NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals (23-23-3-1) forced overtime to run their point streak to eight games (6-0-1-1) but fell in a shootout to the Hershey Bears (38-9-0-2) 3-2 on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals will continue a six-game homestand on Friday and Saturday nights against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Norfolk struck first 12:21 into the first period. Mark Parrish intercepted a Hershey clearing attempt at the right point. He attempted a shot that appeared to be going wide of the net toward the left corner. However, Mitch Fadden redirected the puck from the top of the crease into the net past the right leg of Bears goaltender Jason Bacashihua for his second goal of the season.
Hershey tied the game less than six minutes later. Oscar Osala sent a shot from the left circle that bounced off Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski and bounded through traffic the slot. Andrew Joudrey found the rebound and poked it between the legs of the Norfolk netminder and into the net at 18:20.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead 7:42 into the second period. Adam Hall won a puck battle in the left corner of the Hershey zone. He sent a long pass to the right point and Matt Lashoff sent a one-time slap shot into the corner of the net behind the left shoulder of Bacashihua for his fifth goal of the season.
The Admirals were under assault from then on – particularly in the third period where the Bears out-shot them 9-1. The Norfolk penalty kill was especially strong, negating a four-minute double-minor penalty to Paul Szczechura for high sticking and a two-minute minor for hooking to Kevin Quick in the first ten minutes of the period.
However, the Bears found the equalizer with just 2:08 remaining in regulation. Joudrey entered the Norfolk zone along the left wing and dropped a pass to Patrick McNeill at the left point. McNeill returned the puck to Joudrey in the left circle. Joudrey sent a shot from near the left faceoff dot over the left shoulder of Tokarski and into the net for his second goal of the game.
After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout for the first time at Scope this season. The Bears struck first as Keith Aucoin tallied in the bottom of the second round. Juraj Simek scored in the top of the third round to tie the shootout at one conversion apiece. However, Chris Bourque decided the game when his shot in the bottom of the fifth round found its mark, as the Bears won the shootout 2-1 and the game 3-2.
Dustin Tokarski (29 shots, 27 saves) saw his five-game winning streak end but still is unbeaten in six games with the shootout loss, which is counted as a tie for goaltenders. Jason Bacashihua (25 shots, 23 saves) got the win.
Norfolk was 0-2 on the power play. Hershey was 0-4.
The Admirals will host the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.
On Friday, the first 500 kids age 12 and under through the gates will receive a Lil’ Kinz courtesy of In Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance and WTKR NewsChannel3. Also on Friday, join us for American Heart Association Night on Friday. Red Level Tickets are just $10 (normally $14) with proceeds going back to the American Heart Association. Tickets may be purchased at norfolkadmirals.com. Bring your family and friends for a day of action-packed entertainment while helping raise money for the AHA.
On Saturday, join us for Public Safety Night to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You’ll get two games for the price of one. The puck will drop at 4:30 with “The Bravest versus The Finest” pitting the Norfolk Police Department Hockey Team against the Norfolk Fire Department Hockey Team. At 7:15, the Admirals take on the Wolf Pack. Special fundraising tickets are available, so bring your family and friends for a day of action-packed entertainment while helping raise money for St. Jude’s. Tickets may be purchased either by visiting norfolkadmirals.com or by visiting the Norfolk Fire Federal Credit Union at 4100 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502.
For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.
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 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. 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. Chris Bourque – HER
2. Andrew Joudrey – HER
3. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
NOTES … The Admirals (23-23-3-1, 50 points in 50 games) remain in third place alone in the AHL’s East Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (23-23-1-1, 48 points in 48 games) defeated the Adirondack Phantoms (22-22-2-2, 48 points in 48 games) 5-4 in a shootout and both teams now have 48 points and are tied for fourth … The Admirals have points in eight-straight games – six wins, one overtime loss and one shootout loss. That is the longest point streak since January 19 – February 8, 2008, when Norfolk also went 6-0-1-1 … The Admirals held the AHL’s top scoring duo – Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux – off the scoresheet, snapping a 16-game point streak for both of them and preventing Aucoin from tying the AHL record for consecutive games with an assist … Norfolk tied a franchise record for fewest shots in a period with one in the third period. This is the fourth time in AHL Admirals history that Norfolk has been limited to only one shot in a period … Mark Parrish has points in eight of his last 11 games (3G, 6A) … Mitch Fadden has points in five of his last eight games (2G, 5A) … Justin Keller has points in two of his last three games (1G, 1A) … With Vladimir Mihalik missing tonight’s game due to injury and Adam Hall missing last Sunday’s game due to injury, there will not be an Admirals player to play in all eighty games this season …Hall, Mihalik, Juraj Simek and Ty Wishart have each appeared in 49 games, missing only one of Norfolk’s 50 games so far this season … Scratches: Radek Smolenak, Mitch Fritz, Vladimir Mihalik … Attendance: 2,923.