PHILADELPHIA, PA – Despite doubling up the Philadelphia Phantoms in shots, the Norfolk Admirals fell in their preseason opener on Saturday night 5-2 at the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia.
The Phantoms opened up the scoring 10 minutes into the first period. During a delayed penalty against Norfolk, Frederick Cabana sent a puck across the goalmouth that hit a crashing David Laliberte and went past goaltender Riku Helenius.
The Admirals countered five minutes later on a two-man advantage. Defenseman Jeff May fed a pass from the slot to Blair Jones, who beat Phantoms goalie Michael Teslak to tie the game.
The Phantoms jumped ahead for good just under five minutes into the second period with a power play goal. Jason DeSantis faked a shot from the point and instead fed Cabana to the right of the net. Cabana in turn snapped a wrist shot high over the glove of Helenius for the 2-1 advantage.
Cabana then added his second goal at 17:17 of the second period on a quick feed from Chris Zarb. Cabana deked the goalie and rose a backhander top shelf to increase the Phantoms lead to 3-1.
The scoring didn’t stop in the third period. Boyd Kane started things early when he intercepted a pass at center and broke out on a two-on-one with Laliberte. Kane called his own number and wristed a shot top shelf to Helenius’s stick side. Philadelphia then added their fifth goal eight minutes into the period when Chase Watson slid a backhand through the goalie’s five hole off a centering pass from Chris Zarb.
Norfolk added a goal to the board half way through the period when Matt Auffrey went upstairs on Jeremy Duchesne, which closed out the scoring.
Riku Helenius stopped 13 of 18 shots for the Admirals in the loss. Michael Teslak and Jeremy Duchesne played 30 minutes each, with Teslak stopping 20 of 21 and Duchesne 14 of 15.
Norfolk was 1-10 on the power play while Philadelphia was 1-9.
The Admirals head to Hershey for a 5:00 tilt at the Giant Center tomorrow evening. They then return home to prepare for a pair of preseason rematches against the Phantoms at Scope on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4. Tickets for those games are available now and are only $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age.
The 20th season of Admirals hockey officially kicks off on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, at Scope against the Hershey Bears.
To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 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!