CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Norfolk Admirals (4-2-0-1) scored first but surrendered three unanswered goals as the Charlotte Checkers (4-2-1-0) skated away with a 3-1 decision on Sunday night at Time Warner Cable Arena. Norfolk’s season-long, seven-game road trip will continue on Wednesday night, as they visit the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, New York.
Carter Ashton’s team-leading sixth goal of the season was the lone goal for the Admirals, while goaltender Dustin Tokarski turned aside 27 of 30 shots he faced in the defeat. Norfolk fell despite out-shooting Charlotte in the game, 45-30.
After a scoreless first period, Ashton gave the Admirals a 1-0 lead at 8:19 of the second stanza. While the Admirals enjoyed their first man advantage of the night, Ashton chipped in a loose puck over the glove of Checkers netminder Mike Murphy. Mark Barberio and Cory Conacher picked up the assists Ashton’s fourth power play tally of the season.
Less than four minutes later, the Checkers knotted the game at 1-1. Charlotte forward Nicolas Blanchard sent a cross-crease pass, which deflected off the skate of Michal Jordan and went behind Tokarski. Jordan’s first goal of the season came with 9:18 remaining in the period.
With just 21 seconds remaining in the second period, Cedric McNicoll put Charlotte ahead, 2-1, with a power play goal of his own. McNicoll picked up a loose rebound in front of the Norfolk net and chipped home his first goal of the season over the glove hand of a sprawling Tokarski.
Drayson Bowman capped off the scoring with 1:20 remaining in regulation. He picked up a loose puck between the hashmarks in the slot and sent a shot over the glove hand of Tokarski.
Dustin Tokarski (2-2-0) turned aside 27 of 30 shots for the loss. Mike Murphy (3-2-0) stopped 42 of 45 shots for the win.
Both teams were 1-3 with the man advantage.
Norfolk’s season-long, seven game road trip continues on Wednesday night as they visit the Adirondack Phantoms in Glen Falls, New York. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Next weekend, the Admirals will travel to Providence on Friday and Syracuse on Saturday night. All games can be heard at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. You can also watch on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday, November 9, as they take on their East Division rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in the first Admirals Value Night of the 2011-12 season.
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Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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. Mike Murphy – CHA
2. Michal Jordan – CHA
3. Carter Ashton – NOR
NOTES … Tonight’s matchup was the third of eight between the Admirals and the Checkers in the race for the GEICO Challenge Cup. After the regulation loss tonight, the Admirals (2-1-0-0, 4 points) currently hold a one-point advantage over the Checkers (1-1-1-0, 3 points) … The Admirals have registered a power play goal while also allowing at least one power play goal in six of seven games to begin the season … The Admirals have outshot their opponents in five of seven contests this season … Did not play: Richard Petiot, J.T. Wyman, Scott Jackson, Michel Ouellet, Eric Neilson, and Charles Landry.