The Norfolk Admirals and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins each had a winning game of 4-1 this weekend. Friday night, the Admirals froze the penguins at one goal and took the lead in the third period for a 4-1 win. Saturday, the Penguins took it back with a 4-1 win of their own.
Norfolk Admirals forward Jay Rosehill scored twice and earned a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in Friday night’s win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond also scored a goal and earned two assists, while Josh Brittain scored his sixth goal of the season to break the 1-1 tie in the third period.
Each of the three third-period Admirals goals were scored within approximately three minutes of each other, making the third period a rousing good time. After the Admirals fourth goal of the night and his fourth of the season, Jay Rosehill earned the Gordie Howe Hat Trick when he raised the fists with the Penguin’s Bobby Farnham for a signature Rosehill fight.
Overall, Friday night was the better game to watch. Friday’s Admirals were fast, solid on the forecheck and streamlined in their passing. Jeff Deslauriers was brilliant in net, making 31 saves. The Admirals proved to be a solid match for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Saturday night saw a turn of the tables for the Admirals. The Penguins took the lead in the first period and Norfolk went one to their two with a shorthanded goal by Peter Holland in the second period. This goal marked Holland’s 15th of the season. Holland leads the Admirals in goals. Unfortunately, the Admirals were done putting the biscuit in the basket at that point. Penguins’ goaltender Jeff Zatkoff held strong, finishing at 25 saves.
There was a different team on the ice Saturday night. The Admirals did not appear to have the solid play of the prior night on their side. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton overtook them at every turn and managed to find the back of the net around Igor Bobkov, who turned out a solid performance regardless of the numbers on the scoreboard.
The crowd was given a treat early in the game as Josh Brittain and Alex Grant dropped the gloves for a few rounds. It took the referee and two linesmen to disentangle the two once they fell to the ice. It did prove to be a busy night for the men in stripes as later in the evening Luca Caputi had his own bout with Philip Samuelsson. Once again, the linesmen took part in some ice wrestling.
The Admirals traveled to Hershey for a Sunday match-up against the Bears. The Admirals came out victorious in a shootout victory of 4-3. Luca Caputi scored the winning shootout goal. Also scoring for Norfolk in the shootout were Patrick Maroon and Josh Brittain. Peter LeBlanc was the only Bear to get a shootout goal past Bobkov.
The Admirals continue their road trip with a game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday, February 15. Saturday they will make their way into the snow-laden state of Connecticut to battle the Whale and finish up on Sunday with a game against Bridgeport.
The Admirals return home Friday, February 22 for games against the Providence Bruins.