NORFOLK, Va. - Mark Barberio's power play tally with 7:37 left in regulation proved to be the difference as the Norfolk Admirals extended their winning streak to 23 games with a 2-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday at the Norfolk Scope. With the win, Norfolk clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Admirals took advantage of their first power play opportunity to hold a 1-0 lead after one period of play. Michel Ouellet led a 2-on-1 rush and faked a pass before sending a snapshot over the shoulder of Scott Munroe at 8:09.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would eventually knot the score with 4:37 left in the second period on Bryan Lerg's 25th goal of the season. Lerg fed a pass to Alex Grant and headed to the front of the net where he redirected the defenseman's wrist shot past goalie Dustin Tokarski.
Norfolk went ahead for good during a 5-on-4 advantage in the third period - their seventh of the contest. Barberio's shot from the blueline found its way through a screen and to the back of the net to make the score 2-1 in the Admirals' favor.
Munroe fell to 18-9-3 on the season despite allowing just two goals on 23 shots. Tokarski stopped 25 of 26 for the Admirals.
The Penguins went scoreless on two power play chances and was 5-for-7 on the penalty kill.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play host to the Hershey Bears on Friday, April 6 at 7:05 PM. The Penguins will honor local paralympic skier Stephanie Jallen in her quest to participate in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Purchase a ticket through this special offer, and you'll receive a Penguins hat, a food voucher and a portion of the proceeds will go back to help fund her trip. April 6 is also our annual Pocono Raceway Night. For tickets or more information, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com.