Admirals Edge Monsters in Shootout, 3-2
Lowell, Mass. - Kevin Nastiuk turned aside 40 shots for the Lowell Lock Monsters (6-5-0-1), but the Norfolk Admirals (5-6-0-1) came up with the 3-2 shootout victory at Tsongas Arena on Sunday evening.
Vince Bellissimo gave the Monsters a 1-0 lead on an early power play. Jeff Finger set him up at the top of the slot for a one-timer that beat G Adam Munro low to the stick side. The rookie has three goals in five games on the young season. Another one-timer later in the frame made it 2-0. This time, Team Captain Paul Healey buried his second of the season at 10:10 from the right circle, and Monsters had scored twice on their first four shots. Norfolk got on the board late in the period with Mark Cullen's fourth of the year, but Nastiuk turned aside 14 first period shots.
Norfolk dominated the second period, outshooting Lowell 15-1. Nastiuk held the lead for most of the frame, making 14 saves, including two brilliant kick saves on an Admirals power play near the middle of the second. Nastiuk had to come up big again on a two-man advantage in the final five minutes of the period, and the Admirals best chance on the power play rang off the post. But Norfolk's barrage of shots proved to be too much and finally yielded the equalizer. With just 19 seconds left in the period Matt Keith ripped in his first of the season to make it 2-2 after two.
The Admirals got into penalty trouble early in the third. Norfolk took a flurry of penalties that gave the Lock Monsters seven third period power plays, but the home squad could not cash in. Meanwhile, Lowell outshot the Admirals 16-8 in the third frame, but with no goals, it headed to overtime. Bellissimo was given a chance to ice the game midway through the extra session when he was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway. But Munro was equal to the task, and a shootout was needed.
Norfolk picked up the extra point by burying all four of their shootout opportunities, while Healey and Chad Larose were the only scorers for the Monsters, who suffered the 3-2 decision.
On Friday night the Lock Monsters will head north to Manchester for the first time this season, set for a 7:35 p.m. start. On Saturday night, Lowell hosts the Hartford Wolf Pack in a 7:35 p.m. start and the first Saturday home game of the season for the Monsters. That night, the Lock Monsters host Military Appreciation Night, and will be collecting items for donation to care packages to be sent to soldiers stationed around the world. A complete list of appropriate items can be found on www.lockmonsters.com. Anyone making a donation will receive a free ticket to the Monsters home game on November 20th. Call (978) 458-PUCK for more information.
Individual tickets are on sale now at the Tsongas Arena box office, which is open from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Full season, 20-game, mini-plans and Flex Packs are now on sale as well; contact the Lock Monsters ticket office at (978) 458-PUCK (7825) for remaining seat availability.
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