Dec. 11: Admirals lose to Manitoba 4-1

Hampton Roads Admirals

NORFOLK, Va. – Aaron Rome's late third period power play goal propelled the Manitoba Moose (16-12-4-0) past the Norfolk Admirals (12-15-1-0) 4-1 on Friday night in the first ever meeting between the clubs at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The Moose took a 1-0 lead 14:17 into the contest. Guillaume Desbiens sent a pass from the left corner toward the right point as Aaron Rome crossed the blue line entering the attacking zone. Rome one-timed the puck past a screened Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski.

Norfolk knotted the score at 1-1 midway through the second period. Brandon Bochenski attempted a shot from the left circle that went wide behind the net. Radek Smolenak took the puck and sent a wraparound on goal near the left leg of Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider. The puck caromed off the stick of a Moose defender and popped up over the left shoulder of Schneider and down into the net at 12:12.

The Moose took the lead for good with a power play goal at 14:32 of the final frame. Once again, Aaron Rome teed up a slap shot from the high slot that made its way through a maze of bodies and past a blocked Tokarski.

Manitoba iced the game with a pair of late empty net goals, as Matt Pettinger scored at 18:55 and Marty Murray at 19:29.

Dustin Tokarski (30 shots, 28 saves) took the loss. Cory Schneider (29 shots, 28 saves) earned the win.

Norfolk was 0-5 on the power play. Manitoba was 1-3.

The Admirals and Moose will play once again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15.

Three Stars:1. Aaron Rome – MTB2. Cory Schneider – MTB3. Matt Pettinger – MTB

Manitoba Moose 4 At Norfolk Admirals 1 - Status: FinalDec 11, 2009 - Norfolk Scope

Manitoba 1 0 3 - 4Norfolk 0 1 0 - 1

1st Period-1, Manitoba, Rome 5 (Desbiens, Murray), 14:17. Penalties-Bootland Mtb (roughing, fighting), 3:13; Jackson Nor (fighting), 3:13; Lashoff Nor (holding), 7:45; Ramsey Mtb (holding the stick), 18:59.

2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Smolenak 4 (Parrish, Bochenski), 12:12. Penalties-Pettinger Mtb (tripping), 4:52; Shirokov Mtb (holding), 13:34; McIver Mtb (fighting), 20:00; Craig Nor (fighting), 20:00.

3rd Period-3, Manitoba, Rome 6 (Keane), 14:32 (pp). 4, Manitoba, Pettinger 6 (Keane), 18:55 (en). 5, Manitoba, Murray 7 (Ramsey), 19:29 (en). Penalties-Lawrence Nor (hooking), 2:53; Lawrence Nor (hooking), 13:11; Maxwell Mtb (slashing), 16:06; Rome Mtb (roughing), 18:55; Bochenski Nor (roughing), 18:55.

Shots on Goal-Manitoba 9-11-12-32. Norfolk 9-16-4-29.Power Play Opportunities-Manitoba 1 of 3; Norfolk 0 of 5.Goalies-Manitoba, Schneider 13-7-0 (29 shots-28 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 8-8-0 (30 shots-28 saves).A-3,614Referees-Ryan Fraser (14).Linesmen-Paul Carnathan (93), Tom George (61).

NOTES … With his goal tonight, Radek Smolenak stretched his point streak to five games (2G, 5A) … Mark Parrish (2G, 1A) and Brandon Bochenski (3A) both have points in back-to-back games … Ryan Craig's four-game point streak ended (2G, 4A) … Scratches: D Ethan Graham, C Mitch Fadden ... Attendance: 3,614.

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