Written by Kristopher Clark
NORFOLK, VA -- Dominic Alberga scored a goal and added two assists as the Norfolk Admirals topped the Jacksonville Icemen 6-1 Wednesday night at Scope Arena.
The Admirals jumped out in front with a goal from Brandon Rumble. The Admirals were able to maintain a brief period of pressured zone time. Alberga skated from the right circle through the middle of the ice and into the left circle before firing off a back-door pass to Rumble who was waiting to redirect the pass past Ken Appleby to give Norfolk a 1-0 lead at 17:51 of the first period.
Norfolk extended its lead with goal from Dominic Alberga. Alberga gathered the puck in front of his own blue line and fired a slap-shot down the ice that bounced right in front of Appleby before going between his legs and into the net to give Norfolk a 2-0 lead.
The Admirals extended their lead with the first professional goal for Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez blocked an attempted dump-in at the red line, which led to a rush the other way for Norfolk. Rodriguez skated in on the right side, faked a slap-shot, and unleashed a wrist shot that beat Appleby glove side to give Norfolk a 3-0 lead at 14:53 of the second period.
Just 3:27 into the third, Jacksonville answered the Norfolk tally with a goal from Cody Fowlie. Dajon Mingo played the puck into the right circle for Everett Clark. Clark dropped a pass back for Fowlie who was able to shoot the puck just inside the left post past Ty Reichenbach to cut the Norfolk lead to 3-1.
Norfolk reclaimed it’s three-goal lead with a short-handed goal from Jake Wood. Eric Roy played a pass from the Norfolk zone to the Jacksonville blue-line for Jake Wood. Wood skated in on the right side and fired a shot past the glove of goaltender Christian Frey, who started the third period in a relief effort
The Admirals added two late goals, one even-strength and one on the power-play and went on to win by a 6-1 final score.
Ty Reichenbach made 28 saves on 29 shots and wins his 20th game of the year, while Ken Appleby made 14 saves on 17 shots. Christian Frey made six saves on nine shots for Jacksonville in relief of Appleby.
The Icemen and Admirals will meet again this Friday at 7:00 p.m. Fans can catch the game on Mixlr by CLICKING HERE and on ECHL.TV
Upcoming Home Games & Promotions
Friday, March 29, vs. Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. – Jumbo Shrimp Night! Join us in celebrating our neighbors from across the street. The team will wear specialty Jumbo Shrimp jerseys that are a home run!
Saturday, March 30, vs. Atlanta, 7:00 p.m. – Fan Appreciation Night! The final home game of the regular season, and there will be a team photo giveaway and other giveaways throughout the night for the best fans in the ECHL!