#9: Panik's Goal in OT Seals Playoff Series with Connecticut
The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is now just days away! So we are counting down the days recognizing 25 memorable moments in the 25 years of Admirals Hockey, in a segment we call 25 in 25. Each day we will highlight a great moment in the Admirals proud 25-year history to get you set for the 2013-14 home opener!
#9 Richard Panik’s Overtime Goal Against Connecticut
The 2011-12 season was full of many memorable moments on its own. One of the most memorable of those memorable moments came at Scope in the spring of 2012 in the second round playoff series against the Connecticut Whale.
In the third period, Richard Panik left the game after he took a puck to the mouth from a shot by teammate Tyler Johnson. Panik left the game bloodied and had two of his teeth chipped.
Despite the pain and discomfort, Panik was able to return for the overtime session. Seconds after Panik hit the ice for his first shift in overtime, he found himself with the puck and was able to streak by the Connecticut defense for a breakaway opportunity. A backhand to forehand deke by Panik beat Whale goaltender Cam Talbot for the goal at 13:01 into the extra session to seal the series four games to two.
Panik’s dramatic goal spring-boarded the Admirals to its first American Hockey League Conference Finals appearance. The team of course, went on to win the Calder Cup. Admirals head coach John Cooper admired the toughness out of his young forward.
“Sometimes the hockey gods work in weird ways,” said Cooper. “Panik takes one in the chiclets and he looks like the darned Joker right now. But when he came back on the bench, it only took him 20 seconds or so on the ice to end it.”
Following the game, Panik reflected on his great achievement.
“The whole time I was on the table, I was thinking that I wanted to end it,” added Panik. “I can’t believe it came out just as I thought. I’m really happy.”
Panik’s goal was an important one. A win by that Connecticut that night would have tied the series at three apiece, forcing a Game 7. Anything can happen in the seventh game of a series, and who knows that the outcome of that season could have been for Norfolk. However, Panik made certain that his team would advance.
The Admirals trailed 1-0 in the game, and was outshot by the Whale 24-12 after 40 minutes played. Norfolk turned the tables in the third and overtime, outshooting Connecticut 33-7 during that stretch. Admirals Goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped a penalty shot at a key moment in the game.
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Later on 25 in 25, we will relive moment #8 as we countdown to the Admirals home opener on October 11!
The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. Game tickets are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
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