NORFOLK ADMIRALS (3) AT BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS (6)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (9-7-1-3) powered past the Norfolk Admirals (14-4-2-1) with four power play goals on Wednesday night, as the Admirals fell by a 6-3 score at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead nine minutes into the opening period on the strength of two man advantage markers. Peter Ferraro gave the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead 4:11 into the game by chipping a Kevin Mitchell rebound over Norfolk goaltender Sebastien Caron's pads from the right side of the crease. Jeff Tambellini made it 2-0 at 8:59 with a top shelf shot through a screen.
The Admirals cut the Sound Tigers' advantage in half at 12:52. Reed Low dropped a pass from the left half wall to Bryan Bickell at the top of the left circle. Bickell sent a shot past Bridgeport goaltender Wade Dubielewicz's glove to make the score 2-1 Bridgeport.
After a scoreless second period, the Admirals got into penalty trouble early in the final frame. David Bolland was whistled for a five-minute high-sticking major at 3:49 and Danny Richmond was sent to the penalty box at 5:24 for a roughing infraction.
Chris Campoli cashed in on the five-on-three power play with a one-timer goal at 6:23. Just 24 seconds later, Sergei Ogorodnikov found the back of the net with a backhander at 6:47.
The Admirals put a dent in the Bridgeport lead five minutes later with a power play goal of their own. Jonas Nordqvist found Troy Brouwer at the left faceoff circle. Brouwer rocketed a wrister over Dubielewicz's right shoulder at 11:29.
Jeremy Colliton re-established the three-goal lead for the Sound Tigers with a breakaway goal at 12:44.
Norfolk's Cam Barker made it a two-goal game again just under two minutes later with his first professional goal. Barker deposited a rebound from a Craig MacDonald shot past Dubielewicz from the bottom of the left circle at 14:40.
However, Bridgeport winger Steve Regier put the game out of reach for Norfolk with an empty-net tally at 18:37.
Sebastien Caron (36 shots, 31 saves) received the loss. Wade Dubielewicz (33 shots, 30 saves) picked up the victory.
The Admirals were 1-7 on the power play. The Sound Tigers were 4-10.
The Admirals return to Norfolk on Friday and Saturday night for their first all-time meetings with the Worcester Sharks. The pair of 7:15 contests will pit two of the AHL's top five offenses against one another, as Norfolk (4.1 goals per game, 3rd) and Worcester (3.8 goals per game, 5th) will look to light the lamp early and often at Scope.
1. Peter Ferraro - BRI
2. Jeff Tambellini - BRI
3. Jeremy Colliton - BRI