HARTFORD, Conn. – The Norfolk Admirals (7-10-0-0) lost their fifth consecutive game, falling to the Connecticut Whale (8-7-1-0), 5-2, on Saturday night at the XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday for their first game of the season against the Hershey Bears.
Chad Kolarik recorded a hat trick for the Whale. John Kurtz and Emerson Etem scored for Norfolk, while Frederik Andersen (4-5-0) stopped 33 of 37 shots. Norfolk is on a winless streak of five or more games for the first time since January 22 – February 3, 2011 (0-4-1-1).
Connecticut took a 1-0 lead just 2:40 into the game with a power play goal. Kolarik sent a shot from the left circle that Andersen stopped. However, Kolarik was able to swat his own rebound under the right leg of Andersen and into the net.
Norfolk briefly tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second stanza. Chris Wagner took a shot from the right circle that Whale goaltender Cameron Talbot kicked into the slot. Kurtz fired the rebound into the net past Talbot at 7:56 for his first goal as an Admiral.
However, the home team reclaimed the lead less than two minutes later. Logan Pyett sent a shot from the right point through traffic. The rebound emerged at the top of the goalmouth to Andersen’s left, where Kolarik was able to bat it past the goaltender’s leg and into the net at 9:28.
Kolarik completed the hat trick 1:04 into the third period. Marek Hrivik sent a shot from the right circle that Andersen stopped. However, the puck trickled behind him in the crease, and Kolarik tapped it into the net for a 3-1 Connecticut lead.
That lead grew to 4-1 just over one minute later. Tommy Grant accepted a pass from Kelsey Tessier in the right circle and sent a shot between Andersen’s legs at 2:18.
Norfolk closed its gap to two goals with Etem’s fourth goal of the season at 13:26. The rookie forward skated around a pair of Whale defenders in the left circle and rifled a shot past Talbot to make the score 4-2.
However, Kris Newbury scored into an empty net with 1:14 remaining in regulation for the 5-2 final score.
Talbot ended the game with 29 saves on 31 shots for the win.
Norfolk was 0-for-3 on the power play. Connecticut was 1-for-6.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday in the first meeting of the season with the Hershey Bears. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in the second Admirals Value Night of the season, with Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night tickets available.
Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $54 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $9 White Level Tickets (normally $17 on game nights) 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 Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets 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. Chad Kolarik – CT
2. Marek Hrivik – CT
3. Cameron Talbot – CT
NOTES … Norfolk’s last five-game stretch without a point was 01/09/08 - 01/18/08 (0-5-0-0), their last five-game losing streak was 12/19/09 - 01/02/10 (0-4-1-0) and their last winless streak of five or more games was a six-game winless streak from 01/22/11 - 02/03/11 (0-4-1-1) … Norfolk has lost eight of its last nine games (1-8-0-0) and ten of its last 13 games (3-10-0-0) after beginning the season with four straight wins … Veteran forward Rod Pelley, who was signed to a Professional Tryout Contract earlier this week, made his Admirals debut … Defenseman Nick Schaus also made his Admirals debut … Did not play: Mat Clark, Ryan Parent, Ryan Lasch, Garrett Klotz, Luca Caputi, Jay Rosehill.