Norfolk Admirals Vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
The Admirals kicked off the new season on the road in Hartford with a bang. A controversial call gave the Wolf Pack the tying goal and sent the game to overtime. Both teams went scoreless in the overtime period and sent this match to a shootout. Goalie, Devante Smith-Pelly notched the second Admiral goal in the shootout and Frederik Andersen stopped Ryan Bourque to give Norfolk the 3-2 win.
The Good – The Admirals Won – Always a good thing.
The Bad – 1490 AM The Game – Ugh I think we heard The Admirals, The Capitals, A show about Fantasy Football during the time the Admirals game was to be broadcast. They finally got their act together, but it was annoying.
The Ugly – 1490 AM The Game – If you were trying to listen to the game over the radio then you were pretty much out of luck in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. The signal just does not come over from the other side of the water. If you want to listen then you are stuck using your smart phone, internet broadcast, and AHL Live. Evidently this ok according to Joe Gregory of the Admirals. He was recently quoted in the Virginian-Pilot with statements like “If I can catch the Admirals driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania,” he said, “I think our fans will be OK.” This was in reference to how he was able to listen to the game on his smart phone. This had to be it as he obviously was not listening over traditional terrestrial radio. IF he was he would have been met with other channels crossing over, static, signal fading in and out, or better yet….silence. In regards to this issue he was quoted as saying “I don’t see it as an issue,”
Bob Molinaro writes in his article that Gregory says he isn’t worried because he knows his team doesn’t appeal to casual fans that might be radio-grazing. The Admirals’ constituency, he said, is made up of diehards that will find a way to follow the team. Well Mr. Gregory does not have the ear of even the diehard fans. We want to be able to listen to Pete broadcasting the Admiral games. We want to listen to them when they are away. We want to listen to the pre-game and post game shows when we leave Scope. We can’t even do any of that when we are leaving the games. Static, signal fading in and out. He says that if we want to listen to the game then we will go online. Ok Mr. Gregory….are you going to pay for my data package or for those that do not have one or want to use it for listening to hockey? Mr. Molinaro wrote a very good article on this situation. I wonder if anyone within the Admirals will take the feedback and run with it.
Check out Bob Molinaro’s article here at HamptonRoads.com.
From the Norfolk Admirals:
October 5, 2013
Admirals Open Season With 3-2 Shootout Win
HARTFORD, CT — Despite a last second goal by the Hartford Wolfpack to send the game to overtime, the Norfolk Admirals picked up a 3-2 shootout victory in the season opener at the XL Center Saturday night.
After a physical and scoreless first period, the Admirals wasted little time grabbing their first goal of the season in the second period.
Steven Whitney took advantage of a messy Hartford turnover in the slot. Whitney picked up the puck and wristed a shot high past the blocker of Wolfpack netminder Cam Talbot for the goal. Whitney’s goal broke the scoreless tie at 1:15 into the period.
A number of penalties were called on both sides for the remainder of the period, but both teams kept each other in check. Norfolk took the one-goal advantage into the second break.
The Admirals started the final stanza with a 5-on-3 power play and took advantage. Rickard Rakell capped off a nice tic-tac-toe passing play by Norfolk as Charles Sarault received a feed low on the right side of the net and slid a pass across the crease to Rakell. Rakell buried the puck into the net on the backside to extend the Norfolk lead to 2-0 just 37 seconds into the period.
Nearly six minutes later, Hartford got on the board by converting on a power play chance of their own. Danny Kristo received a pass at the left wing circle and wristed a shot high past the glove of Admirals goaltender Frederik Andersen to pull the Wolfpack within one.
In the final seconds of regulation, and with its net empty, Hartford threw a shot toward the net which was initially stopped by Andersen. A wild scramble for the puck ensued, and the puck crossed the line as time expired. The goal was waived off by the referee, but after a video review, the call was reversed and Hartford was awarded the goal to send the game to overtime. The tying marker was credited to Darroll Powe.
Neither team could seal the game in the extra session sending it to be decided in the shootout. Norfolk struck first on a goal Rakell, but the Wolfpack countered on a tally by Kristo. The Admirals took the lead in the fourth round of the shootout on a goal scored by Devante Smith-Pelly. Hartford’s Ryan Bourque was Hartford’s last chance to keep the game alive, but Andersen was able to get a piece of the puck and turn it aside to seal the 3-2 Admirals victory.
Andersen was sharp in goal, earning the win turning aside 35 of 37 shots, while Talbot takes the loss allowing two goals on 28 shots faced.
The Admirals close out the opening weekend road trip on Sunday at Bridgeport. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. Tune in on 1490 AM, or online at http://1021thegame.com
Game Notes: Norfolk killed off seven of eight penalties faced in the game….Zack Stortini was involved in two fights in the first period, and finished the game with 12 penalty minutes.
1. Devante Smith-Pelly – NOR
2. Darroll Powe – HAR
3. Frederik Andersen – NOR
Norfolk Admirals 3 (SO) at Hartford Wolf Pack 2 – Status: Final SO
Saturday, October 5, 2013 – XL Center
Norfolk 0 1 1 0 – 3
Hartford 0 0 2 0 – 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Stortini Nor (holding), 2:05; Staubitz Nor (interference), 6:03; Stortini Nor (fighting), 8:18; Haley Hfd (fighting), 8:18; Hrivik Hfd (roughing), 11:00; Stortini Nor (fighting), 18:14; McIlrath Hfd (fighting), 18:14.
2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Whitney 1 1:15. Penalties-Johnson Hfd (boarding), 6:50; Sarault Nor (hooking), 9:03; Allen Hfd (interference), 11:45; Laganiere Nor (tripping), 14:12; Kreider Hfd (roughing), 16:26; Haley Hfd (delay of game), 17:43; Noesen Nor (slashing), 18:02; Clark Nor (fighting), 19:48; Bickel Hfd (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:48; Yogan Hfd (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating), 19:48.
3rd Period-2, Norfolk, Rakell 1 (Sarault, Gagne), 0:37 (PP). 3, Hartford, Kristo 1 (Johnson, Haley), 5:38 (PP). 4, Hartford, Powe 1 (Mashinter, Kreider), 19:59. Penalties-Yonkman Nor (interference), 4:37; Staubitz Nor (interference), 7:45; Wagner Nor (boarding), 14:33.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout – Norfolk 2 (Rakell G, Sarault NG, Smith-Pelly G, Whitney NG), Hartford 1 (Lindberg NG, Kristo G, Kreider NG, Yogan NG, Bourque NG).
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 9-9-6-3-1-28. Hartford 9-15-12-1-0-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 7; Hartford 1 / 8.
Goalies-Norfolk, Andersen 1-0-0 (37 shots-35 saves). Hartford, Talbot 0-0-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Luke Galvin (2).