Corey Elkins provided the bulk of the Norfolk offense Friday Night. Elkins scored two in regulation and the game winner with less than 30 seconds remaining in OT to help lift the Admirals over the Whale.
Norfolk would jump out to an early lead as Elkins stole the puck from Connecticut defenseman Matt Gilroy and sent the puck to the back of the Whale net at 1:02. The lead would not hold for long as Gilroy answered back with a goal of his own that beat Igor Bobkov at 2:55. The score remained 1-1 until the halfway point of the first period. Elkins would get goal number two of thenight while both teams skated at four aside. Sami Vatanen stole the puck in the Whale zone and passed to Nate Guenin, Guenin returned the puck to Vatanen who found Elkins in the right slot. Elkins would lift the puck over Whale goalie Jason Missiaen at 9:47.
The Whale came back and tied the game at 2-2 halfway through the second period. Matt Gilroy would get his second power play goal of the game. Kyle Jean fed a pass to Gillroy who then sent a shot through a screen and into the Admiral net at 9:13. Norfolk answered back three minutes later with a goal from Jay Rosehill at 12:02. Two minutes later Sami Vatanen and Kyle Palmieri would assist on a Peter Holland power play goal to give Norfolk a 4-2 lead at 14:16.
The third period was all Connecticut Whale. Former Calder Cup Admiral Brandon Segal scored a pair of goals to tie the game up at 4 goals each. Segal would get his first goal a 4:03 and followed up with the second with 1:36 remaining in regulation. The Admirals were unable to regain the lead and this game went to overtime.
The overtime period was a defensive battle and it seemed that the game wold go to a shootout. Ryan Lasch took the puck from behind the net and passed to Vatanen in the left circle. Vatanen passed the puck to Elkins in the right circle. Elkins burried the puck behind Missianen at 4:30 for the hat trick and the Admiral 5-4 win.
Norfolk and Connecticut will meet again Saturday night at Scope. Game time is at 7:15 p.m. Don’t forget that ODU will play Northern Virginia Community College at 2:00 p.m. Your ticket to the Admirals game get you in to see both games.
Connecticut Whale 4 at Norfolk Admirals 5 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Friday, October 19, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Connecticut 1 1 2 0 – 4
Norfolk 2 2 0 1 – 5
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Elkins 1 1:02. 2, Connecticut, Gilroy 1 (Kolarik, Newbury), 2:55 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Elkins 2 (Vatanen, Guenin), 9:47. Penalties-Rosehill Nor (hooking), 2:32; Palmieri Nor (cross-checking), 8:57; Kolarik Ct (hooking), 9:01; McMillan Nor (tripping), 17:17.
2nd Period-4, Connecticut, Gilroy 2 (Jean, Newbury), 9:13 (PP). 5, Norfolk, Rosehill 1 (Wagner, Bodie), 12:02. 6, Norfolk, Holland 2 (Palmieri, Vatanen), 14:16 (PP). Penalties-Kreider Ct (major – boarding, game misconduct – boarding), 3:58; Vernace Ct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:58; Hendry Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:58; Bobkov Nor (delay of game – restricted area), 8:14; Parlett Ct (tripping), 9:49; Haley Ct (kneeing), 13:37; Mitchell Nor (holding the stick), 14:57.
3rd Period-7, Connecticut, Segal 1 (Miller, Vernace), 4:03. 8, Connecticut, Segal 2 (Jean, Vernace), 18:24. Penalties-Tessier Ct (interference), 2:04; Smith-Pelly Nor (interference), 2:46; Gilroy Ct (slashing), 7:39; Wagner Nor (tripping), 10:29.
OT Period-9, Norfolk, Elkins 3 (Vatanen, Lasch), 4:30. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Connecticut 6-13-8-3-30. Norfolk 11-6-9-3-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Connecticut 2 / 7; Norfolk 1 / 6.
Goalies-Connecticut, Missiaen 0-2-0 (29 shots-24 saves). Norfolk, Bobkov 2-0-0 (30 shots-26 saves).
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49), Fred Leblanc (30).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Luke Murray (92).