Admirals slay Lock Monsters in shootout
The Admirals killed nearly nine minutes of Lowell power plays in the third period, and converted on all four shootout attempts to defeat the Lowell Lock Monsters 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday afternoon.
The Lock Monsters gained a two-goal lead quickly in the opening period. Vince Bellissimo scored on a four-on-three power play at 1:44. Lowell found the back of the net again nine minutes later, as Paul Healey scored an even strength goal at 10:10.
Mark Cullen answered the Lock Monsters goals five minutes later. Lowell goaltender Kevin Nastiuk stopped a Carl Corazzini shot from the point. After Nathan Barrett's rebound attempt also failed, Cullen found the back of the net from the far-side face-off circle at 15:39 for his fourth goal of the season. Norfolk out-shot Lowell 7-4 in the opening period, and the teams skated to the locker room with the Lock Monsters in front 2-1.
The second stanza belonged to the Admirals, who out-shot Lowell 15-1. A James Wisniewski blast on a five-on-three power play appeared to beat Nastiuk, but the officials ruled that the shot hit the crossbar. It seemed as if the game would remain 2-1 in favor of Lowell at the second break. However, Milan Bartovic stole the puck at the Lock Monsters blue line with under a minute to play in the period. Bartovic dropped a pass to Matt Keith at the far-side face-off dot. Keith roofed the puck past Nastiuk with 39 seconds left in the middle frame for his first goal of the season. The game was tied at 2-2 heading into the third period.
The penalty kill was strong for the Admirals in the third period, as Norfolk successfully killed seven Lowell man advantages, including two of the five-on-three variety. The Lock Monsters sent 16 pucks toward Adam Munro, but the Admirals' backstop prevented Lowell from getting the go-ahead goal. The game would require overtime.
With two minutes to go in overtime, referee Gord Dwyer awarded a penalty shot to Vince Bellissimo when Carl Corazzini tripped up the Lock Monsters center on a breakaway. Munro stopped Bellissimo's shot to deny the opposition a penalty shot goal for the second consecutive game.
In the shootout, Milan Bartovic, Mark Cullen, Dustin Byfuglien, and Nathan Barrett converted their shootout attempts, and Adam Munro denied two of four Lowell attempts to give the Admirals the victory.
Norfolk finished its four-game road trip with three wins, and will return to Scope this weekend for two games (Friday and Saturday at 7:15) to avenge their only loss on the trip against the Providence Bruins.
Adam Munro stopped 25 of 27 shots and earned the win for the Admirals. Kevin Nastiuk made 40 saves on 42 shots and picked up a shootout loss for Lowell.
The Admirals were 0-6 on the power play, and the Lock Monsters were 1-10.
1. Kevin Nastiuk - LOW
2. Mark Cullen - NOR
3. Matt Keith - NOR
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