NORFOLK, Va. – In front of the second sellout crowd of the season at Norfolk Scope Arena, Mark Barberio’s two-point night and Michel Ouellet’s shootout goal in the ninth round lifted the Norfolk Admirals (33-18-1-2) to their sixth consecutive victory, as they defeated the Syracuse Crunch (20-23-4-4), 3-2, after a shootout. With the victory, the Admirals took over sole possession of first place in the East Division.
The Admirals, who trailed 2-0 in the third period, were led by Barberio’s goal and assist, while Richard Panik tied the game 9:02 into the third period with his 12th goal of the season. Jaroslav Janus stopped 19 of 21 shots through regulation and overtime and seven of nine chances in the shootout for his 10th victory of the season.
After a scoreless opening period, Andrew Gordon gave the Crunch a 1-0 lead 11:37 into the second stanza. While standing on top of the left faceoff circle, Gordon picked up a pass from Riley Holzapfel. Gordon then fired a shot under Janus for a power play goal.
In the opening minute of the third period, Holzapfel and Gordon teamed up once again to give the Crunch a 2-0 lead. This time, Holzapfel intercepted an Admirals’ clearing attempt along the blue line. He then slipped a pass to Gordon, who sent a shot under the left leg of Janus 19 seconds into the third period.
Norfolk’s comeback began less than seven minutes later. Following a Crunch failed clearing attempt at the right point, Johnson tipped the puck to Barberio, who was slotted on the blue line. After skating around a Crunch defender, Barberio threaded the puck through a screen and behind Crunch goaltender Iiro Tarkki to narrow the deficit to 2-1 at 7:16.
Less than two minutes later, Panik knotted the game at 2-2. While on top of the crease, Panik picked up a loose puck and tucked it over the glove of Tarkki for a power play goal at 9:02.
After neither team scored in the remainder of regulation and overtime period, Ouellet’s shootout tally in the bottom of the ninth round gave the Admirals a 3-2 victory.
Jaroslav Janus (10-8-2) stopped 19 of 21 shots and seven of nine in the shootout for the victory. Iiro Tarkki (10-13-4) turned aside 40 of 42 shots and six of nine in the shootout for the shootout setback.
The Admirals were 1-for-7 on the power play while Syracuse was 1-for-5.
Syracuse Crunch 2 at Norfolk Admirals 3 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Saturday, February 18, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Syracuse 0 1 1 0 – 2
Norfolk 0 0 2 0 – 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cumiskey Syr (tripping), 6:27; Holzapfel Syr (roughing), 6:54; Conacher Nor (cross-checking), 6:54; Palmieri Syr (slashing), 9:57; Jacques Syr (fighting), 12:33; Dimmen Nor (fighting), 12:33; Fraser Syr (tripping), 14:37; Kostka Nor (slashing), 17:34.
2nd Period-1, Syracuse, Gordon 1 (Holzapfel, Cumiskey), 11:36 (PP). Penalties-Smith Nor (high-sticking), 3:21; Gudas Nor (boarding), 8:23; Smith Nor (cross-checking), 9:55; Bodie Syr (goaltender interference), 12:11; Ouellet Nor (slashing), 14:18.
3rd Period-2, Syracuse, Gordon 2 (Holzapfel), 0:19. 3, Norfolk, Barberio 7 (Johnson), 7:16. 4, Norfolk, Panik 12 (Palat, Barberio), 9:02 (PP). Penalties-Mitchell Syr (cross-checking), 2:55; O’Marra Syr (hooking), 7:38; Smaby Syr (roughing), 10:06; Johnson Nor (roughing), 10:06; Holland Syr (high-sticking), 11:02.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout – Syracuse 2 (Caputi NG, Jacques G, Gordon NG, Palmieri NG, Maroon NG, Holland G, Holzapfel NG, O’Marra NG, Carle NG), Norfolk 3 (Smith NG, Conacher NG, Kostka G, Panik NG, Barberio NG, Johnson G, Dimmen NG, Palat NG, Ouellet G).
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 5-11-4-1-0-21. Norfolk 13-6-19-4-1-43.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 1 / 5; Norfolk 1 / 7.
Goalies-Syracuse, Tarkki 10-13-4 (42 shots-40 saves). Norfolk, Janus 10-8-2 (21 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Keith Kaval (40).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Mark Hamlett (81).