Long night last night. Very good weekend from the Norfolk Admirals . The Ad’s won an overtime thriller on Friday night with 5-4 victory that included a Patrick Maroon hat trick. Saturday’s game was tighter with both teams going back and forth. This was a low scoring defensive battle. Norfolk produced the only goals of the night and sealed the seep with a 2-0 shutout over the Crunch. The next victory of the night also happened on the ice, but did not result in any points in the standings. The Admirals / PAPCO annual MDA Jersey Auction raised over $60,000 for MDA. Sami Vaatenen’s jersey brought in $5,600.00 with Patrick Maroon brought in the next highest amount at $4,100.00. For this game I will let the Ad’s take care of the game summary below.
From the Norfolk Admirals:
NORFOLK – Frederik Andersen made 41 saves and Norfolk stopped all eight Syracuse power plays as the Admirals (33-29-4-1) shut out the Crunch (39-19-4-5), 2-0, on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Admirals remain two points back of the Hershey Bears for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games remaining in the regular season.
Sami Vatanen and John Mitchell scored for Norfolk while Devante Smith-Pelly and Kyle Wilson each had two assists. Andersen (20-14-1) earned his 20th win of the season and his third shutout. With the win, Norfolk denied Syracuse the chance to clinch a berth in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Admirals will continue their five-game homestand by hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday night at Scope.
The Crunch out-shot the Admirals, 13-3, in the first period, but Andersen kept the contest scoreless with several big saves.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead 7:21 into the second period. Smith-Pelly carried the puck into the attacking zone and dropped a pass to Wilson in the right circle. Wilson then sent a pass to Vatanen at the left point. Vatanen sent a wrist shot from the left circle past the outstretched glove of Crunch goaltender Riku Helenius for his eighth goal of the season.
Andersen turned aside 11 shots in the second stanza as the Admirals took a 1-0 lead into the third period.
The lead doubled 4:52 into the third period. Smith-Pelly fired the puck into the attacking zone along the right wing glass. The puck ricocheted off a stanchion in the right corner and bounded into the slot, where Mitchell was able to fire it past an unsuspecting Helenius for his tenth goal of the season.
The Crunch had three third period power plays – including 1:40 worth of a five-on-three advantage. Andersen and the Norfolk penalty killers kept Syracuse at bay, and the netminder turned aside 17 shots in the final frame for the shutout.
Helenius (16-13-0) stopped 25of 27 shots and was saddled with the loss.
Norfolk was 0-for-4 on the power play. Syracuse was 0-for-8 in the game and 0-for-12 on the weekend against Norfolk.
The Admirals will conclude a five-game homestand next week with contests against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday night before the Binghamton Senators invade Scope on Friday and Saturday nights.
1. Frederik Andersen – NOR
2. Devante Smith-Pelly – NOR
3. Nate Guenin – NOR
Syracuse Crunch 0 at Norfolk Admirals 2 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 30, 2013 – Norfolk Scope
Syracuse 0 0 0 – 0
Norfolk 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gauthier Syr (fighting), 3:14; Mikkelson Syr (roughing), 3:14; Kurtz Nor (fighting), 3:14; Wagner Nor (interference), 5:28; Sexton Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:58; Wyman Syr (interference), 7:58; Clark Nor (roughing), 18:23.
2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Vatanen 8 (Wilson, Smith-Pelly), 7:21. Penalties-Wagner Nor (cross-checking), 5:35; served by Jacques Syr (bench minor – too many men), 6:45; Brittain Nor (roughing), 9:42; Maroon Nor (cross-checking), 13:21.
3rd Period-2, Norfolk, Mitchell 10 (Smith-Pelly, Wilson), 4:52. Penalties-Pelley Nor (slashing), 14:38; Hendry Nor (high-sticking), 14:58; McMillan Nor (hooking), 18:54.
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 13-11-17-41. Norfolk 3-14-10-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 0 / 8; Norfolk 0 / 4.
Goalies-Syracuse, Helenius 16-14-0 (27 shots-25 saves). Norfolk, Andersen 20-14-1 (41 shots-41 saves).
Referees-Ryan Fraser (14).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Luke Murray (92).