#19: Admirals Rout Johnstown 10-0 to Advance to Riley Cup Finals
Photo/Image Credits go to Heck's Video Productions & Event Photography, in Johnstown, PA
The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is just 19 days away! So we are counting down the days recognizing 25 memorable moments in the 25 years of Admirals Hockey, in a segment we call 25 in 25. Each day we will highlight a great moment in the Admirals proud 25-year history to get you set for the 2013-14 home opener!
#19 – March 30, 1991
The semifinal playoff series between the Johnstown Chiefs and the Hampton Roads Admirals shifted to the Norfolk Scope for Game Five. The Admirals led the best-of-seven series 3-1 and were looking to close out the series and advance to the team's first ECHL Finals appearance.
Each of the the previous four games of the series was decided by just one goal, including a 3-2 overtime victory by the Admirals in Game Four. It did not take long to realize that Game Five would be the anomaly of this series, as Hampton Roads exploded for six first period goals which remains an ECHL postseason record of most goals in a period (tied w/ several other teams).
The Admirals scored five goals in span of just 3:18 in the opening period. Admirals forward Murray Hood finished the game with a hat-trick and a total of six points. After the game Hood reflected on the furious start by his team.
" We knew that when we got a couple of quick goals, they'd rollover and die," said Hood. "When you're down 3-1 in the series, and down two or three goals, it's tough to stay in it."
The Admirals chipped in four more goals during the final 40 minutes, and received a shared shutout effort from goaltenders Dave Gagnon and Mark Bernard which preserved the 10-0 victory. Every player in the Admirals lineup that night with the exception of the two goaltenders, registered at least one point in the game.
The Admirals went on to defeat the Greensboro Monarchs in the Riley Cup Finals, to clinch its first championship.
Because of the 10-0 victory, many may never realize how close the series between the two teams actually was. Johnstown took Game One of the series by a 4-3 score. The Admirals took games the next four games of the series by scores of 5-4, 4-3, 3-2 (OT), 10-0 respectively.
Tomorrow on 25 in 25, we will relive moment #19 as we countdown to the Admirals home opener on October 11!
The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. The Admirals play host to the Charlotte Checkers in a preseason exhibition at Scope on September 28, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Preseason game tickets are on sale now for $10. Regular season single game tickets will go on sale beginning on Wednesday, September 25.
Game tickets are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. 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