NORFOLK – Troy Bodie broke a 2-2 tie midway through the final frame as the Norfolk Admirals (1-0-0-0) opened the 2012-13 regular season with a 4-2 win over the Worcester Sharks (0-1-0-0) on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
John Mitchell, Peter Holland and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Admirals, who out-shot the Sharks, 25-21. Goaltender Frederik Andersen earned the win in his North American professional debut by making 19 saves.
The Admirals took a 1-0 lead just 2:07 into the contest. Devante Smith-Pelly sent a pass from the right circle to Mitchell in the left circle. Mitchell’s wrist shot went between the legs of Worcester goaltender Alex Stalock and into the net.
Norfolk’s lead doubled just over ten minutes later off a turnover. Holland picked off the pass of a Sharks attacker in the neutral zone and sped over the blueline through the left wing. Holland’s wrist shot eluded Stalock’s blocker and found its mark in the top of the net at 12:47 for a 2-0 Norfolk lead.
Worcester came out of the gates firing in the second period, out-shooting Norfolk, 11-6, in the frame. Andersen held the Sharks off the scoresheet until a power play late in the stanza. Travis Oleksuk tipped a Matt Irwin shot from the left point past Andersen at 15:41 to cut Norfolk’s lead to one goal.
The Sharks tied the game at 2-2 less than three minutes later. While being checked to the ice by an Admirals player, Sebastian Stalberg sent a wrist shot from the right point that eluded Andersen at 18:33.
The crowd of 5,004 at Norfolk Scope Arena got back on its feet 2:36 into the final frame as Bodie dropped the gloves with Matt Pelech, who had boarded Admirals forward Chris Wagner. On his first shift after exiting the penalty box, Bodie stationed himself in front of Stalock and tipped a Jay Rosehill shot from the right half wall past the goaltender. The tally at 10:41 put the Admirals ahead, 3-2.
Palmieri added an empty-net tally with less than four seconds left to seal the 4-2 win for Norfolk.
Stalock (21 saves, 24 shots) took the loss.
Norfolk was 0-for-3 on the power play. Worcester was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
The same two teams meet tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15. Fans will receive Admirals magnetic schedules, courtesy of Michael and Son, while supplies last. In addition, tomorrow night’s game will include a post-game skate where you can join your favorite Admirals on the ice after the game.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets 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. Troy Bodie – NOR
2. Peter Holland – NOR
3. Sebastian Stalberg – WOR
NOTES … Frederik Andersen, Ryan Lasch, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen each made their American Hockey League and North American professional debuts after beginning their pro careers in Europe … Chris Wagner made his professional debut … Lindholm became the youngest player to appear in an Admirals game at 18 years, eight months and 23 days old. He surpassed the previous mark held by Dana Tyrell, who made his debut at 18 years, ten months and 28 days old on March 21, 2008 … Vatanen earned his first AHL/North American pro point with an assist on Troy Bodie's game-winning goal … The Admirals are now 7-5-0-1-0 all-time in AHL season openers … Norfolk is now 8-4-1-0-0 all-time in home openers since joining the AHL … Tonight's crowd of 5,004 was the largest home opener crowd for the Admirals in five years (5,627 on October 19, 2007, vs. Binghamton) … Did not play: Gabe Guentzel, John Kurtz, Garrett Klotz, Luca Caputi, Matt Kennedy, Nick Schaus … Attendance: 5,004.