By Ken Peacock
The Charlotte Checkers (11-6-1-1) came into Scope and scored six goals in the final two periods to sink the Admirals (10-8-0-1) by a score of 6-3. Next up for the Admirals are the Providence Bruins on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope.
The Admirals scored first at 16:06 in the first period on a Mike Angelidis goal. J.T. Wyman collected the puck in the offensive zone and skated behind the Charlotte net. Wyman passed to Angelidis who put the puck past Charlotte goalie, Justin Peters, for his fourth goal of the season. Norfolk took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at the end of the first.
Early in the second period, Jerome Samson redirected a Chris Terry shot past Admirals goalie, Jaroslav Janus, to tie the game 1-1. Norfolk struck back 33 seconds later on Trevor Smith goal for a 2-1 Admirals lead. The Checkers would answer back with two more before the end of the period to take a 3-2 lead. Mathieu Roy scored shorthanded and Riley Nash put the Checkers ahead by one when he scored off the far post on a 2-on-1 with Justin Soryal.
Norfolk tied the game at 3-3 early in the third period with Cory Conacher’s tenth goal of the season. Conacher one-timed a Mike Angelidis pass into the Checker net at 4:28 of the third. Norfolk seemed to have a meltdown as the Checkers stormed back to score three straight with a shorthanded goal from Samson, a breakaway goal from Jon Matsumoto, and a power-play goal from Zac Dalpe. With the win the Checkers have tied the GEICO Challenge Cup series at two game each.
Jaroslav Janus (5-3-1) stopped 20 of 26 shots for the loss. Justin Peters (5-2-1) stopped 34 of 37 shots for the win. Norfolk was 0-1 on the power play. Charlotte was 3-6.
The Admirals finish out the week with a Friday and Saturday night match up against the Providence Bruins.
Charlotte Checkers 6 at Norfolk Admirals 3 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Charlotte 0 3 3 – 6
Norfolk 1 1 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Angelidis 4 (Wyman, Fornataro), 16:06. Penalties-Angelidis Nor (hooking), 9:11.
2nd Period-2, Charlotte, Samson 8 (Terry, Nash), 3:09 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Smith 9 (Landry, Labrie), 3:47. 4, Charlotte, Roy 2 (Terry, Nash), 5:29 (SH). 5, Charlotte, Nash 2 (Samson, Krueger), 17:27. Penalties-Labrie Nor (slashing), 2:10; Blanchard Cha (roughing, roughing), 4:00; Neilson Nor (roughing), 4:00; Soryal Cha (fighting), 9:31; Neilson Nor (fighting), 9:31.
3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Conacher 10 (Angelidis, Fornataro), 4:28. 7, Charlotte, Samson 9 (Terry), 10:04 (PP). 8, Charlotte, Matsumoto 8 10:45. 9, Charlotte, Dalpe 2 (Matsumoto, Jordan), 17:39 (PP). Penalties-Durno Cha (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:41; Labrie Nor (roughing, roughing), 8:41; Cote Nor (tripping), 12:19; Rissanen Cha (fighting), 16:23; Angelidis Nor (fighting, misconduct – continuing altercation), 16:23; Fornataro Nor (cross-checking), 16:23; Ashton Nor (tripping), 16:58.
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 8-10-8-26. Norfolk 14-13-10-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 3 / 6; Norfolk 0 / 1.
Goalies-Charlotte, Peters 5-2-1 (37 shots-34 saves). Norfolk, Janus 5-3-1 (26 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Steve Patafie (85), Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Bill Lyons (27).