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April 11, 2014

Thiessen Spectacular Yet Bruins Take 2-1 Overtime Decision


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Norfolk goaltender Brad Thiessen turned aside 45 total shots but couldn’t smother the game-winner and the Providence Bruins (39-23-2-8) defeated the Norfolk Admirals (36-25-3-7), 2-1, on Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Admirals’ Brad Thiessen (4-6-2) saved 45 of 47 shots as Providence’s Malcolm Subban (15-8-5) made 23 saves on 24 shots.

Following a scoreless first 20 minutes, the Admirals ran into some trouble after defenseman Josh Manson received a five-minute boarding penalty and game misconduct when he shoved Providence rookie Alexander Khokhlachev into the side boards of the Norfolk zone. The Bruins went on a five-minute power play as a result but ran into a thriving Admiral netminder in Brad Thiessen. Thiessen held his ground and helped kill off the entire penalty along with the assistance of a sturdy group of defenseman in front of him.

Less than two minutes later, Norfolk surprised the Bruins as Emerson Etem curled a wraparound pass to a crashing William Karlsson who finished up close for his first goal as an Admiral at 16:05 of the second.

The Bruins put 26 pucks on net through two periods compared to just 14 for the Admirals. Despite controlling possession and generating the majority of scoring chances, Providence trailed Norfolk 1-0 heading into the third period.

As the halfway mark of the final period passed, the Bruins evened up the contest with a Chris Casto blast near the top of the slot that got by a screened Thiessen. Casto’s equalizer lit the lamp at 10:07 of the third and set up a pressure-packed final 9:53 for the Admirals.

The 1-1 score stood through the rest of regulation, forcing the overtime skate.

On a breakaway with under two minutes to go in overtime, Thiessen denied the original swooping attempt on net by Andrew Cherniwchan but Zack Trotman stuffed a loose puck beneath a sprawling Thiessen to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 overtime victory. The game-winner crossed the goal line at 3:16 of the extra session.

Norfolk was 0-for-3 on the power play and shut down the Bruins on each of their four man advantages.

The Admirals stay in ninth place and move on to Worcester, Massachusetts for a matchup with the Sharks Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime.

Three Stars:
1. Zack Trotman - PRO
2. Ben Sexton - PRO
3. Brad Thiessen - NOR


NOTES … Newly acquired rookies Nic Kerdiles and Shea Theodore made their professional and Admirals debuts Friday night versus Providence… William Karlsson scored his first goal as an Admiral… Norfolk goaltender Brad Thiessen saved a season-high 45 saves. Did not play: Mat Clark, Joseph Cramarossa, Norm Ezekiel, Ryan Faragher, Radoslav Illo, Kevin Lind, Jaycob Megna, Stefan Noesen, Ryan Parent, Max Sauve, Devante Smith-Pelly, Zack Stortini, Steven Whitney, Teigan Zahn



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