The Admirals were back in action Friday night at Scope. Norfolk returned home after a dismal road trip that saw the Admirals winning only one of the four games. The opposition for this game were the division leading Springfield Falcons led by former Admiral, Ryan Craig. The Admirals (7-6-0-0) started off with a ban, but fizzled in the end and lost to the Falcons (9-2-0-2) 3-2.
The Admirals jumped to an early lead with a Patrick Maroon goal 38 seconds into the match. Sean Collins answered back for the Falcons with a goal less than 4 minutes later at 4:32 of the first. The Norfolk offense was looking good and chipping away at the Falcon defense. Nate Guenin gave the Admirals a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Guenin fired off a shot that deflected off of a defenders stick and past Falcon goalie, Curtis McElhinney at 15:17.
Norfolk’s offense failed to make an appearance in the second period. The Falcons on the other hand only needed the hands of Cam Atkinson to tie up the game and then put them ahead. Atkinson’s first goal came on the power play goal at 10:54 to tie the game at 2-2. He then followed up with a shorthanded goal at 15:22 to put them ahead for good. Norfolk came out firing and doubled up the shots 20-10 in the third period. This would not be good enough as the Falcons defense stood their ground and took the win.
Norfolk was 1-for-9 on the power play. Springfield was 1-for-6. This was only the Admrials second loss at home. Norfolk has lost 4 of it’s last five. The Admirals have had issues in goal, and not playing the full 60 minutes. They are just over the one month mark and are barely keeping their heads out of the water.
Tomorrow night’s rematch between the Admirals and Falcons begins at 7:15 p.m. at Scope. Their are plenty of good tickets available. The City of Norfolk will be holding the annual Grand Illumination Parade and traffic will be an issue, It might be a good idea to plan ahead for this. Get down to Scope early to ensure you get to see the game.
Three Stars Of The Match:
1. Cam Atkinson – SPRINGFIELD
2. Nate Guenin – NORFOLK
3. Curtis McElhinney – SPRINGFIELD
Springfield Falcons 3 at Norfolk Admirals 2 – Status: Final
Friday, November 16, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Springfield 1 2 0 – 3
Norfolk 2 0 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Maroon 6 (Guenin, Wagner), 0:38. 2, Springfield, Collins 1 (Savard), 4:32. 3, Norfolk, Guenin 1 (Lindholm, Caputi), 15:17 (PP). Penalties-Bodie Nor (goaltender interference), 6:22; Wagner Nor (interference), 9:34; Smith Spr (cross-checking), 14:20; Bodie Nor (tripping), 17:23; Savard Spr (high-sticking), 19:24.
2nd Period-4, Springfield, Atkinson 5 (Craig, Drazenovic), 10:54 (PP). 5, Springfield, Atkinson 6 15:22 (SH). Penalties-Craig Spr (roughing), 2:31; Lindholm Nor (interference), 4:52; Palmieri Nor (slashing), 9:51; Prout Spr (roughing), 14:01; Chaput Spr (holding), 17:33; Drazenovic Spr (tripping), 18:40; Maroon Nor (interference), 19:47.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Weber Spr (interference), 4:48; Savard Spr (slashing), 6:00; Caputi Nor (slashing), 6:00; Johansen Spr (high-sticking), 6:56; Holden Spr (roughing), 14:09.
Shots on Goal-Springfield 8-13-10-31. Norfolk 9-9-20-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 1 / 6; Norfolk 1 / 9.
Goalies-Springfield, McElhinney 9-2-1 (38 shots-36 saves). Norfolk, Andersen 4-3-0 (31 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Ryan Murphy (5), Steve Patafie (85).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Scott Pomento (25).