PAPINEAU POWERS SOUND TIGERS PAST NORFOLK 7-3
Notches hat trick in wild road win over Admirals
NORFOLK, VA - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers,
top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders,
scored five unanswered goals and got a hat trick by Justin Papineau
en route to a fight-filled 7-3 road win over the Norfolk Admirals
After skating through a scoreless first period against one another
Wednesday, the teams combined for four goals in the first 20 minutes
Shawn Thornton gave Norfolk a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal of the
season, and second in as many games, off assists from Duncan Keith
and Pavel Vorobiev at the 6:05 mark, but Nathan Gillies, who signed a
tryout contract Tuesday, answered for the Sound Tigers with the first
AHL goal of his career, unassisted, just 1:04 later.
The Admirals regained the lead when Keith pinched in from the left
point to one-time a bullet of a cross-ice feed on the power play for
his ninth goal of the season off assists from Jason Morgan and
Vorobiev at 16:08, but the Sound Tigers answered again just 2:35
later when Chris Campoli scored his tenth goal of the season, on the
power play, off assists from Jason Guerriero and Barrett Heisten. The
assist was the first professional point for Guerriero who joined the
Sound Tigers on a tryout contract Wednesday morning.
Norfolk pulled starting goaltender Adam Munro, who had a 29-save
shutout Wednesday, in favor of ECHL call-up Mike Brodeur to start the
middle frame, and the Sound Tigers took their first lead of the
contest on the first shot Brodeur faced when Papineau blasted home
his 13th goal of the season off assists from Chris Campoli and Bruno
Gervais to make it 3-2 at the :28 mark.
The Sound Tigers then exploded for the fastest three regular-season
goals in team history upping the lead to 6-2 in a 1:50 span late in
John Morlang made it 4-2 with his sixth of the season off assists
from Gillies and Ed Campbell at 12:24, Papineau added his second of
the game off an assist from Justin Mapletoft at 13:52 and Matt
Koalska notched his seventh at 14:14 off assists from Heisten and
Mapletoft's assist was his 18th of the season and the 77th of his
Sound Tigers career moving him into first place in the team's all-
time record book in that category.
Following a quartet of third-period, off-the-draw fights, including
three on consecutive face-offs in a three-second span early in the
frame, the Admirals pulled to within 6-3 on a shorthanded goal by
Vorobiev, his 17th tally of the year, with 3:20 left to play.
Norfolk pulled Brodeur in favor of an extra attacker with just over a
minute left to play while on the power play, but Papineau completed
the hat trick with his third marker of the night and 15th of the
season to finish the scoring at 7-3 with 16.7 seconds left to play.
The last goal was an unassisted, shorthanded empty-netter.
Papineau was the first star of the game, Campoli was the second and
Vorobiev was the third. The Sound Tigers were 1 for 8 on the power
play while Norfolk was 1 for 6 and had a 33-27 shots on goal
advantage. Dieter Kochan made 30 saves for his 18th win of the season
for the Sound Tigers while Munro made nine saves and Brodeur made 11
for the Admirals.
Rookie goalie gets a baptism of fire in his Admirals debut
By TRIS WYKES, The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK It's becoming a bit of a tired topic, but the issue of the
Norfolk Admirals' goaltending surfaced yet again Friday in a 7-3 loss
to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Scope.
For those who might not have been following the Admirals' netminding
saga, one-time starters Craig Anderson and Michael Leighton are out
with injuries, current starter Adam Munro has been inconsistent and
backup Mike Brodeur is a pro rookie.
The latter two saw action Friday, a healthy Munro being replaced
after the first intermission after allowing two goals on 11 shots and
with the score 2-2. Norfolk's fortunes plummeted when Brodeur allowed
a goal on Bridgeport's first shot of the second period and four on
the Sound Tigers' first 10 shots of the stanza.
Yawney said afterward that he felt bad for Munro, who made his 10th
consecutive start, and didn't want him left behind a lackluster team
for the final 40 minutes. But bringing in an AHL novice with seven
games left in the regular season is a move that seems to beg for
"I thought Bridgeport's first goal might have been a sign of a little
fatigue setting in for Munny and I wanted to rest him,'' Yawney said
of a tally that was shot from below the goal line and banked in off
Munro's leg at the near post. "And I didn't bring Brodeur up from the
ECHL to have him sit. He made some unbelievable saves. That score
could have been worse.''
Heaven forbid. Bridgeport's seven goals were the most Norfolk has
allowed at Scope this season and tied its worst defensive performance
overall this winter. Boos sounded as the Admirals exited at the
second intermission, and much of an announced crowd of 4,036 wasn't
around to see the rout's merciful finish.
"There haven't been many times I've been disappointed in our team,
but this one tonight, I am disappointed,'' said Yawney, whose club
hosts East Division rival Philadelphia tonight. The third-place
Admirals are three points behind the second-place Phantoms and four
behind first-place Binghamton. The division's top four teams make the
"The greatest power in the world is the power of choice,'' Yawney
continued. "When you get up every morning, you can make it a good day
or a bad day. And we made a choice of not playing our game tonight.''
What now? Anderson is expected to return from hip surgery within a
week but what can be expected of a previously idle goaltender dumped
into stretch-run intensity?
Leighton's groin injury prevents him from practicing, let alone
playing. And although Yawney was profuse Friday in praise of Munro,
his teammates and certainly Admirals fans have to wonder if he'll
ever stop allowing occasional but debilitating soft goals.
Brodeur? He struggled Friday but gets a pass for what had to be an
unexpected and nerve-wracking AHL debut. The youngster is expected to
be back in the ECHL soon, bumped off the roster by Anderson's return.
So who will be Norfolk's starting goaltender tonight? Yawney
indicated that Munro will likely get the job by default. Throwing
Brodeur out against Bridgeport is one thing, but offering him up to
the dangerous Phantoms might get child protective services involved.
"I don't have much choice, do I?'' Yawney said. "But I have no
problem playing Adam Munro. He's gotten us to where we are right now.
We're going to find out in the next little while who can play at this
time of year and who can't.''
Notes: The Admirals recalled forward Krys Barch from ECHL Greenville
before the game and sent defenseman Vladimir Gusev down to the
Grrrowl. ... Norfolk's Mike Brown was a healthy scratch for the
fourth time in seven games. ... Out with injuries were Mikhail
Yakubov (shoulder), Michal Barinka (knee) and Quintin Laing (knee),
although the Laing could return as soon as Wednesday's home game
Papineau, Sound Tigers rip Admirals
TRIS WYKES, Correspondent
NORFOLK, Va. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers turned the tables on the
Norfolk Admirals on Friday, redeeming themselves for a shutout loss
here two days earlier with a 7-3 victory at Scope Arena. Justin
Papineau had a hat trick, the eighth in regular season franchise
history and the first since Jeff Hamilton did it March 13, 2004,
Other Sound Tigers having good nights included Chris Campoli, who had
a goal and an assist, and Barrett Heisten, who had two assists.
Bridgeport concludes a three-game road trip tonight in Hershey, then
returns home to host Binghamton on Sunday at 4 p.m. Norfolk needed
less than seven minutes to take a 1-0 lead. Shawn Thornton jostled
for position atop the crease with defender Cole Jarrett, but managed
to hold him off long enough to tip in a Duncan Keith feed from the
left point. Bridgeport bounced back for a 1-1 tie 54 seconds later on
its sixth shot of the game against goaltender Adam Munro.
The netminder has had trouble with allowing early goals and others on
soft shots and this tally was a mixture of both. Nathan Gilles weakly
threw the puck from below the goal line on the left side and watched
it carom in off Munro's skate or leg at the near post. The teams
traded power-play goals late in the period for a 2-2 tie at the first
intermission. Norfolk's came first, with Keith racing past a flat-
footed defender to the left post and banging in a back-door pass from
Jason Morgan in the opposite corner. The Sound Tigers rallied again
on a man-advantage tally of their own after Norfolk's James
Wisniewski turned the puck over in center ice and then hooked a man
while trying to recover. Jason Guerriero pushed the puck down the
right side before feeding into the slot where Campoli picked the far,
upper corner over Munro's blocker shoulder. Munro was replaced after
the first intermission by pro rookie Mike Brodeur, whose AHL debut
got off to a shaky start when he allowed the first shot he faced a
Justin Papineau slap shot from atop the left circle to beat him on
his glove side.
The Sound Tigers went up 4-2 in the second period's 13th minute when
John Morlang's wrist shot from the right circle capped a 2-on-1 rush
with teammate Gillies by zipping through Brodeur's legs. Bridgeport's
lead moved to 5-2 less than two minutes later on another odd-man
rush. This time it was Justin Mapletoft and Papineau on the attack
and the former found the latter with a pass from high on the right
side down to the far post. Brodeur, sliding across, couldn't stop
himself and watched helplessly as Papineau stickhandled around him
and scored at the right post. Mapletoft's assist on the play set a
Sound Tigers career record, giving him 77 and moving him past Trent
Hunter on that list. Norfolk's nightmarish second period continued
with Bridgeport's fourth goal of the stanza. Again, a pass from up
the right sideboards went to the far side of Brodeur's crease, and
this time it was Matt Koalska who scored on a redirection. Norfolk
managed a shorthanded goal in the third period when Pavel Vorobiev
beat Jarrett up ice and somehow swatted the puck past goaltender
Dieter Kochan (18-17) as he staggered past the right post.
Bridgeport's Papineau closed the scoring and his hat trick with an
empty net goal in the final seconds. Bridgeport's seven-goal output
tied a team record.
The Sound Tigers have scored that many goals three other times in the
regular season, the last in December of 2002.