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March 24, 2010

Penguins Shut Out Admirals


NORFOLK, Va. – Brad Thiessen made 31 saves as his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (37-29-2-3) shut out the Norfolk Admirals (36-30-3-3) 3-0 and moved past them into third place in the East Division standings on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals will look for revenge and to re-claim third place on Friday night at Scope in the rematch.

Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski and Penguins netminder Brad Thiessen were both perfect through two periods, turning aside 20 shots each.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened scoring midway through the final frame with a shorthanded goal. Chris Conner entered the attacking zone along the left wing, deked around a Tokarski poke-check attempt and slid a shot past the prone netminder at 9:56.

The visitors doubled their lead nearly six minutes later. Mark Letestu sent a shot from the slot that bounced off Tokarski into the crease. Nick Johnson found the rebound and sent it into the net at 15:46.

Former Admiral Ben Lovejoy closed out scoring with a power play tally at 17:49.

Dustin Tokarski (34 shots, 31 saves) took the loss. Brad Thiessen (31 shots, 31 saves) earned the shutout win.

Norfolk was 0-5 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-4.

The Admirals and Penguins will clash once again at Scope on Friday night before Norfolk concludes a five-game homestand with a tilt on Saturday against the Atlantic Division-leading Worcester Sharks. All games begin at 7:15 p.m.

On Friday, the first 3,500 fans through the gates will get an Admirals water bottle courtesy of SUPERCUTS. Friday is also Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available through norfolkadmirals.com with proceeds benefiting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Saturday is the tenth annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Jersey Auction, presented by PAPCO. The Admirals will don one-of-a-kind jerseys during the game. Immediately following the conclusion of the game on Saturday, a live auction will take place on the ice with the jerseys being sold right off the players’ backs.

There are also special discounted fundraising tickets available at norfolkadmirals.com. Proceeds from the auction and ticket sales go to the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Over the past eight seasons, the Admirals have raised $240,960 for MDA through the annual jersey auction.

For complete details of all promotions, ticket offers and giveaways, 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 2010-11 season tickets today. Affordable monthly payment plans are available for a limited time only! 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!

Three Stars:
1. Brad Thiessen – WBS
2. Chris Conner – WBS
3. Dustin Tokarski – NOR

NOTES … The Admirals (36-30-3-3, 78 points in 72 games) fell to fourth-place with the loss while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (37-29-2-3, 79 points in 71 games) overtook third place … The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (35-27-4-6, 80 points in 72 games) and Lowell Devils (35-27-4-6, 80 points in 72 games) are now tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Division and lead the Admirals by two points in the crossover … Tonight was just the second time this season the Admirals were shut out (10/30/09 vs. Syracuse, LaCosta) … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Jeremy Dehner, Justin Keller, Jaroslav Janus, Taylor Vichorek … Attendance: 2,532.

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