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Norfolk Admirals open season with a hard fought victory over Baby Sharks

The Norfolk Admirals ran their regular season win streak to 29 games in a row by beating the Worcester Sharks Friday night, 4-2.

Chris Rutsch

The Admirals came out flying in the first period, dominationg the Worcester Sharks early on. Just two minutes into the game, Devante Smith-Pelly set up John Mitchell to put the Admirals up 1-0. Half a dozen minutes later, Brandon McMillan tries to lay a big hit on the opposition and breaks the glass. I was told his skate shattered it. McMillan would get 2 minutes for roughing for a scrum after the play.

Shortly after the glass is replaced, Peter Holland would create a turnover from a good forecheck effort and scored with a wicked wrister for an unassisted goal, putting the Admirals up 2-0. Until a late power play for the Sharks, the Admirals held them to only two shots. Admirals ended the period out shooting the Sharks, 10-5.

The second period was a strange sight, it was almost like a totally different team put on the home jersies. [Ed. Note: Welcome to Ducks hockey, Ads fans!] The Sharks out played the Ads and it pays off later in the period. With 15:41 gone in the 2nd, the Sharks would cash in on a power play chance. Travis Oleksuk tips in a shot and Frederik Andersen couldn't do anything to stop it. About three minutes later the Sharks would tie the game up when Sebastian Stalberg comes in fast to the offensive zone and fires a quick wrist shot that beats an otherwise sharp Andersen. At the end of the 2nd you can see how the momentum and play changed, Sharks out shot the Ads, 11-6.

Towards the beginning of the 3rd period, Chris Wagner is boarded hard by Matt Pelech. Taking exception, Troy Bodie drops the gloves with Pelech to stick up for his team mate. The fight was pretty one sided from what I saw with Bodie getting the most punches in. It was almost a let down because Jay Rosehill was also on the ice. He likes to drop the gloves and let people run into his fists with their face.

After Bodie served the major penalty, he gets back onto the ice to score the eventual game winning goal with Rosehill getting the assist. With 3 seconds left, Kyle Palmieri would seal the deal with an empty net goal. The Admirals as a team looked much better in the third period and impressed a lot of fan who were on the fence coming into the new season.

Official Three Stars of the Night:
Troy Bodie
Peter Holland
Sebastian Stalberg

Dulin's Three Top Performers of the Night
Troy Bodie - Had a good fight and came up an assist short of a Gordie Howe hat trick. His line played really well all night.
Sami Vatanen - Had an assist in his first professional North American game and looked like a seasoned veteran on the blue line. He was involved in a lot of odd man rushes and played on every power play and penalty kill.
Devante Smith-Pelly - This guy is pretty good. DSP had an assist and had some pretty impressive moments on the offensive zone. He had a big hit late in the game when in the defensive zone on a bigger defenceman.

The Admirals take on the Sharks again Saturday night at 7:15 PM EST. Listen on 1021 The Game or buy a stream on AHL Live. Follow @ShawnDulin and @AdsGameUpdates for live twitter updates. I will answer questions all game.

[Ed. Note: I'm going to put up a Game Thread later today. Stop by! I'll be there.]