Friday, March 5, 2010

Norfolk trims Albany in SO

The Norfolk Admirals made the playoff chase in the East Division a little closer on Friday night.
Four Admirals scored after overtime as Norfolk edged past Albany, 3-2 in a shootout in an American Hockey League game at the Norfolk Scope.
With the two points earned, Norfolk (34-27-3-1) moves within a point, 73-72, of second-place Albany (33-24-3-4) in the East Division standings.
The Admirals’ two wins in the season series have both come after regulation as the Rats slipped to 4-0-1-1 against Norfolk.
Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, rookie defenseman Jamie McBain scored an unassisted goal just 26 seconds in to draw the River Rats even.
McBain and left wing Chris Terry, who scored in the first period, converted for Albany in the third and fourth rounds of the shootout.
Justin Keller, Blair Jones, Matt Fornataro and Mitch Fadden each cashed in on their attempts for Norfolk, which won the shootout, 4-2.
Rookie goalie Jaroslav Janus made 28 saves to earn the win for the Admirals.
Goalie Justin Pogge, acquired in a trade by the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, stopped 36 of 28 shots faced in his River Rats debut.
Terry opened the scoring with a goal 3:47 into the game.
Norfolk took the lead with two goals in the second period as right wing Adam Hall scored at 9:59 and left wing Justin Keller followed with a power-play goal at 16:07.
Albany went 0-for-6 on the power play while surrendering one man-advantage goal.
Right wing Milan Gajic, recalled earlier in the day from Florida of the ECHL with the two-game suspensions of forwards Mike Angelidis and Brad Herauf, played for Albany and finished as a plus-one
Admirals D and East Greenbush native Matt Lashoff had two shots on goal.
The Rats wrap up their two-game series at Norfolk at 7:15 tonight and next play at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.


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