NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals fell to the Philadelphia Phantoms 4-2 on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena in front of 6,050 fans in the final Admirals home game of 2008-09.
Philadelphia (41-29-2-4) took a 1-0 lead just 42 seconds into the first period on the game’s first shot. Jared Ross chipped a pass from the neutral zone wall that sprung Danny Syvret and Boyd Kane on a two-on-one. Syvret sent a pass from the right circle across the slot for a Kane tap-in.
The Phantoms claimed a 2-0 lead toward the middle of the opening frame. Ross collected the rebound of a Matt Clackson shot behind the net and centered to Sean Curry in the slot. Curry sent a wrist shot past Admirals goaltender Riku Helenius at 11:21.
Norfolk (30-37-4-5) cut its deficit in half 2:32 into the second stanza after skating with a six-on-five advantage for more than a minute due to a Philadelphia delayed penalty. Brandon Segal sent a pass from the top of the right circle between a defender’s legs to Blair Jones at the bottom of the circle. Jones sent a backhand pass across the bottom of the slot to Pete Zingoni. Zingoni collected the puck and lifted a shot over the outstretched glove hand of Philadelphia netminder Jean-Sebastien Aubin for his sixth goal of the season.
The Admirals knotted the score at two goals apiece 10:18 into the second stanza while skating on a five-on-three power play. Mike Lundin sent a pass from the top of the right faceoff circle to Blair Jones at the top of the left circle. Jones one-timed the puck past Aubin blocker-side for his 19th goal of the season.
However, Kane gave the visitors the lead for good 5:17 into the final frame with another passing play from Syvret. While skating with a power play, Syvret sent a pass from the left circle across the slot where Kane redirected the puck past the left leg of Helenius.
David Laliberte tacked on an empty-net goal with less than one second remaining for a 4-2 final score.
Riku Helenius (29 shots, 26 saves) took the loss. Jean-Sebastien Aubin (37 shots, 35 saves) picked up the win.
Norfolk was 1-3 on the power play. Philadelphia was also 1-3.
The Admirals will now close out the 2008-09 regular season schedule with a four-game road trip commencing tomorrow evening in Philadelphia. The puck drops in the final all-time contest between the clubs at 5:05 p.m. at the historic Wachovia Spectrum.
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1. Danny Syvret – PHI
2. Blair Jones – NOR
3. Boyd Kane – PHI
Notes … Tonight’s game drew 6,050 fans and was the second-highest attended game of the season … Kane’s third period power play marker ended Norfolk’s stretch of killing opponent power plays at 25 chances. The Admirals have killed 46 of the last 51 chances overall (90.2%) … The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled Admirals center and team captain Zenon Konopka and defenseman Vladimir Mihalik this morning … Scratches: F Bracken Kearns, F Jason Ward, F Grant Potulny and D Scott Jackson … F Steve Downie missed the game due to suspension … Attendance: 6,050.