The Norfolk Admirals and the Trois-Rivieres Lions faced off in a thrilling three-day Thanksgiving series that had fans on the edge of their seats. Each game brought its fair share of excitement, with tight battles, impressive goals, and intense physicality.
The first game on Wednesday started with a bang as Danny Katic of the Admirals found the back of the net less than two minutes into the game. It was his second goal of the season, with an assist from Keaton Jameson. The Admirals continued to dominate in the first period, as Mathieu Roy capitalized on a power play opportunity to extend their lead, with assists from Carson Golder and Justin Robadias.
The second period was filled with heated exchanges and penalties, showcasing the intensity of the rivalry. Both teams engaged in multiple fights, resulting in numerous minor and major penalties. Despite the heated moments, no goals were scored in the second period.
In the third period, Thomas Caron and Simon Kubicek sealed the victory for the Admirals, scoring within minutes of each other. Caron’s goal came with assists from Mark Liwiski and Keaton Jameson, while Kubicek found the back of the net with Ryan Foss and Stepan Timofeyev assisting. The final score was 4-0 in favor of the Admirals, with Thomas Milic earning the first star of the game for his stellar performance and second shutout of the season.
The Lions came back strong in the second game on Friday, eager to avenge their loss. There was no shortage of action in this closely contested match. The Admirals struck first on a power play, courtesy of Justin Robidas, with assists from Denis Smirnov and Andrew McLean. However, the Lions quickly responded with goals from Anthony Beauregard and Jakov Novak, taking the lead.
The second period continued the intense play, with Simon Kubicek of the Admirals receiving a misconduct penalty for continuing an altercation. The Admirals’ aggression was met with resistance, resulting in penalties for both teams. The Lions extended their lead in the third period with goals from Nicolas Lariviere and Brycen Martin.
Although the Admirals fought back with goals from Stepan Timofeyev and Carson Golder, the Lions held on to secure a 5-3 victory. Anthony Beauregard was named the first star of the game for his contribution to the Lions’ triumph.
On Saturday, the Admirals were determined to bounce back and took control of the game early on. The Lions struck first with a power play goal by Justin Ducharme, but the Admirals quickly responded with a goal from Ryan Foss. In the second period, Carson Musser scored his first goal of the season, putting the Admirals in the lead.
The third period saw the Admirals capitalize on power play opportunities once again, as Carson Golder scored two goals to extend the lead. Despite Jakov Novak finding the back of the net for the Lions late in the game, the Admirals held on for a 5-2 victory. Carson Golder was named the first star of the game for his impressive performance.
Looking ahead, the Trois-Rivieres Lions will face the Ghost Pirates in Savannah, GA, on Thursday, November 30th, at 7:00 pm. The Norfolk Admirals will head to Worcester to take on the Railers on Friday, December 1st, at 7:05 pm. Fans can anticipate more intense and action-packed games as both teams continue their journey in the league.