After their main goaltender was called up by the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, the Norfolk Admirals lost 5-3 Saturday night at Scope Arena to fall behind the St. John's IceCaps 2-1 in their best-of-seven AHL Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Four third-period goals proved decisive for St. John's, the Winnipeg Jets' top affiliate, before a crowd of 3,957.
The Admirals led 2-1 after two periods, with Brad Thiessen playing in goal following John Gibson's call-up to Anaheim.
Gibson, 20, gained the Admirals' first four wins -- against two losses -- in these Calder Cup playoffs. In his first Stanley Cup playoff game, he made the most of his promotion Saturday in place of the injured Frederik Andersen, making 28 saves in a 2-0 shutout road victory in Game 4 that pulled the Ducks even in their Western Conference semifinal against the Los Angeles Kings.
Back East, the Admirals led after two periods, thanks to goals by Max Friberg and Jesse Blacker late in the first period. Those goals, just 92 seconds apart, overcame the 1-0 edge the IceCaps had forged on a goal by Eric O'Dell.
Josh Morrissey scored just 39 seconds into the final period to draw St. John's even at 2. Defenseman Ben Chiarot netted a goal past a screened Thiessen to give the IceCaps a 3-2 lead 8:48 into the period, but Josh Manson pulled the Admirals even at 3 only 47 seconds afterward.
St. John's gained the lead for good at 4-3 on Jerome Samson's goal at 10:40. Adam Lowry clinched the outcome by scoring into an empty net with just 8 seconds remaining.
Games 4 and 5 are at 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Scope Arena, with the rest of the series -- if necessary -- in Newfoundland.
No. 2 Virginia scored in the 11th inning to beat Georgia Tech 4-3 Saturday as Branden Cogswell forced in the winning run by drawing a bases-loaded walk.U.Va. (40-9, 20-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) came back three times from one-run deficits, including in the eighth and ninth innings, as the Cavaliers claimed their 11th straight ACC series win.
Virginia earned its 40th victory of the season and now has won 40 games or more in nine of its last 11 seasons under Coach Brian O'Connor.
Cogswell went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. He drove in the tying run in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Joe McCarthy homered as part of a two-hit day for the Cavaliers. ...
William and Mary (30-18) lost at Gardner-Webb (23-26) for the third day in a row, 6-0.
The Bulldogs scored six first-inning runs off freshman starter Daniel Powers. Gardner-Webb starter Erik Heilignestadt pitched a shutout, scattering just four hits and striking out two.
Senior Derek Lowe led the Tribe, going 2-for-3. It was his 11th multi-hit game of the season. ...
Old Dominion's game versus Marshall was rained out in Charleston, W.Va.
It will be made up as part of a 1 p.m. Sunday doubleheader, with the Monarchs (29-20, 15-13) looking to clinch a berth in the Conference USA tournament.
Defending NCAA champion Virginia breezed past Army 4-0 in the first round in Charlottesville, advancing to Sunday’s 1 p.m. round-of-32 match against Penn State, which beat UNC Wilmington 4-2. ...
No. 36 Virginia Tech lost 4-0 at No. 19 Vanderbilt in a competitive first-round match.
The Commodores won three tiebreaks in singles, including one to finish the clincher on line 6 as Ryan Smith beat Florian Nicoud 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). ...
In the Division III tournament, host Mary Washington swept Wilkes (Pa.) 5-0 to advance to a round-of-16 contest against Johns Hopkins in Fredericksburg.
Third-seeded Virginia bounced back after losing the doubles point to defeat Kentucky 4-1 indoors in Charlottesville, giving the Cavaliers a berth in the NCAA tournament's round of 16 in Athens, Ga.
Julia Elbaba, Stephanie Nauta, Rachel Pierson and Maci Epstein prevailed on singles lines 1, 2, 4 and 5, respectively, to oust the Wildcats. The Cavaliers' Danielle Collins and Caryssa Peretz were leading 3-1 in third sets on lines 3 and 6, respectively, when their matches were stopped. ...
Johns Hopkins, ranked fourth in Division III, ended No. 21 Mary Washington's season by beating the Eagles 5-2 in Fredericksburg in the NCAA round of 16.
Shelby Harris, a former Hampton Roads Academy star from Newport News, joined with Lindsay Raulston for an 8-6 victory on doubles line 1 as the Eagles entered singles with a surprising 2-1 lead. But Hopkins won the lower four singles matches to end the competition, leaving Harris' match on line 2 unfinished. She was trailing 7-6 (7-4), 5-3.
Apprentice School senior Ben Hunter shot 75, a four-shot improvement from the first round, and climbed into a tie for fourth place in his division of the PGA Minority Collegiate Championships in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
At 154, Hunter is nine shots behind leader Justin Watkins of the NCAA Division II University of Central Oklahoma. Watkins shot 69 Saturday. Hunter eagled the 430-yard second hole.
U.Va. finished sixth at the East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., earning a berth in the NCAA Championships by placing among the top eight.
Virginia, ranked 20th nationally, will be making its seventh NCAA appearance in the 11-year history of the program. The tournament is May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla.
Virginia shot 6-over 294 during Saturday's final round for a three-day total of 5-over 869. The Cavaliers' top individual finisher was sophomore Lauren Coughlin of Chesapeake, who was 15th at 2-under 214. She shot 72 in the final round, parring all 18 holes.
Vanderbilt won the tournament at 840, and the Commodores' Jenny Hahn took medalist honors at 9-under 207.
With raindrops pelting the track and an approaching line of stronger storms lighting up the radar screen, Langley Speedway officials called off Saturday's races just before 6 p.m.
The next Langley action is scheduled for Saturday, May 17: twin Late Model 75-lappers, Super Street 40, Super Truck 25, UCAR 25, Pro Winged Champ Kart 20 and Enduro 30.
Behind four double-figure scorers, Boo Williams' stars edged Team Scan of New York 56-53 in a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game in Dallas.
DeShawn Corprew had 13 points for Boo's team, sinking all six of his free throws. Kenny Williams added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Marcus Evans and Edrice Adebayo added 10 points and four rebounds.
Francisco Peguero, an outfielder on a major-league rehabilitation assignment from the Baltimore Orioles, hit three RBI singles to give Norfolk a 3-2, 12-inning victory at Indianapolis -- the Tides' second victory in a row to start the series.
The Tides set a franchise record by striking out 20 opposing batters. Starter Kevin Gausman fanned six in 4 2/3 innings; Chris Jones, who yielded the Indians' only runs, then struck out five in 2 1/3.
Brock Huntzinger had four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings, and winner Brad Brach recorded three of his four outs on strikes -- once leaving the bases loaded. Preston Guilmet earned a save by striking out two in the 12th.
The Tides (12-22) led 2-0 after three innings, but Indianapolis (19-15) -- Pittsburgh's top affiliate -- pulled even in the seventh inning.
In the 12th, Jemile Weeks walked, went to second on Steve Lombardozzi's grounder and came home on Peguero's ground ball into left field.