WILKES-BARRE, Penn. – Goals by Adam Hall and Blair Jones would not be enough as the Norfolk Admirals (33-27-3-1) fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (31-27-1-2) 4-2 on Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The third-place Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday for a pair of critical East Division games against the second-place Albany River Rats.
The Penguins took a 1-0 lead 5:50 into the game. A Nick Johnson shot from the right circle went wide and ended up in the left corner. Alex Grant found the rebound at the bottom of the left circle and spun around for a shot that banked off goaltender Dustin Tokarski into the net.
The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 midway through the first period. Dana Tyrell sent a pass from the right corner toward the goalmouth where Ryan Craig sent a shot into Penguins goaltender John Curry. The rebound dropped into the crease and Adam Hall poked it over the goal line at 9:25 for his 11th goal of the season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 2-1 lead with a power play goal midway through the second stanza. Tim Wallace found a loose puck in the crease and poked it into the net at 8:22.
Norfolk responded less than two minutes later. Zach Tarkir sent a pass from the right half wall to Blair Jones in the slot. Jones fired a wrist shot over the glove of Curry and into the net at 10:07 for his eighth goal of the season.
The Penguins took a 3-2 lead 8:06 into the third period. Chris Lee recovered a blocked shot in the left faceoff circle and fed a pass to Konstantin Pushkarev at the bottom of the right circle. Pushkarev one-timed the pass into the net past the left leg of Tokarski.
Dustin Jeffrey sealed the victory for the home team by scoring into the empty net with four seconds remaining in regulation.
Dustin Tokarski (33 shots, 30 saves) took the loss. John Curry (29 shots, 27 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-3.
The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday for a pair of pivotal East Division matchups against the Albany River Rats. On Friday, the Admirals and the Norfolk Department of Public Health will team up to offer free H1N1 flu vaccinations to all fans in attendance. Then join us on Saturday 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. Konstantin Pushkarev – WBS
2. Alex Grant – WBS
3. Eric Tangradi – WBS
NOTES … The Admirals (33-27-3-1, 70 points in 64 games) will remain two points back of the idle second-place Albany River Rats (33-24-3-3, 72 points in 63 games). Norfolk hosts Albany on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope … Norfolk’s lead over the fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (31-27-1-2, 65 points in 61 games) dropped to five points … The Admirals finished their five-game road trip with three wins and two regulation losses … Norfolk finishes the regular season with 12 of its final 16 games at home … Zach Tarkir has points and assists in three straight games (0G, 3A) … After the NHL recall of Norfolk’s top two scorers Mark Parrish and Brandon Bochenski earlier in the week, the Admirals signed forward Ryan Cruthers to a Professional Tryout Contract earlier today ... Scratches: Kevin Quick … Attendance: 5,114.