When you come to a professional sporting event, the director of media gives you an information packet about everything and anything you’d need for the game the size of the bible. So with that handy-dandy information, I can tell you the Wolf Pack are 2-9-1-2 when trailing after the first period. But don’t forget, Harford is one of the best in the AHL on home ice.
At 2:42, Paul Crowder ties the game with a rebound goal off Dustin Tokarski after a shot on goal from Andres Ambuhl and a pass from Jordan Owens. It is the tenth goal of the year from Crowder, and the second assist for Ambuhl; tenth assist for Owens.
But at 3:14, the Admirals get a little physical. Vladimir Mihalik gets sent to the sin bin after getting caught with cross-checking, and got all ten skaters bunched up …oh and it knocked out the glass too!
4:55, It looks like Norfolk is taking shots at Zaba’s glove-side. The plus: Zaba can catch with his glove! Zaba snags a blue-line slap-shot by Scott Jackson for his eleventh save of the night. Just ninety seconds later, Zaba gets a great pad save to keep the score tied at two.
The Wolf Pack take their first lead of the game at 6:49. Kenny Roche gets his first AHL goal, going glove-side on Tokarski to give Hartford a 3-2 lead. Corey Locke gets credit with the assist.
This is turning out to be a barnburner at 10:10 as Norfolk evens the game off an unassisted Dana Tyrell goal. Tyrell came down the slot and put a wrist-shot through Zaba’s five-hole. We are once again tied, both teams at three.
Zaba has given up three goals in less than two periods, but he is making some gorgeous saves. A Chris Lawrence- Mitch Fadden one timer by Norfolk found Zaba’s right pad. I wonder if he learned a thing or two from Henrik Lundqvist in New York…
Norfolk takes the lead at 19:09 when David Hale, at the blue line, takes a beautiful pass from Radek Smolenak from behind the Wolf Pack goal for Hale’s first of the year.
After two periods, but Hartford improved in SOG and lead the second period total 10-8.
But the number that matters still favors Norfolk, as the Admirals take a lead into the third period, 4-3.