[Ed. Note: This is Shawn's final recap for AC. I'd like to thank him on behalf of everyone here at AC for keeping us informed on all things Admirals over the past year, and ESPECIALLY during the darkest days of the lockout. Best Wishes! -CK]
Norfolk 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1
First Period Recap: After a pretty decent win in Adirondack on Friday night, Norfolk kinda stumbled early on the middle game of a three in three series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started off the scoring just over three minutes in when Brian Gibbons was sent on a breakaway after an outlet pass from Simon Despres. Alex Grant tried to get back but was just a step to slow, Garnet Exelby wasn't really near the play either.
Three minutes later Exelby took a roughing penalty when, Baby Pens agitator, Bobby Farnham got under his skin. By the end of that penalty, Wilkes Barre had a 10-2 shot advantage, but Norfolk would fight back. The Ads directed plenty of shots on net during their first power play, but couldn't make any count.
Their second man advantage opportunity worked out better though. Former Admiral Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond took an interference penalty, and on the same play Farnum proved why he's just an agitator and not a fighter, by becoming a personal punching bag for Norm Ezekiel. The power play led to Rickard Rakell's fourth goal of the season with the Maxes (Maxime Sauve and Max Friberg) getting the assists. At the end of the period Norfolk took the shots advantage 11-10 and carried over a power play.
Second Period Recap: The second period of hockey turned into a physical display with both teams not really getting any solid chances and only combining for 11 shots. Zack Stortini got his seventh fighting major of the season when he took on PL3 . Stortini mainly hugged tight while trying to get some jabs in, PL3 will kill people with separation.
Just under seven minutes later John Kurtz got his second fighting major of the season when he dropped the gloves with PL3. HockeyDB has them both at 6'2 210lbs but I consider PL3 a heavyweight and Kurtz a middleweight, and he stood his ground in the fight. Norfolk killed two penalties through the period.
Third Period Recap: The final twenty minutes was more of a hockey game, not as many fights or big hits happened. Wilkes-Barre out shot Norfolk 11-8 and had two power play chances that they couldn't convert on. Norfolk had two man advantages and they did nothing with them.
They did, however, get the game winning goal out of the lone Frenchman on the team. Maxime Sauve scored 5:45 into the period for his second point of the night and his second goal in as many nights. Less than a minute later Joseph Cramarossa fought Dominik Uher in one of the more pointless fights I've seen, Uher won I guess.
After that point the Admirals played some pretty solid defense and John Gibson kept playing his stellar hockey that he has going on right now, to hold on for the victory.
The Good: We beat one of the best teams in the league, right now, and in their home arena. Gibson had one stumble on the goal he allowed but he can't do everything for this team right now.
The Bad: When playing in the AHL there is a pretty good chance you are gonna see fights often. This team needs to maybe fight a little bit less right now when the other team is trying to get back in the game or change momentum.
The Ugly: The second period. Too much hitting, too much fighting as already mentioned, not enough scoring chances. It is like both teams kinda decided to take a break from hockey for a little bit. There was a lot of end to end action but nothing really happened.
Next Game: Sunday, October 27th at 5:00pm in Hershey
Side note: If you haven't seen Gibson's new helmet, its is pretty neat. DaveArt did it and he does some cool stuff, I think Fasth has gotten every mask from him. Here is a link