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January 11, 2011

Admirals Fall to Checkers 2-1

NORFOLK, Va. – Cedrick Desjardins made 37 saves, but Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored the only goal of the contest for the Norfolk Admirals (19-10-7-2) as they fell to the Charlotte Checkers (22-13-1-4), 2-1, on Tuesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. Next on the docket for the Admirals is a pair of games against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope.

Charlotte took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Brett Sutter attempted a backhand wraparound shot that bounced off Desjardins’ pads into the slot. Oskar Osala found the rebound between the hashmarks and sent a shot through traffic and past Desjardins’ glove at 11:16.

After a scoreless second stanza, the Checkers extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the final frame. Nicolas Blanchard carried the puck into the attacking zone along the right wing and chipped a pass to Jerome Samson for a shot from the slot. Blanchard followed the shot up and swept the rebound into the net at 10:49.

Pouliot's tenth goal of the season drew the Admirals back to within a goal of the Checkers with 5:08 remaining in regulation. Pouliot sent a backhand shot from the right circle past a screened Justin Pogge to cut Charlotte's lead to 2-1.

However, the Admirals could not find the equalizer despite 17 third period shots.

Cedrick Desjardins (39 shots, 37 saves) shouldered the loss. Justin Pogge (32 shots, 31 saves) earned the win.

Both teams were 0-5 on the power play.

Next on the docket for the Admirals is a pair of games against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. On Friday night, the first 500 children age 12 and under through the gates will receive an Admirals youth jersey courtesy of ITAC and WTKR NewsChannel3. The puck drops on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for Pink in the Rink to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure on this Saturday, January 15th, at 7:15 p.m. This popular annual event with an Admirals game played on pink ice will seek to educate and raise awareness about breast cancer while also raising monies for the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Special $12 Red Level Tickets will be available for the game with a portion of proceeds being donated to the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Tickets may be purchased in online at or by calling Komen at (757) 490-7794. These special fundraising tickets must be purchased in advance with seating based upon availability.

Events leading up to and during the game include a breast cancer informational session, survivor participation during game night, "Hockey 101" and a silent auction for player-autographed Admirals and NHL items. The "Hockey 101" will be held starting at 6:15 p.m. Seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Take advantage of great savings on Admirals tickets with our 10-Packs and group tickets. 10-Packs are available for as little as $110 and allow you to pick the games you want. Group tickets start at $10 for groups of 25 or more people. 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 anytime for more details or to purchase your tickets!

Three Stars:
1. Justin Pogge – CHA
2. Cedrick Desjardins – NOR
3. Oskar Osala – CHA

NOTES … With the victory, Charlotte broke a tie in the standings with Norfolk and moved into sole possession of second place in the AHL's East Division … The road team has won the first seven meetings of the season series between the Admirals and Checkers, as Norfolk has claimed both wins at the Time Warner Cable Arena and Charlotte has won all five games at Norfolk Scope Arena …Tonight's regulation loss snapped a streak of eight home games in which the Admirals picked up at least one standing point (3-0-4-1) … The loss also ended a stretch of ten games started by Cedrick Desjardins where Norfolk did not suffer a regulation loss (9-0-1-0) … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Blair Jones, Levi Nelson, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz.


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