NORFOLK, Va. - Andre Petersson scored from near the blue line at 13:10 of overtime Tuesday to give the Norfolk Admirals a 3-2 win over the St. John's IceCaps in Game 5 of their American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal.
The IceCaps hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series that goes back to St. John's for Game 6 on Friday. Game 7, if necessary, would be on Saturday.
Eric O'Dell scored twice for St. John's, including a goal at 17:02 of the third period to tie the game 2-2. O'Dell closed hard on the Norfolk net, taking a pass from Carl Klingberg, who was on the end boards, and beat Admiral goalie Brad Thiessen.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead in the opening seconds of the third when 18-year-old Shea Theodore skated in on the St. John's net, then put on enough speed to find a clear path and backhand a shot past goalie Michael Hutchinson.
Theodore, a defenseman who played junior hockey for Seattle of the Western Hockey League after being Anaheim's No. 1 choice in the 2013 draft, took a puck off the left-wing wall and skated in slowly. Theodore turned IceCaps' defender Will O'Neill around in the faceoff circle, accelerated and beat the defense to the right side of the crease before shooting.
His goal broke a 1-1 tie fashioned in the opening period.
After O'Dell's first goal gave St. John's an early 1-0 lead, Norfolk seemed to tie things with an apparent goal by Petersson at 16:01 of the opening period. But the goal was waved off because the Admirals were caught with an extra player on the ice and assessed a penalty.
It was served by Zach Stortini, and Norfolk was taxed by a St. John's power play, which was killed. The final blow to that man advantage came when Admiral winger Max Friberg tipped away a shot by Josh Morrissey. The loose puck slipped back toward center ice, where Stortini left the penalty box in time to take it in and send it to Friberg, dashing down the ice.
Friberg's shot from the right wing faceoff circle was stopped by Hutchinson but bounced high into the air and came down behind him and skittered into the net to tie things 1-1 at 18:11.
Thiessen made 36 saves while Hutchinson turned away 34-of-37 shots in defeat.
The IceCaps had an opportunity to close out the series and watch Providence and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton play for the right to face them in the Eastern finals.That series is tied at 1-1 with Game 3 tonight.