The Norfolk Admirals took advantage of a penalty-filled game with a pair of power play goals, as they topped the Syracuse Crunch in a shootout, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
The Admirals began their rally in the second period amidst multiple post-whistle altercations, five misconducts and a combined 106 penalty minutes.
"Having those guys in the box for 10 minutes really hurt us at the end of the second and beginning of the third," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "It hurt our energy. They are some of our best players sitting in the box for 10 or 12 minutes, so that hurt."
Crunch fail to protect an early 3 goal lead.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 24 shots before allowing 2 of 4 to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss.
SYR Olson, (1) (Paquette), 3:23
SYR Angelidis, (1) (Paquette), 14:56
SYR Connolly, (1) (Witkowski, Korobov), 7:13
NOR Rakell, (7) (Sarault, Gagne), 9:52 (PP)
NOR Whitney, (7) (Wagner, Gagne), 2:21 (PP)
NOR Painchaud, (1) (Rakell, Exelby), 6:19
NOR- Rakell, Sarault
Drew Olson was the game's second star.
It's awesome that, depleted as they are, Syracuse managed to build an early 3 goal lead. That's what it's equally as heartbreaking they couldn't hold on to get the 2 points. Cedric Paquette (Dump Truck!) continued his strong play and now has 2 goals and 5 points in the last 3 games. Brett Connolly also has a modest 3 game point streak now with 1 goal and 3 points over that span. It's fairly shocking that tonight's goal was just the first of Connolly's AHL season, but you hope that opens the flood gates for him moving forward. He did wash down his regulation goal with a conversion on his shootout attempt, so that's a positive sign, too.
These two teams square off again tomorrow. As it stands, Syracuse is 1 point behind Norfolk for the 8th and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Victoriaville Tigres 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit, 15/25 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 17-33-50, +19, 22 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
One game after his 14-game point streak ended, Drouin had two goals – one shorthanded – and an assist to lead the Mooseheads to a win over the Tigres.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 5 @ North Bay Battalion 3
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-6-7, -14, 18 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus (pictured) had one assist in his last 10 games before getting two on Thursday night. He was left off Team USA’s selection camp roster after being an invitee this past summer. North Bay had 44 shots on Thursday, including 19 in the third period.
Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-17-23, +29, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Slater Koekkoek took over the OHL plus/minus lead as Windsor won their first game after making two big trades this week, one of which was rumored to include Koekkoek. The 2012 10th overall pick was reported to be on the move to Guelph, but Windsor quickly denied it and a trade was later finalized with another defenseman instead. If Windsor keeps winning, Koekkoek will likely stay with the Spits, but they are in re-build mode and collecting assets for next year. Koekkoek, whom the Lightning already signed, will be in pro hockey next year (likely the AHL), and Windsor GM Warren Rychel – who traded his son to Guelph this week – will likely deal Koekkoek for additional assets. Erie and London are the most likely destinations for Koekkoek, though some reports said he had a no trade clause he could utilize. Koekkoek is eligible to join AHL Syracuse when his junior season is over. London is the 2014 Memorial Cup host, so if he’s a Knight he’ll be playing late into May.
Magnitogork 5 vs. Khanty-Mansisysk 4 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 25/28, 3.11 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-8-5, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .931 sv%
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-2-4, -6, 8 PIM
Ex-Preds draft pick Denis Platonov had 2 goals to help lead Metallurg to a 5-4 win over Yugra. Nikita Gusev was -1 in 7:13 in the match.
Ufa 3 vs. Omsk 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-6-3, 1 SO, 2.27 GAA, .923 sv%
Dimtry Makarov had 2 goals to lead Ufa to a 3-2 victory over Omsk. Andrey Vasilevskiy sat backup for the match.
Overcome. Survive. Advance.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the victory, which is amazing with just 5 d-men (one being Taormina) with Hedman and Aulie going down to injury.
16:45 TB St Louis (11), (Palat, Matt Carle)
6:11 OTT Wiercioch (1), (Turris)(PP)
13:19 TB St Louis (12), (Palat, Johnson)
10:56 TB Filppula (10), (unassisted)
It was a huge victory with Gudas out and Hedman and Aulie going down to injury during the game. Heck, it was a huge victory anyway. I've said for the past couple of games TJ and Palat needed a finisher on their line. Cooper gave them the future HOF'er tonight, and results were immediate.
Mark Barberio was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 21:35. My God, it's come to this. Barberio is playing 20+ minutes.
Tyler Johnson was +2 with a helper, 2 shots, and he was 37% on draws.
Alex Killorn was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:54. He also only took 2 draws so the centerman experiment may be coming to a close.
Palat had 2 helpers and was +2 with 2 shots, 9 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:07. Nicely done.
J.T. Brown had 3 hits in 14:04.
Matt Taormina was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 16:07. Not bad considering the spot he was thrown into.
Nikita Kucherov was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 13:57.
Andrej Sustr was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in 20:51.