Admirals Tie Franchise-Record with Eighth Straight Win Behind Pair of Goals by Newest Admiral
HERSHEY, Pa. – Behind a pair of second-period goals by Brandon Segal, the Norfolk Admirals (35-18-1-2) defeated the Hershey Bears (29-18-4-5), 4-3, on Saturday night at the Giant Center for the team’s eighth straight victory. The win, which matches a franchise record set in March of 2002, also equals an AHL season-high for consecutive wins.
The victory gives Norfolk a two-point lead for first place in the AHL’s East Division, entering Sunday’s contest in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Mark Barberio and Michel Ouellet also scored for the visitors while Jaroslav Janus turned aside 25 shots for his 11th victory of the season.
Barberio and Ouellet scored opening-period goals before the Bears stormed back to knot the game at two goals a piece.
Barberio opened the scoring the Admirals with his seventh goal of the season. As the teams skate four aside, Barberio sent a wrist shot from along above the left faceoff circle. The shot trickled through a pair of players and over the glove of Bears’ netminder Braden Holtby to give Norfolk the 1-0 lead at 2:21 of the first.
The Admirals lead doubled with less than five minutes remaining in the first. As the Admirals skated on their second power play of the night, Mike Kostka fired a shot which was knocked down in front of the Bears net. Before being knocked down, Ouellet knocked the puck over Holtby’s glove for his 11th of the season at 15:58.
Just over a minute later, the Bears answered back. After an Admirals turnover, Graham Mink connected on a pass with Matt Pope. From just inside the left faceoff circle, Pope fired a shot over the glove of Janus to narrow Norfolk’s lead to 2-1 at 17:07 of the first.
Hershey deadlocked the game at 2-2 in the opening minute of the second period. With just over a minute left on an Admirals’ penalty, Chris Bourque fired a shot through a screen and over the glove of Janus at 16 seconds.
Norfolk regained a 3-2 lead on Segal’s first of the night. As he went to play the puck behind the net, Holtby tripped over a Bears’ stick. Alexandre Picard picked up the loose puck and fed a pass to Ouellet. Ouellet connected with Segal, who buried the puck in the open net for his 15th of the season at 1:29.
Kyle Greentree notched the game at 3-3 with the Bears’ second power play tally of the evening. The original shot was a slap shot from the right faceoff circle off the stick of Ryan Potulny and off the right post beyond Janus. Greentree knocked the rebound out of midair and into the open net at 13:19 of the middle period.
Segal’s second of the night, which wound up being the game-winner, came in the final five minutes of the second period. As the Admirals skated on their third power play of the night, Segal deflected a shot by Barberio, through the legs of Holtby and in behind the Bears’ netminder to give Norfolk the 4-3 lead with his 16th of the season at 16:35 of the second.
However, that would conclude the scoring in the contest as neither team could convert on numerous power play opportunities in the final period.
Jaroslav Janus (11-8-2) turned aside 25 of 28 shots in the victory while Braden Holtby (19-13-2) took the loss after making 17 saves on 21 shots.
Norfolk was 2 for 6 on the power play. Hershey was 2 for 8 with the man advantage.
The Admirals look to set a franchise record for consecutive victories on Sunday afternoon as they wrap-up their three-game, three-night road trip with first-place showdown in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Puck drop between the Admirals and Penguins is set for 3:05 p.m.
Norfolk returns to Scope on Wednesday, Feb. 29, as the Hershey Bears visit Scope for the final time this season in another Admirals Value Night including Family Fun Packs and Student Rush tickets.
Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns, and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48- that’s a savings of $37.
Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rust Night tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
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.
Admirals 10-Packs for the 2011-12 season remain available for as little as $110. You may also reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat today. 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!
1. Brandon Segal – NOR
2. Mark Barberio – NOR
3. Chris Bourque – HER
NOTES … The eighth straight victory for Norfolk matches a franchise-record, set in March of 2002 … Jaroslav Janus improved to 3-0-1 vs. the Bears this season … Brandon Segal has seven goals in his last five games for Norfolk, dating back to 2008 … Mark Barberio leads all AHL-defenseman with 47 points this season (8 G, 39 A) … The Admirals are 9-1-0-0 in their last 10 games overall… Norfolk is now 16-1-1-1 when leading after the first period and 23-1-1-0 when leading after two periods of play … Did not play: Richard Petiot and Evan Oberg ...