Admirals Turn The Tables On Albany, Win 5-4


Here is the write up of last nights game against the Albany Devils. I am a bit under the weather and I did not watch or listen to the game. So for now I will go with the Official Norfolk Admirals write-up. Hopefully I will be back in action by the weekend. From the write-up it sounds like it was a good come from behind game after a poor opening period. Good job in getting the Albany monkey off of the Admirals back.

From the Norfolk Admirals:

Photo - Albany Devils

ALBANY, N.Y. – Mike Angelidis’ goal late in the second period completed a comeback from a two-goal deficit as the Norfolk Admirals (24-13-1-2) defeated the Albany Devils (17-14-5-3), 5-4, on Wednesday night at Times Union Center. The Admirals look to build on their three-game winning streak as they continue a three-game road trip on Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch.

Matt Fornataro, Evan Oberg, Mark Barberio and Michel Ouellet also scored for the Admirals, who trailed 3-1 before scoring four times in the second period. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski is now tied for the AHL lead in wins after stopping 24 of 28 shots for his 17th win of 2011-12.

The Devils took the 3-1 lead through one period after a hat trick by Stephane Veilleux. He scored his first goal of the contest as the extra attacker on a delayed penalty to the Admirals. As Veilleux jumped off the bench and entered the high slot, J.S. Berube spotted him with a pass from the left circle. Veilleux one-timed the puck past Tokarski, stick-side, at 5:49.

Norfolk briefly tied the game at 1-1 less than nine minutes later as Fornataro scored a goal in his third straight game. He sent a shot from the right faceoff circle that went through traffic past Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid. The power play goal at 14:16 was Fornataro’s sixth goal of 2011-12.

Veilleux gave Albany the lead again at 16:13. This time, Tim Sestito sent a pass from the left faceoff circle to Veilleux, who tapped the pass into the net from just beyond Tokarski’s left leg.

The Devils went ahead, 3-1, on a similar play just over two minutes later. Joe Whitney fed a pass from the slot to Veilleux in the bottom of the right circle. Veilleux’s shot found its mark at 18:28.

Norfolk stormed out of the gates to tie the game quickly in the second period. Only four seconds after an Admirals power play had expired, Oberg sent a shot from top of the right faceoff circle through a screen and past Kinkaid at 5:21 for his second goal of the season.

- Photo Albany Devils

Norfolk tied the game at 3-3 less than a minute later on a goal by another defenseman. This time, Barberio entered the attacking zone in the high slot before dropping a pass to Tyler Johnson and gliding into the left faceoff circle. Johnson then returned the pass to Barberio from the right circle, and Barberio one-timed the puck along the ice through the legs of Kinkaid at 6:09 for his fifth goal of the season.

However, the Devils re-claimed the lead just over seven minutes later on another one-timer – this time by Chad Wiseman. Vladimir Zharkov sped through the left wing before sending the puck across the slot. Wiseman backhanded the puck past Tokarski’s left leg at 13:28 for a 4-3 Albany lead.

Mike Kostka and the Admirals used another pair of quick strikes to take their first lead of the game three minutes later. Kostka set up the first goal at 16:12 off a faceoff. After Norfolk won the faceoff, Jean-Philippe Cote sent a pass from the high slot to Kostka at the left point. Kostka one-timed the puck through traffic, and Ouellet redirected it past Kinkaid for his ninth goal of the season to tie the game at 4-4.

The Admirals took the lead for good just 26 seconds later. This time, Cote spotted Kostka in the high slot, and Kostka waited for Angelidis to get into position in front of the net. Kostka then sent a wrist shot that Angelidis redirected past the left leg of Kinkaid at 16:38 for his eighth goal of the season and a 5-4 Norfolk lead.

The Admirals buckled down defensively in the third period, sending eight shots on Kinkaid while limiting Albany to only three shots on Tokarski. Neither team scored in the frame, as Norfolk cemented the 5-4 win.

Dustin Tokarski (17-9-0) stopped 24 of 28 shots for the win. Keith Kinkaid (9-11-1) made 21 saves on 26 shots for the loss.

Norfolk was 1-for-6 on the power play while Albany was 0-for-4.

The road trip continues for the Admirals on Friday night in Syracuse, N.Y., as they face off against the Crunch at 7:30 p.m. Tune in to 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com or AHLLive.com for all the action.

Norfolk Admirals 5 at Albany Devils 4 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 – Times Union Center

Norfolk 1 4 0 – 5
Albany  3 1 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Albany, Veilleux 6 (Urbom, Berube), 5:49. 2, Norfolk, Fornataro 6 (Conacher, Barberio), 14:16 (PP). 3, Albany, Veilleux 7 (Sestito, Whitney), 16:13. 4, Albany, Veilleux 8 (Whitney), 18:28. Penalties-Angelidis Nor (holding), 8:55; Sestito Alb (slashing), 12:50; Dimmen Nor (tripping), 19:00.

2nd Period-5, Norfolk, Oberg 2 (Palat, Devos), 5:21. 6, Norfolk, Barberio 5 (Johnson, Gudas), 6:09. 7, Albany, Wiseman 3 (Palmieri, Zharkov), 13:28. 8, Norfolk, Ouellet 9 (Kostka, Cote), 16:12. 9, Norfolk, Angelidis 8 (Kostka, Cote), 16:38. Penalties-Hoeffel Alb (tripping), 3:17; Panik Nor (roughing, fighting), 7:35; Banwell Alb (fighting), 7:35; Palmieri Alb (interference), 8:26; Angelidis Nor (tripping), 11:13; Hoeffel Alb (slashing), 13:56; Veilleux Alb (elbowing), 20:00.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Perkovich Alb (boarding), 16:31.

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 10-8-8-26. Albany 13-12-3-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 6; Albany 0 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 17-9-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 9-11-1 (26 shots-21 saves).

A-2,371
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Frank Murphy (29).

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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