The Norfolk Admirals returned from the holidays with 3 games in 3 nights. First up for the Admirals was a match up against the former Norfolk Admirals. This was the first of eight games for these two teams. Syracuse took the first game 4-2 and will be Norfolk’s opponent this upcoming Friday and Saturday. Next up for the Admirals was a game against the divisional rival WB/S Penguins. Norfolk bounced back with a 3-2 overtime victory. Norfolk’s hope for salvaging the weekend road trip was spoiled in the first period of their Sunday afternoon match against the Springfield Falcons. Springfield held the Admirals to a Emerson Etem shorthanded goal and beat the Admirals 4-1.
Game Summary From The Norfolk Admirals:
December 29, 2012
Maroon Nets Overtime Winner As Admirals Top Penguins
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Penn. – Patrick Maroon scored a power play goal 1:21 into overtime as the Norfolk Admirals (14-14-1-0) topped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (14-13-2-1), 3-2, on Saturday night from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
Chris Wagner and Peter Holland also scored for Norfolk, while goaltender Igor Bobkov (7-8-0) stopped 23 of 25 shots in the victory.
Norfolk, which has posted a 7-3-1-0 record in December so far, rounds out the month and a three-game road trip tomorrow evening against the Springfield Falcons. They return to Norfolk Scope Arena on Friday and Saturday nights to face off against the Syracuse Crunch.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened scoring 4:14 into the first period. Brian Gibbons sent a wrist shot from the right point through a screen and past Bobkov to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second period. Wagner won a faceoff at the left dot in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone to Gabe Guentzel at the left point. Guentzel skated into the high slot and sent a wrist shot through traffic. Wagner deflected the shot past Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff at 6:06 for his third goal of the season.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead late in the second period on Holland’s team-leading 12th goal of the season. A Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward sent a shot that caromed all the way around the glass in the Admirals’ zone and landed just across the blue line near the left point. Holland picked up the puck on a breakaway and scored glove-side at 16:33.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Penguins tied the game just 46 seconds later. Former Admirals forward Trevor Smith won a faceoff in left circle. He centered the puck towards the low slot, and Jayson Megna sent a shot between Bobkov’s legs to tie the game at 2-2 at 17:19 of the second period.
After a scoreless third period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Benn Ferriero was whistled for hooking 27 seconds into overtime, giving Norfolk a four-on-three skater advantage. Holland sent a pass from the bottom of the right circle across the slot to Maroon, who was stationed on top of the goalmouth to Zatkoff’s right. Maroon tipped the puck past the right skate of the goaltender and into the net for his ninth goal of the season at 1:21, as Norfolk claimed the 3-2 victory.
Zatkoff (11-10-0) stopped 25 of 28 shots.
Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 0-for-3.
1. Patrick Maroon – NOR
2. Peter Holland – NOR
3. Jayson Megna – WBS
NOTES … Patrick Maroon has points in four consecutive games (2g, 2a) … Norfolk has overtime wins in two of their last three games. Peter Holland has the primary assist on both overtime goals … With his two-point performance tonight, Holland now has 29 points (12g, 17a) in 29 games this season … The Admirals have improved to 6-1 in games decided after regulation, with a 3-1 mark in overtime and a 3-0 mark in shootouts … Did not play: Ryan Lasch, John Kurtz, Brandon McMillan, Matt Smaby, Nick Schaus, Frederik Andersen.
Norfolk Admirals 3 (OT) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2 – Status: Final OT
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Norfolk 0 2 0 1 – 3
W-B/Scranton 1 1 0 0 – 2
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Gibbons 4 (Samuelsson, Morrow), 4:14. Penalties-Guentzel Nor (hooking), 8:50; Palmieri Nor (slashing), 12:05; Farnham Wbs (goaltender interference), 19:38.
2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Wagner 3 (Guentzel, Bodie), 6:06. 3, Norfolk, Holland 12 16:33. 4, W-B/Scranton, Megna 3 (Smith), 17:19. Penalties-Peters Wbs (high-sticking), 18:55.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-served by Holzapfel Wbs (bench minor – too many men), 12:18; Maroon Nor (tripping), 15:39.
OT Period-5, Norfolk, Maroon 9 (Holland, Palmieri), 1:21 (PP). Penalties-Ferriero Wbs (hooking), 0:27.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 7-13-5-3-28. W-B/Scranton 11-6-8-0-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 4; W-B/Scranton 0 / 3.
Goalies-Norfolk, Bobkov 7-9-0 (25 shots-23 saves). W-B/Scranton, Zatkoff 11-10-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Scott Adams (20), Matt McNulty (26).
December 30, 2012
Admirals Close Out Road Trip With Loss In Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Emerson Etem’s shorthanded goal was the only tally of the game for the visitors as the Norfolk Admirals (14-15-1-0) closed out a three-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Springfield Falcons (17-8-2-3) on Sunday evening from MassMutual Center. Norfolk went 1-2-0-0 on the road trip.
The Admirals, who posted a 7-4-1-0 record in December, return to Norfolk Scope Arena on Friday and Saturday nights to face off against the Syracuse Crunch.
Springfield took the lead 10:13 into the first period. David Savard sent a shot from the left point that Admirals goaltender Igor Bobkov blocked. However, Ryan Johansen found the rebound in the bottom of the left circle and sent the puck into the net to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons doubled their lead just over three minutes later. Nick Drazenovic sent a snap shot from the left circle between Bobkov’s legs and into the net at 13:22 for a 2-0 Springfield lead.
Matt Calvert made the score 3-0 less than three minutes later. He attempted a wraparound shot from behind the goal line to Bobkov’s left. The puck caromed back to Calvert off a defender’s skate, and the Falcons forward sent a shot past Bobkov’s glove from the right circle at 16:06.
The Falcons took a 4-0 lead with a power play goal 4:57 into the second period. Cam Atkinson centered the puck from behind the net to former Norfolk captain Ryan Craig at the goalmouth. Craig one-timed the puck into the net past Bobkov’s left leg.
Frederik Andersen took over between the pipes for the Admirals to start the third period, and Norfolk broke up Springfield netminder Allen York’s shutout bid with a shorthanded goal 2:47 into the final frame. Etem sent a pass from the neutral zone to Nate Guenin, who entered the attacking zone along the right wing and sent a shot on York. The rebound came into the slot, and Etem scored his ninth goal of the season to cut Springfield’s lead to 4-1.
Bobkov (7-9-0) stopped 23 of 27 shots through two periods and took the loss. Andersen (7-7-0) stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period and did not receive a decision. York (1-2-0) stopped 25 of 26 shots for the win.
Norfolk was 0-for-4 on the power play. Springfield was 1-for-7.
The Admirals return to Norfolk Scope Arena on Friday and Saturday nights to host the Syracuse Crunch. The first 2,012 fans through the gates on Friday will receive an Admirals Calder Cup replica trophy, courtesy of John’s Tax Service, JPM Financial Services and WTKR NewsChannel3.
1. Matt Calvert – SPR
2. Allen York – SPR
3. Nick Drazenovic – SPR
NOTES … Did not play: Ryan Lasch, Brandon McMillan, Matt Smaby, Nick Schaus, Marco Cousineau, Jay Rosehill.
Norfolk Admirals 1 at Springfield Falcons 4 – Status: Final
Sunday, December 30, 2012 – MassMutual Center
Norfolk 0 0 1 – 1
Springfield 3 1 0 – 4
1st Period-1, Springfield, Johansen 12 (Savard, Holden), 10:13. 2, Springfield, Drazenovic 9 (Atkinson, Erixon), 13:22. 3, Springfield, Calvert 10 16:06. Penalties-Weber Spr (hooking), 3:14; Amadio Spr (cross-checking), 12:22; Palmieri Nor (interference), 13:07.
2nd Period-4, Springfield, Craig 8 (Atkinson, Calvert), 4:57 (PP). Penalties-Vatanen Nor (hooking), 3:51; Etem Nor (boarding), 6:19; Etem Nor (roughing), 8:23; Amadio Spr (roughing, roughing), 8:23; Maroon Nor (fighting), 12:32; Craig Spr (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 12:32; Wagner Nor (slashing), 15:02; Clark Nor (fighting), 18:02; Weber Spr (fighting), 18:02.
3rd Period-5, Norfolk, Etem 9 (Guenin), 2:47 (SH). Penalties-Caputi Nor (high-sticking), 1:22; Guentzel Nor (slashing), 9:37; Maroon Nor (roughing, misconduct – abuse of officials), 14:00.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 7-11-8-26. Springfield 18-9-9-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 4; Springfield 1 / 7.
Goalies-Norfolk, Bobkov 7-9-0 (27 shots-23 saves); Andersen 7-7-0 (9 shots-9 saves). Springfield, York 1-2-0 (26 shots-25 saves).
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49), Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Paul Simeon (66).