NORFOLK, Va. – Alex Berry had a goal and two assists and Dustin Tokarski made 33 saves as the Norfolk Admirals (16-6-4-1) defeated the East Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (21-5-0-0), 4-2, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals and Penguins have a rematch tomorrow night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at 7:05 p.m.
Mike Angelidis, Troy Milam and Stefano Giliati also scored for Norfolk, who handed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton just their second loss in 13 road games this season.
Berry opened scoring with a power play goal only 2:18 into the contest. Mike Vernace took a shot from the right point that Berry deflected past Penguins netminder John Curry for his eighth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Penguins tied the game with a power play goal of their own less than three minutes later. Nick Johnson found a loose puck out of a goalmouth scramble and lifted a backhand shot into the net at 5:13.
Angelidis put Norfolk ahead for good just over three minutes later with a shot from the left half wall. Curry, who was screened by Berry, slowed – but did not stop – the puck, as it trickled over the goal line past his left leg at 8:24 for Angelidis' ninth goal of the season.
The Admirals doubled their lead 7:56 into the second stanza on Milam's fourth tally of the season. Angelidis sent a pass from the right half wall to Milam in the high slot. Milam sent a one-timer through a screen and into the net for a 3-1 Norfolk lead.
Johnson's second power play goal of the game just over a minute later drew the Penguins back to within a goal of the Admirals. Corey Potter sent a shot from the left point that was deflected on goal by Tim Wallace. The rebound kicked out to Johnson in the left circle, and he sent the puck past Tokarski's right leg at 9:05.
Norfolk added an insurance tally 6:21 into the final frame. Stefano Giliati sent the puck from the neutral zone to Chris Durno as he entered the attacking zone at the high slot. Durno returned the puck to Giliati in the left circle, and Giliati deked to his backhand as he cut across the goalmouth and sent a shot past the left leg of Curry for his fourth goal of the season.
The Penguins out-shot Norfolk 13-5 in the final frame. However, Tokarski did not allow a goal in the frame to ensure the Admirals victory.
Dustin Tokarski (35 shots, 33 saves) earned the victory. John Curry (31 shots, 27 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 2-5.
The Admirals and Penguins will have a rematch tomorrow night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at 7:05 p.m. Follow all of the action on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com and AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope next Friday and Saturday to battle the Albany Devils. Friday night is Scout Night through the Tidewater Boy Scout Council. Special discounted tickets are available via advance purchase at the Boy Scout Council Service Center. Please contact the Council Service Center for deadline information. All units purchasing tickets will be recognized on the Scope video eboards.
The Admirals' Annual Toy Toss will take place Saturday night. Admirals fans are asked to bring new stuffed toys to the game to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal. The Toy Toss is an official U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots event and a Norfolk Holidays In The City Event.
Also on Saturday, Admirals fans will receive the first set of Admirals trading cards and can participate in a post-game skate with the team following the game. A limited number of skates will be available or fans may bring their own skates.
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. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
NOTES … The Admirals have standings points in five straight games (4-0-1-0) and in ten of their last 12 games (9-2-1-0) … Norfolk joins Binghamton as the only teams to have defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton twice this season … The Admirals and Penguins are the only AHL teams that have not lost back-to-back games in regulation this season. Norfolk could become the only team in the league with that distinction with a regulation victory tomorrow night … Blair Jones' five-game point streak ended (4G, 5A) … Scratches: Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz, Vladimir Mihalik.