The Admirals lost a nail-biter in overtime 2-1 on Sunday in Bridgeport despite a solid defensive effort led by netminder Corey Crawford.
Neither team found the back of the net in the opening twenty minutes. Crawford stopped six shots and Bridgeport backstop Wade Dubielewicz made 11 saves as the teams skated to the locker room scoreless after one period.
The goaltending duel continued in the second period, as Crawford made eight saves and Dubielewicz stopped 15 shots in the period. The Admirals had two good scoring chances by Matt Keith late in the second period. Brian Lee took a shot from the point that Keith redirected on net, but Dubielewicz stopped it with just under five minutes left. Then, Keith got the puck in the slot on a power play with 2:19 left in the period and was stymied on a point-blank slapper by the Sound Tigers' goalie. The Admirals finally solved Dubielewicz just as that power play expired. Danny Richmond sent a cross-ice pass to Shawn Thornton at the left point. The winger one-timed the puck through a screen and past Dubielewicz at 18:29. The goal gave Norfolk a 1-0 lead with forty minutes of hockey in the books.
Bridgeport tied the game 8:16 into the third period with a five-on-three power play goal similar to the Thornton goal. Jeff Hamilton sent a blue-line slap shot that found its way through traffic and Crawford to tie the game at 1-1. Crawford made 16 saves in the third period to keep the game tied, but Dubielewicz made 14 saves to do the same. The game required overtime.
Hamilton cashed in another power play goal 1:04 into overtime to give Bridgeport the victory.
Corey Crawford got the overtime loss and made 32 saves on 34 shots. Wade Dubielewicz picked up the victory making 40 saves on 41 shots.
Norfolk was 0-2 on the power play. Bridgeport was 2-6.
The Admirals conclude their franchise-record eleven-game road trip with a Wednesday evening meeting in Binghamton. The puck drops at 7:05.
Three Stars: 1. Wade Dubielewicz - BRI 2. Jeff Hamilton - BRI 3. Shawn Thornton - NOR