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Sudden power surge leads Norfolk to win

Norfolk picked a fine time to power up at Scope.

Matt Keith recorded a goal and three assists and the Admirals converted on three of four power play opportunities to take a 5-2 victory over Bridgeport on Friday night.

Entering the game, Norfolk owned the league’s worst power-play efficiency on home ice, going just 5-for-66 at Scope this season.

James Wisniewski and Travis Moen gave the Admirals a 2-0 lead just 6:23 into the game. After the Sound Tigers cut the deficit in half, Keith and Pavel Vorobiev scored with the man advantage during the second period to make it 4-1.

Marty Wilford also scored, and Jim Vandermeer added two assists. Michael Leighton made 23 saves.

Barrett Heisten had a goal and an assist for the Sound Tigers, who are just 2-12-1-0 on the road this season.

The teams meet again in Norfolk on Saturday night.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Daniel Paille scored three goals, including one on a shorthanded penalty shot, as Rochester beat Cleveland, 4-1… Jozef Balej and Alexandre Giroux had two goals and two assists apiece as Hartford pasted Portland, 7-2… Anton Volchenkov had a goal and two assists as Binghamton downed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5-1… Mathieu Darche scored with 38 seconds left in regulation to give Hershey a 2-1 win over Albany, the Bears’ sixth straight victory… Jamie Pushor‘s third-period goal lifted Syracuse over Philadelphia, 2-1… Grand Rapids’ winless slide hit eight games (0-7-0-1) as Chris Higgins scored twice in Hamilton’s 5-2 victory over the Griffins… Joffrey Lupul picked up a goal and two assists during a five-goal first period as Cincinnati rolled past Utah, 6-0… Chuck Kobasew scored twice and Brent Krahn made 35 saves to help Lowell defeat Manchester, 3-1… Brad Boyes recorded a goal and an assist in Providence’s 4-1 win over Springfield… Jason Bacashihua stopped 32 shots for Worcester in a 4-1 win at San Antonio… Wyatt Smith and Simon Gamache each had a goal and an assist to help Milwaukee beat Chicago, 3-2, and lift the Admirals past the Wolves and into first place in the West Division.