Coming into the night the Admirals had a 9 game win streak, beating Hershey once during it. The Bears started off possessed, dominating the entire first period until the final two minutes when the Admirals seemed to right the ship. They finished the period down on shots 10-5 and 0/1 on the power play.
Shortly into the second period the Bears head to their first power play leading to Jaroslav Janus making a couple huge saves which would become the norm for him throughout the game. Ads kill it off and get their own chance, shortly into it Tyler Johnson sets up Cory Conacher for an awesome power play goal, it was Conachers 30th goal and 13th power play goal on the season putting him second in goals and tied for first with PPGs. After the goal the Admirals nose dive to the end of the period, getting out shot 6-2 in the closing minutes and still behind overall 19-11going 1/3 on the PP
Early on in the third Picard gets a breakaway but can't get it past Holtby. The teams exchange power plays and neither team capitalizes until the Hershey Bears head to their third man advantage and veteran Boyd Kane gets on the board for the Bears. A couple minutes later Admirals rookie Ondrej Palat gets on a quick break and puts another past Brandon Holtby. Before the goal the Bears had a player go on a breakaway out of the box and Janus came up with the single biggest save of the year for him.
Janus gets the first star of the game stopping 29 of 30. The streak is extended to 10 games with the Admirals playing the Springfield Falcons, former TB affiliate, Friday and Saturday. With the win the Ads are now number 1 on the entire league And have a 6 point lead on WBS Pens (71) and 10 point lead on Hershey (67). Kind of a side story is the rumors of Tampa leaving Norfolk at the end of the season, really have no info on that since I am not an official media person but I really really hope it does not happen, travel was a complaint but being #1 over all might change some minds.
Questions or comments always welcome.