By Ken Peacock
A win is a win, even if it takes a shootout to get it. The Admirals took game two of a seven game road trip from the Phantoms at the Glenn Falls Civic Center Wednesday night. The road trip now moves on down the road to Providence to take on the Bruins Friday night.
Michel Ouellet scored two goals while Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson chipped in a goal each. Mark Barberio added on to AHL leading stats for defensemen by contributing three assists. Jaroslav Janus improved his record to 3-0-1 and stopped 24 of 28 shots in regulation and stopped four of the five Adirondack shooters in the shootout.
Eric Wellwood scored first for the Phantoms putting the puck past Janus for a 1-0 Adirondack lead. Norfolk tied the game up on Michel Ouellet first goal of the night. Ouelett beat Jason Bacashihua by putting in a rebound from Mark Barberios shot. Adirondack immediately marched down the ice and Tom Sestito claimed a rebound from a Erik Gustafsson shot for a 2-1 Phantoms lead at the end of one period.
Norfolk tied the game at 2 goals each midway through the second period. Carter Ashton struck gold with his team-leading seventh goal of the season. The Phantoms took the lead once again with less than five minutes left in the period on a Ty McGinn wrist shot that beat Jaroslav Janus.
Early in the third Norfolk tied the game at 3 apiece a power play goal from Tyler Johnson. The Admirals took the lead of the game with a minute and some change left in the period on Ouellet’s second of the night. It looked like the Admirals would take this one in regulation, but Denis Hamel would not let this happen. Hamel deflected a Harry Zolnierczyk pass out of the air and beat Janus with less than 30 seconds remaining in period and sent the game to overtime.
The overtime went scoreless and the game went to the shootout. Hamel would be the first to score in the third round, but Cory Conacher immediately answered back with his own goal. James Wright beat Bacashihuato give Norfolk a 2-1 shootout lead. Zolnierczyk of the Phantoms saw his chances eliminated with a Jaroslav Janus poke check to give the Admirals the victory.
Norfolk Admirals 5 (SO) at Adirondack Phantoms 4 – Status: Final SO
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Glens Falls Civic Center
Norfolk 1 1 2 0 – 5
Adirondack 2 1 1 0 – 4
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Wellwood 3 (Roe), 10:28. 2, Norfolk, Ouellet 3 (Barberio, Labrie), 14:36. 3, Adirondack, Sestito 4 (Gustafsson, Akeson), 19:33 (PP). Penalties-Fornataro Nor (hooking), 7:57; Wyman Nor (holding), 9:42; Holmstrom Adk (illegal stick), 9:42; Dimmen Nor (slashing, roughing), 12:07; Zolnierczyk Adk (roughing), 12:07; Gudas Nor (interference), 18:44; Smith Nor (high-sticking), 19:48; Roe Adk (holding the stick), 19:52.
2nd Period-4, Norfolk, Ashton 7 (Conacher, Barberio), 8:11. 5, Adirondack, McGinn 1 (Pither, Brown), 15:43. Penalties-Holmstrom Adk (slashing), 19:56.
3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Johnson 4 (Dimmen, Barberio), 1:01 (PP). 7, Norfolk, Ouellet 4 (Smith, Gudas), 18:41. 8, Adirondack, Hamel 7 (Zolnierczyk), 19:32. Penalties-Wright Nor (hooking), 2:57; Picard Nor (fighting), 5:25; Rinaldo Adk (charging, fighting), 5:25; Conacher Nor (slashing), 9:11; Brown Adk (tripping), 12:01; Fornataro Nor (hooking), 13:10.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Dimmen Nor (high-sticking), 3:46.
Shootout – Norfolk 2 (Ouellet NG, Barberio NG, Conacher G, Wright G), Adirondack 1 (Akeson NG, Roe NG, Hamel G, Sestito NG, Zolnierczyk NG).
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 14-15-9-3-1-42. Adirondack 11-11-6-0-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; Adirondack 1 / 8.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 3-0-1 (28 shots-24 saves). Adirondack, Bacashihua 1-1-1 (41 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Frank Murphy (29).