NORFOLK, Va. Goaltender Mike Smith stopped all 29 shots he faced to lead the Norfolk Admirals (26-15-8-3) to a 3-0 victory over the Syracuse Crunch (18-27-2-4) on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The same two teams square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
Chris Durno, Troy Milam and Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored for the Admirals. Mattias Ritola registered a pair of assists in his Norfolk debut.
Norfolk opened scoring while skating shorthanded 6:32 into the contest. Durno picked the pocket of a Crunch attacker at the right point of the Syracuse zone. He broke in alone on goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur and sent a shot over Levasseur's right shoulder for his fourteenth goal of the season.
The Admirals doubled their lead with a five-on-three power play goal late in the second period. Ritola earned his first point as an Admiral by sending the puck from the bottom of the right circle toward the right point. Milam one-timed the puck through a screen and past Levasseur at 18:14 for his ninth goal of the season and a 2-0 lead.
Pouliot closed out scoring with exactly six minutes remaining in the third period. Ritola sent a feed from the right faceoff circle toward the crease. Pouliot redirected the puck past Levasseur for his fourteenth goal of the season.
Mike Smith (29 shots, 29 saves) earned the shutout victory. Jean-Philippe Levasseur (35 shots, 32 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 1-7 on the power play. Syracuse was 0-6
The same two teams will meet tomorrow at Scope at 7:15 p.m. Tomorrow evening, the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive the second set of 2010-11 Admirals trading cards. After the game on Saturday evening, the Admirals will hold their final post-game skate of the season where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited number of skates will be available for rental.
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. Mike Smith NOR
2. Chris Durno NOR
3. Troy Milam NOR
NOTES The Admirals recorded their second shutout of the season. Cedrick Desjardins recorded the first shutout on October 15, 2010, as he stopped all 29 shots in a 4-0 win over the Worcester Sharks in Norfolk's home opener Mike Smith recorded his first AHL shutout since February 24, 2006, when he blanked the San Antonio Rampage on 31 shots while playing with the Iowa Stars With his goal tonight, Marc-Antoine Pouliot registered his team-leading 45th point (14G, 31A), matching Ryan Craig's team-leading point total from the entire 2009-10 season (23G, 22A, 45PTS) Pouliot has five goals in five games against Syracuse this season Blair Jones saw his five-game point streak end (3G, 2A). Jones has points in nine of his last 13 games (6G, 8A) Scratches: Kevin Quick, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Tim Marks, Mitch Fritz, Cedric Desjardins.