Admirals Have Déjà vu in Shootout Loss to Bridgeport
NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals (34-28-3-3) fell in a shootout to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (36-24-3-4) 3-2 on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The score for the game and the shootout session (1-0) was identical to the game between the same teams the night before at Scope.
The third-place Admirals will travel to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday to battle with the fourth-place Penguins. They will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday to face the Adirondack Phantoms.
The Sound Tigers took a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Veteran NHLer Brendan Witt sent a shot from the right point. Tyler Haskins was stationed at the right hashmarks of the slot and deflected the shot down and through the legs of Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski at 16:03.
The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second stanza. Juraj Simek got the puck on a partial breakaway and scored his 19th goal of the season with a shot that beat Bridgeport goaltender Scott Munroe stick-side high at 7:32.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead just 37 seconds into the third period with a four-on-four goal. Dana Tyrell sped down the right wing and circled behind the net. He centered a pass into the slot where Matt Fornataro chipped a one-timer over the right leg of Lawson for his eighth goal of the season.
The Sound Tigers knotted the score at 2-2 just over five minutes later. Jesse Joensuu sent a pass from the bottom of the right circle to Jeremy Reich for a back-door tap-in goal at 5:44.
Neither team dented the twine in the remainder of regulation or overtime. In the shootout, Bridgeport forward Trevor Smith had the only conversion for either team in the bottom of the first round as the Admirals fell in the shootout 1-0 and in the game 3-2.
Dustin Tokarski (25 shots, 23 saves) was saddled with the shootout loss again. Nathan Lawson (31 shots, 29 saves) got the win.
Norfolk was 0-2 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-3.
The Admirals will travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a pivotal East Division matchup against the Penguins on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. They will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday nights to face off against the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:15 p.m. both nights.
Friday night, the first 3,000 fans will receive an Admirals team poster courtesy of SUPERCUTS and The Virginian-Pilot. Friday is also Cheesy Noisemaker Night to Benefit Wave City Care. Fans are encouraged to bring boxes of non-perishable food to the game to use as noisemakers before donating them to those in need in the Hampton Roads area. Fans may also purchase discounted fundraising tickets for the game on norfolkadmirals.com.
Saturday night, the first 2,500 fans will receive an Admirals pennant courtesy of Good Neighbor Pharmacy. Saturday is also Admirals Puck Crawl night with a $20 package including tickets to the game and discounts at area establishments before the game. Saturday is also Virginia Beach City Public Schools Night with discounted tickets available for all students, teachers and staff.
For complete details of all promotions, ticket offers and giveaways, 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 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. Jeremy Reich – BRI
2. Matt Fornataro – NOR
3. Stefan Chaput – ALB
NOTES … The Admirals (34-28-3-3, 74 points in 68 games) are six points back of the Albany River Rats (36-24-3-5, 80 points in 65 games) for second place in the American Hockey League’s East Division after Albany topped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (33-29-1-3, 70 points in 66 games) in a shootout this afternoon … Norfolk’s lead over the fourth-place Penguins remained at four points … The Admirals have points in eight of their last nine home games (6-1-0-2) … The Admirals play eight of their final 12 games at Norfolk Scope Arena … Dana Tyrell has points in six straight games (2G, 5A) and 12 of his last 15 games (4G, 4A) … Adam Hall (3G, 2A) and Ryan Craig (1G, 3A) both saw their four-game point streaks end … Hall appeared in his 500th professional game … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Taylor Vichorek … Attendance: 4,714.