Norfolk, VA, January 7, 2011 – The Norfolk Admirals scored three goals in a span of 68 seconds in the third period Friday night at the Norfolk Scope, to break open a 2-2 game and score a 5-2 victory over the Connecticut Whale.
The loss kept the Whale (19-14-2-5, 45 pts.) five points behind the first-place Manchester Monarchs, who lost 3-0 in Providence, in the Atlantic Division, and the Portland Pirates, who beat Springfield at home, 4-1, moved into a second-place tie with the Whale.
The Admirals, who improved to 19-9-6-2 for 46 points on the year, outshot the Whale 19-7 in the decisive third period, in which they got goals from Mike Vernace, Mike Angelidis and Chris Durno.
Norfolk dominated play throughout the period but were held at bay by Whale goaltender Chad Johnson (35 saves) until Vernace scored at 11:22. The goal came immediately off of a faceoff win by Blair Jones, who beat Tim Kennedy on a draw and got the puck to the center point to Vernace, who beat Johnson high.
Twenty-three seconds later, at 11:45, Angelidis drove to the net and jammed in a centering pass from Jones out of the right-wing corner. Durno, the Norfolk captain, then completed the quick burst at 12:30, when he gunned a drive from the right-wing circle past Johnson after Marc-Antoine Pouliot fed the puck across the slot.
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