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October 30, 2009

Crunch Shut Down Admirals Offense

NORFOLK, Va. – Despite a strong 19-save performance from goaltender Jaroslav Janus, the Norfolk Admirals (3-6-0-0) fell to the Syracuse Crunch (4-4-1-1) 2-0 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The Crunch jumped out of the gates with a goal only 32 seconds into the period. Mathieu Roy sent a shot from the right point that was stopped by Norfolk netminder Jaroslav Janus. The rebound landed in the crease, where Alexandre Picard scooped it up and sent a forehand shot into the net while falling down.

The Admirals out-shot the Crunch 32-20 from that point on but were unable to dent the twine behind Crunch netminder Dan LaCosta. Pascal Pelletier tacked on an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining for a 2-0 final score.

Jaroslav Janus (20 shots, 19 saves) was saddled with the loss. Dan LaCosta (32 shots, 32 saves) picked up the shutout victory.

Norfolk was 0-5 on the power play. Syracuse was 0-4.

The Admirals will now play 14 of their next 18 games on the road. That stretch kicks off with a four-game road trip next week beginning with Monday and Tuesday night contests against the Manitoba Moose. The puck drops both nights at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Three Stars:
1. Dan LaCosta – SYR
2. Jaroslav Janus – NOR
3. Alexandre Picard – SYR

Notes … Norfolk has killed 22 of the last 23 opponent power plays … With the shutout, scoring streaks ended for Ryan Craig (six-game point/four-game goal streaks), Paul Szczechura (four-game point streak), Juraj Simek (three-game point and assist streaks) and Brandon Bochenski (three-game point streak) … Scratches: LW Radek Smolenak, C Mitch Fadden, F Justin Keller, G Dustin Tokarski ... Attendance: 2,706.


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