Home at Last ?

By Corine Gatti

After busing for over 1,000 miles on their last road trip, home wasn’t as sweet as it should of been. Their fatigue on the ice captured what was to follow. Norfolk didn’t anticipate that when they laced up their skates that they would play one of their worst games of the season and continue on a four-game skid. Admirals came into Tuesdays game against the Syracuse Crunch leading among teams with fewest goals allowed in the league (2.39). But that changed when the Crunch who are in the midst of a three-game winning streak (20-26-6-2) (63 points),but who are also in fifth place, hammered Norfolk 5-1 in front of an announced crowd of 3,739.

A trapper to keep an eye on? The Crunches, netminder Jean-Francois Labbe (2.96 GAA, (12-14-5 overall) has more saves than any other goaltender in the league (1078). It was to a battle of the netminders in the first period .
Both counterparts only combined 15 shots on goal and rendered no goals. Syracuse Radim Bicanek on a pass from Bill Bower made a slap shot at the 3:24 mark. On a power play, Mathieu Darche slipped the puck in at the right side of the crease making it 2-0 Syracuse. Norfolk answered back when team leading scorer, Casey Hankinson (G-22) plucked the puck out Syracuse defensive zone at 10:45.

A dry spell? In the third, the Crunch moved up when Bill Bower (leads team with G-16) shot from the stick side at 1:54. Thus making it 3-1 Syracuse. Norfolk struggled to get any advantages. The only sound you could hear was the sound of sneers and jeers among the few fans that stuck it out. Norfolk’s remained as dry as the western plains in mid summer; therefore, they remained dormant for the rest of the contest. Syracuse Scott Hollis on a pass from Mathieu Darche, Adam Borzecki padded their lead. The final door was closed on the Admirals when the Crunch slapshot another goal past Michel Larocque 23-10-9-4, average 2.38, at 13:39. This concluds the fourth and final meeting between Admirals and the Crunch.

(1 period)

(2 period)
1 Syracuse Bicnaek (Bill Bower) 3:24 Syracuse, (2) pp Mathieu Darche (Brad Moran, Chris Nielsen) 8:09

Admirals (1) pp, Casey Hankinson, Ty Jones, Mark Bell, 10:45

(3 period)

3 Syracuse Bill Bower, (Micheal Gaul, Scott Hollis) 1:54
4 Scott Hollis, (Matheiu Darche, Adam Borzecki) 11:24

5 Jody Shelley (Matt Davidson) 13:39

Referee: Harry Dumas

Linesmen: Sean Finn , Kevin Kierst