Admirals Beat The Bears 5-1 To Snap Losing Skid

Photo: M. Richter

Photo: M. Richter

From the Norfolk Admirals:

HERSHEY, Penn. – Emerson Etem scored twice and Patrick Maroon had three assists as the Norfolk Admirals (8-11-0-0) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Hershey Bears (9-11-1-0) on Saturday night at Giant Center.

Peter Holland had a goal and an assist while John Mitchell and Devante Smith-Pelly had single tallies for the Admirals. Frederik Andersen (5-5-0) made 29 saves for the win. The Norfolk penalty kill stopped all nine Hershey power plays.

The Admirals conclude a brief two-game road trip tomorrow evening at 5:00 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Admirals took the lead 5:03 into the game on Etem’s first goal of the game. Chris Wagner sent a backhand pass from the left corner to Etem in the left circle. Etem one-timed the puck past the gloved left hand of Bears backstop Braden Holtby for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.

The lead doubled to 2-0 on Holland’s team-leading tenth goal of the season. Holland entered the attacking zone along the left wing and sent a shot over Holtby’s right shoulder at 11:26.

Norfolk’s lead grew to 3-0 just 0:16 into the second period. Mitchell intercepted a Hershey pass in the slot and skated toward the right circle before sending a backhand shot past Holtby for his fifth goal of the season.

The Bears answered back 42 seconds later. A Ryan Potulny shot hit the crossbar behind Norfolk netminder Frederik Andersen. The rebound emerged in the right circle, and Tomas Kundratek sent a shot into the net at 0:58 to make Norfolk’s lead, 3-1.

Etem netted his second goal of the game and sixth goal of the season 14:16 into the final frame. Maroon forced a turnover in the corner behind the goal line and centered the puck into the left circle. Etem one-timed the puck past Holtby to give the visitors a 4-1 lead.

Norfolk’s lead grew to 5-1 just over a minute later with a power play goal. Holland sped through the left wing and looked like he would cut behind the Hershey net. Just before moving behind the net, he sent a backhand pass towards the goalmouth. Smith-Pelly one-timed the puck past Holtby for his second goal of the season at 15:22.

Holtby made 21 saves on 26 shots for the loss.

Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play. Hershey was 0-for-9.

Norfolk Admirals 5 at Hershey Bears 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, December 1, 2012 – Giant Center

Norfolk   2 1 2 – 5
Hershey 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Norfolk, Etem 5 (Maroon, Wagner), 5:03. 2, Norfolk, Holland 10 (Maroon, Andersen), 11:26. Penalties-Holland Nor (holding the stick), 8:43; Marshall Her (holding), 14:30; served by Palmieri Nor (bench minor – too many men), 15:45.

2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Mitchell 5   0:16. 4, Hershey, Kundratek 6 (Potulny), 0:58. Penalties-Rosehill Nor (high-sticking), 6:28; Guentzel Nor (hooking), 10:07; Hamill Her (hooking), 11:56; served by Berry Her (bench minor – too many men), 16:02; Vatanen Nor (delay of game), 17:45; Clark Nor (delay of game), 19:23.

3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Etem 6 (Maroon), 14:16. 6, Norfolk, Smith-Pelly 2 (Holland, Hendry), 15:22 (PP). Penalties-Hendry Nor (delay of game), 1:28; Hendry Nor (holding), 10:14; Maroon Nor (fighting), 14:52; Palmieri Nor (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:52; Berry Her (boarding, fighting), 14:52; Oleksy Her (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:52; served by Holland Nor (bench minor – too many men), 17:18.

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 12-9-5-26. Hershey 8-11-11-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; Hershey 0 / 9.
Goalies-Norfolk, Andersen 6-5-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Hershey, Holtby 7-7-0 (26 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Bob Goodman (90).


I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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