PORTLAND, Me. – Brandon Bochenski scored 2:33 into overtime to give the Norfolk Admirals (9-8-1-0) a 2-1 victory over the Portland Pirates (6-10-2-0) on Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Admirals picked up their first win on a season-high eight-game road trip (1-1-1-0) with the fourth stop coming tomorrow night in Manchester against the Monarchs.
Portland took a 1-0 lead 12:29 into the game. Mike Weber sent a shot from the left point. Former Admirals forward Kyle Wanvig deflected the shot just under the crossbar and past Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski.
The Admirals tied the game late in the second stanza. Martins Karsums attempted a pass from the bottom of the left circle toward the left point that a Portland defenseman attempted to intersect. However, the puck deflected off the defender’s stick into the slot where Radek Smolenak collected it and shot it past Portland goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux at 19:24.
After a scoreless third period, Pirates defenseman Dennis Persson was sent to the penalty box for hooking 2:09 into overtime to give Norfolk a power play. Brandon Bochenski, the all-time AHL Admirals leader in power play goals and game-winning goals, became the AHL Admirals all-time overtime goal scoring leader with his third career overtime goal. Bochenski’s shot from the left faceoff dot found its target 2:33 into overtime.
Dustin Tokarski (25 shots, 24 saves) earned the win. Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (21 shots, 19 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play. Portland was 0-5.
The Admirals will play game four of their season-long eight-game road trip against the Manchester Monarchs tomorrow night at 7:00. All Admirals games can be heard on STAR 1310-AM and star1310.com. They can also be seen on a pay-per-view basis on ahllive.com.
The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, to square off against the Albany River Rats. The puck drops both nights at 7:15 p.m. On November 27, the first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a free Admirals mousepad courtesy of Your Community PhoneBook. For details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
1. Brandon Bochenski – NOR
2. Jean-Philippe Lamoureax – POR
3. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
NOTES … Brandon Bochenski now leads the American Hockey League in goals with 11 and is tied for the lead in game-winning goals with three … Bochenski’s third career overtime goal as an Admiral broke a tie at the top of the all-time AHL Admirals list with Rene Bourque and Burke Henry … After becoming the last AHL team to play an overtime game last Saturday in Albany, the Admirals played their second consecutive overtime game tonight … The game was the 17th of Norfolk’s 18 contests this season that was decided by two or fewer goals ... Mike Lundin (2G, 8A) has points in ten of his last 13 games … Scratches: D Kevin Quick, D Ethan Graham, LW Mark Parrish, C Mitch Fadden... Attendance: 3,858.