Special Teams Shine, But Admirals Fall Short In Shootout Loss

Busy day for me yesterday. Tried to catch the game on the radio while I was on the road, but even during the daylight hours the signal was very bad at times. It seems the Admirals turned in a good special teams show with 2 shorthanded goals and a power play tally. Unfortunately it was Bridgeport that came out with the victory in a shootout.

Read about the game below with the release from the Norfolk Admirals:

October 6, 2013

Admirals Close Road Trip with Shootout Loss

BRIDGEPORT, CT – John Persson’s goal in the sixth round of the overtime shootout lifted the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals at Webster Bank Arena Sunday afternoon. The Admirals (1-0-0-1) conclude the season opening weekend road trip by grabbing three of a possible four points in the standings.

A scoreless opening frame gave way to a wild second period which featured five goals and a fight as time expired.

Norfolk struck first scoring a shorthanded tally from Max Friberg at 4:56. The Admirals Chris Wagner fielded the puck from behind the net and lobbed it to the top of the crease to Friberg who slipped it past Bridgeport goaltender Anders Nilsson for the goal and the 1-0 lead.

Nearly four minutes later, Bridgeport countered with a shorthanded strike of their own, as Wetmore created a turnover and broke in on the right wing. Wetmore ripped a shot which beat Norfolk netminder John Gibson tying the game at one.

On the same power play, Norfolk reclaimed the lead when Stefan Noesen grabbed the puck behind the net and flipped it to the top of the crease. The puck was then flexed by Rickard Rakell into the net for the goal. Rakell’s second of the season put the Admirals up 2-1.

The Sound Tigers countered less than a minute later, as Andrey Pedan fired a shot from the point which clipped over the shoulder of Gibson tying the game at two.

Bridgeport took its first lead of the game nearly five minutes later on a power play marker by Joe Diamond. After a scramble in front of Gibson, Diamond found the loose rubber amidst the scrum and tapped it into the net for the go-ahead goal.

As time expired in the period, Zach Stortini and Joe Finley squared off at center to conclude a busy second frame, as the Sound Tigers took the 3-2 lead into the break.

The Admirals leaned on their penalty kill unit to once again generate some offense. At the 7:12 mark, Norfolk’s Joseph Cramarossa stole the puck away from Nilsson behind the net. Cramarossa fed the puck to Devante Smith-Pelly in the slot who wristed it into the back of the net past a diving Nilsson for the second shorthanded goal of the game for Norfolk. Smith-Pelly’s first of the season tied the game at three.

The Admirals had a great opportunity to reclaim the lead with a 5-on-3 power play in the game’s final four minutes. However, Bridgeport was able to kill off the penalties and forced the game to overtime.

Neither team generated much in the extra session, and Norfolk would head to the shootout for the second time in as many days.

The Admirals received a goal from Rakell in the first round of the shootout. Rakell is now 2-for-2 in shootout attempts this season. Bridgeport also scored with its first shooter, as Ryan Strome lit the lamp writing a shot past Gibson’s blocker. For the next four rounds, both teams traded off unsuccessful chances. The game was finally sealed in the sixth round of the shootout by John Persson who beat Gibson for the game winner, lifting the Sound Tigers to the 4-3 victory.

Nilsson earns the win stopping 32 of 35 shots faced, while Gibson takes the loss allowing three goals on 40 shots seen in the game.

The Admirals will now return home with three of four possible points in their pockets, and will get set for the home opener at Scope on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Opening Night Promotions & Festivities!
The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Come early and join us for Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. featuring live music by Brent Shepard, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages! The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals Magnet Schedule! Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as the exit the arena!

The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. Come early and check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!

Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at http://www.norfolkadmirals.com

Three Stars:
1. Ryan Strome – BRI
2. Aaron Ness – BRI
3. Anders Nilsson – BRI

Norfolk Admirals 3 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 (SO) – Status: Final SO
Sunday, October 6, 2013 – Webster Bank Arena

Norfolk 0 2 1 0 – 3
Bridgeport 0 3 0 0 – 4

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Diamond Bri (tripping), 9:32; Stortini Nor (interference, fighting), 12:53; Finley Bri (fighting), 12:53; Clark Bri (hooking), 15:35; Staubitz Nor (high-sticking), 18:43.

2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Friberg 1 (Wagner), 4:56 (SH). 2, Bridgeport, Wetmore 1 (Finley), 8:21 (SH). 3, Norfolk, Rakell 2 (Stortini), 9:40 (PP). 4, Bridgeport, Pedan 1 (Strome, Lee), 10:24. 5, Bridgeport, Diamond 1 (Ness, Strome), 15:36 (PP). Penalties-Kurtz Nor (high-sticking), 3:11; Strome Bri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:42; Gagne Nor (interference), 11:12; Noesen Nor (holding), 14:59; Stortini Nor (fighting), 20:00; Finley Bri (roughing, fighting), 20:00.

3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Smith-Pelly 1 (Cramarossa), 7:12 (SH). Penalties-Warg Nor (interference), 6:47; Whitney Nor (slashing), 8:52; Clark Bri (slashing), 8:52; Lee Bri (double minor – high-sticking), 14:01; Bruton Bri (goaltender interference), 17:04.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Norfolk 1 (Rakell G, Sarault NG, Whitney NG, Smith-Pelly NG, Laganiere NG, Wagner NG), Bridgeport 2 (Strome G, Quine NG, Diamond NG, Lee NG, Sundstrom NG, Persson G).
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 12-8-13-2-0-35. Bridgeport 13-14-9-3-1-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 7; Bridgeport 1 / 6.
Goalies-Norfolk, Gibson 0-0-1 (39 shots-36 saves). Bridgeport, Nilsson 1-1-0 (35 shots-32 saves).
A-3,467
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Jean-Philippe Sylvain (16).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Brent Colby (7).

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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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