NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Offense has not been one of the Admirals strengths this season, and with players like Devante Smith-Pelly and Rickard Rakell playing for the Anaheim Ducks, goals have become even more of a premium.
Monday night, Norfolk was silenced in game 4 of the Calder Cup playoffs, losing to the St. John’s Ice Caps 5-1. The Admirals now trail the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 is Tuesday night at Scope.
“The playoffs is an opportunity for you to define yourself as a player, especially in pro,” coach Trent Yawney said. “They’ve got another opportunity tomorrow. You don’t earn it in the regular season, you earn it in the playoffs.”
Goaltender Brad Thiessen surrendered two goals in the first period, two more in the second and another in the third. Saturday, the 28-year-old veteran gave up 4 goals in a game three defeat.
The Admirals split the first two games of the series in St. John’s, but that was with rookie sensation John Gibson minding the net. The 20-year-old had 80 saves in those two games, but was called up to the Anaheim Ducks after Frederik Andersen went down with an injury. Gibson registered a shutout Saturday night for the Ducks in his first NHL playoff start.