Admirals Sweep Hershey, Now Only Three Points Out of Playoffs

Chris Wagner tries to score on a penalty shot but Sabourin stops him. - John Wright/Norfolk Admirals

Wait... Seriously, only three points out?! Maybe it is possible.

Final Score: Admirals 4, Hershey 1

First Period Recap: Norfolk started beating up on Hershey early after Dmitry Orlov randomly chipped the puck about 30 feet in the air and over the glass drawing a delay of game penalty. Troy Bodie capitalized on the power play scoring his fourth of the season with Nate Guenin and Frederik Andersen getting the assists. Bodie has two goals this month after not scoring one since Oct. 20. The Admirals out shot the Bears 8-7 and killed two first period penalties.

Second Period Recap: In keeping with the scoring early strategy Brayden Irwin scored his first goal of the season, again. Earlier in the season he was credited with the game winning goal against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton but it was later given to PL3. To make the whole thing super weird the goal he scored tonight was also the game winner. Jordan Hendry and Josh Brittain were the helpers. 7:43 into the period the Bears ended Andersen's shutout attempt when Jon DiSalvatore scored against a very tired line that could not get off the ice to save its life. Most of the second period was played in the Admirals defensive end and they got out shot 12-7. Norfolk only took two penalties but unfortunately they were less than a minute apart giving Hershey a lot of 5 on 3 power play time. The whole team made an impressive stand and kept Hershey from scoring.

Third Period Recap: The final 20 minutes was a really boring, slowly played period. It looked like Norfolk's entire strategy was to ice the puck as many times as possible but it worked out somehow. Patrick Maroon put the Admirals up 3-1 just over four and a half minutes in for his 16th goal of the season with Hendry getting another assist and Sami Vatanen extending his point streak to seven games and nine assists. In the waning minutes Maroon scored his 17th of the season on an empty Hershey net, Chris Wagner got his 11th assist of the season and his first one since Feb. 8.

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The Good: The Admirals are just three points out of the playoffs.

The Bad: The entire team was gassed in the second period and into the third period, it wasn't a good look.

The Ugly: The AHL will probably snub the Admirals again and not recognize Sami or Frederik as player of the week.

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Most Valuable Ducklings:

3rd MVD: Jordan Hendry- Played a lot of special teams time tonight and had two assists.

2nd MVD: Frederik Andersen- Held a good team to just one goal on 24 shots.

1st MVD: Patrick Maroon- Scored two goals on just two shots. That is a pretty good shooting percentage.

Next Game: Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 at Charlotte 7:30pm ET

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