Peter Holland leads the Admirals with nine goals this season - Jeff Gross
After a strong start - a rare feat these days- the Admirals gave up two quick goals to the Adirondack Phantoms in the second period and Peter Holland's relatively hot hand wasn't enough to bring Norfolk back.
The Admirals extended their losing streak to 4 games in a row Friday night when they lost 2-1 to the Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers affiliate).
For the first time in their last eight games, the Admirals refused to let in a first period goal. Frederik Andersen stopped all 7 shots he saw and the team killed the only penalty they took for the period. The Ads out shot the Phantoms 9-7 in the first and things seemed to be going well for the team, but they had plenty of time to squander their rare good start.
It didn't take long. As the first period came to a close Devante Smith-Pelly and Harry Zolnierczuk were given matching roughing minors and mere seconds into the next period, Patrick Maroon gave the Phantoms a 4 on 3 power play opportunity.
The Phantoms out right dominated the second period, out shooting the Ads 19-5. Despite struggling to get out of their zone for the entire period, young prospect Peter Holland - who seems to be the only Admiral able to find the back of the net right now - pulled Norfolk to within one on a late power play chance.
The third period was much the same as many past performances. The Admirals were desperately trying to score but just couldn't get the puck behind Adirondack Goalie, Scott Munroe. The Admirals out shot the Phantoms 12-5 in the final frame, but unfortunately Holland can only skate for so long.
The Ads are now 2-8 in their last ten games, but there are some positives to take from this one. Andersen has shown that for now he is the go-to goalie on the roster and he won't dig the team an impossible hole to get out of in the first few minutes of a game. The team defense was better as well, this was the first game since November 3 in which the Ads gave up fewer than three goals, and only the fourth one goal game in their last ten.