GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – After Paul Szczechura had scored a late goal to give Norfolk a 3-2 lead, Denis Hamel scored two power play goals – the game-tying goal with 1:55 to go in regulation and the game-winning goal 2:50 into overtime – as the Norfolk Admirals (7-3-2-1) fell to the Adirondack Phantoms (3-11-1-0), 4-3, on Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Admirals fell to 1-0-1-0 on their five-game road trip, which continues tomorrow night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:00 p.m.
The Admirals took a 1-0 lead on Mike Vernace’s first goal as an Admiral 9:44 into the game. Vernace attempted a pass from the right circle that deflected off traffic in the low slot and went behind the net. Vernace followed the puck behind the net and sent a backhand wraparound shot past the right leg of Phantoms netminder Johan Backlund for a power play goal.
Adirondack tied the game at 1-1 just under four minutes later. Ben Holmstrom found a rebound in the slot and slid a shot past the right leg of Norfolk netminder Cedrick Desjardins at 13:42.
The Phantoms took a 2-1 lead 5:39 into the second period. Joonas Lehtivuori sent an outlet pass from the Adirondack blue line to Eric Wellwood at the Norfolk blueline. Wellwood broke in alone on Desjardins and sent a shot over the right shoulder of the Admirals goaltender.
Norfolk tied the game at 2-2 less than four minutes later on Chris Durno’s fourth goal of the season. Mike Angelidis won a battle for the puck in the left corner and centered the puck to Durno in the left faceoff circle. Durno sent a shot between the legs of Backlund at 9:11.
Paul Szczechura put Norfolk on top 3-2 with a power play goal with only 5:14 remaining in regulation. Matt Fornataro spotted Szczechura with a pass as he crossed the Adirondack blue line. Szczechura fired a wrist shot from the slot that beat the glove of Backlund for his seventh goal of the season.
However, the Phantoms tied the game at 3-3 with 1:55 remaining in regulation on a power play goal of their own. Denis Hamel found a rebound in the slot and quickly fired it past the right leg of Desjardins and into the net.
Szczechura was whistled for tripping 2:38 into overtime, and Hamel scored the game-winning goal on the subsequent power play. Erik Gustafsson sent a feed to Hamel in the right circle and Hamel sent a one-timer past Desjardins 2:50 into overtime to give Adirondack the 4-3 win.
Cedrick Desjardins (21 shots, 17 saves) was saddled with the loss. Johan Backlund (24 shots, 21 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 2-4 on the power play. Adirondack was 2-7.
The Admirals will continue their five-game road trip tomorrow night in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the Sound Tigers. Follow all of the action on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com and AHLLive.com. The Admirals return to Scope on Saturday, November 20, to battle with the Adirondack Phantoms.
The Admirals will hold United States Marine Corps Night on Saturday, November 20. All active duty and retired members of the U.S. Marine Corps (and their dependents) may purchase $10 Red Level Tickets (normally $14) for this game at norfolkadmirals.com.
Also on November 20, former Pro Bowl Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans. More details will be available as the game approaches.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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. Denis Hamel – ADK
2. Paul Szczechura – NOR
3. Eric Wellwood – ADK
NOTES … With their win, Adirondack ended a ten-game losing streak (0-9-1-0). They had not won a game since a 3-2 decision over the Syracuse Crunch on October 15 … Earlier today, Norfolk’s top two scorers, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Johan Harju, were recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both played in the Lightning’s game 5-1 loss to the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh with Harju making his NHL debut … Blair Jones’ six-game point streak ended (3G, 6A) … Norfolk has out-shot its opponent in 11 of its opening 13 games … Scratches: Mike Barberio, Stefano Giliati, Scott Jackson.