What else is new? The current Norfolk Admirals continue to receive painful reminders of the franchise's recent past.
Host Syracuse converted on all of its shootout opportunities Friday for a 3-2 victory over Norfolk, winning the tiebreaker 4-2.
It was the fifth straight loss overall for the Admirals (14-17-2-1), three of which have come in regulation.
The Tampa Bay-affiliated, league-leading Crunch (22-10-1-2) — in effect, last year’s Calder Cup-winning Admirals — has beaten Norfolk four times in about two weeks.
Kyle Palmieri scored both regulation goals on power plays in the second period for the Admirals, who led 2-0. But Syracuse came back to force overtime on goals by Danick Gauthier and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
In the shootout, all four Crunch shooters beat Frederik Anderson, who had been stellar to that point with 27 saves. Goals by J.T. Wyman, Ondrej Palat, Jared Nightingale and Richard Panik made a fifth round unnecessary.
Syracuse goalie Dustin Tokarski got the victory by stopping two shootout attempts, though Peter Holland and Emerson Etem scored on him.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times