NORFOLK, Va. – Despite out-shooting their opponent 46-25, the Norfolk Admirals (36-32-3-3) ran into a brick wall named Alex Stalock as they were shut out by the Worcester Sharks (45-22-2-3) 2-0 on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Admirals will play their final three road games of the 2009-10 regular season next weekend as they visit Albany on Friday, Binghamton on Saturday and Hershey on Sunday. They will return to Scope the following week for their final three regular season games.
Stalock, who leads the American Hockey League and has also set a new AHL rookie record with 37 wins, posted the third-most saves ever in a shutout against the AHL Admirals. He stopped 15 shots in the first period, 17 in the second period and 14 in the third period.
The Sharks opened scoring late in the opening period. Derek Joslin sent a shot from the high slot that was deflected on its way to the net and stopped by Admirals netminder Dustin Tokarski. The rebound wound up in the crease, where Worcester tough guy Frazer McLaren pounced on it and put it between Tokarski’s legs for a 1-0 lead at 18:37.
Worcester doubled its lead 7:07 into the second stanza. Tony Lucia sent a looping shot from the right point toward the left corner. The puck deflected off an Admirals defenseman in the slot and went past a stunned Tokarski, who shouldered the loss in the contest stopping 23 of 25 shots.
Norfolk and Worcester were both 0-3 on the power play.
The Admirals will play their final three road games of the 2009-10 regular season next weekend as they visit Albany on Friday, Binghamton on Saturday and Hershey on Sunday.
The Admirals will conclude their 2009-10 regular season with a three-game homestand beginning Wednesday, April 7 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
That game will be will be another Family Fun Pack Night and Student Rush Night. 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 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!
1. Alex Stalock – WOR
2. Frazer McLaren – WOR
3. Tony Lucia – WOR
NOTES … The Admirals (36-32-3-3, 78 points with six games remaining) remained three points back of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (38-30-2-3, 81 points with seven games remaining) for the third and final guaranteed East Division playoff position after the Penguins fell at Hershey tonight. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will use up its game in hand on the Admirals tomorrow afternoon when they host the Worcester Sharks … The Admirals also remained two points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (35-29-4-6, 80 points with six games remaining) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division after they fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack tonight. The Sound Tigers, who occupy fifth place in the Atlantic Division, would cross over to claim the fourth seed in the East Division if the playoffs began today. The Admirals will gain a game in hand on Bridgeport as the Sound Tigers visit Lowell tomorrow afternoon … The record for most saves by an opposing goaltender in a shutout against the AHL Admirals is 50, held by both Travis Scott (a 3-0 loss on March 19, 2003 at Manchester) and Peter Budaj (a 5-0 loss on December 26, 2004 at Hershey) … Earlier today, defenseman Vladimir Mihalik was recalled by Tampa Bay and logged 12:10 of ice time for the Lightning in their 7-1 loss at Buffalo … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Jaroslav Janus, Taylor Vichorek, Richard Panik … Attendance: 3,736.