SUNK IN THE TIDEWATER - ADMIRALS SHUT DOWN PENGUINS 2-0
NORFOLK, Va. – Brandon Bochenski assisted on the game-winning goal and added an insurance marker of his own, and goaltender Dustin Tokarski stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Norfolk Admirals silenced the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a 2-0 score on Wednesday night at the Norfolk Scope.
Stingy neutral-zone play by both teams prevented a high number of scoring chances in the first period, but the Penguins’ John Curry had to be sharp on the four shots he faced. His highlight save came on a diving glove stop to his left, immediately after the Admirals failed on a two-on-none opportunity. The Penguins put six shots on Tokarski but couldn’t find the back of the net. Norfolk also failed on their only power play opportunity of the period.
The Admirals would get on the board first after Curry made more highlight-reel saves with his glove in the first half of the second period. Admirals defenseman Scott Jackson fired a shot from the left point, the rebound of which was kicked into the slot by Curry. With the Penguins unable to clear the rebound, forward Mark Parrish turned around and fired a low slapshot that snuck past Curry for the 1-0 lead. The Penguins would earn a power play chance but would also go unsuccessful.
With the hosts ahead 1-0 in the third period, and with the Penguins attempting to dump the puck into the Norfolk end, Admirals defenseman Ty Wishart stole the puck while skating just inside his own blue line, and fired a perfect headman pass to Bochenski who was waiting at the Penguins blue stripe. He broke in and sent a wrister over the glove of Curry for the 2-0 advantage.
It was all Tokarski from there, as the rookie netminder turned aside all 13 Penguins shots in the third to earn his second shutout of the season. Tokarski’s record improved to 9-8-0, while Curry stopped 19 of 21 in falling to 11-10-1.
The Penguins road-heavy schedule continues this Friday as the squad travels to Syracuse to battle the Crunch for a 7:30 pm faceoff at the War Memorial at OnCenter. The team returns home on Saturday, December 19th for a 7:05 pm faceoff against the Toronto Marlies. The second Teddy Bear Toss night will be held between periods, done in conjunction with the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The second annual live Christmas Charity Jersey Auction will also take place after the game. Fans wishing to participate may pick up a bid number behind section 101 at the game, or behind sections 104-105 after the game.
NOTES: The Penguins scratched seven players due to injury: D Jon D’Aversa, F Zach Sill, RW Jesse Boulerice, C Wyatt Smith, RW Chris Conner, LW Ryan Bayda, and C Keven Veilleux… The two teams combined for just three power play opportunities in the game (Norfolk 0-for-2, Penguins 0-for-1), a season low for the Penguins… The shutout was the second of the season against the Penguins by a rookie goaltender.