By Ken Peacock
Another night of hockey in Hampton Roads and another victory for the Admirals and their fans. The spotlight was on the line of Johnson, Ashton, and Conacher. The rookies have done everything that was asked of them. Carter Ashton has not only put up points on the scoreboard, but has also thrown his weight around when needed.
Carter Ashton once again opened up the scoring a little over midway thru the first period. Charlotte would answer back with a goal from Bowman to send the teams to the locker room tied at one goal a piece. Both of the goals were on the power play, and the teams had chipped in three penalties each.
In the second period the Admirals found themselves on the penalty kill when former Admiral Mathieu Roy would score a power play goal to give the Checkers the lead. Alexandre Picard and Tyler Johnson would score for the Admirals before Charlotte’ s Bowman scored his second goal of the night to tie the game at three goals each to end the second period. Both team managed to behave themselves with only three penalties assessed during the period.
The third period saw the Checkers and Admirals sending more players to the box than scoring goals. The teams combined for an additional eight penalties. The highlight of the period was Cory Conacher scoring his first of the season with assists going to his linemates, Johnson and Ashton.
Jaroslav Janus got the start over Dustin Tokarski. I would say Janus performed pretty good, stopping some key Charlotte opportunities. It looked like the Admirals defense were trying to keep the Checkers in check and allowing mainly low percentage outside shots. Janus, however, was beat cleanly with two slapshots. The Admirals defense still has some work to do before they get my confidence. Coughing up the puck and giving odd-man rush opportunities forced Janus to make some great saves when the defense failed. In the end a win is a win. Coach Cooper can address the shortcomings in practice before the Hershey Bears come to town next Friday.
Charlotte Checkers 3 at Norfolk Admirals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, October 8, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Charlotte 1 2 0 – 3
Norfolk 1 2 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Ashton 3 (Barberio, Conacher), 12:58 (PP). 2, Charlotte, Bowman 1 (Sanguinetti, Matsumoto), 16:12 (PP). Penalties-Ouellet Nor (tripping), 3:12; Pistilli Cha (boarding), 7:24; Soryal Cha (roughing), 7:24; Ashton Nor (roughing), 7:24; Pistilli Cha (interference), 11:09; Vernace Nor (interference), 15:04.
2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Roy 1 (Matsumoto, McNicoll), 9:40 (PP). 4, Norfolk, Picard 2 (Wright, Fornataro), 10:38. 5, Norfolk, Johnson 2 (Vernace, Conacher), 15:44. 6, Charlotte, Bowman 2 (Matsumoto, Bellemore), 19:50. Penalties-Terry Cha (hooking), 2:56; Petiot Nor (tripping), 7:50; Sanguinetti Cha (roughing), 13:28.
3rd Period-7, Norfolk, Conacher 1 (Ashton, Johnson), 5:50. Penalties-Boychuk Cha (slashing), 1:52; Sutter Cha (roughing), 7:56; Smith Nor (interference, roughing), 7:56; Boychuk Cha (roughing), 10:15; Gudas Nor (roughing), 10:15; Rissanen Cha (roughing), 11:59; Johnson Nor (roughing), 11:59; Tyrell Nor (goaltender interference), 11:59.
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 7-9-13-29. Norfolk 17-16-11-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 2 / 5; Norfolk 1 / 5.
Goalies-Charlotte, Murphy 0-1-0 (44 shots-40 saves). Norfolk, Janus 1-0-0 (29 shots-26 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (44).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Tom George (61).