Admirals Blank Phantoms 3-0; Gibson Earns First Career Shutout
GLENS FALLS, NY – Peter Holland scored twice, while John Gibson earned a 38-save shutout to lead the Norfolk Admirals (4-1-0-2, 10pts) to a 3-0 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center Friday night.
Norfolk’s Peter Holland recorded the game’s first goal on an excellent individual effort. Holland won the faceoff in the offensive zone and directed the puck into the corner. Holland tracked down the puck and carried it to the circle and fired a shot at Adirondack goaltender Yann Danis. Danis stopped the shot, but the rebound bounced right back to Holland who then slipped the puck around an outstretched Danis for the goal at 3:48 of the opening frame.
Holland helped set up the Admirals second goal winning another offensive zone faceoff. Holland directed the puck to Garnet Exelby at the point. Exelby fired a shot that was tipped and redirected into the net for the goal by Max Sauve. The goal was Sauve’s first of the season and extended the Norfolk lead to two.
Moments later, Holland continued his strong game factoring on Norfolk’s third goal of the game. Holland fielded the puck on the left wing and snapped a long-ranged shot that clipped past Danis to give the Admirals a 3-0 advantage after 40 minutes played.
Adirondack peppered the Admirals net all night long, but Norfolk goaltender John Gibson turned aside everything the Phantoms threw his way to preserve the 3-0 Norfolk victory.
Gibson made 38 saves to earn his first career shutout. Danis takes the loss allowing three goals on 27 shots faced.
On Saturday, the Admirals will faceoff against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins beginning at 7:05 p.m. Fans can tune-in on 1490 AM The Game, or online at www.1490amthegame.com. Fans can also watch the game online on the AHL Live website at http://ahl.neulion.com/ahl/
Norfolk returns home for a pair of games against the Syracuse Crunch on November 8 & 9 at Scope. Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at www.norfolkadmirals.com
GAME NOTES: Zack Stortini played in his 300th career AHL game on Friday…Holland finished the game with three points (2g, 1a)…Forward Max Sauve recorded his first Admirals goal in the second period…The game marked the second shutout of the season for Norfolk this season (previous was on 10/11 vs. BNG).