Fluke goal in OT puts Admirals just one victory from Calder Cup

Photo: Graig Abel

If the Norfolk Admirals are a team of destiny, as well as one of the greatest pro franchises in Hampton Roads sports history, the ending of Thursday night’s game proved it.

A fluke goal 9:09 into overtime by Mike Kostka gave the Admirals a 1-0 victory in Toronto and a 3-0 lead over the Marlies in the best-of-seven Calder Cup finals.

The Admirals can clinch the American Hockey League’s championship trophy by winning Saturday’s 3 p.m. game, which, like Game 3, will be shown in Hampton Roads on WGNT-TV 27.

Goalie Dustin Tokarski made 21 saves for the victory, which came oddly after more than 69 scoreless minutes.

Photo: Graig Abel

Near the red center line, Kostka dumped the puck into a corner, and Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens went behind the net to play the expected carom. But the disc took a weird bounce into the net and went just beyond the goal line to stun the crowd of 8,084 and TV-watchers around the U.S. and Canada.

Admirals coach Jon Cooper said, “I’m sick to my stomach for Scrivens.”

Norfolk Admirals 1 (OT) at Toronto Marlies 0 – Status: Final OT
Thursday, June 7, 2012 – Ricoh Coliseum

Norfolk  0 0 0 1 – 1
Toronto 0 0 0 0 – 0

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Holzer Tor (holding), 0:31; Tokarski Nor (interference), 2:45; Ashton Tor (slashing), 6:29; Smith Nor (boarding), 8:03; Dupuis Tor (cross-checking), 10:09; Segal Nor (cross-checking), 18:44.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Conacher Nor (goaltender interference), 10:25.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Barberio Nor (tripping), 6:10; Fraser Tor (holding), 15:06.

OT Period-1, Norfolk, Kostka 4   9:09. Penalties-served by Picard Nor (bench minor – too many men), 1:12.

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 6-8-10-7-31. Toronto 11-5-3-2-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 4; Toronto 0 / 6.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 11-2-0 (21 shots-21 saves). Toronto, Scrivens 11-5-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
A-8,084
Referees-Marcus Vinnerborg (45), Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Kiel Murchison (35), Mathieu Chenier (71).

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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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