Norfolk Admirals End Tough Weekend With a 3-2 OT Victory

An unlikely hero, Mat Clark scored the game winning goal in over time. - Norfolk Admirals/John Wright

The Admirals have struggled on the power play and DSP has struggled in general, but both came through yesterday. Even more surprising, Mat Clark came up with the OT winner to beat the Sound Tigers 3-2.

Final Score: Admirals 3, Bridgeport 2 (OT)

First Period Recap: Coming off the overtime loss to the Connecticut Whale the Admirals looked to get a win to end their 3-in-3 series on the road. Through the first period, neither team could use their four minutes of extra man time to their advantage. The Sound Tigers scored first with left-winger Mike Halmo getting his second goal of the season 8:03 into the period. The Admirals out-shot Bridgeport 13-10.

Second Period Recap: Devante Smith-Pelly ended his 13 game goal-less streak that dated back to December 21. During this offensive drought he had just one assist and was a minus-9. The goal was on the power play and Dan Sexton got his fifth assist of the season. Chad Costello of Bridgeport put his team back up about eight minutes later with his second of the season. The Admirals had four power play chances in the second period including one 5-on-3 but only scored once. They out shot Bridgeport 15-7.

Third Period Recap: Norfolk played most of the third in the Bridgeport end out shooting them 13-4 and getting another three man advantages. Emerson Etem scored on the power play, 16:02 into the period, for his 13th goal of the season and his third on the PP. Sami Vatanen got his 23rd assist of the season, his 27th point, and Jordan Hendry got the secondary assist. Regulation time ended with the game tied so the Admirals headed to overtime for the second night in a row.

Overtime Recap: Overtime had the most surprising thing of the night. The physical, stay at home defenseman Mat Clark scored just 1:57 into the period lifting the Admirals over the Sound Tigers 3-2. It was Clark's first goal of the season and could turn out to be one of the most important goals of the season. Josh Brittain and Hendry registered the assists.

The Admirals are now just seven points out of eighth place and the final playoff spot. The teams ranked sixth through 14th are separated by just nine points. The Admirals are in 13th place with 48. Division rivals Hershey and Wilkes-Barre are both tied at 55 points

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The Good: The Admirals scored two power play goals to get a very important out of division win.

The Bad: I guess Matt Smaby can qualify getting a minus-2 rating and only one of two minor penalties the Admirals committed.

The Ugly: I can't think of anything ugly. It is a good thing.

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Most Valuable Ducklings:

3rd MVD: Frederik Andersen- The rookie goalie stopped 21 of 23 in his first AHL start since being assigned to the Danish National team.

2nd MVD: DSP- Hopefully this goal will light a fire under him and we get some quality goals from the guy.

1st MVD: Emerson Etem- eight shots, the game tying goal, no penalties. This guy is probably my favorite Admirals player.

Next Game: Friday, February 22, at 7:30pm ET against the Providence Bruins.

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