By Ken Peacock
The Mile One Centre was not as friendly to the Admirals as it was Friday night. While Norfolk (10-7-0-1) out-shot the IceCaps (12-3-3-0) 36-25, it was IceCap goalie, Peter Mannino, standing on his head stopping 35 of the 36 Admiral shots. The Admirals leave Canada with a 1-1 record against the IceCaps and return home for a six-game homestand. Charlotte comes into town for a Thanksgiving Eve showdown starting at 7:15pm.
St. John’s jumped to an early 1-0 lead on a Riley Holzapfel power play goal. Holzapfel took a Carl Klingberg pass in the left circle and put the puck past the blocker of Dustin Tokarski. The IceCaps would increase their lead at the 18 minute mark of the first period. The Admirals turned over the puck when Spencer Machacek intercepted a pass and put the puck past Tokarski for a 2-0 IceCap lead.
Norfolk answered back with their lone goal of the game 27 seconds into the second period. Cory Conacher stole the puck from an IceCap defender and shot the puck over Mannino’s shoulder and into the net. The IceCaps held a 2-1 lead at the end of two.
St. John’s took a 3-1 lead two minutes into the third period. Garth Murray and Kevin Clark entered the Admirals zone and Murray passed to Clark in the slot. Clark then returned the puck to Murray in the bottom of the left circle who shot the puck in the net to give the IceCaps the 3-1 lead. That would be all the goals that St. John’s would need on the night as the IceCaps defense shut down the Admirals for the rest of the night.
Dustin Tokarski (5-5-0) stopped 22 of 25 shots for the loss, and Peter Mannino (4-2-0) stopped 35 of 36 shots for the win. Norfolk was 0-2 on the power play, St. John’s was 1-5.
Norfolk Admirals 1 at St. John’s IceCaps 3 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 19, 2011 – Mile One Centre
Norfolk 0 1 0 – 1
St. John’s 2 0 1 – 3
1st Period-1, St. John’s, Holzapfel 7 (Klingberg, Postma), 2:05 (PP). 2, St. John’s, Machacek 3 18:02. Penalties-Vernace Nor (tripping), 0:32; Vernace Nor (roughing, fighting), 3:40; Cormier Stj (fighting), 3:40; Landry Nor (roughing, roughing), 13:52; King Stj (roughing, roughing), 13:52; Bushee Stj (hooking), 15:22.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Conacher 9 0:27. Penalties-Conacher Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:42; Clark Stj (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:42; Landry Nor (boarding), 18:36.
3rd Period-4, St. John’s, Murray 1 (Clark, Albert), 2:18. Penalties-King Stj (tripping), 4:55; Smith Nor (cross-checking), 9:23; Tyrell Nor (delay of game), 10:07; Conacher Nor (interference), 15:45; Mannino Stj (roughing), 15:45.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 12-6-18-36. St. John’s 9-12-4-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 2; St. John’s 1 / 5.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 5-5-0 (25 shots-22 saves). St. John’s, Mannino 4-2-0 (36 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Justin Day (79), Jim Vail (34).