By Ken Peacock
What started to look like a repeat of Friday nights game only lasted for one period. The Norfolk Admirals (18-11-0-1) came back with five-unanswered goals to beat the Hershey Bears (16-8-3-2), 6-3, on tonight at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Admirals move up into a three-way tie with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first place in the East Division.
The Bears struck early with a Joel Rechlicz goal at 2:47 of the first period. Jacob Micflikier increased their lead to 2-0 at the 11:46 mark. Norfolk finally got on the scoreboard with less than five minutes left in the period to cut the Hershey lead to one goal. Michel Ouelett was on the end of a Phillip-Michael Devos Pass that was shot passed Bears netminder, Braden Holtby. It looked like both teams would head into the locker rooms with the Bears having a 2-1 lead, but Chris Bourque had other things in mind. With less than a minute left in the period Boyd Kane passed to Bourque who skated in alone and shot the puck over Jaroslav Janus’ glove hand and into the net. The Bears now lead 3-1.
The second period saw both teams going scoreless. Norfolk would start their comeback at 4:33 of the third. Mark Barberio intercepted the puck and passed to J.T. Wyman. Wyman skated in on Holtby and put the puck into the net for his sixth goal of the season. Two Minutes later Phillip-Michael Devos would get his first AHL goal of the season. Once again Barberio found an Admiral heading into the Bears zone. Barberio passed to Devos who beat Holbty to tie the game at three goals each. With less than seven minutes remaining, Hershey found themselves shorthanded. Barberio, an Ouellet would assist on Trevor Smith’s 14th goal of the season at 13:59 of the third. Richard Panik would give the Admirals a 5-3 lead at 14:58. Panik would pick up a loose puck and backhand it into the net for his fourth goal of the season. With 1:08 remaining Holtby was on the bench in favor of a another forward. Trevor Smith took advantage of the empty net and sealed the victory with his twelfth goal of the season.
Jaroslav Janus (7-4-1) stopped 22 of 25 for the win and Braden Holtby (9-7-1) stopped 25 of 30 shots for the loss. Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play while Hershey was 0-2.
The Admirals return to home ice on Wednesday, December 28, to face off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Norfolk Admirals 6 at Hershey Bears 3 – Status: Final
Sunday, December 18, 2011 – Giant Center
Norfolk 1 0 5 – 6
Hershey 3 0 0 – 3
1st Period-1, Hershey, Rechlicz 1 (Brouillette, Flemming), 2:47. 2, Hershey, Micflikier 11 (Ford, Potulny), 11:46. 3, Norfolk, Ouellet 8 (Devos, Angelidis), 16:12. 4, Hershey, Bourque 16 (Kane, Aucoin), 19:56. Penalties-Neilson Nor (fighting), 2:47; Rechlicz Her (fighting), 2:47; Cote Nor (cross-checking), 3:51; Hanson Her (high-sticking), 12:45.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Angelidis Nor (cross-checking), 3:58; Bourque Her (slashing), 3:58; Smith Nor (tripping), 7:33; Aucoin Her (cross-checking), 10:56; Conacher Nor (hooking), 12:56; Mitchell Her (diving), 12:56; Angelidis Nor (roughing), 19:28; Ford Her (roughing), 19:28.
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Wyman 6 (Barberio, Janus), 4:33. 6, Norfolk, Devos 1 (Barberio, Kostka), 6:43. 7, Norfolk, Smith 14 (Ouellet, Barberio), 13:59 (PP). 8, Norfolk, Panik 4 (Devos), 14:58. 9, Norfolk, Johnson 12 (Angelidis, Wyman), 18:52 (EN). Penalties-Hanson Her (holding), 7:52; Mink Her (roughing), 12:08; Potulny Her (cross-checking), 16:20.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 7-9-15-31. Hershey 11-8-6-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 5; Hershey 0 / 2.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 7-4-1 (25 shots-22 saves). Hershey, Holtby 9-7-1 (30 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Ryan Fraser (14), Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Jameel Chaudry (51), John Everett (82).
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