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February 17, 2009

Segal’s Pair of Goals Not Enough as Admirals Fall to Sound Tigers


BRIDGEPORT, Ct. – Brandon Segal scored twice and Riku Helenius made 42 saves. However, the Norfolk Admirals (21-25-3-5) fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (31-17-3-2) 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night at The Arena at Harbor Yard.

The Sound Tigers took a 1-0 lead before the game was two minutes old. Chris Lee sent a backhand pass from the right circle to a streaking Sean Bentivoglio down the slot. Bentivoglio fired a forehand wrist shot over the right leg of Norfolk netminder Riku Helenius at 1:59.

Norfolk knotted the score at 1-1 in the final minute of the opening period. Brandon Segal sent a shot from the left wall near the corner that went through the legs of Bridgeport goaltender Tobias Stephan at 19:22.

The Admirals took a 2-1 lead 12:27 into the second stanza on Segal’s second goal of the game. Radek Smolenak sped into the attacking zone down the left wing and cut behind the net toward the right corner. He centered a pass from behind the goal line toward the slot where Segal one-timed the puck past Stephan for his eighteenth goal of the season.

Bridgeport tied the game just 29 seconds into the third period. Ben Walter scored on the power play to even the score at two goals apiece with assists from Mike Iggulden and Kurtis McLean.

The Sound Tigers picked up the win with 21 seconds left in overtime, as Jamie Fraser scored off a deflection.

Riku Helenius (45 shots, 43 saves) was saddled with the loss. Tobias Stephan (25 shots, 23 saves) got the victory.

Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Bridgeport was 1-5.

The Admirals will conclude a quick four-game road trip tomorrow night with their first contest of the season against the Binghamton Senators. The puck drops at 7:05.

The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday to battle the Binghamton Senators. On Friday night, the team will induct Mark Bernard and Victor Gervais into the Admirals Hall of Fame, presented by the Virginian-Pilot. On Saturday, the Admirals Alumni Game will take place at 3:00 p.m. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

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Three Stars:
1. Jamie Fraser – BRI
2. Brandon Segal – NOR
3. Riku Helenius – NOR

Notes … With a point for the overtime loss, Norfolk equaled its longest road point streak of the season as they have two wins and an overtime loss in their last three games away from Norfolk Scope Arena … Brandon Segal has goals in all three of the games on Norfolk’s road trip (5G) and now has points in seven of his last 11 games (6G, 3A) … Through seven games of the eight-game season series between Norfolk and Bridgeport, Segal has six goals and eight points, leading Norfolk in both categories … Four of Riku Helenius’ six career AHL starts have come against Bridgeport. In those games, he is 2-2-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average while stopping 149 of 156 shots for a .955 save percentage … Helenius has 40 or more saves in three of his six Norfolk starts this season, losing his first such game this season tonight … The Admirals are the only team with points in three games in Bridgeport this season, as they now own a 2-0-1-0 record at The Arena at Harbor Yard in 2008-09. Norfolk closes out their season series against the Sound Tigers on March 3 in Connecticut … Norfolk was out-shot 22-6 in the third period and overtime … Scratches: F Jason Ward, F Chris Lawrence, F Justin Keller, D Andy Rogers and D Vladimir Mihalik … Attendance: 3,290.

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