NORFOLK (1) VS. MANCHESTER MONARCHS (2) OT
NORFOLK, VA - Noah Clarke's goal 3:26 into overtime ended the Admirals' home winning streak at ten games, as Manchester topped Norfolk 2-1 on Wednesday night at Scope.
The Admirals got on the board first early in the third period on a five-on-three power play. Troy Brouwer took a shot from in close that was stopped by Monarchs' goaltender Jason LaBarbera. Several players poked at the rebound in the crease before Brandon Bochenski chipped the puck home from the left side of the crease at 1:55.
Manchester tied the game at one goal apiece at 11:22. Mike Hoffman split two defenders for a partial breakaway on Norfolk netminder Corey Crawford. Hoffman deked backhand before slipping a forehand shot past Crawford.
Noah Clarke beat Crawford from the left side of the slot 3:26 into overtime to win the game for Manchester.
Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 25 shots and was saddled with the loss. Jason LaBarbera made 38 of 39 saves and earned the victory.
The Admirals were 1-7 on the power play. Manchester was 0-5.
With the overtime loss, the Admirals collected a point in their eleventh straight home game and sixth straight game overall. Norfolk (13-2-2-1) sits in first place in the East Division, two points in front of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-3-1-0).
The Admirals travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night for a 7:05 East Division showdown against the Penguins.
The Admirals return to Scope on Saturday for a 7:15 contest against another big East Division rival - the Philadelphia Phantoms.
1. Noah Clarke - MCH
2. Jason LaBarbera - MCH
3. Mike Hoffman - MCH