Three Goal Third Haunts Penguins

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Norfolk Admirals score three third period goals in less than a six minute span, breaking open a 1-1 tie in route to snapping the Penguins five game win streak tonight.

I spoke with head coach John Hynes after the game, and while he was pleased with the effort of his team at times tonight, there's still work to be done to make sure the same thing does not happen when the two teams rematch tomorrow night.

"Whatever it was, it wasn't enough to get the win," Hynes said. "We've got to come up with some answers and find a way to get it done tomorrow."

The Admirals took a 1-0 lead 7:46 into the first period when Jay Rosehill deflected a Pierre-Luc Letourneau Leblond shot past Brad Thiessen.The Penguins were a bit sluggish in the first twenty minutes but bounced back with a better effort in the middle frame. 

The Penguins tied the game at one late in the second period on a weird bounce behind DesLauriers' net. Warren Peters found himself alone in front of the net and the puck squirted out from behind right to him. Peters tapped it into what was basically an empty net as DesLauriers anticipated the clear in going behind the net. The goal was Peters' 8th of the season and his fourth point (3G-1A) in his last three games.

With the game tied at one after two periods, you got a sense that whoever scored first in the third period would go on to win. The Admirals made no mistake about it, taking a 2-1 lead 3:02 into the final period when Josh Brittian received a pass in the slot from Devante Smith-Pelly and beat Thiessen under the glove.

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond scored his first of the season three minutes later and Jay Rosehill tallied his 4th of the year shortly after, springing the Admirals to a three goal lead they would never look back on.

The two teams didn't go silently into the night from there. It actually was quite the opposite.

It seemed nobody on the Admirals wanted a piece of Steve MacIntyre tonight. At one point, MacIntyre had both Rosehill and Leblond in headlocks and neither dropped the gloves until Bobby Farnham got involved. Farnham and Rosehill got fighting majors.

Then to end the game, Leblond went after Philip Samuelsson in the final minute, springing MacIntyre from the bench. Again MacIntyre challenged Leblond and the Admirals enforcer denied. Expect MacIntyre in the lineup again as well as some more rough stuff when these two teams battle again tomorrow night.


It was Brad Thiessen in net for the Penguins tonight against former Penguins goalie Jeff DesLauriers for the Admirals. Cody Wild and Dominik Uher were healthy scratches. Paul Thompson and Phil Dupuis remain out with upper body injuries. Tom Kuhnhackl is out for the season.

Lines tonight:

Holzapfel - Smith - Megna
Kolarik - Peters - Bennett
Payerl - Sill - Kostopoulos
Farnham - Gibbons - MacIntyre



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