HERSHEY, Penn. – Emerson Etem scored twice and Patrick Maroon had three assists as the Norfolk Admirals (8-11-0-0) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Hershey Bears (9-11-1-0) on Saturday night at Giant Center.
Peter Holland had a goal and an assist while John Mitchell and Devante Smith-Pelly had single tallies for the Admirals. Frederik Andersen (5-5-0) made 29 saves for the win. The Norfolk penalty kill stopped all nine Hershey power plays.
The Admirals conclude a brief two-game road trip tomorrow evening at 5:00 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The Admirals took the lead 5:03 into the game on Etem’s first goal of the game. Chris Wagner sent a backhand pass from the left corner to Etem in the left circle. Etem one-timed the puck past the gloved left hand of Bears backstop Braden Holtby for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
The lead doubled to 2-0 on Holland’s team-leading tenth goal of the season. Holland entered the attacking zone along the left wing and sent a shot over Holtby’s right shoulder at 11:26.
Norfolk’s lead grew to 3-0 just 0:16 into the second period. Mitchell intercepted a Hershey pass in the slot and skated toward the right circle before sending a backhand shot past Holtby for his fifth goal of the season.
The Bears answered back 42 seconds later. A Ryan Potulny shot hit the crossbar behind Norfolk netminder Frederik Andersen. The rebound emerged in the right circle, and Tomas Kundratek sent a shot into the net at 0:58 to make Norfolk’s lead, 3-1.
Etem netted his second goal of the game and sixth goal of the season 14:16 into the final frame. Maroon forced a turnover in the corner behind the goal line and centered the puck into the left circle. Etem one-timed the puck past Holtby to give the visitors a 4-1 lead.
Norfolk’s lead grew to 5-1 just over a minute later with a power play goal. Holland sped through the left wing and looked like he would cut behind the Hershey net. Just before moving behind the net, he sent a backhand pass towards the goalmouth. Smith-Pelly one-timed the puck past Holtby for his second goal of the season at 15:22.
Holtby made 21 saves on 26 shots for the loss.
Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play. Hershey was 0-for-9.
The Admirals and Bridgeport Sound Tigers face off at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening from the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Tune in at 7:00 p.m. to 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com or AHLLive.com.
Norfolk and Hershey square off once again on Thursday night in the Washington AHL Showcase, Presented by GEICO, from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised in Hampton Roads live on Comcast SportsNet. It can also be heard on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM, 1021TheGame.com and Sirius 207/XM 92 NHL Network Radio.
The Admirals return to Scope on Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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.
1. Frederik Andersen – NOR
2. Patrick Maroon – NOR
3. Peter Holland – NOR