Posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:30 AM
NORFOLK, VA-Jesse Blacker's goal at 2:21 into overtime broke a scoreless tie, and sealed a 1-0 victory for the Norfolk Admirals over the Worcester Sharks in front of a sellout crowd of 8,701 at the Norfolk Scope Saturday night. Norfolk (21-13-1-5, 48 pts) earned the win in the 7th Annual Pink In the Rink Night. John Gibson made 20 saves to earn the shutout win.
Both teams displayed a very physical style of play that saw each squad take control of the game and whatever little momentum they could muster.
Despite the rough affair, the penalty boxes didn’t have an occupant until late in the second on a tripping offense by Worcester’s Dylan DeMelo. During that ensuing Norfolk power play, Adam Comrie was handed a four-minute double minor for spearing, which gave the Admirals a two-man advantage for 56 seconds.
Norfolk had a great chance to break the scoreless tie, the Worcester penalty kill got the job done, and killed off the penalties in their entirety. The two teams combined to go one for seven on the man-advantage.
Neither side could find the net in 60 minutes of regulation play, and forced the extra session to decide a winner. The decisive goal came midway through the overtime period at 2:21. A Konrad Abeltshauser tripping penalty presented the Admirals with a power play and a golden opportunity to seal it before the shootout.