They spent a few weeks finding ways to lose, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers got through moments of adversity Friday and found a way to win.
Casey Cizikas' three-on-three goal midway through overtime gave Bridgeport a 4-3 win, its fourth lead of the game and finally a lead that Norfolk couldn't answer at Scope in Norfolk, Va.
"It wasn't pretty," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "We got outplayed in the first period. We talked after the period about how that's over with, it's 1-1 on the road after the first period, and we've got to find a way, continue working."
Goals from John Persson (power play), Brock Nelson (injured later in the second period on a puck or stick to the mouth) and Ty Wishart (his first) gave Bridgeport leads early in each period. The Admirals responded in each period, the last on Patrick Maroon's goal with 2:45 remaining.
Bridgeport got a power play 50 seconds into overtime when rookie referee Trent Knorr called Sami Vatanen for hooking Cizikas. That evened out when Knorr got Nino Niederreiter for tripping Jordan Hendry at 2:08.
But Cizikas went to the net to score as Mat Clark knocked him into goalie Frederik Andersen, knocking the net from its moorings. Knorr awarded a goal, saying the puck was in before the net came off, after a video review over objections from Norfolk players and fans.
"Casey made a great individual effort," Pellerin said.
After an eight-game winless streak, the Sound Tigers have two wins and an overtime loss in their past three games. This win snapped a six-game road winless streak.
The teams meet again Saturday night in Norfolk.
Anders Nilsson, starting for the sixth game in a row, made 27 saves, more than half of them in the first as the Admirals outshot Bridgeport 15-4. The Sound Tigers outshot them 22-15 after that.
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BRIDGEPORT.......................................1 1 1 1--4
NORFOLK............................................1 1 1 0--3
First Period: 1, Bridgeport, Persson 8 (Nelson, McDonald), 3:36 (pp). 2, Norfolk, Smith-Pelly 3 (Holland, Palmieri), 7:10. Penalties -- McIver, Bpt, major (fighting), 1:59; Maroon, Nor, major (fighting), 1:59; Rosehill, Nor (elbowing), 2:24; Riley, Bpt (interference), 3:42; Gallant, Bpt, major (fighting), 9:21; Bodie, Nor, major (fighting), 9:21; Donovan, Bpt (hooking), 13:52.
Second Period: 3, Bridgeport, Nelson 11 (Niederreiter, McDonald), 1:13. 4, Norfolk, Holland 11 (Hendry, Palmieri), 9:06 (pp). Penalties -- Wagner, Nor (roughing), 1:46; Cizikas, Bpt (hooking), 4:12; Rosehill, Nor (interference), 6:40; Landry, Bpt (interference), 7:20; McIver, Bpt, double minor-major-misconduct (roughing, fighting), 9:38; Kurtz, Nor, major (fighting), 9:38; Bodie, Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:38; Parent, Nor (tripping), 12:13.
Third Period: 5, Bridgeport, Wishart 1 (Riley), 3:31. 6, Norfolk, Maroon 7 (Wagner), 17:15. Penalties -- Clark, Nor (tripping), 14:15.
Overtime: 7, Bridgeport, Cizikas 6, 2:28. Penalties -- Vatanen, Nor (hooking), :50; Niederreiter, Bpt (tripping), 2:08.
Shots on goal: Bridgeport 4-9-10-3--26. Norfolk 15-6-8-1--30.
Power play opportunities: Bridgeport 1 of 6, Norfolk 1 of 6.
Goaltenders: Bridgeport, Nilsson 6-6-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Norfolk, Andersen 7-7-0 (26-22).
Attendance: 4,902. Referee -- Knorr. Linesmen -- George, Murray.