SOUND TIGERS SHUTOUT 4-0 IN NORFOLK
Drop first of two straight in Virginia versus Admirals
NORFOLK, VA - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers,
top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders,
were shutout 4-0 on the road by the Norfolk Admirals Wednesday in the
first of two straight meetings with their East Division rivals.
The teams zipped through a scoreless first period with Norfolk
outshooting the Sound Tigers 10-7. The Admirals then took a 2-0 lead
with a pair of goals just past the mid-point of the game.
First, Matt Ellison rushed down the slot and swept a Rene Bourque
feed past Sound Tigers goaltender Wade Dubielewicz for his 12th goal
of the season 10:32 into the middle frame, just five seconds after a
Norfolk power play expired, to make it 1-0. The helper was Bourque's
team-leading 57th point with Anton Babchuk also assisting on the
The Admirals doubled their lead to 2-0 with 2:12 left in the second
period when Shawn Thornton scored his fourth goal of the season off
assists from Brandin Cote and Pavel Vorobiev.
Marty Wilford put a shot through traffic for a power-play goal, his
seventh marker of the season, off assists from Ellison and James
Wisniewski 1:45 into the third period to make it 3-0.
The Sound Tigers outshot Norfolk 14-4 in the third period and had
three overlapping power plays, including a pair of two-man
advantages, just past the mid-point of the frame but could not solve
Admirals netminder Adam Munro.
Ellison finished the scoring with his second goal of the game and
13th of the season off assists from Matt Keith and Pavel Vorobiev to
make it 4-0 with 4:14 left to play.
Munro was the first star of the game with 29 saves for his fourth
shutout of the season, Ellison was the second star with a three-point
night and Wisniewski was the third with an assist. Dubielewicz made
25 saves in a losing effort as the shots on goal were tied 29-29. The
Sound Tigers were 0 for 8 on the power play while Norfolk was 1 for
The Sound Tigers will continue a three-game road trip against the
Admirals in Norfolk this Friday at 7:03 p.m. and versus the Hershey
Bears this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Munro shows again he's up to the task for Admirals
By TRIS WYKES, The Virginian-Pilot
© March 31, 2005
NORFOLK Asked Wednesday to describe his standing with the Norfolk
Admirals, goaltender Adam Munro didn't hesitate.
"Confusing,'' said the man who'd just blanked Bridgeport 4-0 at
Scope. "I'm in the dark. We've got eight games left so we'll see what
happens, and hopefully I'll still be here.''
Still be here? Shouldn't a man who's made nine consecutive starts and
gone 7-3 in his last 10 not have to worry about packing his bags? But
such is Munro's situation.
That's because Craig Anderson, who began the season 8-1-1 before
undergoing hip surgery, is slated to return next week, and Michael
Leighton is day-to-day with a groin injury. Those players are fourth-
year pros who have carried Norfolk in past months and seasons. So
it's hard to imagine them being shoved to the side by Munro, who's
long been the Admirals' third option.
But there was Munro again Wednesday, stopping 29 shots and making
several outstanding saves.
"Whatever happens when Andy and Leights come back happens,'' said
Munro, who played five games for ECHL Atlantic City to begin the
season and might be shipped back to the lower circuit. "But the next
couple of games could be one last chance to audition.
"I've been part of this team most of the year and if I'm not here for
playoffs, that's fine. I'm just going to do what I can to help them
get the highest spot possible in the division.''
Norfolk coach Trent Yawney didn't sound as if he thought Munro should
have a travel agent on speed dial.
"Munny's the guy that's playing the most hockey, so if he continues
to play well, if I was him, I wouldn't be too worried,'' said Yawney,
who for now has pro rookie Mike Brodeur as his backup netminder. "I
would think he's in the driver's seat.''
Munro and the Admirals were in control Wednesday, overwhelming an
opponent that threw in the towel some weeks back. The Sound Tigers
gave up the first two goals because of defensive miscues near their
net and were being outshot 25-15 after 40 minutes.
Norfolk, third in the East Division, a point behind second-place
Philadelphia and two behind first-place Binghamton, opened the
scoring in the 31st minute. Anton Babchuk passed down from the point
to Rene Bourque at the right post. Bourque had several seconds to
scan his options before zipping a pass across the crease and onto the
stick of Matt Ellison, who tapped in a back-door goal.
The Admirals doubled their lead two minutes before the second
intermission after Bridgeport defenseman Cole Jarrett coughed up the
puck behind his net. It squirted out to the left circle, from where
Norfolk's Shawn Thornton swept a low shot past goaltender Wade
Dubielewicz at the near post.
Norfolk needed only two minutes of the third period to go up 3-0 on a
power play. Matt Keith parked himself atop the crease to screen
Dubielewicz, and Marty Wilford's slap shot from the center point
touched nothing but twine.
The Admirals closed out the scoring with four minutes remaining when
Ellison scored on another back-door tap-in.
Norfolk leads the season series with Bridgeport 5-2 and has defeated
the Sound Tigers three consecutive times at Scope.
Notes: The Virginian-Pilot's three stars: Ellison (1), Munro (2) and
Duncan Keith (3). ... Mike Brown was a healthy scratch for Norfolk
because the team has more veterans than it's allowed to dress.
Teammate Mikhail Yakubov missed the game with a shoulder injury. In
his absence and because of other roster issues, Babchuk manned a wing
as well as playing his usual position of defense. ... The night's
only fight featured unlikely combatants when Norfolk's diminutive
Brandin Cote squared off with Rob Collins, Bridgeport's leading
scorer. ... The Norfolk SPCA announced that its third annual "Dog Day
Afternoon'' fund raiser brought in more than $5,500 during Sunday's
home game ... Steve Stirling, coach of the Sound Tigers' parent club,
the New York Islanders, scouted the game from the press box. ...
Bridgeport's Jarrett and Norfolk's James Wisniewski are former junior
teammates with the Plymouth (Mich.) Whalers. ... The visiting Hershey
Bears scored with two seconds left to defeat the Wilkes-
Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday and climb within four points of
the baby birds, who hold the East Division's fourth and final playoff