NORFOLK, Va. – Juraj Simek’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout spelled sudden victory for the Norfolk Admirals (30-25-3-1) as they defeated the Springfield Falcons (18-31-9-3) 3-2 on Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals now embark on a five-game road trip through the East Division beginning on Wednesday night in Binghamton against the Senators.
Springfield opened scoring 7:18 into the game with a goal while skating four-on-four. Rob Hisey sent a pass from the Springfield half of the neutral zone to Charles Linglet just before the Norfolk blueline. Linglet sped past two Norfolk defenders and beat Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski with a shot between the legs.
Norfolk knotted the score at 1-1 at 8:25 with a five-on-three power play goal. Paul Szczechura won a faceoff from the right circle back to Ty Wishart at the right point. Wishart unleashed a wrist shot from the top of the right circle through traffic and past the glove of Springfield goaltender Devan Dubnyk for Wishart’s ninth goal of the season.
Springfield took a 2-1 lead on a Linglet power play goal just 19 seconds into the second stanza. Chad Wiseman sent a pass from the left circle to Linglet at the top of the right circle. Linglet one-timed the puck past the left leg of Tokarski for his second goal of the game.
Brandon Bochenski leveled the score at two goals apiece just 2:50 into the third period. Mark Parrish started a rush up ice from his own zone and dropped a pass from the left half wall to Bochenski at the left point. Bochenski sent a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot top-shelf, stick-side on Dubnyk for his 19th goal of the season.
Neither team found the back of the net for the remainder of regulation and overtime, as both Dubnyk and Tokarski came up with several key saves to force the shootout.
After both Chris Minard and Parrish scored in the first round of the shootout, no one found the back of the net through the next four rounds of the shootout. After Tokarski stopped Liam Reddox in the top of the sixth round, Juraj Simek beat Dubnyk in the bottom of the sixth to give the Admirals a 2-1 win in the shootout and a 3-2 win in the game.
Dustin Tokarski (32 shots, 30 saves) earned the win. Devan Dubnyk (52 shots, 50 saves) was again saddled with a loss despite playing spectacularly.
Norfolk was 1-6 on the power play. Springfield was 1-3.
The Admirals now embark on a five-game road trip through the East Division beginning on Wednesday night in Binghamton against the Senators.
The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, for a pair of pivotal East Division matchups against the Albany River Rats. Join us on March 6 for American Cancer Society Relay For Life Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available with proceeds going back to the American Cancer Society. For more information or to purchase your vouchers, contact your Relay For Life team leader or the American Cancer Society at (757) 493-7940. The top two selling teams will compete in an intermission broomball game.
For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.
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 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 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. Brandon Bochenski – NOR
2. Devan Dubnyk – SPR
3. Ty Wishart – NOR
NOTES … The third-place Admirals (30-25-3-1, 64 points in 57 games) remained two points back of the second-place Albany River Rats (30-22-3-3, 66 points in 58 games), who defeated the Adirondack Phantoms tonight. The Admirals extended their lead to eight points over the Phantoms (26-26-2-2, 56 points in 56 games), who fell to fifth place after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (28-26-1-1, 58 points in 56 games) shut out the Lowell Devils tonight. Norfolk leads the fourth-place Baby Pens by six points … Norfolk tied an AHL Admirals record with 53 shots on goal … The Admirals have won five straight home games … After finishing their upcoming five-game road trip, the Admirals will play 12 of their final 16 regular season games at Norfolk Scope Arena … Norfolk won its eleventh straight home game over Springfield dating back to January 2005 … Juraj Simek (4/4) is one of 13 players in the AHL with a 100% shootout percentage (minimum two attempts). Along with Anthony Stewart (4/4), Simek is the only player with a perfect shootout record with four or more shots … With an assist, Mark Parrish extended his point streak to six games (3G, 5A), tying the Norfolk season high … Parrish has points in 14 of his last 19 games for the Admirals (6G, 11A) … With a goal, Brandon Bochenski has points in all three games (3G, 2A) since returning from Tampa Bay earlier this week … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Chris Lawrence … Attendance: 5,141.