Norfolk Admirals 5, Connecticut Whale 4 (SO)
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, January 21, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Norfolk Admirals, 5-4 in a shootout, Saturday night at the XL Center before a crowd of 5,557. Scott Tanski scored twice for the Whale and Kelsey Tessier added two assists, but it would not be enough to surpass the Admirals. The Admirals scored twice in the third period and the Whale once to send the game to overtime tied at four.
Richard Panik would score the shootout winner for Norfolk, also picking up one assist in the contest, and Carter Ashton had a goal and an assist for the Admirals.
“We had a good lead in the first, they got one back in the second,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “We put the emphasis on finishing the game strong, not sitting back. We were unable to maintain that third-period lead.”
The Admirals had taken a quick lead just 39 seconds into the game, when Tyler Johnson’s shot from the right circle seemed to fool Whale ...