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January 22, 2011

Admirals Winning Streak Snapped in 3-2 Defeat

SYRACUSE, NY.; Despite putting up 19 shots in the third period, the Norfolk Admirals (24-11-7-2) fell to the Syracuse Crunch (16-24-1-4) 3-2 at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter on Saturday evening. The Admirals will look to return to their winning ways on Tuesday evening as they visit the Portland Pirates. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Matt Fornataro registered a goal for the second consecutive night and Marc-Antoine Pouliot also scored in the defeat. The loss snaps an Admirals five-game winning streak.

The Admirals jumped out to an early 1-0 with a power play tally by Matt Fornataro. Marc-Antoine Pouliot fired a pass to Fornataro standing beside the net. Fornataro then wristed a shot passed Crunch goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur for his second goal of the road trip at 8:22 of the first period.

With less than five minutes remaining in the first period, the Crunch responded with a goal of their own. their own. Mark Mitera fired a shot from the left side point that deflected off the stick of teammate John Mitchell passed Admirals goaltender Mike Smith at 17:41 of the opening stanza.

The Crunch took a 2-1 lead just over two minutes into the second period. Stefan Chaput received a pass from teammate Patrick Maroon and fired a shot over the left shoulder of Smith at the 2:34 mark of the period.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot knotted the game at 2-2 with his 11th goal of the season just over midway through the second period. Johan Harju led a two-on-one offensive rush into the Crunch zone. Harju sent a pass to Pouliot in front of net. Pouliot fired a shot into a wide-open net as Levasseur couldn\'t recover in time. The goal came at 9:57 of the middle stanza.

Three minutes later, Nigel Williams gave the Crunch a 3-2 lead. Williams fired a shot from the blue-line that deflected off the post and behind Smith for the 3-2 lead at the 11:56 mark of the second period.

Mike Smith turned aside 26 of 29 shots in the defeat. Jean-Philippe Levasseur stopped 41 of 43 shots in the victory.

The Admirals were 1 for 4 on the power play. The Crunch were 0 of 3 on the power play.

The Admirals will continue their four-game in six-night road trip Tuesday night as they visit the Portland Pirates. Game time is 6:30 p.m. Norfolk will conclude their four-game road trip Wednesday night as they visit Manchester Monarchs.

The Admirals will return home Friday January 28th and Saturday January 29th as the Springfield Falcons venture into Scope. The game against the Falcons on Friday Jan. 28th will be a Zamboni Bank Giveaway night presented by JPM Financial Services, John\'s Tax Service, WAVY-TV10 & FOX43. Also on January 28, students, teachers and staff of Norfolk Public Schools can get tickets for just $5 when purchased in advance through the Admirals website at Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

January 29 marks the return of Guns and Hoses Night to benefit Children\'s Hospital of the King\'s Daughters. You get two games for the price of one, as \"The Finest\" battle \"The Bravest\" in the Norfolk Police Department vs. the Norfolk Fire Department game at 4:30 p.m. Then, your Norfolk Admirals battle the Springfield Falcons at 7:15 p.m. For a limited time, Red Level Tickets for the event are available for only $12 - you save $2 per ticket and get in to \"The Finest\" vs. \"The Bravest\" for free! Best of all, a portion of your purchase goes back to CHKD. Tickets are available at

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

For a limited time, parents, students and staff of Norfolk Public Schools can get tickets for just $5! Tickets must be purchased before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27th. Tickets can be purchased 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. John Mitchell - SYR

2. Jean-Philippe Levasseur - SYR

3. Stefan Chaput - SYR

Game Notes: The Admirals and Crunch will meet four more times in the regular season. Mike Smith last played in an AHL game in 2005-06 as a member of the Iowa Stars. Norfolk Scratches: Levi Nelson, Alex Berry, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins, Jaroslav Janus and Troy Milam.


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