Norfolk Continues Playoff Push With 4-3 Win, Now in 8th Place

Harry Z scored his 11th of the season and second as an Admrial - John Wright/Norfolk Admrials

The Admirals defeated the Worcester Sharks 4-3 in the first game of a two game series.

Final Score: Admirals 4, Sharks 3

First Period Recap: Patrick Maroon set the mood for the night early yet again dropping the gloves and beating down an opponent, this time he went after former Admiral Bracken Kearns. The first goal went in with 7:31 left in the period it was Harry Zolnierczyk's 11th of the season and Charlie Sarault (Amateur Try Out) got the assist. Less than two minutes later another ATO that is producing, Steven Whitney, scored his second goal of the season with Mat Clark and Maroon getting the assists. Both teams went 0-for-1 on the PP and both had 12 shots on net.

Second Period Recap: The middle frame continued to be an Admirals offensive showcase. Just 2:45 in Josh Brittain scored his 11th goal of the season with Rod Pelley and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond assisting. Less than two minutes later Whitney scored his second goal of the night, Chris Wagner and Maroon with the helpers. After this though the Sharks started to battle back a bit and Kearns scored his 21st goal of the season. They out-shot the Admirals 17-11 and both teams again went 0-for-1 on the power play.

Third Period Recap: The third period only saw scoring from Worcester. Matt Pelech scored his second of the year to make it 4-2 with three and a half minutes left in the game. Thirty eight seconds later Riley Brace scored his third goal of the season to make the score 4-3. Thankfully the Admirals turtled well enough the rest of the period to pull off the win and move in to eighth place in the conference and one point out of seventh with a game in hand on Connecticut. Norfolk was out-shot 13-1 in the third and no penalties were called.

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The Good: Holy crap Yawney is doing this second half of the season thing again! Also the ATOs are doing an awesome job still and Whitney is benefiting from playing on the top line of the Admirals, I can't wait to have him here for a full season.

The Bad: Holy crap Yawney did the turtling thing again! I don't know why he chooses to win this way but the Admirals were dominating a team that has now lost nine of their last ten games and probably has zero confidence, then allowed three unanswered goals.

The Ugly: Nothing was really ugly outside of getting out-shot 30-12 over the last two periods and almost losing a game that should have easily been put away by Norfolk.

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Most Valuable Ducklings:

3rd MVD: Frederik Andersen - He came up with a lot of saves when the team decided to stop playing offense despite letting in three goals on 42 shots.

2nd MVD: Patrick Maroon - Had two assists and a possible momentum changing fight against the Sharks alternate captain.

1st MVD: Steven Whitney - He had two goals and played well again. Excited for him and the other ATOs that will be here all year next year.

Next Game: Saturday, April 13th at 7:00pm at Worcester

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