NORFOLK – Jay Rosehill and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond each had three-point nights, Jeff Deslauriers made 31 saves and Josh Brittain broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period as the Norfolk Admirals (19-23-2-1) defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (24-19-2-1), 4-1, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The same teams play at Scope again tomorrow night.
Rosehill netted two goals, an assist and had a fight for the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick." Letourneau-Leblond rung up a goal and two assists. Deslauriers (1-1-0) stopped 31of 32 shots for his first win as an Admiral, as Norfolk scored three unanswered goals in the third period.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead 7:46 into the first period on Rosehill’s third goal of the season. After a strong forecheck behind the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net, Letourneau-Leblond intercepted the puck along the right half wall. Letourneau-Leblond then sent the puck towards the net. Rosehill, who was stationed on top of the crease with his back to the goaltender, deflected the puck on his backhand between his legs and past Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Brad Thiessen.
The Penguins tied the game late in the second period. From the right half wall in the Norfolk zone, an Admirals forward attempted to wrap the puck around the end boards to a teammate on the opposite side. However, the puck caromed off a stanchion back towards the slot. Warren Peters found the carom and sent a shot over Deslauriers’ left leg at 17:42 to tie the game at 1-1.
Norfolk entered the third period with a tied score for the third straight game. This time, they exited the period with the win. Just over three minutes into the final frame, Devante Smith-Pelly entered the attacking zone along the left wing. He sent a pass to Brittain, who was trailing the play in the high slot. Brittain sent a wrist shot past Thiessen at 3:02 for his sixth goal of the season and a 2-1 lead.
Norfolk’s lead doubled just over three minutes later. Rosehill forced a turnover along the right wing and spotted Letourneau-Leblond in the right circle. As he saw the puck coming towards him, Letourneau-Leblond spun around and one-timed the puck between the right arm and leg of Thiessen for his first goal as an Admiral at 6:07.
Less than three minutes later, Letourneau-Leblond started the scoring on Rosehill's second goal by forcing a turnover in the right corner. Chris Wagner then spotted Rosehill all alone on top of the crease, and Rosehill sent a quick one-timer past Thiessen at 8:59 for his fourth goal of the season.
Rosehill finished the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" when he dropped the gloves with Bobby Farnham just 26 seconds later.
Deslauriers made the lead stand with 12 saves in the third period alone, as he earned his first Norfolk win.
Thiessen (9-9-1) stopped 23 of 27 shots in defeat.
Both teams were 0-for-5 on the power play.
The same teams will face off tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m. before the Admirals embark on a four-game road trip.
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1. Jay Rosehill – NOR
2. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond – NOR
3. Jeff Deslauriers – NOR
NOTES … The Admirals (2-1-0-0, 4 points) now lead the season series with the Penguins (1-1-1-0, 3 points) by one point … Rosehill's last Gordie Howe Hat Trick and multiple-point game in the AHL came on November 7, 2010, as he posted a goal, an assist and two fights for the Toronto Marlies at Oklahoma City … No player has more goals or points for Norfolk since January than Josh Brittain, who has six goals and eight points in 15 games since joining the Admirals from the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets. Two of Brittain's goals – including tonight's – were game-winning tallies … Earlier today, the Danish National Team fell to Slovenia, 2-1, in the second game of their Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. With the win, Slovenia will claim Group F's spot in the 2014 Sochi Olympics … Frederik Andersen, who is 9-10-1 in 23 games for the Admirals this season, posted a 1-1-0 record with one shutout, a 1.01 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in two games for Denmark during the final Olympic Qualification Tournament. Andersen leads all Group F goaltenders in GAA and SV% … Did not play: Gabe Guentzel, John Kurtz, Brandon McMillan, Troy Bodie, Matt Kennedy, Kyle Bushee.