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Admirals Down Sharks In Shootout

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

WORCESTER, MA - The Norfolk Admirals ( 41-17-4-1) picked up a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Worcester Sharks (28-24-3-6) in a shootout on Saturday night at the DCU Center.

After a scoreless opening frame, the Sharks got onto the board first early in the second period. Josh Prudden tallied an even strength goal when he beat Norfolk netminder Corey Crawford short side at 3:20.

The Admirals tied the game at 1-1 nearly five minutes later. Troy Brouwer stole the puck in the far-side corner and dropped a pass to Pierre Parenteau at the right half-wall. Parenteau fed a cross-ice pass to Bruno St. Jacques in high slot. St. Jacques scored his first goal as an Admiral with a wrister that hit the right post, the crossbar and the left post before going into the back of the net at 8:14.

The Sharks took the lead under two minutes later. Graham Mink redirected a Tom Walsh point blast for a power play marker at 9:52. Worcester took a 2-1 lead to the third period.

The final frame proved to be very eventful. Martin St. Pierre knotted the score at 2-2 when he got his own rebound at the right edge of the goalmouth and put it past Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss at 7:22. Just over a minute later, another Sharks power play goal by Mink gave Worcester a 3-2 lead at 8:30.

Two Norfolk goals just one minute apart gave the Admirals a 4-3 lead late. Jonas Nordqvist fed a pass to Reed Low in the slot, and Low one-timed it home at 14:56. Then, David Bolland got the puck at the bottom of the left circle, deked around a sliding defender and sent a wrister from the left hashmark that beat Greiss at 15:56.

However, the Sharks tied the game with just 23 seconds remaining in regulation. Walsh teed up a slap shot that snaked through traffic to knot the score at four goals apiece at the 19:37 mark.

The game went to the shootout after a scoreless overtime. Bolland converted the only attempt of the shootout in the second round by faking a backhand shot toward Greiss' right before sliding a forehander past his left leg. Crawford stopped all five Worcester shooters to make Bolland's conversion stand up as the Admirals claimed victory.

Crawford (30 shots, 26 saves) picked up his 31st win of the season. Greiss (29 shots, 25 saves) got the shootout loss.

Norfolk was 0-2 on the power play while Worcester was 3-11.

Three Stars:
1. David Bolland - NOR
2. Graham Mink - WOR
3. Bruno St. Jacques - NOR

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