By Brian Ring
Bridgeport, CT, May 9, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Norfolk Admirals, 4-0, Wednesday night at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport in Game Five of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
The Admirals now lead the series, three games to two, with the series switching back to Norfolk for Game Six on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope (7:30).
Alexandre Picard had two of Norfolk’s goals to power the Admirals’ attack, tallying his fifth and sixth goals of the postseason, and Ondrej Palat added a goal and an assist in the effort.
Jaroslav Janus notched the shutout for the Admirals in his first appearance of the series, making 22 saves.
After missing on several close calls, the Admirals finally broke through with the first goal of the game with 4:45 remaining in the opening period. Picard beat Whale goaltender Cam Talbot (31 saves) off a wrap-around chance for his fifth goal of the playoffs, assisted by Pierre-Cedric Labrie.