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 to
jump out to an early lead. Norfolk struck at the
1:02 mark of the opening period. Elkins made
a sound defensive play as he stole the puck off the stick of Whale defenseman
Matt Gilroy. Elkins then quickly skated
down the right side and sent a wrist shot along the ice which struck the far
post 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 power
play unit; with Rosehill off the ice for hooking it was Matt Gilroy answering
his earlier mistake; he fired a slap shot from the point that appeared to
deflect high off Bobkov’s shoulder glove side and deflected into the top corner
of the net for a 1-1 tie at the 2:55 mark.
Kolarik and Newbury were credited with the assists on the play.
regained the lead at the midway point when Corey Elkins took a beautiful pass
from Guenin and deked past a defender to between the circles where he lifted a
backhand shot over the shoulder of goaltender Missaien. was his second goal on the night which gave
the Admirals the advantage 2-1 at 9:47 of the period.
Both teams came out solid in the second period. Chris
Kreider would take a major boarding penalty at 16:04 and was given a game
misconduct for the questionable hit.
The Admirals had their chances while on the five-minute
power play, however, the Whale defense did a great job taking away the shooting
lanes not allowing the Admirals to capitalize.
would regain some momentum following the crucial penalty kill. Gilroy
fired a hard slap shot from the point which found its way through traffic and
into the back of the net behind Bobkov to once again even the score. The score was 2-2 at the 9:13 mark of the
period and like Elkins it was his second goal of the night.
At 12:02 of the period with the Admirals pressing in the
Whale defensive zone; Chris Wagner sent a pass through the legs of a defender
onto the stick of Jay Rosehill. Rosehill
was stationed in the slot and took a quick shot that found its way to the back
of the net for a 3-2 lead. It seemed as
if the Admirals were well on their way at this point
got their first two-goal lead on the night two minutes later at 14:16. With
some crisp passing from Vatanen and Palmieri; Holland was on the receiving end of a
beautiful play as he took the soft pass from Palmieri and beat Missiaen glove
side to close out the second period scoring with the Admirals having the
advantage by a 4-2 count after 40:00.
The third period belonged to the Whale. Brandon Segal, who was a member of the
Admirals championship team last season, struck for two goals in the period to
help earn the Whale their first point on the season.
Admirals defense blocked a J.T. Miller shot; the puck bounced to the Stick of
Segal who wasted no time burying a wrist shot high past Bobkov to mark the
score 4-3 at the 4:03 mark of the third.
The Whale would continue to pressure the Admirals throughout the period
and with time winding down it would be Segal once again finding the back of the
net at 18:24 to even the score. Kyle
Jean skated the puck into the Admirals zone and left the puck behind along the
boards for Segal, who wristed a bad-angle shot into the net behind Bobkov who
was screened and didn’t have much a chance on the play.
Through 60:00 of
action the Whale held just a 27-26 shot advantage.
The teams skated
evenly through much of the overtime period and it seemed as if the Admirals
were destined for their second shootout on the young season. Following a defensive breakdown by Connecticut, the
Admirals gained control of the puck having Lasch work the puck to Vatanen whom
quickly sent a beautiful pass to an un-defended Corey Elkins who wasted no time
burying his third goal of the night to complete the Hat Trick and give the
Admirals 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