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December 1, 2012

Admirals Leave Chocolatetown Tasting Sweet Victory

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, or

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, 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 anytime.

Three Stars:
1. Frederik Andersen – NOR
2. Patrick Maroon – NOR
3. Peter Holland – NOR

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