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March 8, 2009

Penguins Power Past Admirals


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins used three power play goals in the first period to power past the Norfolk Admirals 4-1 on Sunday evening at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (39-21-2-2) took a 3-0 lead in the first period with their trio of man advantage markers. Mark Letestu opened scoring 8:36 into the contest when he found the rebound of a Jeff Taffe shot in the left circle and rifled a wrister over a prone Admirals goaltender Riku Helenius. Letestu struck again just over four minutes later when his wrist shot from the high slot snuck past Helenius through a screen at 12:37. Connor James then sent a pass from behind the goal line to Chris Minard in the low slot for a quick shot over the outstretched glove of Helenius at 17:17.

Dustin Jeffrey gave the home team a 4-0 lead when his breakaway shot from the left faceoff dot went between the glove and left leg of new Norfolk netminder Craig Kowalski at 12:09 of the second period.

The Admirals (26-31-3-5) broke up the shutout bid of Penguins goaltender John Curry with one second remaining in the game. Brandon Bochenski finished off a Zenon Konopka pass for a power play tally at 19:59 of the third period.

Riku Helenius (12 shots, 9 saves) took the loss in one period of play. Craig Kowalski (21 shots, 20 saves) did not receive a decision through 40 minutes. John Curry (26 shots, 25 saves) earned the win.

Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 3-7.

The Admirals will continue a five-game road trip on Wednesday night in Albany. The puck drops against the River Rats at 7:00 p.m.

The next home action takes place on Wednesday, March 18 when the Admirals take on the Binghamton Senators. That night is both Family Fun Pack Night and Student Rush Night. For more details on these discounted ticket offers, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

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Three Stars:
1. John Curry – WBS
2. Mark Letestu – WBS
3. Connor James – WBS

Notes … The Admirals concluded a stretch of eight games in ten days … Blair Jones’ three-game goal and point streak (5G, 1A) ended … Zenon Konopka has points and assists in three straight games (0G, 3A) and has points in seven of his last nine games (1G, 8A) … Justin Keller has points in three straight games (2G, 1A) … Defenseman Richard Petiot, acquired by the Admirals’ NHL parent club the Tampa Bay Lightning on trade deadline day, made his Admirals debut … Scratches: F Radek Smolenak, F Bracken Kearns, F Jason Ward, F/D Brent Henley and D Scott Jackson … F Steve Downie missed the game due to suspension … Attendance: 7,787.

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