By Ken Peacock
Norfolk played it’s fifth annual Pink in the Rink to a crowd of 7,227. This was a night where the season high crowd had Scope rocking. The Connecticut Whale with Sean Avery were looking to come back from a loss the previous night. Unfortunately for them Richard Panik, Dustin Tokarski, and the rest of the Admirals had other things in mind. Sean Avery would show why it’s is just so hard to get along with him and why he is not wanted. Avery had an assist, a 10 minute misconduct and a game misconduct for abuse of an official. The end result was the same as Norfolk (23-13-1-2) to a 4-2 win and a weekend sweep over the Connecticut Whale (19-14-2-4).
Richard Panik started the scoring for the Admirals. Evan Oberg passed to Panik who sent a shot over the blocker of Whale goalie Cameron Talbot. Paniks goal came at 13:45 of the first period.
The Admirals got a 2-0 lead midway into the second from Panik. Panik stole the puck from the Whale and skated in from the blue-line. He skated confidently past the Whale defensemen and placed a shot over Talbots blocker and into the net. Paniks second goal came at 10:20 of the second. Connecticut finally got on the board at 15:32 of the second. Kelsey Tessier skated in on Dustin Tokarski and shot the puck past a Norfolk defensemen ans Tokarski to cut the margin 2-1. Less than a minute later the Whale tied the game 2-2 on a Aaron Voros goal at 16:21.
Norfolk would score a go ahead goal early into the third. Mike Kostka fed a pass from behind the Whale goal line to Matt Fornataro. Fornataro deflected the pass past Talbot and into the net. Mike Angelidis gave the Admirals an insurance goal at 17:21 of the third period. Angelidis took a shot from the top of the face-off circle past Talbot to give Norfolk the 4-2 win.
Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 of 26 shots for the win, while Talbot stopped 34 of 38 shots for the loss. Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play while Connecticut was 0-3.
Next up for the Admirals is a three-game road trip starting Wednesday night in Albany, N.Y. against the Devils, Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch, and a rematch with the Whale on Saturday night in Connecticut.
Connecticut Whale 2 at Norfolk Admirals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Connecticut 0 2 0 – 2
Norfolk 1 1 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Panik 7 (Oberg, Johnson), 13:45. Penalties-Newbury Ct (holding), 8:08; Avery Ct (slashing), 12:14; Picard Nor (roughing), 12:14; Kostka Nor (interference), 18:52.
2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Panik 8 10:20. 3, Connecticut, Tessier 7 (Klassen), 15:32. 4, Connecticut, Voros 4 (Avery), 16:21. Penalties-Oberg Nor (hooking), 3:59; Klassen Ct (interference), 7:58; Avery Ct (misconduct – abuse of officials), 16:28; Christensen Ct (high-sticking), 19:14; Parlett Ct (fighting), 19:14; Ashton Nor (fighting), 19:14.
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Fornataro 5 (Kostka, Conacher), 4:14. 6, Norfolk, Angelidis 7 (Picard), 17:21. Penalties-Newbury Ct (game misconduct – abuse of officials), 9:13; Nightingale Ct (roughing), 13:09; Voros Ct (roughing), 13:09; Conacher Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:09; Oberg Nor (hooking), 18:46; Bouchard Ct (boarding), 19:52.
Shots on Goal-Connecticut 12-9-5-26. Norfolk 15-12-11-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Connecticut 0 / 3; Norfolk 0 / 4.
Goalies-Connecticut, Talbot 9-9-0 (38 shots-34 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 16-9-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Brian Oliver (80), Scott Pomento (25).