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January 18, 2012

Admirals Come Back From Two Goals Down to Defeat Devils


ALBANY, N.Y. – Mike Angelidis’ goal late in the second period completed a comeback from a two-goal deficit as the Norfolk Admirals (24-13-1-2) defeated the Albany Devils (17-14-5-3), 5-4, on Wednesday night at Times Union Center. The Admirals look to build on their three-game winning streak as they continue a three-game road trip on Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch.

Matt Fornataro, Evan Oberg, Mark Barberio and Michel Ouellet also scored for the Admirals, who trailed 3-1 before scoring four times in the second period. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski is now tied for the AHL lead in wins after stopping 24 of 28 shots for his 17th win of 2011-12.

The Devils took the 3-1 lead through one period after a hat trick by Stephane Veilleux. He scored his first goal of the contest as the extra attacker on a delayed penalty to the Admirals. As Veilleux jumped off the bench and entered the high slot, J.S. Berube spotted him with a pass from the left circle. Veilleux one-timed the puck past Tokarski, stick-side, at 5:49.

Norfolk briefly tied the game at 1-1 less than nine minutes later as Fornataro scored a goal in his third straight game. He sent a shot from the right faceoff circle that went through traffic past Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid. The power play goal at 14:16 was Fornataro’s sixth goal of 2011-12.

Veilleux gave Albany the lead again at 16:13. This time, Tim Sestito sent a pass from the left faceoff circle to Veilleux, who tapped the pass into the net from just beyond Tokarski’s left leg.

The Devils went ahead, 3-1, on a similar play just over two minutes later. Joe Whitney fed a pass from the slot to Veilleux in the bottom of the right circle. Veilleux’s shot found its mark at 18:28.

Norfolk stormed out of the gates to tie the game quickly in the second period. Only four seconds after an Admirals power play had expired, Oberg sent a shot from top of the right faceoff circle through a screen and past Kinkaid at 5:21 for his second goal of the season.

Norfolk tied the game at 3-3 less than a minute later on a goal by another defenseman. This time, Barberio entered the attacking zone in the high slot before dropping a pass to Tyler Johnson and gliding into the left faceoff circle. Johnson then returned the pass to Barberio from the right circle, and Barberio one-timed the puck along the ice through the legs of Kinkaid at 6:09 for his fifth goal of the season.

However, the Devils re-claimed the lead just over seven minutes later on another one-timer – this time by Chad Wiseman. Vladimir Zharkov sped through the left wing before sending the puck across the slot. Wiseman backhanded the puck past Tokarski’s left leg at 13:28 for a 4-3 Albany lead.

Mike Kostka and the Admirals used another pair of quick strikes to take their first lead of the game three minutes later. Kostka set up the first goal at 16:12 off a faceoff. After Norfolk won the faceoff, Jean-Philippe Cote sent a pass from the high slot to Kostka at the left point. Kostka one-timed the puck through traffic, and Ouellet redirected it past Kinkaid for his ninth goal of the season to tie the game at 4-4.

The Admirals took the lead for good just 26 seconds later. This time, Cote spotted Kostka in the high slot, and Kostka waited for Angelidis to get into position in front of the net. Kostka then sent a wrist shot that Angelidis redirected past the left leg of Kinkaid at 16:38 for his eighth goal of the season and a 5-4 Norfolk lead.

The Admirals buckled down defensively in the third period, sending eight shots on Kinkaid while limiting Albany to only three shots on Tokarski. Neither team scored in the frame, as Norfolk cemented the 5-4 win.

Dustin Tokarski (17-9-0) stopped 24 of 28 shots for the win. Keith Kinkaid (9-11-1) made 21 saves on 26 shots for the loss.

Norfolk was 1-for-6 on the power play while Albany was 0-for-4.

The road trip continues for the Admirals on Friday night in Syracuse, N.Y., as they face off against the Crunch at 7:30 p.m. Tune in to 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com or AHLLive.com for all the action.

The Admirals return to Scope on Tuesday as they drop the puck on a three-game homestand, beginning with a matchup against the Charlotte Checkers in the fifth game of the GEICO Challenge Cup. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in another Admirals Value Night of the 2011-12 season.

Family Fun Packs 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. 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.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Stephane Veilleux – ALB
2. Mark Barberio – NOR
3. Mike Kostka – NOR

NOTES … The Admirals have won three straight games and eight of their last 12 games (8-2-1-1) … After killing all four Albany power plays tonight, Norfolk has now killed 51 of its last 56 (91.1%) opponent power plays over its last 12 games ... Twelve of 18 Norfolk skaters recorded at least one point in the contest … Goaltender Dustin Tokarski is 7-2-0 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in his last nine games … Mike Kostka has points in four straight games (1G, 5A) and nine of his last 11 games (3G, 7A) … Mark Barberio has points in five of his last six games (2G, 5A) … Matt Fornataro has goals in three straight games (3G) and points in seven of his last 11 games (5G, 2A) … The last time the Admirals surrendered three goals to one player in a single period was in Game Six of the East Division Semifinals of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Steve Wagner netted a natural hat trick in the first period on April 23, 2011 … Norfolk defeated Albany for the first time in five tries in 2011-12 … Goaltender Keith Kinkaid had only allowed two Norfolk goals in three prior games against the Admirals before surrendering five goals tonight … Did not play: Richard Petiot.


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