Hats off to Elkins while Admirals move to 3-0
ADMIRALS 5 vs. WHALE 4 - Overtime
By: Brad Johnson
Norfolk: Bobkov, Lindholm, Guenin, Maroon, Palmieri,Hollan
Connecticut: Jason Missiaen (G), Mike Vernace (D), Sean Collins (D), Kris Newbury (C), J.T. Miller (C), Marek Hrvik (LW)
The Admirals wasted no time after the opening faceoff tojump out to an early lead. Norfolk struck at the1:02 mark of the opening period. Elkins madea sound defensive play as he stole the puck off the stick of Whale defensemanMatt Gilroy. Elkins then quickly skateddown the right side and sent a wrist shot along the ice which struck the farpost and caromed into the back of the net for the early 1-0 Admirals lead. The visitors wasted little time showing why they currently have the top-ranked powerplay unit; with Rosehill off the ice for hooking it was Matt Gilroy answeringhis earlier mistake; he fired a slap shot from the point that appeared todeflect high off Bobkov’s shoulder glove side and deflected into the top cornerof the net for a 1-1 tie at the 2:55 mark. Kolarik and Newbury were credited with the assists on the play.
Norfolkregained the lead at the midway point when Corey Elkins took a beautiful passfrom Guenin and deked past a defender to between the circles where he lifted abackhand shot over the shoulder of goaltender Missaien. was his second goal on the night which gavethe Admirals the advantage 2-1 at 9:47 of the period.
Both teams came out solid in the second period. ChrisKreider would take a major boarding penalty at 16:04 and was given a gamemisconduct for the questionable hit.
The Admirals had their chances while on the five-minutepower play, however, the Whale defense did a great job taking away the shootinglanes not allowing the Admirals to capitalize.
Connecticutwould regain some momentum following the crucial penalty kill. Gilroyfired a hard slap shot from the point which found its way through traffic andinto the back of the net behind Bobkov to once again even the score. The score was 2-2 at the 9:13 mark of theperiod and like Elkins it was his second goal of the night.
At 12:02 of the period with the Admirals pressing in theWhale defensive zone; Chris Wagner sent a pass through the legs of a defenderonto the stick of Jay Rosehill. Rosehillwas stationed in the slot and took a quick shot that found its way to the backof the net for a 3-2 lead. It seemed asif the Admirals were well on their way at this point
Norfolkgot their first two-goal lead on the night two minutes later at 14:16. Withsome crisp passing from Vatanen and Palmieri; Holland was on the receiving end of abeautiful play as he took the soft pass from Palmieri and beat Missiaen gloveside to close out the second period scoring with the Admirals having theadvantage by a 4-2 count after 40:00.
The third period belonged to the Whale. Brandon Segal, who was a member of theAdmirals championship team last season, struck for two goals in the period tohelp earn the Whale their first point on the season.
After theAdmirals defense blocked a J.T. Miller shot; the puck bounced to the Stick ofSegal who wasted no time burying a wrist shot high past Bobkov to mark thescore 4-3 at the 4:03 mark of the third. The Whale would continue to pressure the Admirals throughout the periodand with time winding down it would be Segal once again finding the back of thenet at 18:24 to even the score. KyleJean skated the puck into the Admirals zone and left the puck behind along theboards for Segal, who wristed a bad-angle shot into the net behind Bobkov whowas screened and didn’t have much a chance on the play.
Through 60:00 ofaction the Whale held just a 27-26 shot advantage.
The teams skatedevenly through much of the overtime period and it seemed as if the Admiralswere destined for their second shootout on the young season. Following a defensive breakdown by Connecticut, theAdmirals gained control of the puck having Lasch work the puck to Vatanen whomquickly sent a beautiful pass to an un-defended Corey Elkins who wasted no timeburying his third goal of the night to complete the Hat Trick and give theAdmirals the victory.
Bobkov earned the W turning aside 26 of 30 shots. Missiaen suffered the loss saving 24 of 29 shots faced.
Norfolk– 1 for 6
Connecticut– 2 for 7