Dramatic Comeback Nets Admirals Victory in Portland
PORTLAND, Maine – Chris Durno and Mike Angelidis scored in the final 3:06 of regulation to erase a two-goal deficit and Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored the lone shootout goal as the Norfolk Admirals (14-6-3-1) defeated the Portland Pirates (14-6-1-1), 4-3, on Saturday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Norfolk improved to 4-1-0-0 through five legs of its season-long six-game road trip, which concludes tomorrow afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. puck drop against the Springfield Falcons.
Cedrick Desjardins won his sixth straight game for Norfolk by stopping all 25 shots after the first period and denying all five Portland shooters in the shootout. Blair Jones also scored for Norfolk.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Marc-Andre Gragnani sent a pass from the left corner to Paul Byron in the low slot. Byron deked to the backhand before sending a shot past Desjardins at 9:25.
Portland doubled its lead less than five minutes later on a quick-developing two-on-one. Maxime Legault sent a pass from the edge of the left faceoff circle past a Norfolk defender in the slot and onto the tape of defenseman T.J. Brennan. Brennan then sent a quick shot past the left leg of Desjardins at 14:08.
Byron’s second goal of the game just over two minutes later put the Pirates up 3-0. Brennan sent a shot from the left circle off the leg pads of Desjardins. Byron found the rebound in the crease and fired it past the goaltender’s left leg at 16:25.
Norfolk cut its deficit to two goals just 33 seconds into the second period. Jones took the puck from the left corner and deked around a Portland defender before sending a low wrist shot past the left leg of Pirates goaltender Jhonas Enroth. The goal was Jones’ ninth of the season.
Norfolk out-shot Portland 16-10 in the third period and began its comeback with a Durno power play goal with 3:06 remaining in regulation. Mark Barberio sent a shot from the high slot that Durno deflected in the mid-slot past Enroth stick-side for his eighth goal of the season.
After pulling Desjardins in favor of the extra attacker with about one minute left in the third period, the Admirals tied the game at 3-3 with only 33 seconds on the clock. Matt Fornataro received the puck behind the net and centered it toward the goalmouth. The puck caromed off a skate and went into the net, as Mike Angelidis was credited with his eighth goal of the season.
After a scoreless overtime period, the game headed to a shootout. After three scoreless rounds, Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored in the top of the fourth round of the shootout. Desjardins then sealed the victory after stopping his fifth Pirates shooter – Marc-Andre Gragnani in the bottom of the fifth round.
Cedrick Desjardins (39 shots, 36 saves) earned the victory. Jhonas Enroth (46 shots, 43 saves) suffered the shootout setback.
Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Portland was 0-4.
The Admirals will conclude their six-game road trip tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. against the Springfield Falcons. Because of Washington Redskins football, the radio broadcast will not be available on 102.1-FM or 1490-AM. However, you can listen to the game for free at 1021TheGame.com or watch online on a pay-per-view or season pass basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday to battle the Syracuse Crunch in another Admirals Value Night, featuring Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights.
Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
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!
NOTES … Cedrick Desjardins set a new AHL Admirals record with a six-game road winning streak … Desjardins’ streak is also a six-game overall winning streak in which he has a 2.31 goals-against average and .914 save percentage … Desjardins has not played a home game since October 29 vs. Portland at Scope, playing ten straight road games (8-2-0) … Chris Durno’s third period power play goal ended an 0-27 run on the power play for Norfolk stretching back to November 12 at Adirondack … With the game-tying goal tonight, Mike Angelidis now has five goals and nine points with a +8 rating through five games of the six-game road trip … Mark Barberio assisted on both Norfolk third period goals for his first professional multiple point game … Blair Jones has goals in back-to-back games since returning from the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this week … Jones’ nine goals trail only Johan Harju’s 13 markers for the Norfolk team lead … Harju, who was recalled from the Admirals by the parent Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday, earned his first NHL point on an assist tonight in Tampa Bay’s 6-5 win against the Colorado Avalanche … Scratches: Tim Marks, Mitch Fritz, Troy Milam, Vladimir Mihalik.