HARTFORD, Conn. – Jaroslav Janus made 26 saves and Mike Kostka’s goal early in the third period was the difference as the Norfolk Admirals (41-18-1-2) overcame an early deficit to defeat the Connecticut Whale (30-20-5-5), 3-1, on Saturday night at the XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Norfolk has now extended its franchise-record winning streak to 14 straight games – including a franchise record-tying seven straight road wins. The Admirals conclude their three-game road trip tomorrow afternoon against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Mike Angelidis and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Admirals.
The Whale took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period. Scott Tanski skated into the Norfolk zone on a two-on-one. He sent a shot from the right circle that Janus blocked. However, the rebound ended up on the stick of Tommy Grant, who scored at 8:11.
The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second stanza. Alex Hutchings sent a pass from the left circle to Angelidis in the bottom of the right circle. Angelidis one-timed the puck past Connecticut goaltender Chad Johnson at 12:17 for his 14th goal of the season.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead early in the third period off a faceoff. Tyler Johnson won the draw in the right circle back to Kostka, who skated to into the high slot. He sent a slap shot through a screen and past Chad Johnson for his ninth goal of the season at 1:56.
Tyler Johnson sealed the victory for the Admirals with an empty-net goal. His 23rd goal of the season came at 19:18.
Jaroslav Janus (14-8-2) made 26 saves on 27 shots for his six straight win. Chad Johnson (19-13-5) stopped 23 of 26 shots for the loss.
Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.
Norfolk Admirals 3 at Connecticut Whale 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 10, 2012 – XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Norfolk 0 1 2 – 3
Connecticut 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Connecticut, Grant 8 (Tanski), 8:11. Penalties-Grant Ct (interference), 2:04; Angelidis Nor (roughing), 4:33; Deveaux Ct (roughing), 4:33.
2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Angelidis 14 (Hutchings, Devos), 12:17. Penalties-Deveaux Ct (interference), 4:13; Cote Nor (slashing), 7:32; Devos Nor (tripping), 18:41.
3rd Period-3, Norfolk, Kostka 9 (Johnson), 1:56. 4, Norfolk, Johnson 23 (Conacher), 19:18 (EN). Penalties-Conacher Nor (roughing), 5:54; Deveaux Ct (holding), 5:54; Palat Nor (boarding), 13:15; Deveaux Ct (goaltender interference), 13:24; Angelidis Nor (roughing), 20:00; Conacher Nor (roughing), 20:00; Deveaux Ct (roughing), 20:00; Newbury Ct (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 10-2-14-26. Connecticut 10-7-10-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 3; Connecticut 0 / 3.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 14-8-2 (27 shots-26 saves). Connecticut, Johnson 19-13-5 (25 shots-23 saves).
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Derek Wahl (46), Jim Briggs (83).