Penguins Sunk by Admirals
Ashton’s late PP goal gives Norfolk ninth straight win
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Carter Ashton’s power play goal with 2:04 left in regulation was the game-winner in the Norfolk Admirals’ 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The loss dropped the Penguins four points behind the first place Admirals, who won a franchise-best ninth in a row.
With the score tied at one heading into the third period, Norfolk took its first lead of the contest just before the five minute mark. A clean faceoff win by Tyler Johnson came to the center point, where Jean-Philippe Cote drove a slapshot past goalie Patrick Killeen to put Norfolk up, 2-1.
The Penguins were able to even the match five minutes later when Ryan Craig won a wall battle in the Admirals zone and skittered the puck to blueline. Alexandre Picard stepped up and launched a long shot to the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
The Admirals would enjoy a brief man-advantage late in the game after a 4-on-4 situation and made Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pay. Ashton caught up to a loose puck behind the Penguins’ net and quickly spun a shot that banked off of Killeen across the goal line for the deciding tally.
The first period failed to provide a goal for either side, but both teams would notch power play markers in the second to send the game into the third period tied with a 1-1 score.
Working on a 5-on-4, Alex Grant weaved into the Norfolk zone before flipping the puck to the left circle that Ben Street wristed under the glove of Dustin Tokarski at 12:27.
Mark Barberio tied the game with 2:08 until the second intermission. The Admirals defenseman joined a 4-on-3 power play rush and accepted a pass to the slot from Johnson before firing the puck to right side of the net.
Making his first start of the season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Killeen turned aside 21 of 24 shots in suffering his second loss in a Penguins uniform. Norfolk’s Tokarski made 27 saves for his league-leading 25th win of the season.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head to Adirondack on Sunday, March 4 for a 3:00 PM match-up against the Phantoms. For more information, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com
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