NORFOLK-Devante Smith-Pelly scored the only goal for the Norfolk Admirals (34-24-2-7) in another 2-1 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (38-22-3-5) on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Pens', Scott Harrington cleared a puck through the neutral zone between Admirals’ Max Friberg and Jesse Blacker. A miscommunication opened the door for Dominik Uher, who raced to the loose puck for a one-on-one opportunity with Gibson. Uher flipped a shot over Gibson’s outstretched right leg and the Penguins went up 2-0 on a shorthanded opportunity 56 seconds into the third.
Norfolk stayed alive four minutes later when Smith-Pelly corralled a puck on the power play that leaked into the slot through bodies near the Penguins’ crease. Smith-Pelly turned and slung a wrister back from whence it came over Mannino’s shoulder to pull the Admirals within one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 4:57 of the third period.
The Admirals tested Mannino 11 times in the third but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netminder relinquished just one goal all night to escape with his eighth victory for the Penguins in a 2-1 win over Norfolk. The Admirals managed to convert on only one of their six power plays and shut down the Penguins’ attack on the man-advantage, holding Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 0-for-3. Suffering the sweep leaves the Admirals just one point up on divisional opponent, Hershey, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.