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.
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).
Referees-Marcus Vinnerborg (45), Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Kiel Murchison (35), Mathieu Chenier (71).