PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Zenon Konopka stretched his point streak to seven games with a goal and Pete Zingoni scored a goal against his former team. However, the Norfolk Admirals fell to the Philadelphia Phantoms 3-2 on Sunday evening at the Wachovia Spectrum.
The Admirals (27-34-3-5) claimed a 1-0 lead with a power play goal in the final two minutes of the first period. As Brandon Bochenski sent a shot from the high slot, Zenon Konopka skated from the right circle toward the low slot. Konopka deflected the shot past Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe at 18:43 for his 14th goal of the season.
Philadelphia (34-27-2-2) knotted the score at 1-1 just 40 seconds into the second period. Jonathan Matsumoto won a faceoff in the left circle to Oskars Bartulis at the left point. Bartulis sent a wrist shot through traffic and past Norfolk netminder Riku Helenius.
The Admirals reclaimed the lead less than two minutes later on a tally by former Phantom Pete Zingoni. Brock Hooton sent a backhand pass from the left circle toward the goalmouth. Zingoni redirected the feed past the left leg of Munroe for his fifth goal of the season at 2:09.
However, Philadelphia leveled the score once again just 47 seconds later. Jared Ross centered a pass from the bottom of the left circle that banked off the skate of an Admiral and into the net at 2:46 to tie the game at 2-2.
The Phantoms took a 3-2 lead early in the third period on the power play. Sean Curry sent a shot from the left point that bounced off Helenius to Ross in the bottom of the right circle. Ross picked up the rebound and sent a quick shot past Helenius at 2:40.
The Admirals sent ten shots on net in the third period but were unable to net the equalizer as Philadelphia held on for the 3-2 victory.
Riku Helenius (29 shots, 26 saves) took the loss. Scott Munroe (28 shots, 26 saves) got the victory.
Norfolk was 1-7 on the power play. Philadelphia was 1-4.
The Admirals will now head back to Norfolk for the final seven home games of the regular season. The puck drops on the homestand with a pair of contests against the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday’s game will be Student Rush Night and Family Fun Pack Night. With Student Rush Nights, students in high school and college may purchase $8 white level tickets by presenting their school IDs at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game. With Family Fun Packs, you receive four red level tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for only $48 – that’s a saving of $37! Family Fun Packs are available now at the Scope Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com. For more details on these discounted ticket offers, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
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 2009-10 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $42 per month! 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. Jared Ross – PHI
2. Boyd Kane – PHI
3. Pete Zingoni – NOR
Notes … The Admirals will carry an all-time regular season record of 21 wins, 16 losses, 1 tie, 4 overtime losses and 0 shootout losses in games played at Philadelphia into their 43rd and final road matchup against them on April 5 … That contest is the next road game for Norfolk, as the team now heads back to Scope for a seven game homestand … With a goal tonight, Zenon Konopka now has points in seven straight games (2G, 7A) and points in 11 of his last 13 games (3G, 12A) … Konopka leads the Admirals with 51 points this season … Konopka’s assist streak ended at six games (7A) – a Norfolk season high … Brandon Bochenski assisted on Konopka’s goal to reach the 50-point plateau … Brock Hooton has points in three straight games (1G, 2A) … Pete Zingoni has points in three of his last four games (2G, 1A) … Scratches: D Ty Wishart, F Bracken Kearns, F Jason Ward, F Grant Potulny and D Scott Jackson … F Steve Downie missed the game due to suspension … Attendance: 6,296.