SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Trevor Smith tied a career high with four points as the Norfolk Admirals (27-17-1-2) defeated the Springfield Falcons (21-22-1-2), 6-1, at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night. Dustin Tokarski turned aside 32 of 33 shots for his 19th victory of the season.
Smith notched two goals and two assists. Evan Oberg notched a goal and two assists for the Admirals, who wrap up a three-game road trip tomorrow afternoon in a rematch with the Falcons.
Richard Panik, Mark Barberio and Jeff Dimmen also scored for the Admirals while Pierre-Cedric Labrie was credited with a pair of assists in his return to Norfolk from Tampa Bay.
The Admirals opened scoring with a pair of first period goals. Evan Oberg gave the Admirals a 1-0 lead less than a minute after the opening faceoff. Trevor Smith snapped a shot from the center of the right faceoff circle that was deflected by Oberg over the blocker of Falcons netminder Manny Legace at 37 seconds.
Norfolk doubled its lead on Richard Panik’s tenth goal of the season at 15:11. Panik skated into the attacking zone and sent a shot from beyond the left faceoff dot, off the far post and in behind Legace to give Norfolk a 2-0 lead.
The lone Springfield goal came on a second period tally by Matt Calvert. After Cam Atkinson was denied on multiple chances, Calvert tipped a shot behind Tokarski to narrow the Admirals' lead to 2-1 at 5:27 of the period.
Just eighteen seconds later, Smith notched his first goal of the contest to give Norfolk a 3-1 lead. He skated into the Falcons’ zone and slipped a shot through the pads of Legace for his 17th goal of the season at 5:45 of the second.
The Admirals extended their lead to three goals on Smith’s second goal of the contest. After picking up a loose puck at center ice, Smith skated into the Springfield zone and snuck a shot behind Legace for his 18th goal of the season at 11:42. After the goal, Legace was replaced by Paul Dainton in the Falcons' goal.
Norfolk took a four-goal lead less than six minutes later on a Mark Barberio five-on-three power play goal. Barberio picked up a loose rebound off the pads of Dainton and sent a shot into the open net to give the Admirals a 5-1 lead at 17:30.
The Admirals capped off the scoring in the final minute of the second period. Jeff Dimmen gave the Admirals a 6-1 lead with his second goal of the season with a slap shot from the left faceoff circle over the blocker of Dainton at 19:15.
Dustin Tokarski (19-10-0) turned aside 32 of 33 shots for his 19th victory of the season. Manny Legace (10-14-1) allowed four goals on nine shots before being replaced midway through the second period. Paul Dainton stopped 12 of 14 shots in backup the role.
Norfolk was 2 for 8 on the power play while Springfield was 0 for 3 with the man advantage.
The Admirals will conclude their three-game road trip tomorrow afternoon against the Springfield Falcons at 3:00 p.m. The game 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 home on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, to face off against the Adirondack Phantoms.
Friday, February 10, marks the second Military Appreciation Night of the 2011-12 season. Red Level Tickets (normally $17.50 on game nights) will be available for just $9 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active or retired military, their dependents and reservists with valid military identification. Groups of 25 or more can purchase their Red Level Tickets for just $8 by contacting the Admirals Group Sales Office via phone at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23 or via email at email@example.com
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!
1. Trevor Smith - NOR
2. Evan Oberg - NOR
3. Pierre-Cedric Labrie - NOR
NOTES … Trevor Smith’s four-point game was a season-high for the Admirals … Norfolk is now 18-2-1-1 and 10-1-0-1 on the road when tallying first in the contest … Norfolk registered six goals in a contest for the fifth time this season (5-0-0-0) … The Admirals are now 11-4-0-2 in games on Saturday night … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Alexandre Picard and Matt Fornataro.