AHL Game Night: 2-18-12 Crunch at Admirals

Admirals come back to take first place in the East Division.

SYR-2
NOR 3 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 21 shots before stopping 7 of 9 in the penalty shot session for the shootout win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Gordon (1), (Holzapfel, Cumiskey)(PP), 11:36

Third Period
SYR Gordon (2), (Holzapfel), 0:19
NOR Barberio (7), (Johnson), 7:16
NOR Panik (12), (Palat, Barberio)(PP), 9:02

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Jacques, Holland
NOR- Kostka, Johnson, Ouellet

Mark Barberio and Richard Panik were the game's first and second stars. The Panik attack is real. It's really real.

With under 14 minutes to go, it looked like the Admirals were going to get tripped up again in the back-to-back scenario against the same opponent. It's a challenge NCAA coaches have been fighting against forever, and it's a unique challenge to Norfolk because of the team's geographical location relative to the rest of the league. But then the Admirals came back and did their thing, finally outshooting Syracuse 43-21 and making sure they got the 2 points they needed for the sellout crowd at Scope.

With the Penguins losing to Albany, the Admirals moved out to a 2 point lead in the East Division with the win, and they maintain a 3 point edge on Hershey, as the Bears defeated the Monarchs today. The Penguins do hold 1 game in hand on the Admirals and the Bears hold 2 games in hand. But, for the moment, the Admirals are where they need to be to have the best chance of success heading toward the postseason. Norfolk is off until next Friday, when they start their weekend road swing against Binghamton. They then have critical matchups against Hershey on Saturday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.