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Admirals Cruise, Penguins Lose: 5-1 Final

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Norfolk Admirals scored early and often tonight in route to a 5-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

Nothing good came from the loss. Bryan Lerg was slammed into the boards from behind by Radko Gudas late in the second period and did not return. Gudas was given a major penalty for boarding as well as a game misconduct. I'm sure the Penguins will be calling the league tonight and seeking further discipline. Definitely a hit that is worthy of a suspension.

The lone Pens goal came in the middle frame with the Penguins trailing 3-0. Kind of a flukey goal, but Philip Samuelsson nudged a puck ahead to Ryan Craig who came in 2-on-1 with Nick Petersen. Petersen was able to push the puck across the goal line with a Norfolk defender on top of the puck. A weird play, but it resulted in a goal for the Pens nonetheless. It was Petersen's 6th of the season from Craig and Samuelsson just 2:16 into the second period. But there would be no comeback tonight.

It was Brad Thiessen vs. Dustin Tokarski in net tonight. Ryan Schnell, Brandon DeFazio and Peter Merth were the healthy scratches for the Penguins. Still out with injuries are Boris Valabik, Joey Mormina, Carl Sneep, Brian Day and Keven Veilleux.

Tonight's lineup:
Colin McDonald - Bryan Lerg - Geoff Walker
Eric Tangradi - Ben Street - Jason Williams
Nick Petersen - Zach Sill - Ryan Craig
Brian Gibbons - Matt Rust - Paul Thompson

Alexandre Picard - Brian Strait
Simon Despres - Philip Samuelsson
Cody Wild - Alex Grant

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