NORFOLK – Emerson Etem tied the game in the third period and Josh Brittain netted the winning goal in the shootout as the Norfolk Admirals (15-19-2-1) completed a comeback from a two-goal deficit to defeat the St. John's IceCaps (16-20-1-2), 3-2, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The same teams meet tomorrow night at Scope in the sixth annual Pink in the Rink to benefit the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
Brittain also scored in regulation for the Admirals, giving him goals in three straight contests. Goaltender Viktor Fasth (1-1-0) stopped 20 of 22 shots through regulation and overtime before stopping all five shooters in the shootout for his first North American professional victory.
The IceCaps took a 2-0 lead in the first period on a pair of power play goals. Eric O'Dell opened scoring at 6:22 before former Admirals defenseman Richard Petiot doubled the St. John's lead with his first goal of the season at 10:40.
Just before the midway mark of the second period, the crowd of 5,759 rose to their feet as Jay Rosehill dropped the gloves with Ryan Schnell. The fight helped Rosehill break the 1,000 career AHL penalty minutes mark, and gave the Admirals momentum, which they cashed in less than a minute later.
Brittain cut the St. John's lead in half with his third goal of the season – and third goal in as many nights. He accepted a pass from Troy Bodie near the bottom of the left circle and sent a shot from a bad angle through the leg pads of IceCaps goaltender Eddie Pasquale. The goal at 9:01 of the second stanza cut St. John's lead to 2-1.
Norfolk knotted the contest at 2-2 just under five minutes into the third period. Patrick Maroon entered the attacking zone along the left wing and sent a pass to Etem in the left circle while being knocked to the ice. Etem sent a feed towards the goalmouth that deflected off a St. John's defender's skate and behind Pasquale for Etem's tenth goal of the season at 4:56.
After a scoreless overtime, the game proceeded to a shootout. Brittain scored the only goal of the shootout in the top of the third round, and Fasth denied all five St. John's shooters, as the Admirals earned a 1-0 edge in the shootout and the 3-2 decision in the game.
Eddie Pasquale (9-14-2) stopped 32 of 34 shots through regulation and overtime before preventing four of five shooters in the shootout from converting for the shootout setback.
Norfolk was 1-for-5 on the power play. St. John's was 2-for-5.
The Admirals and Ice Caps square off again tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m. in the sixth annual Pink in the Rink to benefit the Tidewater affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure. For more details, visit norfolkadmirals.com.
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1. Emerson Etem – NOR
2. Josh Brittain – NOR
3. Richard Petiot – STJ
NOTES … Josh Brittain has goals in his last three games – his first three career Norfolk goals … Jay Rosehill now has 1,004 penalty minutes in his 352-game American Hockey League career between the Admirals, Springfield Falcons and Toronto Marlies … Rosehill ranks second all-time in AHL Admirals history with 491 penalty minutes in 148 games … Norfolk out-shot St. John's, 35-22, enjoying its largest shot differential of the season (+13) … Did not play: Igor Bobkov, Garrett Klotz, Brandon McMillan, Matt Smaby, Matt Kennedy, Andrew Rowe, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.