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March 3, 2009

Admirals Simmer Down Sound Tigers


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Juraj Simek had a goal and an assist and Riku Helenius stopped 27 of 28 shots as the Norfolk Admirals halted the ten-game point streak of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night at The Arena at Harbor Yard.

Bridgeport (36-18-3-5) leading scorer Trevor Smith gave the home team a 1-0 lead just 1:19 into the game. Dustin Kohn sent a pass from the left corner to Smith in the slot, and Smith chipped a shot over the right shoulder of Norfolk netminder Riku Helenius.

The Admirals (24-29-3-5) knotted the score at one goal apiece less than seven minutes later. Juraj Simek emerged from behind the goal line in the right corner and sent a sharp-angle shot on goal. Sound Tigers goaltender Peter Mannino blocked the Simek shot, but Jay Rosehill poked the rebound into the net for his fifth goal of the season at 7:41.

Simek then gave the Admirals a 2-1 lead on a highlight reel goal midway through the second period. Simek entered the attacking zone along the right wing with speed and deked around a defender. He cut across the right circle toward the crease and sent a foreahand shot past the right leg of Mannino at 10:13 of the second stanza.

Helenius stopped all 16 shots he faced in the final two periods and Brandon Bochenski tacked on an empty-net goal with 28 seconds remaining for a 3-1 Norfolk victory.

Riku Helenius (28 shots, 27 saves) earned the victory. Peter Mannino (42 shots, 40 saves) was saddled with the loss.

Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-3.

Norfolk concludes a four-game road trip tomorrow night in Philadelphia. The puck drops against the Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. Please note that this game, which was originally scheduled for April 12, will be played at the Wachovia Center.

The next home action for the Admirals will come on Friday and Saturday nights when Norfolk hosts the Lowell Devils, AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. The puck drops for both games at 7:15 p.m.

Friday night is Military Appreciation Night. Individuals may show their military ID at the Scope Box Office and receive $8 Red Level Tickets. Groups or commands who would like to sit together may contact the Admirals Group Sales Department at (757) 640-1212 ext. 23. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

Saturday night is AAA Member Night. AAA members can receive $3 off Red Level Tickets at the Scope Box Office only. For more details, visit AAA online at AAATidewaterVA.com.

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Three Stars:
1. Juraj Simek – NOR
2. Riku Helenius – NOR
3. Trevor Smith – BRI

Notes … The Admirals finished the season series against the Sound Tigers with a 5-2-1-0 mark – including a 3-0-1-0 mark in Bridgeport. No other opponent has more than two games with points in the Arena at Harbor Yard this season … Goaltender Riku Helenius finished the season with a 3-2-0 record against the Sound Tigers with a 1.56 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout … Juraj Simek recorded his first multiple point game of the season. He had two such games as a pro rookie last season with the Manitoba Moose … Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forwards Paul Szczechura and Brandon Segal from the Admirals. Both were in the lineup tonight for Tampa Bay as they battled the Pittsburgh Penguins, with Segal making his NHL debut … The Admirals signed forward Paul McIlveen and defenseman Wes Cunningham to Professional Tryout Contracts for tonight’s game. Both players made their AHL debuts … Scratches: F Bracken Kearns, F/D Wade Brookbank, F Jason Ward, F Grant Potulny, D Scott Jackson, D Andy Rogers … F Steve Downie did not play because of his indefinite suspension by the American Hockey League pending review of his actions from Saturday night’s game in Hershey … Attendance: 1,936.

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