SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Mike Angelidis scored twice while linemates Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Stefano Giliati also scored as the Norfolk Admirals (12-5-3-1) soared past the Springfield Falcons (11-10-0-1), 5-2, on Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. Norfolk is undefeated through two legs of their six-game road trip, which continues tomorrow afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. puck drop against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Johan Harju also scored for Norfolk while goaltender Cedrick Desjardins only had to make 13 saves for his fourth straight victory. The Admirals have won five of their last six games.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead just 1:57 into the game. Angelidis sent a shot from near the goal line at the bottom of the right faceoff circle that snuck between the post and right arm of Springfield goaltender David LeNeveu.
The Falcons tied the game at 1-1 just over four minutes later. Tomas Kubalik broke in alone on Desjardins and sent a shot from the slot through the legs of the goaltender at 6:18.
Norfolk re-claimed the lead just over eight minutes later on a delayed penalty to Springfield. Labrie sent a shot from the left point through a maze of skates, sticks and bodies in the slot. The puck found its way past a screened LeNeveu at 14:29 for Labrie’s third goal of the season.
The Admirals’ lead doubled 14:45 into the second period. Johan Harju intercepted a Falcons’ clearing attempt near the left point of the attacking zone. He spun around and took a couple of strides toward the net before firing the puck into the goal between the left leg and gloved hand of LeNeveu. The marker was Harju’s team-leading 13th of the season.
Norfolk went up 4-1 just 2:15 into the final frame. Labrie intercepted a puck in the Springfield zone and sent a shot from the left circle toward the net. The puck deflected off Angelidis at the top of the goalmouth near LeNeveu’s left leg for Angelidis’ second goal of the game and fifth of the season.
The visitors extended their lead to 5-1 nearly five minutes later. Stefano Giliati found a rebound in the low slot and fired it over the right leg of LeNeveu for his third goal of the season at 6:59.
Springfield’s Nick Tarnasky closed out scoring when his shot from the slot found its mark at 13:37.
Cedrick Desjardins (15 shots, 13 saves) earned his eighth win of the season. David LeNeveu (30 shots, 25 saves) took the loss.
Norfolk was 0-1 on the power play. Springfield was 0-2.
The Admirals will continue their six-game road trip tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Because of Washington Redskins football, the radio broadcast will not be available on 102.1-FM or 1490-AM. However, you can listen to the game for free at 1021TheGame.com or watch online on a pay-per-view or season pass basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday, December 8, to battle the Syracuse Crunch in another Admirals Value Night, featuring Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights.
Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2010-11 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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. Mike Angelidis – NOR
2. Pierre-Cedric Labrie – NOR
3. Stefano Giliati – NOR
NOTES … Norfolk is 2-0-0-0 on the six-game road trip so far, has won four straight road games and is 9-3-2-0 on the road overall this season … The Admirals have the most standings points on the road of any AHL team this season (20) … Cedrick Desjardins has wins in each of Norfolk’s last four road games a 2.25 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in that time … Mike Angelidis (2G, 1A) tied his AHL single-game career highs for goals and points in game … Pierre-Cedric Labrie (1G, 2A) set a new AHL single-game career high for points in a game … Linemates Angelidis, Labrie and Stefano Giliati (1G, 1A) each recorded a plus-4 rating … Giliati has points in four of his last five games (2G, 4A) … The Admirals have had players with two-or-more-goal performances in six straight games: Blair Jones 11/19 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Alex Berry 11/20 vs. Adirondack, Chris Durno and Harju 11/22 at Charlotte, Pierre-Cedric Labrie 11/24 vs. Charlotte, Harju (3G) 11/26 at Adirondack, Angelidis 11/27 at Springfield … Johan Harju has six goals and one assist in four games since returning from the Tampa Bay Lightning last Sunday … Norfolk has gone eight straight games without a power play goal (0-19) … Scratches: Mitch Fritz, Vladimir Mihalik, Marc-Antoine Pouliot.