NORFOLK, Va. – Phantoms netminder John Grahame made 28 saves to out-duel Admirals goaltender Jaroslav Janus as the Norfolk Admirals (17-23-2-0) fell to the Adirondack Phantoms (20-18-2-0) 3-1 in front of 6,582 fans at Norfolk Scope Arena on Saturday night. The season-high crowd witnessed the third annual Pink in the Rink game to benefit the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Following the all-star break, the Admirals will embark on a seven-game road trip through the Northeast and will return to Scope on Wednesday, February 3 to face the Hershey Bears.
The better part of the first two periods was spent with Grahame and Janus one-upping each other with highlight-reel saves. The Admirals broke through with the game’s first goal 18:05 into the second period on a power play. Mark Parrish sent a backhand pass from the left corner to the slot. Ryan Craig collected the pass and sent a shot through the legs of Grahame at 18:05 for his fourteenth goal of the season.
The Phantoms tied the game at 1-1 just 3:18 into the third period. Ryan Dingle checked an Admirals defender in the corner to the right of Janus and stole the puck. He sent a backhand shot that squeezed into the net through the post and right leg of Janus.
Adirondack took a 2-1 lead just over three minutes later. Andreas Nodl sent a shot through traffic from the left point that bounced off Janus and caromed into the left circle. Rob Bellamy one-timed the rebound past Janus’ blocker at 6:20.
Krys Kolanos iced the game for the Phantoms with an empty-net goal scored at 19:07.
Jaroslav Janus (26 shots, 24 saves) shouldered the loss. John Grahame (29 shots, 28 saves) earned the victory.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Adirondack was 0-1.
The Admirals will now embark on a seven-game road trip through the Northeast beginning on Friday in Springfield, Saturday in Manchester and Sunday in Lowell next weekend. All games are broadcast on STAR 1310-AM, star1310.com and ahllive.com.
To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!
1. John Grahame – ADK
2. Jaroslav Janus – NOR
3. Rob Bellamy – ADK
NOTES … Mark Parrish has points in three straight games (1G, 2A) … Norfolk’s five best-attended games this season have all been in the past six games including a season-high 6,582 fans tonight… Scratch: D Scott Jackson ... Attendance: 6,582.