Admirals Win Sixth Straight In Front of Second Sellout Crowd of Season
NORFOLK, Va. – In front of the second sellout crowd of the season at Norfolk Scope Arena, Mark Barberio’s two-point night and Michel Ouellet’s shootout goal in the ninth round lifted the Norfolk Admirals (33-18-1-2) to their sixth consecutive victory, as they defeated the Syracuse Crunch (20-23-4-4), 3-2, after a shootout. With the victory, the Admirals took over sole possession of first place in the East Division.
The Admirals, who trailed 2-0 in the third period, were led by Barberio’s goal and assist, while Richard Panik tied the game 9:02 into the third period with his 12th goal of the season. Jaroslav Janus stopped 19 of 21 shots through regulation and overtime and seven of nine chances in the shootout for his 10th victory of the season.
After a scoreless opening period, Andrew Gordon gave the Crunch a 1-0 lead 11:37 into the second stanza. While standing on top of the left faceoff circle, Gordon picked up a pass from Riley Holzapfel. Gordon then fired a shot under Janus for a power play goal.
In the opening minute of the third period, Holzapfel and Gordon teamed up once again to give the Crunch a 2-0 lead. This time, Holzapfel intercepted an Admirals’ clearing attempt along the blue line. He then slipped a pass to Gordon, who sent a shot under the left leg of Janus 19 seconds into the third period.
Norfolk’s comeback began less than seven minutes later. Following a Crunch failed clearing attempt at the right point, Johnson tipped the puck to Barberio, who was slotted on the blue line. After skating around a Crunch defender, Barberio threaded the puck through a screen and behind Crunch goaltender Iiro Tarkki to narrow the deficit to 2-1 at 7:16.
Less than two minutes later, Panik knotted the game at 2-2. While on top of the crease, Panik picked up a loose puck and tucked it over the glove of Tarkki for a power play goal at 9:02.
After neither team scored in the remainder of regulation and overtime period, Ouellet’s shootout tally in the bottom of the ninth round gave the Admirals a 3-2 victory.
Jaroslav Janus (10-8-2) stopped 19 of 21 shots and seven of nine in the shootout for the victory. Iiro Tarkki (10-13-4) turned aside 40 of 42 shots and six of nine in the shootout for the shootout setback.
The Admirals were 1-for-7 on the power play while Syracuse was 1-for-5.
The Admirals return to action next Friday night, as they embark on a three-game, three-night road trip in Binghamton, N.Y. After the game in Binghamton, the Admirals will continue their three-game journey in Hershey on Saturday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday afternoon.
Norfolk returns to Scope on Wednesday, February 29 as the Hershey Bears visit Scope for the final time this season in another Admirals Value Night including Family Fun Packs and Student Rush tickets.
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 Rust 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.
Admirals 10-Packs for the 2011-12 season remain available for as little as $110. You may also reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat 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. Mark Barberio – NOR
2. Richard Panik – NOR
3. Andrew Gordon – SYR
NOTES … Tonight’s contest marked the first time in AHL-Admirals history with multiple sellouts at Scope, with the prior sellout taking place on Jan. 28 vs. Hershey … With the victory tonight, Jaroslav Janus snapped a personal five-game winless streak on home ice … The Admirals have won five straight home games over the Crunch dating back to January 18, 2011 … Norfolk improved to 12-6-1-2 in one-goal games this season … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Alexandre Picard and Carter Ashton.