By Ken Peacock
The Syracuse Crunch (18-15-3-2) scored six unanswered goals in the first two periods to beat the Norfolk Admirals (24-14-1-2), 6-3 last night at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday night. The Admirals hope to bounce back tonight against the Connecticut Whale and return to Norfolk for three games against the Charlotte Checkers and Hershey Bears.
The Crunch jumped out to an early lead in the first period. Patrick Maroon scored twice on Admirals netminder, Jaroslav Janus. Maxime Macenauer finished the scoring to give the Crunch a 3-0 lead at the end of one period. Dan Sexton opened up the scoring in the second. Maxime Macenauer added another and Patrick Maroon would complete the hat trick to put Syracuse ahead 6-0 at the end of two periods.
The Admirals would open up the third period with Dustin Tokarski in net. Mike Angelidis would score two times and Richard Panik would score once on Crunch goaltender Marco Cousineau. The Crunch would hang on for the 6-3 win and send Norfolk to the showers with their heads hung low.
Janus stopped 17 of 23 shots, Tokarski stopped all 3 shots faced and Cousineau stopped 30 of 33 shots for the win. Norfolk was 0-for-5 on the power play while Syracuse was 1-for-6.
Norfolk Admirals 3 at Syracuse Crunch 6 – Status: Final
Friday, January 20, 2012 – Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter
Norfolk 0 0 3 – 3
Syracuse 3 3 0 – 6
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Maroon 17 (Sexton, Carle), 1:21. 2, Syracuse, Macenauer 3 (Smaby, Maroon), 12:08. 3, Syracuse, Maroon 18 (Carle, Sexton), 16:20. Penalties-Cote Nor (interference), 5:37; Smaby Syr (tripping), 9:16; Cote Nor (cross-checking), 13:53; Ouellet Nor (cross-checking), 16:30.
2nd Period-4, Syracuse, Sexton 6 (McMillan), 3:48. 5, Syracuse, Macenauer 4 (Bodie), 8:46. 6, Syracuse, Maroon 19 (Carle, Rodney), 15:41 (PP). Penalties-Gudas Nor (roughing), 4:57; Kennedy Syr (roughing), 4:57; Fraser Syr (roughing), 5:44; Cote Nor (interference), 14:10; Angelidis Nor (slashing), 14:53; Jacques Syr (cross-checking), 17:49.
3rd Period-7, Norfolk, Angelidis 9 (Fornataro), 4:25. 8, Norfolk, Angelidis 10 (Ouellet, Fornataro), 4:51. 9, Norfolk, Panik 9 (Devos, Palat), 19:54. Penalties-Conacher Nor (roughing), 0:36; Kennedy Syr (roughing), 0:36; Kennedy Syr (tripping), 12:12; Ouellet Nor (boarding), 15:10; served by Maroon Syr (bench minor – too many men), 16:13; Conacher Nor (misconduct – continuing altercation), 18:09.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 7-10-16-33. Syracuse 13-10-3-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 5; Syracuse 1 / 6.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 7-6-2 (23 shots-17 saves); Tokarski 17-9-0 (3 shots-3 saves). Syracuse, Cousineau 3-0-0 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Ryan Hersey (46), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Chris Woodworth (17), John Murphy (71).