The Norfolk Admirals took to the ice Wednesday night hoping to avenge a four to one loss suffered last night handed to them by the Flyers AHL affiliate the Adirondack Phantoms. Once again Frederik Andersen started in net for the Admirals. Thirty-one-year old Scott Munroe began the night in goal for Adirondack.
Norfolk’s Kyle Wilson drew first blood six minutes into the contest. Wilson followed-up on a Smith-Pelly shot. Wilson found Smith-Pelly’s rebound in the high slot notching his seventh goal of the year. Norfolk doubled their lead as second-year pro Devante Smith-Pelly redirected a John Mitchell shot that beat Munroe at the 12:53 mark of the first period. As the buzzer sounded to end the first, the Admirals heavily outshot their opponents twenty-one to eight.
When asked about his goal Wilson responded, “It was a scramble play. Nate did a great job of keeping it in there. They got me the puck in the slot. The D-man decided to pick Deevo instead of me and the puck sailed at the right time.”
After a scoreless middle frame, Sami Vatanen tickled the twine midway through the third period. Shooting the puck through traffic and getting the better of Boucher for Norfolk’s third goal of the game. Vatanen has now surpassed Peter Holland, leading the Admirals in points scored. Norfolk failed to covert on all six of their P.P. chances.
Admirals skipper Nate Guenin commented on the win against his former club stating, “I played with Riley Cote, their assistant coach. Kjell Samuelsson (ADK asst. coach)–I owe a lot to that guy. Coming in my first year pro, he really worked with me. It wouldn’t been fun losing to him that’s for sure.”
The Admirals continue to thrust towards the playoffs when they hit the road to take on East Division rival the Penguins in Wilkes Barre/Scranton Saturday night. Norfolk rookie net minder Frederik Andersen collected his seventh win of the year. The Admirals handed Munroe his sixteenth loss of the 2012-2013 campaign.