NORFOLK, Va. – Alex Berry scored a pair of goals and Dustin Tokarski made 21 saves as the Norfolk Admirals (9-4-3-1) defeated the Adirondack Phantoms (3-14-2-0), 3-1, on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. Next week, the Admirals will play the Charlotte Checkers on Monday in Charlotte and on Wednesday at Scope.
The Phantoms went ahead 1-0 on a David Laliberte power play goal 8:05 into the game.
The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 in the final minute of the first period. Juraj Simek sent a looping wrist shot from the right point. Berry deflected Simek’s shot past Adirondack goaltender Nic Riopel at 19:16 for his first goal of the contest.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead late in the second period on a highlight reel goal. Marc-Antoine Pouliot threaded a pass to Berry in the left circle. Berry deked across the slot in front of the goalmouth and curled the puck around Riopel’s left leg. His shot caromed off the post and Riopel’s back before trickling into the net at 18:19. The goal was Berry’s fifth of the season.
Mike Angelidis increased the Admirals’ lead to 3-1 just 2:20 into the final frame. Radko Gudas sent a shot from the right point that Riopel stopped. However, Angelidis found the rebound in the left circle and fired it into the net for his third goal of the season.
Dustin Tokarski stopped a Denis Hamel penalty shot attempt midway through the third period to preserve the win.
Dustin Tokarski (22 shots, 21 saves) earned his fourth win of the season. Nic Riopel (31 shots, 28 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-4.
With 22 standings points, the Admirals sit in third place in the East Division. They trail the second-place Charlotte Checkers by a single point and will battle the Checkers in a pair of games next week. The pair kicks off on Monday in Charlotte before heading to Scope on Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday's game marks the return of Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights. Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, 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 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.
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.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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 Berry – NOR
2. Mike Angelidis – NOR
3. Marc-Antoine Pouliot – NOR
NOTES … Norfolk has not allowed an even strength goal in its past two games …Tonight's game marked the first multiple-goal performance of Alex Berry's AHL career … Berry also scored a goal last night in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and has registered goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his AHL career … Dustin Tokarski now 2-for-2 on penalty shots this season. He also stopped Chris Terry of Charlotte on 11/6 at Scope in the third period … Defenseman Radko Gudas registered back-to-back plus-2 performances and has had a plus/minus of even or better in 12 of 14 games this season … Gudas leads the Admirals with a +10 rating and is tied for third in the AHL (first among rookies) … Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Blair Jones and defenseman Mike Vernace. Both played in Tampa Bay's 2-1 victory at Buffalo tonight … Scratches: Vladimir Mihalik.