By Ken Peacock
With the All-Star break over, Norfolk finds itself on the road for three games in three nights. Friday night the Norfolk Admirals (26-17-1-2) fell to former Admiral Michael Leighton and the Adirondack Phantoms (22-21-1-1), 3-1, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Norfolk will now move on to Springfield for a pair of games against the Springfield Falcons tomorrow night and Sunday.
Adirondack opened up the scoring at 12:27 into the first period. Tye McKinn of the Phantoms sent a shot past Admiral goalie, Jaroslav Janus, to give the Phantoms the 1-0 lead. Norfolk was held scoreless in the first.
The Phantoms would make it 2-0 just 20 seconds into the second. Matthew Ford fired a shot past Jaroslav Janus. Norfolk would score its first and only goal of the night at 9:58 of the second period. Carter Ashton received a pass from Tyler Johnson and put the puck past Michael Leighton for his 18th goal of the season. The Phantoms would put the nail in the coffin eight minutes later with a goal from Tye McGinn. The Phantoms held Norfolk scoreless and went home with the 3-1 victory.
Jaroslav Janus (8-8-2) stopped 31 of 34 shots for the loss while Michael Leighton (15-16-0) stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win. Both teams were 0-for-1 on the power play.
Norfolk Admirals 1 at Adirondack Phantoms 3 – Status: Final
Friday, February 3, 2012 – Glens Falls Civic Center
Norfolk 0 1 0 – 1
Adirondack 1 2 0 – 3
1st Period-1, Adirondack, McGinn 6 (Akeson, Roe), 12:27. Penalties-Conacher Nor (cross-checking, roughing), 17:48; Testwuide Adk (roughing), 17:48.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Ford 11 (Holmstrom, Hamel), 0:20. 3, Norfolk, Ashton 18 (Johnson, Conacher), 9:58. 4, Adirondack, McGinn 7 (Akeson, Roe), 17:42. Penalties-Testwuide Adk (interference), 4:45.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 8-9-11-28. Adirondack 14-12-8-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 1; Adirondack 0 / 1.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 8-8-2 (34 shots-31 saves). Adirondack, Leighton 15-16-0 (28 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Steeve Lemay (64), Mike Emanatian (69).