NORFOLK, VA- Worcester’s Yanni Gourde and Dan DaSilva each netted a shootout goal to help the Sharks inch past the Norfolk Admirals 3-2 in the shootout at the Norfolk Scope Friday night. Norfolk (20-13-1-5, 46 pts) does pick up a point in the standings.
Worcester got off to a hot start when Lane Scheidl settled a pass right in front of Norfolk’s John Gibson and flicked a backhander past him just a minute and 50 seconds into the opening period.
The Sharks kept the Admirals off the board for the remainder of the first period and entered the second frame with a 1-0 lead. That lead grew six minutes and 23 seconds into the second after Norfolk’s Chris Wagner was called for slashing.
Worcester moved the puck around the Norfolk zone and Konrad Abeltshauser found Sena Acolatse with a cross-ice pass. Acolatse wound and fired the one-timer from the left point, beating Gibson’s right skate and extending their lead to two.
Minutes after the second Worcester marker, Sharks’ winger Jimmy Bonneau caught Norfolk’s John Kurtz in the mouth with a high stick and officials punished him with a four-minute double minor penalty.
The Admirals took advantage of that power play when Alex Grant ripped a shot from that point that Steven Whitney helped along with a deflection. Whitney’s goal at 16:06 of the second period beat Worcester netminder Harri Sateri and pumped life into a sizeable Norfolk Scope crowd.
Worcester held the 2-1 lead throughout the third and things began to look bleak for Norfolk.
A Max Friberg boarding and game misconduct sent him to the locker room with five minutes to go in regulation. Norfolk held for three minutes with a man down, before Worsceter's DaSilva picked up a high-sticking penalty to even things at 4-on-4. In the closing minute, Norfolk pulled Gibson to allow for the extra attacker.
With the net empty, Norfolk’s Jesse Blacker controlled the puck and circled to the middle point. Blacker let it go, but his shot was bodied down by Sateri right to the stick of the Admirals’ Dave Steckel. Steckel seized the best scoring chance of the night and plugged the hole behind Sateri, finding the equalizer in dramatic fashion with only 25 seconds left.
The 2-2 tie held through the overtime session and the contest came down to a shootout.
Each goalie faced six shooters with Blacker scoring first on Sateri as the second shooter for Norfolk. Blacker’s wrister would be the only goal for the Admirals, while Yanni Gourde and DaSilva each beat Gibson to win it for the Sharks.
Sateri turned away 17 shots in regulation and five in the shootout to secure a 3-2 Worcester victory. Gibson made 24 saves and four more in the duel, dropping his fourth shootout this season.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday in the 7th Annual Pink in the Rink game. The two teams will play the game on pink ice, and the night is intended to promote breast cancer awareness and help raise money for the Tidewater Chapter of Susan G. Komen. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m.
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.
For 10-packs, or discounted group tickets 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: Devante Smith-Pelly's five-game goal scoring streak came to an end oin the Friday. His five-game streak matched a team and league high with teammate Emerson Etem. Smith-Pelly did record an assist in the game...The Admirals home winning streak was also snapped at three games, while the Sharks extend their overall winning streak to four straight.
1. Lane Scheidl (WOR)
2. Dave Steckel (NOR)
3. Sena Acolatse (WOR)