WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves as the Norfolk Admirals won their third straight game overall, won their fourth straight road game for the first time in nearly five years, and evened their season record at 6-6-0-0 with a 2-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (5-4-1-1) on Friday night at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. Norfolk will look to make it a perfect four-game road trip tomorrow night against the Syracuse Crunch.
The Admirals jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the game on the power play. Paul Szczechura entered the attacking zone along the left wing and feathered a pass to the slot that was collected by Mark Parrish. Parrish netted his second goal of the season at 2:00.
Norfolk’s lead doubled late in the opening period. Martins Karsums cut across the ice from the left circle to the right edge of the slot before firing a shot across his body at the right leg pad of Penguins backstop John Curry. The rebound landed in the slot and Matt Syroczynski recorded his first career AHL goal by knocking the puck into the net between the legs of Curry at 16:11.
After a scoreless second period, the Penguins came out with a vengeance in the final frame, out-shooting the Admirals 17-7 in the period. They drew within a goal after pulling Curry for the extra attacker with 1:50 left to play. Luca Caputi collected the rebound of a wide shot in the left corner and centered it to the slot where Ryan Bayda scored.
However, the Admirals did not allow the equalizer as the held on for a 2-1 win.
Dustin Tokarski (31 shots, 30 saves) earned his fifth win of the season. John Curry (27 shots, 25 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 1-3 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 0-3.
The Admirals will attempt to make it a perfect four-win road trip tomorrow as they travel to Syracuse for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.
Next week, the Admirals will return to Scope to take on Martin St. Pierre and the Binghamton Senators on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night, the Admirals will help to celebrate the 234th birthday of the United States Marine Corps with special ceremonies and discounted tickets. Active and retired members of the United States Marine Corps and their dependents can purchase Red Level Tickets through the Admirals Office for just $10. Call (757) 640-1212 to place your order or for more details.
Also, Tuesday and Wednesday mark the return of Admirals mid-week value games. Fans can take advantage of Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night Tickets during every Tuesday and Wednesday night home game. Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights, brought to you by Pit Bull Energy Drink and Baxter’s Sports Lounge, provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for high school and college students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night. On top of that, you get discounted food at Baxter’s Sports Lounge (located right across the street from Scope) on the day of the game.
Admirals Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
1. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
2. Matt Syroczynski – NOR
3. Mark Parrish – NOR
Notes … The last time the Admirals won four consecutive road games was December 29, 2004 – February 20, 2005 … The Admirals have allowed only 27 goals this season through 12 games (2.25 GAA). Last season through 12 games, Norfolk had allowed 49 goals (4.08 GAA) … After killing all three Penguins power play opportunities toinight, Norfolk has killed 33 of the last 34 opponent power plays (97.1%) … Forward Matt Syroczynski’s first period goal stood up as the game-winning marker and was his first AHL goal in his sixth career AHL game (his third with Norfolk) … Forwards Paul Szczechura (2G, 1A) and Martins Karsums (1G, 2A) and defenseman Mike Lundin (0G, 3A) each have points in three straight games … Defenseman Ethan Graham made his Admirals debut … Scratches: LW Radek Smolenak, C Mitch Fadden, D Matt Lashoff... Attendance: 6,349.