By Ken Peacock
Blair Jones has immediate impact on the Admirals offense, scores his first goal and logs plenty of ice time. Pierre-Cedric Labrie had a goal and an assist and Charles Landry slugged it out and took care of business. The Norfolk Admirals (11-8-0-1) defeat the Providence Bruins (8-12-1-1), 5-1, on Friday night at Scope. Both teams meet again tonight at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
The Admirals opened scoring 7:34 into the first period with a goal from Blair Jones. Cory Conacher sent a pass from the right circle to Matt Fornataro in the slot. Fornataro’s shot hit the leg of Providence goalie Michael Hutchinson and rebounded to the left circle and Blair Jones. Jones shot the puck past Hutchinson’s right leg his first goal of the season and a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
Less than four minutes later Providence evened the score one a power play goal from Jamie Tardif. The Bruins David Warsofsky sent a pass Carter Camper at the bottom of the right circle and sent it in towards the goal Tardif shot it past Tokarski. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
Ondrej Palat would give the Admirals a 2-1 lead almost ten minutes into the second period. Palat entered the offensive zone and passed Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Labrie moved into the left corner and passed back to Palat on the other side of the Bruin goal. Palat knocked the puck past Hutchinson for his first goal of the season. Norfolk would take a 3-1 lead from Pierre-Cedric Labrie late in the second period. Labrie stripped the puck from a Bruin defender shot the puck between the legs of a defender and off the leg pads of the Bruin goalie. Labrie took the rebound and backhanded the puck into the net for his fourth goal of the season.
Radko Gudas scored his fourth goal of the season nine minutes into the third period to give the Admirals a 4-1 lead. Charles Landry and the Bruins Zach McKelvie squared off for the games only fight. Landry is not known as a fighter handled himself quite nicely. J.T.Wyman scored a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 1:30 remaining to seal the Admiral victory.
Dustin Tokarski (6-5-0) stopped 17 of 18 shots for the win, and Michael Hutchinson (0-4-0) stopped 39 of 43 shots for the loss. Both teams were 1-7 on the power play.
Providence Bruins 1 at Norfolk Admirals 5 – Status: Final
Friday, November 25, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Providence 1 0 0 – 1
Norfolk 1 2 2 – 5
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Jones 1 (Fornataro, Conacher), 7:34 (PP). 2, Providence, Tardif 7 (Camper, Warsofsky), 11:16 (PP). Penalties-Randell Pro (checking to the head), 6:30; Cohen Pro (hooking), 7:22; Angelidis Nor (tripping), 10:14; Cunningham Pro (boarding), 14:13; Gudas Nor (delay of game), 16:26.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Palat 1 (Labrie, Vernace), 9:41. 4, Norfolk, Labrie 4 (Angelidis, Cote), 18:19. Penalties-MacDonald Pro (tripping), 7:21; Gudas Nor (interference), 10:57; McKelvie Pro (roughing), 15:23.
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Gudas 4 (Smith), 9:00. 6, Norfolk, Wyman 4 18:30 (SH EN). Penalties-Cunningham Pro (holding the stick), 2:34; served by Palat Nor (bench minor – too many men), 6:23; Warsofsky Pro (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:27; Jones Nor (hooking), 8:27; McKelvie Pro (fighting), 9:39; Landry Nor (fighting), 9:39; Cote Nor (hooking), 10:19; Barberio Nor (cross-checking), 12:12; Tardif Pro (tripping), 12:42; Fornataro Nor (high-sticking), 18:21.
Shots on Goal-Providence 3-5-10-18. Norfolk 16-15-13-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 1 / 7; Norfolk 1 / 7.
Goalies-Providence, Hutchinson 0-4-0 (43 shots-39 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 6-5-0 (18 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Mark Hamlett (81).