Admirals Attack Remains Hot in 5-1 Victory at Hartford
HARTFORD, Conn. – Five different players found the scoresheet as the Norfolk Admirals (4-0-0-0) defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack (3-2-0-1), 5-1, on Wednesday night at the XL Center. Norfolk has begun a season with wins in each of its first four games for the first time in its AHL history.
The Wolf Pack took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal midway through the first period. Tim Kennedy took a Kris Newbury feed in the right corner and skated toward the bottom of the right circle. He sent a wrist shot from just inside the circle past Norfolk netminder Cedrick Desjardins at 10:05.
The Admirals tied the game just 1:52 into the second period. Johan Harju picked off a Hartford clearing attempt at the top of the left circle and bounced a shot off the left leg of Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson. The puck bounced into the slot. Chris Durno collected the rebound and shot the puck underneath the left leg of Johnson for his third goal of the season.
Norfolk took the lead less than six minutes later on the power play. Mathieu Roy sent a pass from the right half wall to Blair Jones at the top of the right circle. Jones sent a quick wrist shot that eluded Johnson at 7:19 for Jones’ third goal of the season.
The Admirals doubled their lead just over eight minutes later. Durno sent a feed from the right corner toward the net. Mike Angelidis sent a quick shot from the goalmouth and then shoveled his own rebound underneath the pads of Johnson at 15:33 for his second goal of the season and a 3-1 Norfolk lead.
Norfolk went up 4-1 with 5:35 left in the third period. Troy Milam took a Kevin Quick pass in the high slot, stepped around a defenseman and sent a high wrist shot through traffic that went over the left shoulder of Johnson for his third goal of the season.
Scott Jackson capped scoring on the game just 45 seconds later with first goal of the season. Jackson accepted a Harju pass in the high slot and sent a wrist shot past the stick-side shoulder of Johnson with 4:50 left for a 5-1 final score.
Cedrick Desjardins (25 shots, 24 saves) earned the win. Chad Johnson (36 shots, 31 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play. Hartford was 1-4.
The Admirals’ four-game road trip continues on Friday in Syracuse as they face off against the Crunch at 7:30 p.m.
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1. Chris Durno – NOR
2. Mike Angelidis – NOR
3. Johan Harju – NOR
NOTES … Norfolk has begun a season with wins in each of its first four games for the first time in its AHL history … Norfolk joins the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (4-0-0-0) as the only remaining undefeated teams in the American Hockey League … The Admirals had registered points in the standings in their first four games in two prior seasons, winning three games and adding an overtime loss in both the 2002-03 and 2006-07 seasons … Norfolk is leading the American Hockey League in both offense and defense at an average of 5.75 goals scored per game and only 1.75 goals allowed this season … The Admirals have had a very balanced attack with ten different players averaging at least one point per game this season and twelve different players having scored at least one goal this season … Norfolk has yet to allow a goal in the third period this season … The Admirals have converted on five of their opening 18 power play opportunities (27.8%) to begin the season. Last season through four games, the Admirals had not scored a power play goal on 18 opportunities. They did not score their fifth power play goal until their 12th game of the season … Scratches: Mark Barberio, Stefano Giliati, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Mitch Fritz … Attendance: 2,317.