Last night was the first meeting of the our current Admirals taking on our old Admirals. The new look Syracuse Crunch are held together by players that wore an Admirals jersey last season. It’s was a bittersweet meeting for the fans. While we enjoy the current version of the Admirals it is hard to let go of the team that skated here last season. Syracuse basically got a championship team gift wrapped and put under the tree this season. A team that many feel should be in Norfolk. Well it is what it is and there is nothing that we, the fans, could do anything about. We move on and embrace the Ducks prospects and skate ahead in search of another Calder Cup. While the outcome of the game was not what we wanted, it was a close game with some fireworks at the end that will make next weeks games a little bit more interesting. Here is the recap from the Norfolk Admirals.
Admirals Fall to Syracuse, 4-2
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Kyle Palmieri and Sami Vatanen netted goals, but the Norfolk Admirals (13-14-1-0) fell to the Syracuse Crunch (19-7-1-3), 4-2, on Friday night from the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. The game was the first of eight meetings between the clubs in 2012-13.
Norfolk suffered just its third regulation loss in December, falling to 6-3-1-0 in the month. Admirals goaltender Igor Bobkov (6-8-0) stopped 28 of 32 shots. Syracuse netted three power play goals in the contest.
Norfolk plays the second game of its three-game road trip tomorrow night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Syracuse took a 2-0 lead after one period on a pair of power play one-timers. Mark Barberio scored on a shot from the right point at 9:42. Alex Killorn then scored on a shot from the slot at 12:12.
Norfolk cut its deficit to one goal 7:19 into the second stanza. Palmieri picked off a pass in the neutral zone and skated in alone on Crunch goaltender Dustin Tokarski. He sent a backhand shot over Tokarski’s right leg for his tenth goal of the season, cutting Syracuse’s lead to 2-1.
Syracuse restored its two-goal lead exactly five minutes into the final frame as Ondrej Palat scored on a rebound to give the home team a 3-1 lead.
Vatanen’s fourth goal of the season came at 10:54 of the third period. Patrick Maroon sent a pass through two sets of legs to the rookie defenseman, who scored to cut the Crunch lead to 3-2.
However, Brett Connolly netted the third Syracuse power play goal of the contest at 16:15 for the 4-2 final score.
Tokarski (12-5-3) stopped 16 of 18 shots in the win.
Norfolk was 0-for-2 on the power play. Syracuse was 3-for-4.
The Admirals and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins face off at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania. Tune in to 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com or AHLLive.com.
After completing their three-game road trip, the Admirals return to Norfolk Scope Arena next Friday and Saturday nights to host the Syracuse Crunch. The first 2,012 fans through the gates next Friday will receive an Admirals Calder Cup replica trophy, courtesy of John’s Tax Service, JPM Financial Services and WTKR NewsChannel3.
1. Tyler Johnson – SYR
2. Ondrej Palat – SYR
3. Kyle Palmieri – NOR
NOTES … This game marked the first time the Admirals faced Syracuse with the Crunch as the top affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Norfolk and Tampa Bay were affiliated from the 2007-08 – 2011-12 seasons … Fourteen of Syracuse’s 20 players in the lineup in tonight’s game played for the Admirals in 2011-12 … This was also the first time the Crunch faced Norfolk with the Admirals as the top affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Syracuse and Anaheim were affiliated from 2010-11 – 2011-12 … Thirteen of Norfolk’s 20 players in the lineup in tonight’s game played for the Crunch in 2011-12 … Did not play: Ryan Lasch, Luca Caputi, John Mitchell, Matt Smaby, Nick Schaus, Frederik Andersen.
Norfolk Admirals 2 at Syracuse Crunch 4 – Status: Final
Friday, December 28, 2012 – Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter
Norfolk 0 1 1 – 2
Syracuse 2 0 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Barberio 6 (Connolly, Johnson), 9:42 (PP). 2, Syracuse, Killorn 11 (Namestnikov, Oberg), 12:12 (PP). Penalties-served by Brown Syr (bench minor – too many men), 4:02; Vatanen Nor (hooking), 8:17; Maroon Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 10:48; Angelidis Syr (fighting), 10:48; Namestnikov Syr (tripping), 12:39.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Palmieri 10 7:19. Penalties-Wagner Nor (hooking), 18:16.
3rd Period-4, Syracuse, Palat 4 (Taormina, Johnson), 5:00. 5, Norfolk, Vatanen 4 (Maroon, Wagner), 10:54. 6, Syracuse, Johnson 19 (Panik, Palat), 16:15 (PP). Penalties-Rosehill Nor (hooking), 15:46; Hendry Nor (fighting), 20:00; Maroon Nor (roughing, roughing, major – spearing, game misconduct – spearing), 20:00; Angelidis Syr (fighting, misconduct – continuing altercation), 20:00; Aulie Syr (roughing, roughing), 20:00; Gudas Syr (roughing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 8-7-3-18. Syracuse 9-12-11-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 2; Syracuse 3 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Bobkov 6-8-0 (32 shots-28 saves). Syracuse, Tokarski 12-5-3 (18 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Chris Ciamaga (24).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Joe DeMizio (3).