NORFOLK, Va. – John Gibson turned away all five Adirondack shootout attempts to lift the Norfolk Admirals (35-24-2-7) over the Adirondack Phantoms (25-36-1-6), 2-1, on Friday night at Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Admirals’ Gibson (21-17-4) stopped 32 of 33 shots and Adirondack’s Cal Heeter (15-24-2) blocked 30 of 31 shots.
After two scoreless periods, Adirondack finally opened the scoring when rookie Nick Cousins flew a shot from the left circle past Gibson’s shoulder into the top shelf for the first goal of the night at 11:03 of the third. It didn’t take long for Norfolk to respond.
Less than four minutes later, rookie center Matt Bailey, playing in his third professional game, tied the game off a rebound that dropped down in front of Heeter. Bailey swung at the puck and chipped it over Heeter’s left leg to knot it up at 1-1 with 5:31 to play in regulation.
Neither side could record the game-winner in the remainder of regulation or in the overtime session forcing a shootout. A shootout dominated by Norfolk’s goaltender.
Andre Petersson connected on the Admirals’ first shootout attempt, which proved to be enough of a cushion for the Pittsburgh native in net for Norfolk.
Five tries for the Phantoms and five denials by Gibson inched the Admirals past Adirondack and put Norfolk back in the eighth and final playoff spot with 79. The two points moves Norfolk in front of Hershey who was idle on Friday.
Norfolk was 1-for-6 on the power play and the penalty kill looked confident again as it held Adirondack to 0-for-6.
The Admirals head to Binghamton for a matchup on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
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1. John Gibson - NOR
2. Cal Heeter – ADK
3. Andre Petersson – NOR
NOTES … Josh Manson and William Karlsson made their Norfolk debuts … Rookie Matt Bailey scored his first professional goal. Dave Steckel skated in his 700th professional game … Did not play: Mat Clark, Joseph Cramarossa, Norm Ezekiel, Radoslav Illo, Stefan Noesen, Ryan Parent, Steven Whitney, Teigan Zahn