NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – With regular season stars like Devante Smith-Pelly, Sami Vatanen and John Gibson now playing pivotal roles for the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Norfolk Admirals have been forced to turn things over to young players.
In a 3-2 overtime win over the St. John’s IceCaps on Tuesday, 18-year-old Shea Theodore, a first-round draft pick of the Ducks, scored his first professional goal. Other new faces that have contributed in the playoff run include 20-year-old Nic Kerdiles from the University of Wisconsin and 19-year-old William Karlsson from Sweden.
“These guys are a resilient group,” coach Trent Yawney said. “Especially with the group we have left, because we’ve had numerous players come and go.”
Another young player, 23-year-old Andre Petersson from Sweden scored the game-winning goal in overtime of game 5 of the Conference Semifinals to force a game 6 Friday night in St. John’s. The IceCaps lead the series 3 games to 2.
“I think we have the momentum right now going up there,” Petersson said. “The pressure is still on them. We know how to beat these guys, we just have to play smart and outsmart them.”