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Admirals Comeback Bid Falls Short

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

WORCESTER, MA - The Norfolk Admirals' (39-16-4-1) third period comeback bid fell one goal short, as they lost to the Worcester Sharks (27-22-3-6) 4-3 on Sunday night at the DCU Center.

Graham Mink gave the Sharks the lead just 5:10 into the first period. Mink collected the puck off a turnover in the Norfolk zone and sent a shot high on Norfolk netminder Corey Crawford from the top of the crease.

Carl Corazzini tied the game for the Admirals under a minute into the second period. Worcester goalie Thomas Greiss mishandled the puck behind the net and had to scramble back to the crease. Corazzini collected the puck near the corner boards and banked it off Greiss' leg pad so that it just crossed the goal line only 37 seconds into the second stanza.

Worcester then scored three goals in a 3:06-span in the middle of the second period to take a commanding three-goal lead after two periods. After Crawford denied shots by Brennan Evans and Brad Staubitz, Ashton Rome collected a rebound in the slot and beat Crawford at 7:00. Grant Stevenson deflected a shot into the Admirals' net at 9:07. Mike Iggulden then capitalized on another Norfolk turnover to score Worcester's fourth goal at 10:06.

David Bolland began Norfolk's comeback bid with a tally 3:10 into the final frame. Bolland flew down the left wing and moved Greiss out of position with a deke before circling around the net and scoring on a wraparound.

Troy Brouwer closed the gap to one goal for the Admirals three minutes later. Bolland fed the puck to the right point where Brouwer sent a one-timer past Greiss at 6:29.

The Admirals peppered Greiss with 14 shots in the final frame - including many in the game's final minutes. However, they were unable to find the equalizer.

Crawford (27 shots, 23 saves) got the loss for the Admirals in playing the first two periods. Mike Brodeur (7 shots, 7 saves) played the third period and did not receive a decision. Thomas Greiss (36 shots, 33 saves) picked up the victory for Worcester.

Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play while Worcester was 0-2.

On Tuesday night, the Admirals visit Manchester to play the Atlantic Division-leading Monarchs at 7:05.

Three Stars:

1. Mike Iggulden - WOR

2. David Bolland - NOR

3. Ashton Rome - WOR

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