SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Curtis McElhinney stopped 35 shots as the Norfolk Admirals (6-5-0-0) were shut out by the Springfield Falcons (8-1-0-2), 5-0, on Sunday evening at MassMutual Center. The Admirals fell to 0-3-0-0 on their four-game road trip, which concludes tomorrow afternoon against the Albany Devils.
Igor Bobkov (3-3-0) allowed four goals on 12 shots through the first period before being replaced by Frederik Andersen (3-2-0), who stopped 18 of 19 shots. Bobkov took the loss while Andersen did not receive a decision.
Norfolk out-shot Springfield, 35-31, in the contest. The Falcons went 3-for-7 on the power play while shutting down all five Norfolk man advantage opportunities.
Norfolk fell behind only 41 seconds into the contest on a Springfield power play goal. Cam Atkinson sent a shot from the left circle that Bobkov stopped. However, Nick Drazenovic found the rebound and put the Falcons ahead, 1-0.
Drazenovic doubled Springfield’s lead less than nine minutes later with his second goal of the contest. Atkinson had a partial breakaway from the slot and sent a shot off Bobkov’s pads. Drazenovic swept the rebound into the net past Bobkov’s right leg at 9:25.
A pair of goals late in the first period extended the home team’s advantage to four goals. Springfield netted its second power play goal of the contest at 18:06. Atkinson sent a shot from the left circle that Bobkov stopped. Ryan Craig found the rebound in the goalmouth and swept it to his right, where Matt Calvert shot it past Bobkov’s left leg for a 3-0 Falcons lead.
Norfolk’s deficit grew to four goals just 48 seconds later. Ryan Johansen sent a shot from the blueline that Bobkov blocked. The puck wound up in the left circle, where Jonathan Audy-Marchesseault sent it into the net at 18:54 for a 4-0 Springfield lead.
The score remained the same until late in the second period when the Falcons netted their third power play goal of the contest. Atkinson sent a shot from the left circle that went wide of the net, caromed off the end boards, ricocheted back towards the crease, pinballed off the back of Andersen’s pads and went into the goal at 19:03 of the second period. The play was reviewed to see if the puck was completely across the goal line before the net came off its pegs. The call on the ice was upheld to put the final score at 5-0.
The Admirals conclude their four-game road trip tomorrow afternoon against the Albany Devils at 2:00 p.m. All games can be heard on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM or 1021TheGame.com. You may also watch on a pay-per-view or season pass basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope to host the Springfield Falcons on Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday's game is Diabetes Awareness Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available to benefit the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center. These tickets are only available at norfolkadmirals.com/groups through Thursday.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals 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. Curtis McElhinney – SPR
2. Cam Atkinson – SPR
3. Nick Drazenovick – SPR
NOTES … Norfolk has lost three consecutive games for the first time since January 6-10, 2012 (0-2-1-0) … The Admirals last went without a point in three or more consecutive games from March 27 – April 2, 2011 (0-4-0-0) … Norfolk last lost by five or more goals on March 27, 2011, in an 8-2 loss at Charlotte … The Admirals gave up five or more goals in a shutout loss for the eighth time in team history and the first time since February 8, 2009, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5-0 loss) … Before the game, defenseman Nick Schaus was recalled from ECHL Fort Wayne … Did not play: Jordan Hendry, John Kurtz, Garrett Klotz, Matt Smaby, Nick Schaus, Jay Rosehill.