behind Hershey goaltender Daren Machesney at 6:23.
However, the Bears restored their two-goal lead three minutes later on the power play. Alexandre Giroux sent a pass from the right point to Keith Aucoin near the bottom of the left circle and Aucoin shot it past Ramo at 9:35.
Chris Bourque made it 5-2 with a wrist shot from the right half-wall at 6:01 of the final frame. Wilson closed out scoring by deflecting a Quintin Laing shot for a power play goal at 9:26.
Karri Ramo (34 shots, 28 saves) took the loss. Daren Machesney (47 shots, 45 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Hershey was 1-4.
The Admirals’ nine-game homestand continues with a Friday matchup with the Lake Erie Monsters. Opening faceoff at Scope will be at 7:15 p.m. The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a free Admirals bucket hat courtesy of Bank of the Commonwealth and Fox43.
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. Kyle Wilson – HER
2. Keith Aucoin – HER
3. Quintin Laing – HER
Notes … Hershey’s Alexandre Giroux failed to score a goal tonight, snapping his AHL record goal scoring streak at fifteen games. Giroux passed the previous record of 14 consecutive games (Brett Hull, 1986-87) with a goal on Sunday versus Worcester … Norfolk did all of its scoring in the second period tonight with a pair of goals. Entering the game, the Admirals were tied for the league lead in second period goals … Jay Rosehill netted an AHL career-high two points on a pair of assists tonight … Grant Potulny has points and assists in three straight games (1G, 3A) … Blair Jones has goals and points in back-to-back games (3G, 1A) … Bracken Kearns’ five-game point streak (4G, 3A) and four-game goal streak (4G) ended tonight. Both were AHL career highs for the fourth-year pro … Brandon Bochenski’s five-game point streak (2G, 4A) also ended … Scratches: F Pete Zingoni, F Jason Ward, D Scott Jackson and G Riku Helenius. Attendance: 2,509