NORFOLK, Va. – Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored twice in regulation and Blair Jones netted the game-clinching tally in the shootout as the Norfolk Admirals (28-17-8-4) topped the Charlotte Checkers (33-20-2-6), 4-3, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals will play a quick two-game road trip beginning tomorrow night in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before heading back to Scope on Wednesday to face the Hershey Bears.
Paul Szczechura also scored in regulation and Pouliot added a shootout conversion, as well. All three Norfolk goals in regulation were scored on the power play – including two five-on-three power play goals. The Admirals out-shot the Checkers 54-27.
Goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 27 shots for the Admirals through 65 minutes and stopped four of five shooters in the shootout.
After a scoreless opening two periods, Norfolk struck three times in span of 55 seconds to begin the third period. Szczechura netted his thirteenth goal of the season on a five-on-three power play 1:50 into the frame. Pouliot also scored on a five-on-three power play at 2:33. Pouliot then netted his seventeenth goal of the season on a five-on-four power play at 2:45 to make it 3-0 Admirals.
The Checkers clawed back with a pair of quick goals just over five minutes later. Bryan Rodney scored at 7:48. Nicolas Blanchard drew the Checkers to within a goal of Norfolk at 8:18.
Drayson Bowman tied the game at 3-3 with only 2:22 remaining in regulation.
Charlotte scored first in the shootout with a Zac Dalpe tally in the first round. Pouliot tied the shootout at 1-1 in the second round. After Jones scored in the top of the fifth round to put the Admirals up 2-1, Tokarski stopped Jon Matsumoto in the bottom of the fifth round to seal the victory for Norfolk.
Dustin Tokarski (27 shots, 24 saves) earned the win. Justin Pogge (53 shots, 50 saves) was saddled with the shootout setback.
Norfolk was 3-8 on the power play. Charlotte was 1-6.
The Admirals travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tomorrow night for a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Penguins. Follow all of the action at 102.1-FM and 1490-AM The Game, 1021TheGame.com and ahllive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. to battle the Hershey Bears in another Admirals Value Night, featuring Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights. Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Family Fun Packs must be purchased prior to the day of the game. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available! Low monthly payments available for a limited time only. 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 for more details or to purchase your tickets!
1. Marc-Antoine Pouliot – NOR
2. Paul Szczechura – NOR
3. Drayson Bowman – CHA
NOTES … Norfolk tied a season high with 23 shots in the first period … The Admirals came up two shots shy of tying their franchise record for shots in a game, set on October 16, 2010, vs. Worcester Sharks at Scope (56 shots) … Paul Szczechura snapped a 13-game goal scoring drought tonight … The Admirals had killed 24 consecutive opponent power plays before Bowman's third period power play goal … Norfolk won its first home game against Charlotte this season in their sixth and final regular season try … Scratches: Mike Vernace, Levi Nelson, Tim Marks, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins.