Admirals Overcome Early Deficit for 14th Straight Win
HARTFORD, Conn. – Jaroslav Janus made 26 saves and Mike Kostka’s goal early in the third period was the difference as the Norfolk Admirals (41-18-1-2) overcame an early deficit to defeat the Connecticut Whale (30-20-5-5), 3-1, on Saturday night at the XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Norfolk has now extended its franchise-record winning streak to 14 straight games – including a franchise record-tying seven straight road wins. The Admirals conclude their three-game road trip tomorrow afternoon against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Mike Angelidis and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Admirals.
The Whale took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period. Scott Tanski skated into the Norfolk zone on a two-on-one. He sent a shot from the right circle that Janus blocked. However, the rebound ended up on the stick of Tommy Grant, who scored at 8:11.
The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second stanza. Alex Hutchings sent a pass from the left circle to Angelidis in the bottom of the right circle. Angelidis one-timed the puck past Connecticut goaltender Chad Johnson at 12:17 for his 14th goal of the season.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead early in the third period off a faceoff. Tyler Johnson won the draw in the right circle back to Kostka, who skated to into the high slot. He sent a slap shot through a screen and past Chad Johnson for his ninth goal of the season at 1:56.
Tyler Johnson sealed the victory for the Admirals with an empty-net goal. His 23rd goal of the season came at 19:18.
Jaroslav Janus (14-8-2) made 26 saves on 27 shots for his six straight win. Chad Johnson (19-13-5) stopped 23 of 26 shots for the loss.
Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Admirals conclude their three-game road trip tomorrow afternoon against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The puck drops at 3:00 p.m. All games can be heard at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. You can also watch on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday for a matchup against their East Division rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. in another Admirals Value Night.
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1. Jaroslav Janus – NOR
2. Tyler Johnson – NOR
3. Scott Tanski – CT
NOTES … Norfolk's current 14-game winning streak is the third-longest winning streak in the American Hockey League since the Admirals joined the AHL in 2000-01 … It is the longest winning streak in the AHL since Syracuse Crunch won an AHL-record 18 straight regular season games from March 9 – October 17, 2008. During Syracuse’s streak, they won 15 games to end the 2007-08 regular season and three games to begin the 2008-09 season ... The longest AHL winning streak contained within a single season was accomplished by the Philadelphia Phantoms when they won 17 consecutive games from October 22 – November 27, 2004 … Norfolk's last loss came on February 5 – a 4-2 defeat at Springfield by the Falcons … During their streak, the Admirals are averaging 3.86 goals scored and only 1.63 goals against per game … The last time Norfolk was in first place overall in the American Hockey League this late in the season was March 31, 2007, when they held a one-point lead over the Hershey Bears … With 85 points (40-18-1-2), Norfolk has tied the best all-time record through 62 games in AHL Admirals history (2006-07, 40-17-4-1) … Tyler Johnson has points in six consecutive games (5g, 6a) … Johnson leads the Admirals in goals (8), assists (12), points (20) and plus/minus (+14) during the 14-game winning streak … Earlier today, the Admirals signed forward Casey Haines to a Professional Tryout Contract … Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Eric Neilson each served the second games of their suspensions. Labrie is eligible to return to the lineup tomorrow afternoon while Neilson’s suspension concludes after tomorrow’s game … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Alexandre Picard, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Eric Neilson, Jonathon Kalinski.