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April 5, 2009

Phantoms Blank Admirals

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe made 30 saves as the Norfolk Admirals fell to the Philadelphia Phantoms 3-0 on Sunday evening at the Wachovia Spectrum in the 86th and final all-time meeting between the East Division rivals.

The Phantoms (42-29-2-4) netted all three of their goals in the opening period. Michael Ratchuk opened scoring with an end-to-end rush capped off by a forehand shot over the left leg of Norfolk (30-38-4-5) netminder Craig Kowalski at 7:27.

David Laliberte netted a shorthanded goal after poke-checking the puck loose at the Philadelphia blue line and sending a shot past Kowalski from the right circle at 9:16.

Laliberte netted his second goal of the period at 17:37 when he found the rebound of a Jonathan Matsumoto shot near the bottom of the left circle and sent a sharp-angle shot top-shelf, stick-side.

Craig Kowalski (31 shots, 28 saves) was saddled with the loss. Scott Munroe (30 shots, 30 saves) earned the shutout victory.

Both teams were 0-5 on the power play.

The Admirals will continue a season-ending four-game road trip on Wednesday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

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Three Stars:
1. Scott Munroe – PHI
2. David Laliberte – PHI
3. Craig Kowalski – NOR

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Notes …Tonight’s contest was the 86th and final all-time meeting between the Norfolk Admirals and Philadelphia Phantoms. Norfolk’s all-time record against Philadelphia finishes at 43-33-2-6-2 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) … Norfolk was shut out for the sixth time this season and the first time since February 13 versus Hamilton … After killing all five Phantoms power plays tonight, the Admirals have killed 30 of the last 31 (96.8%) and 51 of the last 56 (91.1%) opponent power play chances. Norfolk’s penalty kill has jumped from 25th to 19th in the AHL since March 11 at Albany … 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: 8,933.

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