Admirals Complete Perfect Weekend with Victory over Checkers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jaroslav Janus made 33 saves and Cory Conacher netted his league-leading 28th goal of the season, as the Norfolk Admirals (30-18-1-2) defeated the Charlotte Checkers (29-18-2-2), 3-1, at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Sunday night. Norfolk capped off the weekend with three victories in three nights and moved to within two points of first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.The Admirals wrap-up their two-game road trip in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as they face off against the Penguins on Wednesday night.
Evan Oberg picked up his fourth goal of the season while Pierre-Cedric Labrie notched his 10th of the season in the victory. Janus stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced in recording his ninth victory of the season.
Norfolk opened the scoring in the final minute of the opening period. After Carter Ashton sent an initial shot on net, a scramble ensued in front of the Charlotte net. The puck caromed out of the pileup and out in front to Oberg, who skated in and knocked the rebound over Muse to give Norfolk the 1-0 lead at 19:01 of the first period.
Conacher extended the Admirals lead to 2-0 with less than two minutes remaining in the second period. After causing a turnover at the Checkers’ blue line, Trevor Smith fed a pass to Conacher between the faceoff circles. Conacher’s first shot rebounded off of Muse and back out to Conacher. The AHL’s leading scorer then slipped a shot through a screen and behind Muse for his 28th goal of the season at 18:06 of the middle frame.
The Checkers ruined the shutout attempt in the closing minutes of regulation. Eight seconds into an Admirals penalty kill, Bobby Sanguinetti snapped a shot from just inside the Admirals blue line, over Janus at 18:29 of the final period.
After the Checkers pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker, Labrie chipped a shot from center ice into an empty net for his 10th goal of the season at 18:57 of the third period to complete the scoring.
Jaroslav Janus (9-8-2) turned aside 33 of 34 shots he faced in the victory. John Muse (8-2-0) allowed two goals on 27 shots in the defeat.
Norfolk was 0 for 4 with the man advantage while Charlotte was 1 for 5.
The Admirals will travel to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday night, with puck drop at 7:05 p.m. All games, home and away, 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.
Norfolk will return home next Friday night, as they induct the Admirals Hall of Fame class of 2012. Aaron Downey and Chris Phelps will be inducted as the 11th and 12th members of the Admirals Hall of Fame during a pre-game ceremony on Friday, February 17, before the Admirals take on the Syracuse Crunch at 7:30 p.m. at Norfolk Scope Arena.
Friday night is also American Cancer Society Hockey Night 2012. Red Level tickets for this game are available for just $10. If you were to buy these tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they’d be $17.50 – you save 43%! Contact your Relay for Life leader for more details.
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!
1. Cory Conacher – NOR
2. Evan Oberg – NOR
3. Jaroslav Janus – NOR
NOTES … Cory Conacher extended his point streak to eight games … The Admirals improved to 11-1-0-1 when scoring first on the road … Norfolk also improved to 9-1-0-0 when allowing one goal in a contest and 5-3-0-1 in one-goal games on the road … After six of eight games in the GEICO Challenge Cup, the Checkers hold a 7-6 point advantage over the Admirals. Did not play: Richard Petiot, Michel Ouellet and Philip-Michael Devos.