By Ken Peacock
Someone forgot to wake the Admirals up tonight. Norfolk (21-12-1-3) fell asleep early in the third period of Friday nights game against Albany (16-13-5-2) and did not wake up until the third period of tonight’s game. Norfolk gave up three more goals tonight while only managing a lone goal against the Devils. The Admirals return to action Tuesday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Albany took a 1-0 lead late into the first period. Eric Gelinas picked up a pass from Darcy Zajac and sent it over Jaroslav Janus at 17:05. The Admirals had a couple of open net opportunities, but failed to convert.
The Devils added another goal early in the second. Stephane Veilleux sent a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Janus at 1:07 for a power play goal. A recent call up from the ECHL would give the Devils a 3-0 lead midway thru the second. J.S. Berube skated out from behind the Admirals goal line and put the puck between Janus and the pipes for the Devil goal at 10:38 of the second period. The Devils would go into the locker room with a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Admirals finally woke up and the physical intensity of the game grew. Norfolk would score their only goal on the power play at 7:43 of the third period. Mark Barberio shot th e puck in on Keith Kinkaid. Richard Panik was in front of the net and deflected Barberio’s shot for Norfolk’s only goal. Albany controlled the rest of the period and smothered the Norfolk offense. The Albany win tonight marked the fourth victory in four games against the Admirals.
Jaroslav Janus (7-5-2) stopped 19 of 22 shots in the loss, and Keith Kinkaid (9-10-0) stopped 28 of 29 shots for the win. Norfolk was 1-7 on the power play. Albany was 1-6.
Albany Devils 3 at Norfolk Admirals 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 7, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Albany 1 2 0 – 3
Norfolk 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period-1, Albany, Gelinas 7 (Zajac, Sislo), 17:05. Penalties-Veilleux Alb (slashing), 0:00; Perkovich Alb (tripping), 3:45; Jackson Nor (high-sticking), 7:33; Banwell Alb (hooking), 13:23; Anderson Alb (roughing), 16:02; Conacher Nor (roughing), 16:02.
2nd Period-2, Albany, Veilleux 5 (Anderson, Zajac), 1:07 (PP). 3, Albany, Berube 1 (Mills, Gelinas), 10:38. Penalties-Conacher Nor (slashing), 0:05; served by Neilson Nor (bench minor – too many men), 13:59; Anderson Alb (cross-checking), 14:22; Harrold Alb (delay of game), 16:15; served by Neilson Nor (bench minor – too many men), 18:02.
3rd Period-4, Norfolk, Panik 6 (Barberio, Smith), 7:43 (PP). Penalties-Neilson Nor (hooking), 0:15; Berube Alb (slashing), 6:31; Veilleux Alb (roughing), 15:46; Barberio Nor (slashing), 19:38.
Shots on Goal-Albany 11-7-5-23. Norfolk 14-7-8-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 1 / 6; Norfolk 1 / 7.
Goalies-Albany, Kinkaid 9-10-0 (29 shots-28 saves). Norfolk, Janus 7-5-2 (23 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Tim Mayer (19).
Linesmen-Bill Lyons (27), Mark Hamlett (81).