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October 26, 2011

Admirals Complete Comeback with 5-4 Shootout Win


GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Michel Ouellet scored twice and the Norfolk Admirals (5-2-0-1) erased three deficits to defeat the Adirondack Phantoms (5-2-0-1), 5-4 in a shootout, on Wednesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Norfolk’s seven-game road trip (1-1-0-0) continues with game three on Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center against the Providence Bruins.

Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Admirals while defenseman Mark Barberio notched three assists. Jaroslav Janus (3-0-1) stopped 24 of 28 shots through regulation and overtime and four of five shooters in the shootout.

The Phantoms struck first 10:28 into the game. Eric Wellwood skated in on Janus on a partial breakaway. He snapped a shot over Janus’ glove from the low slot for a 1-0 Adirondack lead.

Norfolk knotted the score at 1-1 just over four minutes later. Trevor Smith won a faceoff back to Mark Barberio at the top of the right circle. Barberio’s shot was stopped by Phantoms goaltender Jason Bacashihua, but Michel Ouellet found the rebound at the bottom of the right circle and put it in the net. Ouellet’s third goal of the season came at 14:36.

However, the Phantoms re-claimed the lead with only 27 seconds remaining in the first period. Erik Gustafsson sent a shot from the high slot that Janus stopped. However, Tom Sestito sent the rebound over a prone Janus for a 2-1 Phantoms lead.

Norfolk tied the game at 2-2 midway through the second period. Carter Ashton netted his team-leading seventh goal of the season when his shot from the bottom of the right circle trickled across the goal line at 8:11.

The Phantoms took their third lead of the contest with under five minutes remaining in the second stanza. Ty McGinn accepted a Luke Pither pass in the slot and sent a wrist shot along the ice past Janus at 15:43.

Norfolk squared the contest at 3-3 with a power play goal just 1:01 into the third period. Tyler Johnson attempted a pass from the right circle that caromed off a defender’s skate in the slot and got past Bacashihua for his fourth goal of the season.

The Admirals took their first lead of the game with only 1:19 left in regulation. Trevor Smith spotted Ouellet in the slot with a tape-to-tape pass, and Ouellet sent a heavy wrist shot past Bacashihua for his second goal of the game and fourth of the season.

However, the lead was short-lived, as Adirondack pulled Bacashihua in favor of the extra attacker in the final minute of regulation and tied the game at 4-4. Denis Hamel deflected a Harry Zolnierczyk feed past the stick-side of Janus with less than 28 seconds remaining in regulation.

After a scoreless overtime, Hamel and Cory Conacher exchanged shootout conversions in the third round. In the fourth round, James Wright converted his shot to give Norfolk a 2-1 shootout lead. Janus sealed the win with a poke check on Zolnierczyk in the fifth round.

Jaroslav Janus (3-0-1) turned aside 24 of 28 shots for the win. Jason Bacashihua (1-1-1) stopped 37 of 41 shots for the shootout loss.

Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-8.

Norfolk’s seven-game road trip continues on Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center against the Providence Bruins. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. All games can be heard at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. You can also watch on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com.

The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday, November 9, to take on their East Division rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in the first Admirals Value Night of the 2011-12 season.

Family Fun Packs 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.

The November 9 game is also Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Night. For every non-perishable food item you donate at the game, you will receive a raffle ticket. We will hold a raffle drawing at the game and you could win autographed Admirals memorabilia! Plus, fundraising tickets are available for a limited time at norfolkadmirals.com/groups.

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 2011-12 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!

Three Stars:
1. Michel Ouellet – NOR
2. Eric Wellwood – ADK
3. Jaroslav Janus – NOR

NOTES … Carter Ashton (7g, 4a) and Cory Conacher (4g, 6a) are ranked first and second, respectively, in scoring among AHL rookies … With three assists tonight, Mark Barberio (1g, 9a) extended his lead in scoring by an AHL defenseman to four points … Defenseman Charles Landry made his season debut … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik, Scott Jackson, Eric Neilson.


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