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January 6, 2013

Admirals Fall to Checkers in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. – Patrick Maroon gave Norfolk a first period lead, but the Admirals (14-17-2-0) fell to the Charlotte Checkers (20-11-2-3), 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen (7-9-0) stopped 29 of 31 shots for Norfolk.

Next up for the Admirals is a contest in New York against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night. The Admirals return to Norfolk Scope Arena on Tuesday, January 15th, to battle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Admirals took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period with a power play goal. Maroon sent a shot from the right circle that Charlotte goaltender Dan Ellis blocked. Kyle Palmieri found the rebound in the slot and sent a shot that Maroon tipped into the net at 10:37 for Maroon’s eleventh goal of the season.

Charlotte tied the game at 1-1 with a shorthanded goal late in the second period. Zac Dalpe entered the attacking zone on a two-on-one. He sent a shot from the right circle that eluded Andersen at 15:38.

The Checkers took a 2-1 lead early in the third period. Charlotte’s Tim Wallace forced a turnover in the right corner. Chris Terry picked up the puck and skated into the slot, sending a shot past the right leg of Andersen at 2:21.

Jerome Samson closed out scoring at 17:16 of the final frame. Dalpe forced a turnover in the right corner and began to skate towards the back of the net. Just before he would have gone behind the net, Dalpe centered the puck to Jerome Samson, who sent a shot past the left leg of Andersen for a 3-1 Charlotte lead.

Dan Ellis (8-7-2) stopped 28 of 29 shots for Charlotte.

Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play. Charlotte was 0-for-2.

The Admirals face off against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. from Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. Tune in to 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, or

The Admirals return to Scope on Tuesday, January 15th, to face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in another Admirals Value Night, 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 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 anytime.

Three Stars:
1. Tim Wallace – CHA
2. Zac Dalpe – CHA
3. Dan Ellis – CHA

NOTES … Patrick Maroon has power play goals in three of his last five games. He leads the team with seven power play goals this season, which is tied for fourth in the AHL … Did not play: Mat Clark, Brandon McMillan, Chris Wagner, Jay Rosehill, Jeff Deslauriers.

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