Admirals Set Franchise-Record with Ninth Win in a Row
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – With a pair of third-period goals, including a power-play goal by Carter Ashton, the Norfolk Admirals (36-18-1-2) set a new franchise-record with their ninth-consecutive victory, as they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (32-18-2-5), 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The nine-game winning streak is Norfolk’s longest since the team joined the American Hockey League prior to the 2000-01 season.
With the victory, the Admirals extend their lead in the East Division to four points over the Penguins and eight points over the third-place Hershey Bears. Norfolk also ties the Oklahoma City Barons for the most points in the AHL with 75.
Mark Barberio and Jean-Philippe Cote joined Ashton on the goal sheet, while Dustin Tokarski turned aside 28 shots for his sixth-straight win and his AHL-leading 25th victory of the season.
The Penguins broke a scoreless tie with just over seven minutes remaining in the second period. As his team skated with their fourth power play of the night, Ben Street sent a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle. The shot deflected off the glove of Tokarski and behind the Admirals’ netminder to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 12:27.
The Admirals knotted the game at 1-1 with a power play goal by Mark Barberio. With his team skating on a man advantage, Tyler Johnson slipped a pass to Barberio in the center slot. Before being knocked into the net, Barberio fired a shot over the glove of Penguins netminder Patrick Killeen for his ninth of the season at 17:07.
Norfolk took their first lead of the contest on Jean-Philippe Cote’s first tally since joining the Admirals in mid-November. After Johnson won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Cote, the defenseman fired a shot over the glove of Killeen to give the Admirals a 2-1 lead at 4:44 of the third.
With just over ten minutes remaining, the Penguins’ Alexandre Picard knotted the game at 2-2. The defenseman picked up a loose puck along the right-side boards and fired a shot over Tokarski at 9:50 of the third.
With just 2:04 remaining in regulation, the Admirals took the lead for good on Ashton’s 19th goal of the season. While standing on the left side of the Penguins net, Ashton chipped a loose rebound off of Killeen’s stick and in behind the Penguins netminder to put the Admirals ahead 3-2, at 17:56 of the third.
Despite facing a six-on-five Penguins’ attack for the final sixty seconds, the Admirals held on for their ninth victory in a row and their fifth victory in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.
Dustin Tokarski (25-11-0) made 28 saves on 30 shots in the victory. Patrick Killeen (0-2-0) turned aside 21 of 24 shots in the loss.
The Admirals were 2 for 7 on the power play while the Penguins were 1 for 6.
The Admirals look to extend their winning streak as they open a three-game homestand at Scope on Wednesday night. The Admirals will welcome in the Hershey Bears for the final time this season, in another Admirals Value Night including Family Fun Packs and Student Rush tickets. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m.
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. Carter Ashton - NOR
2. Alexandre Picard - WBS
3. Jean-Philippe Cote - NOR
NOTES … Norfolk’s nine-game winning streak breaks the old franchise-record of eight games, set twice since the team joined the AHL prior to the 2000-01 season … J.P. Cote’s goal was his first in the AHL since he scored a pair of goals during the 08-09 season when he was a member of the Penguins … Brandon Segal has three goals and one assist in three games since joining the Admirals on Tuesday afternoon … Ashton’s third-period goal was his first goal since Feb. 3rd in Adirondack … The Admirals finished the season undefeated in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5-0-0-0) and have won six of eight vs. the Penguins this season (6-2-0-0) … The victory was the Admirals 15th one-goal win this season (15-6-1-2) ... The Admirals are 13-1-0-0 and 8-1-0-0 when allowing two goals in a game this season … Did not play: Richard Petiot …