Norfolk had its annual Grand Illumination Parade to kick off the holiday season. There was only one problem, they forgot to flip the switch in the Admirals locker room. The only thing in Scope that was being lit up last night was the back of Igor Bobkov’s neck. The Springfield Falcons (10-2-0-2) schooled the Norfolk Admirals (7-7-0-0) on how to play hockey to the tune of a 5-2 victory. The Admirals have until Wednesday night to get their act together when the Charlotte Checkers come to town.
Springfield took an early 1-0 lead at 4:51 of the opening period. Dalton Smith moved in from the left circle and across the slot before sending a backhand shot behind Admirals netminder, Igor Bobkov. Norfolk would tie the game up 47 seconds later with a Chris Wagner rebound goal off of a Mat Clark shot. Both teams would go back and forth until Springfield scored with 21 seconds left in the first. John Moore found the back of the net when his shot deflected off the stick of an Admiral and past Bobkov. The Falcons closed out the period with the 2-1 lead.
Springfield opened up the second period with a Tim Erixon goal at 5:29 for the 3-1 lead to extend the Falcon lead to 3-1. Kyle Palmieri found Peter Holland out in the open and fed him a pass. Holland had the jump on the Falcon defenders and went in with a breakaway and scored with a wrist shot at 8:49. Both team would head off to their respected locker rooms with the Falcons holding the 3-1 advantage.
The third period was a defensive battle and the Admirals continued to out shoot the Falcons, but that was not enough. Nick Holden extended the Falcon lead to 4-2 at 14:08. David Savard would score an empty-net, shorthanded goal at 16:59 to close out the scoring at 5-2.
Springfield to this season had only managed to beat the Admirals 3 times at Scope since the Admirals joined the AHL. The Falcons have now won 2 games in two days. Norfolk was did not score on any of their power play opportunities. Poor passing, questionable goal-tending and overall poor play is a recipe for disaster that is leaving a bad taste in the mouths at Scope. It didn’t help that it seemed that the referee, Ryan Murphy, had his head stuck somewhere. I would say that the officiating was for lack of better words….”Sketchy” (and that is being nice). It would appear that four of the Admirals thought that as well, but Murphy was having not wanting his actions questioned and they were sent immediately to the time out corner with penalties for abuse of officials of unsportsmanlike conduct. Trent Yawney waited until the end of the game for his discussion with Murphy. Needless to say the Admirals performance of late has been extremely frustrating.
The Admirals and Charlotte Checkers will meet for the first game of the GEICO Challenge Cup this Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. at Scope. There are plenty of tickets available. Get yours today.
1. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault – SPR
2. Paul Dainton – SPR
3. Peter Holland – SPR
Springfield Falcons 5 at Norfolk Admirals 2 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 17, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Springfield 2 1 2 – 5
Norfolk 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Springfield, Smith 2 (Prout, Spencer), 4:51. 2, Norfolk, Wagner 2 (Clark), 5:38. 3, Springfield, Moore 2 (Audy-Marchessault, Johansen), 19:39 (PP). Penalties-Prout Spr (cross-checking), 0:52; Maroon Nor (roughing), 5:15; Dainton Spr (delay of game – restricted area), 5:35; Clark Nor (tripping), 5:51; Parent Nor (interference), 17:43; Collins Spr (cross-checking), 19:48.
2nd Period-4, Springfield, Erixon 4 (Audy-Marchessault, Kubalik), 5:29. 5, Norfolk, Holland 7 (Palmieri, Rosehill), 8:49. Penalties-Chaput Spr (fighting), 6:27; Kurtz Nor (fighting), 6:27; Rosehill Nor (tripping), 6:27; Rosehill Nor (checking to the head, unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:36; Smaby Nor (cross-checking), 15:57; Drazenovic Spr (tripping), 18:59.
3rd Period-6, Springfield, Holden 1 (Erixon), 14:08. 7, Springfield, Savard 1 (Craig), 16:59 (SH EN). Penalties-Prout Spr (cross-checking), 7:57; Palmieri Nor (slashing), 7:57; Maroon Nor (misconduct – abuse of officials), 15:15; Hansen Spr (holding), 16:38; McMillan Nor (slashing, misconduct – abuse of officials), 17:45; Palmieri Nor (holding, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:32; Smith-Pelly Nor (misconduct – abuse of officials), 19:32.
Shots on Goal-Springfield 15-8-8-31. Norfolk 9-12-14-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 1 / 9; Norfolk 0 / 5.
Goalies-Springfield, Dainton 1-0-1 (35 shots-33 saves). Norfolk, Bobkov 3-4-0 (30 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Ryan Murphy (5).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Scott Pomento (25).