(Courtesy of the Norfolk Admirals)
Final Score: Admirals 4, Baby Penguins 1
First Period Recap: The Admirals played a pretty well rounded first period killing two penalties in the second half and opening the scoring 7:46 into the game. Tough guy Jay Rosehill scored his third goal of the season after Peirre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond sent in a shot from the boards from a bad angle and Rosie deflected behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Brad Thiessen. Norfolk had a power play early on in the game but could not get anything going on it. Peter Holland didn't take a shift on the power play which was kinda weird since he had two power play goals in the last two games. The shots ended up in the Ads favor 10-7.
Second Period Recap: The Admirals had to kill the final 24 seconds of a penalty they took late in the first period and they did so successfully. Through the period the teams carved deep grooves in the ice to the penalty box taking a combined six penalties, three for each team. Luckily Wilkes-Barre couldn't convert on any of them. However they did convert when the Admirals played the puck behind their net, it took an awkward bounce and caught the otherwise sharp Jeff Deslauriers sleeping and Warren Peters scored an easy unassisted goal. The Admirals got out shot 13-7 through the 20 minutes.
Third Period Recap: The final frame was all Norfolk, for once. Josh Brittain scored 3:02 into the period after Devante Smith-Pelly set him up after a nice show of patience by DSP. It is Brittain's sixth goal since joining Norfolk in January and his eighth point. Just over three minutes later Leblond scored his first goal of the season with Rosehill getting the lone assist. Not to be out done, Rosehill scored his second of the night with Chris Wagner, who has a huge hit leading to this goal, and PL3 assisting. Less than thirty seconds later Rosehill took on Bobby Farnham after Farnham butted into a skirmish he had no business in. Rosehill barely broke a sweat in the battle. The Admirals got out shot again in this period, 12-10.
This is one of the first wins in a long time that I remember the Admirals didn't get over 30 shots on goal. Deslauriers had a huge game coming up with key saves when the defense faltered. This game was nothing like his performance in Charlotte when he couldn't keep anything out of the net.
The Good: Secondary scoring! The fourth line combined for two goals, four assists and only nine penalty minutes, including a fighting major.
The Bad: The team couldn't score on any of the power plays. Luckily all the lines were rolling tonight and we didn't have to depend on special teams
The Ugly: Now this one might come out of left field if you aren't a fan of the AHL but I have heard that Tom (dis)Grace(ful) was up to his usual antics on the Wilkes-Barre radio waves. A WBS writer tweeted he was saying things like "Leblond is a girl" when he wouldn't fight MacIntyre and kept calling Norfolk Syracuse all night. When your own beat writer says you have the quality of a Federal Hockey League commentator, something is wrong.
Next Game: Saturday, February 9th at 7:15pm EST versus these very same Wilkes-Bare/Scranton Penguins