From The Norfolk Admirals:
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Norfolk Admirals (4-1-0-0) took their first loss of the 2012-13 season, as the St. John’s IceCaps (4-3-0-0) earned a 3-2 decision on Saturday night at MileOne Centre. The same teams will meet tomorrow afternoon in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Devante Smith-Pelly had a goal and an assist in the contest, which was the first road game of the season for the Admirals. Sami Vatanen also scored for Norfolk, while goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 40 of 43 shots. The IceCaps out-shot the Admirals, 43-30.
Norfolk lost its first regular season game since February 5, 2012, against the Springfield Falcons. The Admirals won their final 28 regular season games of the 2011-12 season and the first four games of the 2012-13 regular season before tonight’s setback.
Neither team scored in the first period, as Andersen made 16 saves and St. John’s goaltender Mark Dekanich made five saves.
The IceCaps took a 1-0 lead 11:33 into the second stanza. Jason Jaffray poked the puck off the stick of a Norfolk defenseman into the slot. Zach Redmond recovered the puck in the slot and sent a quick shot past the blocker of Andersen.
The deficit grew to two goals less than two minutes later while Norfolk was on the penalty kill. Jaffray took the puck from the right corner and attempted a shot that Andersen stopped. However, Jaffray found his own rebound in the low slot, spun around on his backhand and sent a shot from the edge of the left circle under the legs of Andersen at 13:14 for a 2-0 St. John’s lead.
Norfolk cuts its deficit to one goal with less than a minute remaining in the second period. Hampus Lindholm sent a shot from the left circle that Dekanich stopped. Patrick Maroon poked the puck loose in the crease, and Smith-Pelly swept the puck into the net at 19:24 for his first goal of the season. The Admirals trailed the IceCaps, 2-1, heading into the third period.
The IceCaps restored their two-goal lead midway through the final frame. Hunter Tremblay sent a shot from the right circle that made its way through the crease and was heading towards the left corner. Eric O’Dell, who had skated behind the net from the right circle, emerged near the left circle, found the loose puck, and shot it past Andersen’s right leg at 8:27 for a 3-1 St. John’s lead.
Norfolk used a quick power play goal late in the third period to once again draw within one goal of tying the game. Peter Holland won a faceoff to Smith-Pelly, who fed the puck to Vatanen at the right point. Vatanen sent a slap shot past a screened Dekanich at 15:10 for his second goal of the season.
Despite out-shooting St. John’s, 16-13, in the third period, the Admirals were unable to find the equalizer, as they fell, 3-2.
Both teams were 1-for-5 on the power play. Dekanich made 28 saves to earn the win.
The same teams meet tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Norfolk Admirals 2 at St. John’s IceCaps 3 – Status: Final
Saturday, October 27, 2012 – Mile One Centre
Norfolk 0 1 1 – 2
St. John’s 0 2 1 – 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Etem Nor (hooking), 1:19; Burmistrov Stj (tripping), 2:20; Holland Nor (tripping), 3:53; Guenin Nor (delay of game), 5:51; Burmistrov Stj (high-sticking), 8:25.
2nd Period-1, St. John’s, Redmond 3 (Jaffray), 11:33. 2, St. John’s, Jaffray 1 (Burmistrov, Redmond), 13:14 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Smith-Pelly 1 (Lindholm, Maroon), 19:24. Penalties-Gregoire Stj (interference), 3:44; Maroon Nor (closing hand on puck), 7:17; Clark Nor (high-sticking), 11:40; Holland Nor (misconduct – abuse of officials), 14:04.
3rd Period-4, St. John’s, O’Dell 3 (Tremblay, Maxwell), 8:27. 5, Norfolk, Vatanen 2 (Smith-Pelly, Holland), 15:10 (PP). Penalties-Guentzel Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:27; Burmistrov Stj (hooking), 10:27; Maroon Nor (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:41; O’Dell Stj (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:41; Gagnon Stj (slashing), 15:05; Arsene Stj (delay of game), 17:12; Wagner Nor (roughing), 20:00; Jaffray Stj (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 5-9-16-30. St. John’s 16-14-13-43.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 5; St. John’s 1 / 5.
Goalies-Norfolk, Andersen 2-1-0 (43 shots-40 saves). St. John’s, Dekanich 2-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Todd Horwood (34), Sheldon Keough (63).