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December 30, 2010

Admirals Fall to Checkers in Overtime 4-3


NORFOLK, Va. – Mike Angelidis had two goals and an assist and Chris Durno added a goal and two assists, but the Norfolk Admirals (18-7-6-2) fell in overtime to the Charlotte Checkers (19-10-1-3), 4-3, on Thursday night at Norfolk Scope Arena in front of a season-high crowd of 5,055. The Admirals hit the road for a pair of games this weekend beginning on Saturday night with a 7:05 matchup against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Dustin Tokarski made 24 saves for Norfolk, who battled back from a 2-0 deficit and took a third period lead before falling in overtime.

The Checkers took a 1-0 lead 4:22 into the game. Brett Carson sent a feed from the right point that deflected off the skate of Zac Dalpe at the bottom of the right circle and bounded into the slot. The puck went directly to Casey Borer, who sent a shot past the right leg of Tokarski.

Charlotte doubled its lead less than nine minutes later. Jerome Samson sent a pass from the right circle across the crease to Chris Terry on the opposite side. Terry one-timed the backdoor feed past the outstretched right leg of Tokarski at 13:02 for a 2-0 Checkers lead.

The Admirals battled back to tie the game with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first period. Angelidis made it 2-1 with his first goal of the game. He followed his initial shot from the left circle behind the net before emerging near the bottom of the right circle. He threw the puck toward the goal and it deflected into the net off a Checkers skate in the crease at 19:27.

Norfolk tied the game at 2-2 just 16 seconds later on Durno’s tenth goal of the season. Pierre-Cedric Labrie sent a backhand pass from the bottom of the right circle toward the goalmouth. Durno, who had been speeding through the slot, stopped suddenly at the top of the crease and redirected the puck on his forehand over the right leg of Checkers goaltender Justin Pogge at 19:43.

The Admirals went up 3-2 with 10:35 left in the third period on Angelidis’ second goal of the game. Angelidis accepted a pass from Durno in the right circle and sent a wrist shot between the blocker and right leg of Pogge for his eleventh goal of 2010-11.

The Checkers leveled the score at 3-3 less than five minutes later on a power play goal. After the Admirals blocked a Charlotte shot in the low slot, Jon Matsumoto found the loose puck underneath a fallen defender and sent a shot past Tokarski with 5:34 remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Just 25 seconds into overtime, Drayson Bowman took the puck at his own blueline on a partial breakaway and sent a wrist shot past Tokarski to win the game for the visitors.

Dustin Tokarski (28 shots, 24 saves) was saddled with the loss. Justin Pogge (36 shots, 33 saves) earned the win.

Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Charlotte was 1-4.

The Admirals hit the road for a pair of games this weekend beginning on Saturday night with a 7:05 matchup against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They will follow that with a meeting on Sunday with the Hershey Bears at 5:00 p.m.

The Admirals return to Scope next weekend to battle the Connecticut Whale on Friday and Saturday nights. The puck drops on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the first 75 children ages 14 and younger will receive an Admirals Zamboni Bank courtesy of JPM Financial Services, John's Tax Service, WAVY-TV 10 and WTKR NewsChannel3. Saturday is Special Olympics Night, presented by SunTrust, with discounted tickets available through norfolkadmirals.com to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia.

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!

Three Stars:
1. Drayson Bowman – CHA
2. Mike Angelidis – NOR
3. Chris Durno – NOR

NOTES … Norfolk is winless in three games following the holiday break (0-1-1) … However, the Admirals have standings points in 15 of their last 18 games (11-3-2-2) … The road team has won the first six games of the season series between the Admirals and Checkers with the Admirals having won both games in Charlotte and the Checkers having won all four games in Norfolk … Chris Durno has points in three straight games (2G, 3A) … Tonight’s attendance at Scope was a season-high 5,055 … The Admirals have had six crowds over 4,000 through the end of December this season in 13 games. Last season, they only drew 4,000 or more fans in two of 15 games before the end of December … Former Admiral Cedrick Desjardins earned a victory in his NHL debut tonight with the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Montreal Canadiens. Desjardins allowed a goal on his first shot against but then stopped the final 27 Montreal shots in a 4-1 victory at the St. Pete Times Forum … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Ty Wishart, Tim Marks, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz.

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