HERSHEY, PA – The Hershey Bears used three power play goals to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 3-1 at the Giant Center Sunday afternoon. The Admirals close out the three-game weekend grabbing four of a possible six standings points.
Penalty troubles plagued the Admirals throughout a majority of the afternoon, enabling Hershey to score the game’s first goal.
Julien Brouillette’s snap shot from the top of the left wing circle beat Norfolk netminder John Gibson to give the Bears a 1-0 edge at 6:21 of the opening frame.
In the closing minutes of period, Norfolk countered with a power play goal of its own. Defenseman Alex Grant fired a shot from the right point that hit off the stick of Devante Smith-Pelly who redirected it past goaltender Philipp Grubauer for the tying goal. The goal put the Admirals on the board and knotted the game at one after 20 minutes of play.
Hershey reclaimed the lead on the power play halfway through the second, as former Admiral Brandon Segal caught a pass to the right of the crease, and stuffed the puck under the pad of Gibson for the go ahead goal. Segal’s 14th marker of the season gave the Bears a one-goal advantage heading into the second break.
Penalties once again doomed the Admirals early in the third period. Norfolk’s Norm Ezekiel and Antoine Laganiere both picked up minor penalties at 1:13 of the third, resulting in a 5-on-3 power play for Hershey. Despite some stellar saves by Gibson on ensuing penalty kill, Jeff Taffe was able to slip a shot past defenseman Garnet Exelby who was without a stick. The puck then banged off the off pad of Gibson and slid into the net for the third power play goal of the game for the Bears.
The Admirals were able to generate 12 shots on goal down the stretch in the third period, but Grubauer was able to keep the puck out of the net to seal the 3-1 Hershey victory.
Grubauer earns the win stopping 26 of 27 shots, while Gibson takes the loss allowing three goals on 37 shots faced. The Bears finished 3-for-9 on the power play in the game.
Next Game & Promotions: The Admirals will now return home to Scope for a pair of games on Friday (Feb. 7) and Saturday (Feb. 8) against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Friday's game is Military Appreciation Night presented by USAA. All military personnel can purchase tickets for just $11 when they present their valid military I.D. to the Scope Box Office. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
For 10-packs, or discounted group tickets stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at www.norfolkadmirals.com
GAME NOTES: Prior to Sunday’s game, defenseman Sami Vatanen was recalled by the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. Vatanen is the second player to be recalled by Anaheim his weekend, as Dave Steckel was officially recalled by Anaheim on Saturday…Defenseman Andrew O’Brien made his Admirals and AHL debut on Sunday…The three power goals scored by Hershey were the most allowed by the Admirals in a game this season…Norfolk’s unbeaten streak ends at eight games with the regulation loss on Sunday.
1. Brandon Segal (HER)
2. Jeff Taffe (HER)
3. Ryan Stoa (HER)