NORFOLK – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (25-19-2-1) turned the tables on the Norfolk Admirals (19-24-2-1) on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena, earning a 4-1 victory one day after falling by the same score to the Admirals.
A crowd of 7,094 fans saw Peter Holland score his team-leading 15th goal of the season in the setback. Norfolk netminder Igor Bobkov (8-13-0) stopped 29 of 32 shots in the setback.
The Admirals now embark on a four-game road trip commencing tomorrow in Hershey against the Bears. They return to Norfolk Scope Arena on Feb. 22nd and 23rd against the Providence Bruins.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 1-0 lead 13:21 into the first period. Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff started the play with a long outlet pass from his crease as the Admirals were in the process of a line change. Former Admirals forward Trevor Smith accepted the pass near the left point of the blueline and sent a wrist shot that deflected off an Admirals defender and past Bobkov.
The visitors’ lead doubled to 2-0 with a power play goal only 47 seconds into the second stanza. Chad Kolarik spotted Beau Bennett with a pass in the slot. Bennett initially sent a backhand shot that was blocked. However, the puck caromed back to Bennett, who sent a shot past Bobkov’s glove and into the net.
Norfolk countered with a shorthanded goal just under 11 minutes later. Patrick Maroon blocked a shot at the left point of the Norfolk zone and carried the puck up the ice on a two-on-one with Holland. Maroon sent a pass from the right circle to Holland, who sent a shot past the blocker of Zatkoff at 11:38 to cut the home team's deficit to 2-1.
However, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton sealed the victory midway through the third period. Kolarik sent the puck from behind the net to Riley Holzapfel in the slot, and Holzapfel scored off a quick shot at 10:23.
Warren Peters added an empty-net goal at 18:58 for the 4-1 final score.
Jeff Zatkoff (16-12-0) stopped 25 of 26 shots for the win.
Norfolk was 0-for-5 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1-for-5.
The Admirals now embark on a four-game road trip commencing tomorrow in Hershey against the Bears. The puck drops from Giant Center at 5:00 p.m. All games can be heard on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM or 1021TheGame.com. You may also watch at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Norfolk Scope Arena on Feb. 22nd and 23rd against the Providence Bruins. Friday, Feb. 22nd is Hall of Fame Night as Brian Martin and Marty Wilford will be inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony. Please check norfolkadmirals.com for details.
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 – WBS
2. Trevor Smith – WBS
3. Beau Bennett – WBS
NOTES … Norfolk's home winning streak ended at four games, tying a season high … The Admirals (2-2-0-0, 4 points) now trail the season series with the Penguins (2-1-1-0, 5 points) by one point … Norfolk's last home game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton comes on Apr. 2nd, while they play in Pennsylvania next Friday and on Mar. 23rd … Earlier today, the Anaheim Ducks reassigned defensemen Jordan Hendry and Sami Vatanen to the Admirals, recalled goaltender Jeff Deslauriers from the Admirals and reassigned goaltender Marco Cousineau to the Admirals from the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets … Did not play: Gabe Guentzel, John Kurtz, Brandon McMillan, Troy Bodie, Matt Smaby, Matt Kennedy, Kyle Bushee, Sacha Guimond.