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Admirals take 3-1 series lead against Trois-Rivières

NORFOLK, Va. (Release Courtesy of the Norfolk Admirals) In the first playoff game at Norfolk Scope in a decade, the Norfolk Admirals scored three times in the opening 20 minutes against Trois-Rivières Lions and held on for a 6-3 win as Norfolk took a 3-1 series lead in the Kelly Cup North Division semifinals.

Yaniv Perets made his third consecutive appearance in net for the Admirals as he showcased a stellar performance. He finished the night with 29 saves off of 32 shots faced in the Admirals win, while Gehrett Sargis scored twice and Austin Keating added a goal in the win.

During the first 20 minutes of the game, the visitors exhibited a superior forecheck, but the highlights of the period were the outstanding performances of Perets in goal and the efforts of Sargis and Keating, who combined for three goals.

Norfolk took an early lead with a deflection by Sargis off Andrew McLean’s shot, followed by Keating’s first professional goal. Keating and Sargis then scored again with a two-on-one breakaway chance, with Keating assisting Sargis for his second goal of the night and third of the playoffs. Perets was also impressive in the crease, having been outshot 14-8 in the period.

At the beginning of the second period, Thomas Caron scored his first postseason goal in just 22 seconds, giving the home side the momentum. However, the Lions fought back and Cedric Montminy scored his fifth goal of the series, beating Perets glove-side.

The score stayed at 4-1 until the last five minutes of the period when Jakov Novak scored his second goal of the series, making it 4-2. Novak was eventually ejected from the game after a hit on Stepan Timofeyev, leaving the Admirals with a five-minute power play to end the period. However, the score remained the same after 40 minutes.

During the initial minutes of the third period, the atmosphere became tense and eventful. Norfolk had a better forecheck, but the Lions continued to stick around and make things interesting. Jacob Paquette scored his first playoff goal and the Lions came one goal closer. The Admirals, however, remained unfazed.

With less than five minutes left, Simon Kubicek took possession of the puck at the point after receiving a pass from Danny Katic. He then fired a powerful shot into the goal, increasing the lead to 5-3. The Lions tried desperately to make a comeback but were unsuccessful. Darick Louis-Jean sealed the Admirals’ playoff victory on home ice by scoring the final goal into an empty net.

Sentara Health Three Stars of the Game

1. NOR – G. Sargis (2 goals, +2)

2. NOR – A. Keating (1 goal, 1 assist, +2)

3. NOR – D. Louis-Jean (1 goal, 1 assist)

What’s Next

The Admirals host game five from the Scope on Saturday night as they look to clinch the second round of the Kelly Cup playoffs with a win. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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