Hatrick Maroon puts the Admirals on his Back in 5-4 OT Win Over Syracuse

Maroon's game winning goal in overtime - John Wright/Norfolk Admirals

The Ads came back from a three goal deficit to the best team in the league, bringing them within two points of Hershey in the eighth and final playoff spot, thanks to a hat trick by Pat Maroon, including the game tying goal and the winner in OT.

Final Score: Norfolk 5, Syracuse 4 OT

First Period Recap: The Syracuse Crunch started off the game the way they wanted too by scoring early and putting the Admirals on their heels. Brett Connolly scored his 27th of the year just 3:51 into the period. Around eleven minutes into the game Josh Brittain makes a clean hit but Jared Nightingale chose to fight him and cut him open pretty good. With 2:53 remaining, Eric Neilson scored his first goal of the season.

Both goals against Andersen were weird, one sneaked in under him and the other one looked like a trick shot in a game of pool. Before the period ended Patrick Maroon scored his 19th goal of he season on a wrap around that Riku Helenius couldn't stop. Newly signed rookie Kyle Bonis got his first pro point with an assist. The period ended with the Admirals being out shot 13-7.

Second Period Recap: In the second period Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Neilson dropped the gloves for a rematch from the previous game. PL3 won the fight easily, Neilson had a tough time landing shots but wouldn't go down. Only one goal was scored and that was by Syracuse's Alex Hutchings with 1:01 left in the period. The Admirals went 0-for-2 on the power play and out shot the Crunch 9-8.

Third Period Recap: The final 20 minutes of this game was where all the excitement happened. Just ten seconds in the Crunch went up 4-1 with former Admiral Dan Sexton scoring his seventh goal of the season. Not to be outdone, Devante Smith-Pelly scored forty seconds later to bring the game to 4-2. Almost two minutes later Chris Wagner pulled the Admirals within one on a breakaway that was created by a pass from Rod Pelley.

Not quite halfway through the period, on the power play, Nate Guenin shot the puck in from the blue line and Maroon deflected it in for his second of the night, to tie the game up 4-4. The Admirals went 1-for-4 on the power play and out shot Syracuse 13-9.

Overtime Recap: The Admirals had a power play carry over from the third period. With nineteen seconds left on it the other newbie in his first professional game, Charles Sarault, got his first pro point. He was patient with the puck down low until he could get it to Maroon for his third goal of the night. It was the only shot for the either team in overtime.

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The Good: The Admirals come back from three goals down to win a huge game.

The Bad: Ryan Parent took an elbow to the head, it wasn't called, and I don't think he ever returned to the game.

The Ugly: N/A

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Most Valuable Ducklings:

3rd MVD: Chris Wagner - Had a huge goal on his only shot of the game.

2nd MVD: Sami Vatanen - Had an assist on the final two goals of the game, both on the power play.

1st MVD: Patrick Maroon - He had a huge game and I hope he can keep on doing this. Fans really love this guy now.

Honorable Mentions: Kyle Bonis and Charles Sarault - Both of these guys played really good games. Bonis is playing on the top line with Maroon and McMillan and fits in well. Sarault is playing the fourth line, only center spot open, and was out at least once on every power play.

Next Game: Saturday, March 30th, 7:15 pm ET also vs. Syracuse
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