By Ken Peacock
After being outplayed on Wednesday by the WB/S Penguins the Admirals needed to get things back in order. Albany would play the spoiler Friday denying the Admirals offense and giving Norfolk a 2-1 loss. They Admirals move on to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a rematch with the Penguins tonight.
Albany (7-6-0-1) were the first to get on the board late into the first period. Steven Gionta and Matt Taormina scored back to back goals within two minutes of each other. The Devils took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Cory Conacher would get the Admirals (8-6-0-1) on board late into the second period for his sixth goal of the season. Conacher took a Mark Barberio pass and sent a slap shot past the glove hand of Keith Kinkaid and into the Devil net with four minutes remaining in the second period.
The third period was all defense. Norfolk out shot Albany 12-2, but the offense was unable to figure out Kinkaid. Jaroslav Janus played a relatively good game despite giving up the two back to back goals in the first period. Janus (4-2-1) stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced, while Kinkaid (4-2-1) stopped 24 of 25. Norfolk’s power play unit went 1 for 6 and Albany was 0 for 4.
The Admirals continue with their road trip tonight against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:05 p.m. Norfolk does not return home until Wednesday, November 23 for a match against the Charlotte Checkers.