SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Juraj Simek’s second goal of the game was the difference as the Norfolk Admirals (33-26-3-1) topped the Syracuse Crunch (26-29-3-3) 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. The Admirals will conclude a five-game road trip on Wednesday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before returning to Scope on Friday and Saturday to host the Albany River Rats.
The Admirals took a 1-0 lead just 4:21 into the game with a power play goal. Matt Lashoff sent a shot from the right point that was deflected on its way to being saved by Syracuse goaltender Kevin Lalande. However, the rebound squirted out enough for Juraj Simek to sweep it under the Crunch goaltender for his 17th goal of the season.
Another Lashoff point shot allowed Norfolk to double its lead with 20 seconds left in the first period. The fourth-year blueliner unleashed a high wrist shot from the top of the right circle that Dana Tyrell deflected down and through the leg pads of Lalande on its way into the net. The goal was Tyrell’s fifth of the season.
Syracuse tied the game with goals at the beginning and end of the second period. Brendan Bell’s power play shot beat a screened Dustin Tokarski at 2:26. The Crunch tied the game at 2-2 with a Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman backhand shot during a goalmouth scramble with 28 seconds left in the second stanza.
Norfolk re-claimed the lead in the game with 4:06 left in regulation. Vladimir Mihalik sent a shot from the high slot that hit the chest of Lalande and dropped between his legs in the crease. A goalmouth scramble ensued and Simek poked the puck into the net for his second goal of the night and a 3-2 Admirals lead.
The goal stood up as the game-winner as Norfolk won 3-2.
Dustin Tokarski (22 shots, 20 saves) earned the win. Kevin Lalande (42 shots, 39 saves) took the tough loss.
Norfolk was 1-6 on the power play. Syracuse was 1-4.
The Admirals will conclude a five-game road trip on Wednesday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:05 p.m.
The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday for a pair of pivotal East Division matchups against the Albany River Rats. On Friday, the Admirals and the Norfolk Department of Public Health will team up to offer free H1N1 flu vaccinations to all fans in attendance. Then join us on Saturday for American Cancer Society Relay For Life Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available with proceeds going back to the American Cancer Society. For more information or to purchase your vouchers, contact your Relay For Life team leader or the American Cancer Society at (757) 493-7940. The top two selling teams will compete in an intermission broomball game.
For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.
To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!
1. Juraj Simek – NOR
2. Matt Lashoff – NOR
3. Kevin Lalande – SYR
NOTES … The Admirals (33-26-3-1, 70 points in 63 games) have tied the second-place Albany River Rats (32-23-3-3, 70 points in 62 games) pending the outcome of their game at Portland later this evening … Norfolk increased its lead over the fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (30-27-1-2, 63 points in 60 games) to seven points after the Penguins fell in a shootout to the Hershey Bears at home this afternoon … After scoring the shootout-winning goal last night, Juraj Simek netted the game-winning goal tonight … Simek has doubled his previous career high for goals in a single season, as he has 18 this season after scoring nine last year for Norfolk … Brandon Bochenski’s six-game point streak (5G, 3A) ended … Zach Tarkir has points and assists in three straight games (0G, 3A) ... Scratches: Ryan McGinnis, Justin Keller … Attendance: 4,018.