NORFOLK, VA – The Adirondack Thunder took on the Norfolk Admirals in the first of a three-game series Friday night. After last Saturday’s nasty 8-3 loss to the Manchester Monarchs, the Thunder were expected to play their best hockey this weekend, which didn’t happen Friday night.
Adirondack started off on the right foot, putting five shots on goal within the first 2:02 of the game, while the Admirals managed only one in that span. The Thunder also got on the board first, when former Admiral Paul Rodrigues opened the scoring at 6:20 of the first period. Norfolk’s Darik Angeli tied the game 11:18 later. Terrence Wallin would give the Thunder their last lead of the night at 3:17 of the second period.
The game went downhill for Adirondack when Angeli tied the game again at the 10:28 mark of the middle frame, the first of four straight goals for the Admirals. Michael Young also scored late in the second period. Grant Besse opened the third period with two quick goals within a span of 1:46 to put the Admirals up 5-2. Pierre-Luc Mercier gave the Thunder a glimmer of hope at the 4:42 mark, bringing his team to within two. But Norfolk wasn’t finished just yet. Angeli scored once again to complete his hat trick, and Christian Horn added one as well, putting the Admirals up 7-3. Adirondack’s Brian Ward did add on a late goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game.
Several players from both teams had multiple points, the most notable being Angeli, with his hat trick for the Admirals. Norfolk’s Besse had two goals and came close to a third late in the game. Also for the Admirals, Young added a goal and assist, while Tommy Schutt and Brodie Dupont each contributed two assists. Mercier, Wallin, and Ward each had a goal and assist for the Thunder.
Of special note, Admirals captain Dupont was playing in his 600th professional game.
The two teams face off once again tonight in Norfolk.