By Ken Peacock
Trevor Smith and Tyler Johnson each scored twice as the Norfolk Admirals (10-6-0-1) beat the St. John’s IceCaps (11-3-3-0), 6-2, tonight.Both teams return to the ice at the Mile One Centre again Saturday at 6pm.
Norfolk struck first five minutes into the game when Matt Fornataro stole the puck in the defensive zone and passed the puck to Tyler Johnson. Johnson carried the puck into the offensive zone and passed back to Fornataro who passed to Carter Ashton. Ashton slipped the puck past the IceCap goalie for his twelfth goal of the season. St John’s would even the score on a Paul Postma power play goal over the shoulder of Admiral goalie, Jaroslav Janus.
The Admirals took a 2-1 lead early in the second with a Trevor Smith one-timer goal. Smith would get his second goal of the night three minutes later. Charles Landry fired a shot towards the goal and Smith picked up the rebound and put it past goaltender Edward Pasquale. These goals were Smith’s seventh and eighth goals of the season. Midway through the second J.T. Wyman sent a backhand pass to Mike Angelidis who one-timed the puck into the IceCap net. The Admirals went to the locker room with a 4-1 lead.
St. John’s Carl Klingberg opened up the scoring three minutes into the third with a shorthanded goal to cut the Admiral lead to 4-2. Norfolk would answer back five minutes later on a Tyler Johnson’s fifth goal of the season. Johnson would score his second of the night when he redirected a Mark Barberio shot into the net. Johnson’s sixth goal of the season sealed a 6-2 Admiral victory.
Admirals goalie Jaroslav Janus (5-2-1) stopped 26 of 28 shots for the victory. Edward Pasquale (6-1-0) stopped 25 of 31 shots. Norfolk was 1 of 3 on the power play. St. John’s was 1 of 5.
Both teams meet Saturday night in St. John’s at 6:00 p.m. EST. The Admirals will then return to Scope for a six-game homestand.
Norfolk Admirals 6 at St. John’s IceCaps 2 – Status: Final
Friday, November 18, 2011 – Mile One Centre
Norfolk 1 3 2 – 6
St. John’s 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Ashton 12 (Fornataro, Johnson), 5:27. 2, St. John’s, Postma 3 (Machacek, Klingberg), 16:44 (PP). Penalties-Angelidis Nor (fighting), 0:26; Murray Stj (fighting), 0:26; Cormier Stj (roughing), 0:42; Ashton Nor (slashing), 13:00; Fornataro Nor (holding), 15:24.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Smith 7 (Conacher, Dimmen), 1:22. 4, Norfolk, Smith 8 (Conacher, Landry), 4:32. 5, Norfolk, Angelidis 3 (Wyman), 11:11. Penalties-Gudas Nor (fighting), 3:32; Murray Stj (fighting), 3:32; Landry Nor (interference), 17:45.
3rd Period-6, St. John’s, Klingberg 9 (DeSantis), 2:58 (SH). 7, Norfolk, Johnson 5 (Ashton, Conacher), 8:14. 8, Norfolk, Johnson 6 (Barberio, Vernace), 15:35 (PP). Penalties-Weller Stj (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:21; Panik Nor (interference), 9:08; Panik Nor (goaltender interference), 13:29; Bushee Stj (roughing), 13:29; King Stj (interference), 14:02; Janus Nor (tripping), 18:14.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 11-12-8-31. St. John’s 14-3-11-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 3; St. John’s 1 / 5.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 5-2-1 (28 shots-26 saves). St. John’s, Pasquale 6-1-0 (31 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Sheldon Keough (63), Jim Vail (34).