#24: Maroon's Hat Trick Goal in Overtime Caps Off Admirals Rally Over Syracuse Crunch
The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is just 24 days away! So we are counting down the days recognizing 25 memorable moments in the 25 years of Admirals Hockey, in a segment we call 25 in 25. Each day we will highlight a great moment in the Admirals proud 25-year history to get you set for the 2013-14 home opener!
#24 – March 29, 2013
Well we don't have to rewind too far to find the next memorable Admirals moment. The Admirals trailed the Syracuse Crunch by a 3-1 count heading into the third period. In the final stanza, it took only ten seconds for the Crunch to extend their lead further to a 4-1 advantage on a goal by Dan Sexton.
It would appear that Syracuse would be on its way to another victory, but the Admirals had other ideas, as just 40 seconds later, Devante Smith-Pelly netted his 11th tally of the season to cut the deficit in half.
Two minutes later, Chris Wagner got in on the scoring action and pulled the Admirals within one.
Pat Maroon, who had scored a goal in the final seconds of the first period, registered his second goal of the game on the power play. Maroon tipped a Nate Guenin shot and redirected the puck past Riku Helenius to tie the game at four, sending the contest to overtime.
Former Admiral Mike Angelidis took a penalty for slashing with one second remaining in regulation, which led to a Norfolk power play in overtime. The Admirals made the best of their opportunity in the extra session as they turned to Maroon for a third and decisive time.
Charles Sarault collected the puck and held it as a defender slid past him anticipating a shot. He then centered a pass to Maroon at the goalmouth, and Maroon slid the puck under Helenius for the game-winning goal at 1:41 into overtime to seal the 5-4 come from behind victory.
The announced crowd of 6,049 at the Norfolk Scope came to its feet to recognize three-goal third period rally, and the Patrick Maroon hat trick which sealed it.
The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. The Admirals play host to the Charlotte Checkers in a preseason exhibition at Scope on September 28, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Preseason game tickets are on sale now for $10. Regular season single game tickets will go on sale beginning on Wednesday, September 25.
Game tickets are available through the Norfolk 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 Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at www.norfolkadmirals.com