NORFOLK – Frederik Andersen made 32 saves while Kyle Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Patrick Maroon each had two points as the Norfolk Admirals (30-28-4-1) shut out the Adirondack Phantoms (25-33-2-3), 3-0, on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
With the win, Norfolk closes to within three points of a playoff spot with 13 games remaining in the regular season.
Wilson, Smith-Pelly and Sami Vatanen each scored for Norfolk. Andersen improved to 17-13-1 on the season with his second shutout of 2012-13. The Admirals out-shot the Phantoms, 48-32.
Norfolk now embarks on a two-game road trip beginning against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night. The team will return to Scope to battle the Syracuse Crunch on Mar. 29-30.
The Admirals took the lead 6:05 into the first period on Wilson’s second goal as an Admiral and seventh goal of the season overall. Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe kicked the rebound of a Smith-Pelly shot to the left point. Ryan Parent collected the puck and sent a behind-the-back pass to Wilson in the slot between the hashmarks. Wilson sent a shot past Munroe’s glove for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
The lead doubled less than seven minutes later on Smith-Pelly’s ninth goal of the season. Maroon won a puck battle along the boards in the right corner and centered the puck to Smith-Pelly in the right circle. Smith-Pelly rifled a shot past Munroe at 12:53 for a 2-0 lead for the home team.
After a scoreless second period, the Admirals closed out scoring midway through the final frame while skating four-on-four. Maroon took the puck from the left corner behind the net and centered to Vatanen in the left circle. Vatanen netted his seventh goal of the season at 12:38 for the 3-0 lead.
That was more than enough of a lead for Andersen, who turned aside eight shots in the first period, 11 shots in the second period and 13 shots in the third period for the shutout.
Munroe (12-16-0) was strong for the Phantoms, making 45 saves on 48 shots, but he was saddled with the loss.
Norfolk was 0-for-6 on the power play. Adirondack was 0-for-4.
The Admirals take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night from Mohegan Sun Arena in Pennsylvania. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. All games can be heard on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM or 1021TheGame.com. You may also watch at AHLLive.com.
After stopping in Charlotte, N.C., to face the Checkers next Tuesday, the Admirals will return to Scope on Mar. 29 and Mar. 30 to take on the Syracuse Crunch.
Join us on Mar. 29 for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night and on Mar. 30 for MDA Jersey Auction and Ticket Fundraiser. Through these exclusive online ticket offers, Red Level tickets for each game are available for just $11. If you were to buy these tickets at the Scope Box Office on game night, they’d be $19 – you save 42%. Plus, a portion of Mar. 29 ticket sales goes back to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and a portion of Mar. 30 ticket sales goes back to the local MDA chapter.
These special offers are only good online at norfolkadmirals.com/groups and only for a limited time. Please visit norfolkadmirals.com/groups or call (757) 640-1212 for more details.
The 13th Annual MDA Jersey Auction, Presented by PAPCO, takes place immediately following the game on Mar. 30th. A live auction will take place on the ice with special jerseys being sold right off the players’ backs. All proceeds go to the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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. Frederik Andersen – NOR
2. Kyle Wilson – NOR
3. Patrick Maroon – NOR