#8 Admirals Defeat Greensboro in Triple OT in Record ECHL Finals Game
The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is now just 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!
Earlier in our countdown, we highlighted the Admirals three overtime victory over the Wheeling Nailers in the 1998 conference finals. The game took 103 minutes (4 hours and 54 minutes) to complete as the Admirals defeated the Nailers 3-2.
Believe it not, that was not the longest Admirals game played in the team’s history. An April 9, 1991 affair with the Greensboro Monarchs in the Riley Cup Finals has that one beat, with a 105:47 minute marathon finally ended in the third overtime.
It was a tight checking game early on, but as the third period and overtimes rolled around, the Admirals unleashed a barrage of shots on net. However, Greensboro goaltender Nick Vitucci stood on his head and turned aside 56 of 58 shots faced in the game. Unfortunately for Vitucci, he was unable to stop the last shot faced.
Dennis McEwen found himself with the puck along wing and carried it near the goaline in the corner. The defensemen slid over to challenge McEwen leaving the slot open. Dave Flanagan charged down the slot and McEwen fed him a perfect feed in front. Flanagan immediately directed the puck toward the net, and beat Vitucci to put an end to the lengthy battle by 2-1 count.
The three overtime classic is the longest championship finals game in ECHL history. It is currently ranked fourth all time in league history overall.
The Admirals have been involved in three triple overtime games in their history, and have won all of them.
Days later, the Admirals returned home and defeated the Monarchs 6-3 in Game 5 of the finals to win their first ECHL Championship. Flanagan was named Co-MVP of the playoffs along with teammate and goaltender Dave Gagnon. Flanagan finished the postseason with 24 points (16g, 8a) in 14 games played.
Tomorrow on 25 in 25, we will relive moment #7 as we countdown to the Admirals home opener on October 11!
#9: Panik's OT Goal Against Connecticut .
The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on Saturday at Hartford with a 7:05 p.m. start time. Fans can listen live at AM 1490 The Game, or online at www.norfolkadmirals.com or access the "Listen Live" link on the AM 1490 website at
Opening Night Promotions & Festivities! The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Come early and join us for Party on the Plaza beginning at 5:00 p.m. featuring live music by Brent Shepard, bounce houses & games for the kids, as well as food and beverages! The first 5,000 fans to walk through the gates will receive an Admirals Magnet Schedule! Following the game, Sara Lee will be giving away 3,000 loaves of bread to fans as the exit the arena!
The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 12 at 7:15 p.m. Come early and check out the ODU Hockey Team battle American University at Scope. One game ticket will get you in to both games!
Game tickets are now on sale, and 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