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February 11, 2012

For the last 51 minutes of Saturday night's game in Norfolk, the Phantoms and Admirals were even-steven 3-3 on the scoreboard. But it was the opening nine minutes of the game that made the difference as the Admirals took advantage of five early power plays in racing out to the initial 4-0 advantage and then hanging on from there for the win.

Tyler Brown (6th), Jon Kalinski (9th) and Brandon Manning (3rd) all scored for Adirondack in the setback. Cory Conacher led the way for Norfolk with his league-leading 26th and 27th goals of the season, both in the first period.

Norfolk showed how they have become one of the highest scoring teams in the league when Cullen Eddy received a five-minute major and game misconduct early in the game. The Admirals scored three power play goals in the course of that major penalty including two 5-on-3 tallies as they built the early 4-0 lead.

Tyler Brown made it 4-1 on a nice assist by Garrett Klotz who was playing this weekend for the first time in almost two months. It was still 4-1 at the end of two periods with the Phantoms hoping to add another and close the gap further.

Norfolk would score early in the third but the Phantoms would get it back quickly on a terrific tip-in goal off the backhand by Brandon Manning who blasted a slapshot well off the mark on the short-side to freeze the goalie Dustin Tokarski and set up Kalinski for his ninth of the year.

Still trailing 5-2, the Admirals would light the lamp again, and once again the Phantoms would quickly answer to make it a three-goal game again. With Brandon Manning blasting it home from the point on the power play with 5:30 remaining to make the score 6-3.

Norfolk's Tyler Johnson would slam in the final goal of the night for one of the highest scoring teams in the AHL.

Adirondack is now 2-3-1 against Norfolk this year. This three game road-trip concludes with a Tuesday night Valentine's encounter at the Toronto Marlies and then Adirondack's next home game is Friday night against Manchester in a key Eastern Conference matchup on a $2 draft-beer special night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Scratches for the game included Eric Wellwood, Andrew Rowe, Matt Walker and Shane Harper.

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Friday, February 17, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 draft beer specials. Adirondack Red Wings legend Glenn Markosky to drop ceremonial first puck.

Saturday, February 18, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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Adirondack Phantoms 3 at Norfolk Admirals 7 - Status: Final
Saturday, February 11, 2012 - Norfolk Scope

Adirondack 0 1 2 - 3
Norfolk 4 0 3 - 7

1st Period-1, Norfolk, Panik 11 (Palat, Johnson), 2:48. 2, Norfolk, Kostka 7 (Barberio, Palat), 4:36 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Conacher 26 (Barberio, Panik), 5:07 (PP). 4, Norfolk, Conacher 27 (Smith, Johnson), 8:20 (PP). Penalties-Klotz Adk (elbowing, fighting), 0:31; Labrie Nor (fighting), 0:31; Lauridsen Adk (interference, fighting), 3:53; Cote Nor (fighting), 3:53; Eddy Adk (major - elbowing, game misconduct - elbowing), 4:03; Manning Adk (cross-checking), 7:54; Jancevski Adk (fighting), 10:18; Panik Nor (boarding, fighting), 10:18; Gudas Nor (holding), 15:48.

2nd Period-5, Adirondack, Brown 6 (Klotz, Kessel), 4:23. Penalties-served by Akeson Adk (bench minor - too many men), 8:10; Angelidis Nor (hooking), 10:48.

3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Angelidis 11 (Picard, Cote), 3:31. 7, Adirondack, Kalinski 9 (Manning, Akeson), 4:02. 8, Norfolk, Smith 19 (Labrie, Ashton), 13:23. 9, Adirondack, Manning 3 (Kessel, Ford), 14:38 (PP). 10, Norfolk, Johnson 16 (Fornataro, Devos), 17:36. Penalties-served by Fornataro Nor (bench minor - too many men), 9:22; Gudas Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:34.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 8-11-6-25. Norfolk 25-12-11-48.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 1 / 5; Norfolk 3 / 6.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 15-19-0 (48 shots-41 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 21-11-0 (25 shots-22 saves).
A-5,400
Referees-Jeff Smith (49).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Tom George (61).



 




 
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