Yann Danis made 24 saves but did not look his goalie of the year caliber from two years ago.
Peter Holland was a highlight for the Admirals with 2 goals and an assist giving him a point on all three Norfolk goals. Maxime Sauve also contributed a goal as Norfolk outplayed Adirondack in all aspects of the game.
The first period was one to forget. No really, I can barely remember anything that I saw just minutes after the period ended. There was no puck possession by either team, the puck bounced around like a game of pinball.
Norfolk had the only goal in the first when Holland knocked in a bouncing rebound past Heeter at 3:19. A lucky bounce but the fact that it landed in the net is what counts.
Adirondack lead in shots, 12-9, at the end of the first but could have lead 20-9 if it were not for the Admirals shot blocking. Two of those twelve shots for the Phantoms came on the penalty kill which was about the only highlight for Adirondack.
To add to the less than stellar first, somehow there was a mix up where Tyler Brown started the game but was supposed to be scratched. Midway through the first he exited the game and Derek Mathers came on in his place.
The second period was no better … for the Phantoms. Adirondack continued to be plagued by poor passes and getting beat on puck battles. Norfolk however started skating the puck into the Phantoms zone and putting the puck to the net.
Sauve put the Admirals up by two at 3:20 on a very easy rebound attempt. Danis made the initial save but pushed the rebound right to Sauve who had no trouble barying it.
Holland got his second of the game at 8:36 when he skated in between two Phantoms and wristed it from just above the circles. The puck went right up over Danis’ shoulder and in without resistance.
“Three goals off three faceoffs, thats what happened,” said Phantoms head coach Terry Murray. “The third goal they just walked down the ice from the faceoff in their own defensive zone and that’s a goal that we just cannot give up”
The third period was much of the same. Adirondack continued to over think their play, trying to create plays that were not there. Holding onto the puck too long allowed for block shots, turnovers or the passes were just not completed.
Adirondack did come out on top in the shot column but in my opinion the quality of shots was not there. I don’t want to take anything away from Gibson, who is a solid young goaltender, but he was really only tested a few times. This was a case where stats can be misleading.
This by far was one of the worst games I have seen from this club. It was just ugly. I think time in between games, 6 days, really hurt the team. They played their best game against Springfield the week before, although a loss, but they should have been able to build off it. They did not. In fact they went as far in the other direction as possible.