ADMIRALS RALLY TO END PENGUINS’ EIGHT-GAME WIN STREAK
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Norfolk Admirals tallied four goals in the final period – including three on the power play – to cap off a 5-3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The loss ended the Penguins’ and goaltender Brad Thiessen’s winning streaks at eight games.
Though Norfolk trailed 3-1 going into the third, the visitors quickly came roaring back with consecutive markers on the power play.
A long shot from Mark Fornataro was stopped by Thiessen, but Cory Conacher tapped the rebound to the back of net at 1:56. Mark Barberio evened the score at 8:56 on the next Admirals’ man-advantage, blasting home a shot from the far circle.
Three minutes later, Norfolk went ahead for good as Dana Tyrell squeezed a low shot through the pads of Thiessen to put his team up, 4-3.
Conacher added an empty-power play goal with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to complete the scoring. Thiessen made 18 saves on 22 shots in suffering his first defeat since October 15 versus Binghamton.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton seemingly broke open a tied game at the start of the second period with two goals scored over a span of 56 seconds. Skating on a 5-on-4 advantage, it was Ben Street beating Dustin Tokarski cleanly from the left dot to make the score, 2-1, less than a minute into the frame. Street has totaled two goals and six assists over his last three games.
Niko Dimitrakos then gave the Penguins a two-goal cushion, handling a 2-on-1 rush himself with a wrist shot just inside the left post.
It only took 1:12 for the Penguins to take a 1-0 lead as Colin McDonald’s rim around the Admirals boards hit a skate and ricocheted directly to the slot for Jason Williams to snap past Tokarski.
Norfolk would tie the game with five minutes left in the first on a shorthanded goal by Radko Gudas.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins next host the Binghamton Senators on Saturday, November 15 at 7:05 PM. For tickets or more information, visit www.wbspenguins.com.
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