By Ken Peacock
Carter Ashton had a goal and Mike Vernace chipped in with 3 assists as the Norfolk Admirals (7-2-0-1) defeated the Syracuse Crunch (4-3-1-1), 6-2, on Saturday night. The Admirals will be taking a well deserved break from game day action until Friday night when they visit the Albany Devils.
Goalie Jaroslav Janus stopped 29 of 31 for his fourth victory with the support of the Admirals Offense and defense. Six different Admirals contributed to the Admiral victory, including Carter Ashton, who scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
Carter Ashton gave the Admirals a 1-0 lead in the first. Charles Landry fed a pass to Carter Ashton who put the puck behind Crunch goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers at 13:13 of the first period. Dana Tyrell would strike 2 minutes later when he intercepted a crunch pass in the Crunch zone and beat Deslauriers for his third goal of the season with two minutes remaining in the first period. Trevor Smith gave the Admirals a 3-0 lead with 33 seconds left in the first period with his fifth goal of the season.
The Admirals offense opened back up less than two minutes into the second when Trevor Smith fed Richard Panik a pass. Panik shot and the puck hit a skate in front of the net and behind the Crunch net- minder for Panik’s second goal of the season. Syracuse finally got on the board when Nathan Smith tipped in a shot by Nick Shaus past Janus to cut the Norfolk lead to 4-1 and finish out the scoring in the second period.
The third period saw Syracuse getting on the board from former Admiral Mark Bell getting his third goal of the season and closing the gap to 4-2. Norfolk’s J.T. Wyman answered back less than a minute later scoring on the new Crunch goalie Iiro Tarkki. Mark Barberio would put the last nail in the Crunch coffin with a shot that beat the glove hand of Tarkki with 9:05 left in the third period.
Jaroslav Janus (4-0-1) stopped 29 of 31 shots for the victory. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (3-2-0) stopped 11 of 15 shots and took the loss, Iiro Tarki (1-2-1) came in during the second period and stopped 9 of 11 shots. The Admirals converted on 2 of it’s 4 power plays and the Crunh were 1 for 5.
Norfolk Admirals 6 at Syracuse Crunch 2 – Status: Final
Saturday, October 29, 2011 – Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter
Norfolk 3 1 2 – 6
Syracuse 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Ashton 9 (Landry, Conacher), 13:13. 2, Norfolk, Tyrell 3 18:01. 3, Norfolk, Smith 5 (Vernace, Palat), 19:27. Penalties-Picard Nor (high-sticking), 6:32; Carle Syr (holding), 16:10; Conacher Nor (interference), 16:49.
2nd Period-4, Norfolk, Panik 2 (Smith, Vernace), 1:58 (PP). 5, Syracuse, Smith 1 (Schaus, O’Hanley), 6:34 (PP). Penalties-Sexton Syr (hooking), 0:35; Barberio Nor (slashing), 3:41; Vernace Nor (high-sticking), 4:39; Ashton Nor (tripping), 13:07; Holland Syr (hooking), 13:35.
3rd Period-6, Syracuse, Bell 3 (Carle, O’Hanley), 6:58. 7, Norfolk, Wyman 3 (Tyrell, Dimmen), 7:24. 8, Norfolk, Barberio 2 (Picard, Vernace), 10:54 (PP). Penalties-Smith Nor (goaltender interference), 4:01; Sexton Syr (interference), 4:01; Smith Syr (tripping), 9:14.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 13-10-3-26. Syracuse 8-9-14-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 2 / 4; Syracuse 1 / 5.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 4-0-1 (31 shots-29 saves). Syracuse, Drouin-Deslauriers 3-2-0 (15 shots-11 saves); Tarkki 1-2-1 (11 shots-9 saves).
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Brian Lemon (25), Derek Sylvester (76).