NORFOLK, Va. – Paul Szczechura netted two goals and an assist as the Norfolk Admirals (20-10-7-2) notched three power play goals to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (18-18-3-2), 5-2, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals and Sound Tigers will square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m. in the fourth annual Pink in the Rink to Benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
Blair Jones also had a three-point performance for Norfolk with a goal and two assists. Mike Angelidis and Tim Marks also scored for the Admirals, who received a 26-save performance from Cedrick Desjardins for his fourteenth win of 2010-11.
The Admirals struck first just 3:03 into the contest on Jones’ tenth goal of the season. On the rush, Szczechura threaded a pass from the top of the left circle to Jones at the right dot. Jones then sent a wrist shot over the glove of Bridgeport goaltender Mikko Koskinen for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
The Sound Tigers tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period. As he slipped to the ice, Brett Motherwell sent a shot from the left circle through traffic that dented the opposite corner of the top of the net at 15:45.
Norfolk briefly reclaimed the lead with their first power play goal of the game at 6:41 of the second period. Szczechura sent a pass from the left point to Jones in the left corner, and Szczechura then skated into the slot. Jones returned the pass to Szczechura between the hashmarks, and Szczechura sent a shot over the glove of Koskinen for his tenth goal of the season.
However, Bridgeport leveled the score with a power play goal of their own less than three minutes later. Robin Figren sent a pass from the left half wall to Micheal Haley in the slot. Haley sent a wrist shot between the legs of Desjardins to tie the game at 2-2 at 9:14.
The Admirals used another power play goal to take a 3-2 lead just under eight minutes later. Marc-Antoine Pouliot sent a feed from the right point to Johan Harju on the bottom of the left circle. Harju threaded the puck through a sliding Sound Tigers defender onto the tape of Angelidis, who buried a shot through the legs of Koskinen at 17:07 for his thirteenth goal of the season.
Szczechura put the Admirals ahead 4-2 with his second power play goal of the contest. Troy Milam received a pass from Jones at the blue line and fired a shot on net through a screen. Szczechura deflected the shot past Koskinen at 14:05 of the final stanza.
Tim Marks capped off the scoring at the 17:41 mark of the third period by deflecting a Milam point shot past the glove of Koskinen to give the Admirals the 5-2 lead.
Cedrick Desjardins (28 shots, 26 saves) earned the win. Mikko Koskinen (35 shots, 30 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 3-4 on the power play. Bridgeport was 1-5.
The Admirals and Sound Tigers will square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m. in the Fourth Annual Pink in the Rink to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 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.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 norfolkadmirals.com anytime for more details or to purchase your tickets!
1. Paul Szczechura – NOR
2. Blair Jones – NOR
3. Troy Milam – NOR
NOTES … Norfolk tied a season high with three power play goals … Tonight's game marked the first time in the previous 12 head-to-head matchups that either Bridgeport or Norfolk scored more than three goals in a game against one another … Norfolk is 9-3-3-1 against the Atlantic Division this season ... The Admirals extended Bridgeport's winless streak to six games (0-4-0-2) ... Former Admirals defenseman Ty Wishart was held off the scoresheet for the Sound Tigers tonight. Wishart was traded by Norfolk’s parent, the Tampa Bay Lightning, to Bridgeport’s parent, the New York Islanders, on January 1 in exchange for goaltender Dwayne Roloson ... Wishart played 168 games as an Admiral from 2008-10, posting 14 goals and 57 points. He ranks seventh in points and is tied for sixth in goals among defensemen in AHL Admirals history ... Scratches: Mark Barberio, Levi Nelson, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz, Matt Fornataro.