Norm Ezekiel and Steve Eminger score their first goals as Admirals to
help Norfolk to a 3-2 shootout win over Syracuse Saturday afternoon.
Midway through the first period, Syracuse’s Dana Tyrell snuck a pass across the lower
slot to Jon DiSalvatore who finished a one-timer to give the Crunch the early advantage.
DiSalvatore’s fourth goal of the season came at 10:20 of the opening frame.
Later in the second, the Crunch erased another penalty just before Admirals’ forward
Norm Ezekiel collected a puck along the boards in the attacking zone. Ezekiel threw it on
net and surprised Syracuse netminder Allen York, beating him through his legs from
Ezekiel’s first goal with the Admirals this season came unassisted tying the game at 9:57
of the second period.
With less than five minutes to go in the period, Norfolk jumped in front off the stick of
another first-timer. Steve Eminger ripped a shot from the left point that flew by York to
quickly give the Admirals their first lead of the afternoon at 15:39 of the second. It was
also Eminger’s first goal as an Admiral.
Norfolk held the one-goal lead into the second intermission and encountered an ideal
opportunity to extend it when Syracuse’s Cedric Paquette sat for five minutes on a
boarding penalty that sent Charlie Sarault to the locker room.
Instead, Tyrell broke loose on a breakaway and capped the chance with a snapshot high
to Thiessen’s glove-side and tied the game at two. The former Admiral’s marker lit the
lamp two minutes and five seconds into the final period.
Neither side found the game-winner in regulation or overtime and the contest went to a
shootout. Saturday’s game marked the league-leading eighteenth overtime game for the
Admirals and their league-leading fifteenth shootout.