By Ken Peacock
The Admirals ran into a brick wall Friday Night in Albany. The Devils rookie goaltender, Keith Kinkaid, stopped all of the 34 shots that Norfolk fired at him and went home with a 1-0 shutout. Norfolk is now 3-2 on the current road trip and move on to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers.
Kinkaid and Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski fought a hard battle. Both teams went scoreless through the first and second periods. Tokarski stopped 14 shots and Kinkaid turned aside 20 in this goaltender duel. Five minutes into the third period Devils defenseman, Matt Taormina, figured Tokarski out. Taormina sent a shot through traffic and past a screened Tokarski for the lone goal of the night.
The Admirals offense would put an additional 14 shots on Kinkaid and pulled Tokarski in the final minute, but Kinkaid was having none of this. Keith Kinkaid earned his first professional shutout stopping all 34 Admiral shots. This was quiet night on the penalty front. Norfolk did not have a power play, and Albany went 0-1.
Game six of Norfolk’s seven-game road trip continues tonight night at the Webster Bank Arena against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. The Admirals finish of the road trip Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in Providence against the Bruins.
Norfolk Admirals 0 at Albany Devils 1 – Status: Final
Friday, November 4, 2011 – Times Union Center
Norfolk 0 0 0 – 0
Albany 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Tyrell Nor (high-sticking), 1:57.
3rd Period-1, Albany, Taormina 2 (Gionta, Zharkov), 5:20. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 9-11-14-34. Albany 7-7-7-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 0; Albany 0 / 1.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 3-3-0 (21 shots-20 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 3-2-0 (34 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Jeff Smith (49).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Jim Harper (59).