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Frederik Andersen(sational) Shuts Out Syracuse

I can't take credit for Andersensational, Pete Michaud (@AdmiralsVoice) is the creator of such an awesome adjective.

John Wright/Norfolk Admirals

Final Score: Admirals 2, Crunch 0

First Period Recap: The Admirals came out physical in the first period throwing checks every where but getting little offense. Emotions eventually over flowed and Danick Gauthier did the most foolish thing he may have ever done in his young career, he decided to fight John Kurtz. Gauthier was knocked down twice before giving in to the massive punches Kurtz delivered to his face. He stayed in the box for the 5 minutes and then went to the locker room and never came back. Neither team scored on the power play with Norfolk going 0-for-3, including a full 2 minute 5 on 3, and Syracuse had two chances. The Crunch did however out-shoot the Admirals 13-3.

Second Period Recap: The middle frame was a much more improved effort from the Admirals. Norfolk got their final power play of the game at the 6:45 mark but couldn't convert. Sami Vatanen didn't need the man advantage though to score his 8th goal of the season on a sick wrist shot, Devante Smith-Pelly and Kyle Wilson got the assists. The Admirals helped keep Andersen's shutout going killing three penalties and managed to out shoot the Crunch 14-11.

Third Period Recap: The third period was beautifully played by the Admirals, for the most part. They easily got the puck deep into the Crunch defensive zone and just held it up against the boards a lot. They did give Syracuse chances though with three power plays going their way. Norfolk's PK killed all eight penalties they took during the game. John Mitchell earned the insurance goal 4:52 into the period for his 10th of the season and Wilson and DSP both received their second assists of the night. Syracuse pulled Riku Helenius with 2:38 left in the game but couldn't beat the awesome Andersen tonight.


The Good: The Admirals are still two points out of 8th but they are three points out of 7th place with a game in hand.

The Bad: I guess you could say the power play was bad going 0-for-4.

The Ugly: Probably some of the looks on the faces of Crunch fans.


Most Valuable Ducklings:

3rd MVD: Kyle Wilson - He assisted on both goals.

2nd MVD: Devante Smith-Pelly - He is developing in front of everyone. Two assists, a HUGE hit on J.P. Cote, and awesome penalty killing.

1st MVD: Frederik Andersen - He had a questionable effort the game before but he bounced back with a huge 41 save shutout against a top team in the league.

Next Game: Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:15pm vs. Wilkes-Burry/Scranton Penguins