By Ken Peacock
The Norfolk Admirals (13-9-0-1) lost to the Adirondack Phantoms (13-7-0-1) 5-1, Friday night at Scope. With Steve Yzerman and nine NHL scouts in attendance it was probably not the best time to take the night off. Both teams will return to the Scope ice tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. Hopefully Norfolk will show up and play a full sixty minutes.
Tye McGinn scored the first of his two goals on the night to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead near the six-minute mark of the first period. The Admirals would even things up 29 seconds later on Carter Ashton’s team leading 13th goal of the season. Tyler Johnson passed to Ashton in the slot. Ashton sent a slap shot that beat Phantom goalie, Michael Leighton on the glove side for the Admirals only goal of the night.
Adirondack took a 2-1 lead when Holmstrom collected his own rebound and slipped it past Janus at 7:23 of the second period. McGinn’s would get his second goal of the night after carrying the puck into the Phantoms offensive zone and sending the puck into the net past a screened Jaroslav Janus at 13:02. At the end of two the score was 3-1 Phantoms.
Former Admirals Dan Jancevski would give Adirondack a 4-1 lead when he scored at 4:09 of the third period. With 5:10 minutes remaining in the third period Norfolk Coach, Jon Cooper, pulled Janus in favor of an extra attacker. The plan backfired when Denis Hamel made the score 5-1 on an empty net goal. The remainder of the game was tense as tempers flared. Saturday’s game might be interesting.
Jaroslav Janus (5-4-1) stopped 8 of 22 shots for the loss while Michael Leighton (10-5-0) stopped 28 of 29 shots for the win. Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-5.
Both teams will return to the Scope ice tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. The Admirals will then hit the road for a three game road trip, beginning next Friday night in Binghamton.
Adirondack Phantoms 5 at Norfolk Admirals 1 – Status: Final
Friday, December 2, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Adirondack 1 2 2 – 5
Norfolk 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 3 (Holmstrom, Akeson), 5:49 (PP). 2, Norfolk, Ashton 13 (Johnson, Jackson), 6:18. Penalties-Dimmen Nor (slashing), 5:03; Lauridsen Adk (interference), 8:49; Panik Nor (tripping), 9:48.
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Holmstrom 5 (Testwuide, Hamel), 7:23. 4, Adirondack, McGinn 4 13:02. Penalties-Pither Adk (slashing), 9:01; Pither Adk (roughing), 16:59; Sestito Adk (fighting), 16:59; Jackson Nor (fighting), 16:59; Jones Nor (roughing), 16:59; Neilson Nor (boarding), 19:05; Holmstrom Adk (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; Roe Adk (roughing), 20:00.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Jancevski 2 (Harper, Kessel), 4:09. 6, Adirondack, Hamel 10 14:50 (EN). Penalties-Testwuide Adk (holding), 4:31; Dimmen Nor (slashing), 16:28; Eddy Adk (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 19:41; Lauridsen Adk (fighting), 19:41; Sestito Adk (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:41; Cote Nor (fighting), 19:41; Gudas Nor (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 19:41; Jones Nor (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:41; Labrie Nor (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:41; Neilson Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:41.
Shots on Goal-Adirondack 5-11-7-23. Norfolk 10-8-11-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 5; Norfolk 0 / 4.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 10-5-0 (29 shots-28 saves). Norfolk, Janus 5-4-1 (22 shots-18 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (44).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Luke Murray (92).