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October 30, 2009

Crunch Shut Down Admirals Offense

NORFOLK, Va. Despite a strong 19-save performance from goaltender Jaroslav Janus, the Norfolk Admirals (3-6-0-0) fell to the Syracuse Crunch (4-4-1-1) 2-0 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The Crunch jumped out of the gates with a goal only 32 seconds into the period. Mathieu Roy sent a shot from the right point that was stopped by Norfolk netminder Jaroslav Janus. The rebound landed in the crease, where Alexandre Picard scooped it up and sent a forehand shot into the net while falling down.

The Admirals out-shot the Crunch 32-20 from that point on but were unable to dent the twine behind Crunch netminder Dan LaCosta. Pascal Pelletier tacked on an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining for a 2-0 final score.

Jaroslav Janus (20 shots, 19 saves) was saddled with the loss. Dan LaCosta (32 shots, 32 saves) picked up the shutout victory.

Norfolk was 0-5 on the power play. Syracuse was 0-4.

The Admirals will now play 14 of their next 18 games on the road. That stretch kicks off with a four-game road trip next week beginning with Monday and Tuesday night contests against the Manitoba Moose. The puck drops both nights at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Three Stars:
1. Dan LaCosta SYR
2. Jaroslav Janus NOR
3. Alexandre Picard SYR

Notes Norfolk has killed 22 of the last 23 opponent power plays With the shutout, scoring streaks ended for Ryan Craig (six-game point/four-game goal streaks), Paul Szczechura (four-game point streak), Juraj Simek (three-game point and assist streaks) and Brandon Bochenski (three-game point streak) Scratches: LW Radek Smolenak, C Mitch Fadden, F Justin Keller, G Dustin Tokarski ... Attendance: 2,706.


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