By Ken Peacock
A third period goal from James Wright sealed an Admirals victory over Providence Saturday night at Scope. The Norfolk Admirals (12-8-0-1) swept the four-game season series against the Bruins (8-13-1-1) with the 3-2 victory. Next up for the Admirals is a meeting against the East Division leading rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, at Scope on Tuesday.
The first period was a back and forth scoreless affair. Providence would open up the scoring at 12:35 of the second on a Josh Hennessy slap shot that was deflected into the Admirals net, by one of Norfolk’s own defenders. The Admirals would tie the match up at one each on a Pierre-Cedric Labrie deflectio of a Radko Gudas shot that beat Bruin goalie Anton Khudobin. The goal was Labrie’s fifth of the season.
The Admirals took a 2-1 lead on Richard Panik’s third goal of the season at the ten minute mark of the third period. James Wright came out of hibernation at the 12:40 mark when he took a panick pass in the low slot and shot it past Khudobin for a 3-1 Admirals lead. Providence put on the pressure and closed to within a goal with 14 seconds remaining when Craig Cunningham scored for Providence. The Admirals held on went home with the 3-2 win.
Dustin Tokarski (7-5-0) stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win and Anton Khudobin (7-10-1) stopped 30 of 33 shots in the loss. Norfolk was 0-5 on the power play, Providence was 0-3.
Next up for the Admirals are the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, at Scope on Tuesday night at 7:15 p.m
Providence Bruins 2 at Norfolk Admirals 3 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 26, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Providence 0 1 1 – 2
Norfolk 0 1 2 – 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Jones Nor (hooking), 1:38; Hennessy Pro (holding the stick), 3:07; Wyman Nor (boarding), 6:51; Bartkowski Pro (holding), 19:00.
2nd Period-1, Providence, Hennessy 6 (Arniel, Bartkowski), 11:35. 2, Norfolk, Labrie 5 (Gudas, Angelidis), 16:32. Penalties-Button Pro (roughing), 1:39; Ashton Nor (roughing), 1:39; served by MacKinnon Pro (bench minor – too many men), 4:21; Bodnarchuk Pro (roughing), 6:43; Bartkowski Pro (interference), 17:14; MacDermid Pro (fighting), 17:14; Cote Nor (fighting), 17:14; Vernace Nor (hooking), 19:29.
3rd Period-3, Norfolk, Panik 3 (Wright, Palat), 9:59. 4, Norfolk, Wright 1 (Panik, Palat), 12:40. 5, Providence, Cunningham 2 (Bartkowski, Arniel), 19:46. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Providence 13-7-8-28. Norfolk 7-17-9-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 0 / 3; Norfolk 0 / 5.
Goalies-Providence, Khudobin 7-10-1 (33 shots-30 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 7-5-0 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Jason Rollins (37).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Mark Hamlett (81).