NORFOLK, Va. — The Adirondack Thunder started a three-game road swing at Norfolk on Friday, but their defense has actually gone south for two games now.
Adirondack allowed six goals in the final two periods in a 7-4 loss to the Admirals. It was the second disappointing defensive performance in as many games, following an 8-3 loss to Manchester last Saturday.
The Thunder took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Paul Rodrigues, in his first game back from injury, 6:20 into the first period. It was Rodrigues’ ninth tally of the season.
After Norfolk tied it, the Thunder regained the lead 3:17 into the second period when Terrence Wallin scored his 15th goal of the season to extend his road scoring streak to six games. The Admirals, however, scored twice more in the second to take a 3-2 lead after two periods.
Norfolk broke it open in the third with two goals in less than two minutes by Grant Besse. Adirondack closed the lead to 5-3 on Pierre-Luc Mercier’s 13th goal of the season when he scored on his third rebound.
Norfolk, however, pumped in two more, including Darik Angeli’s third of the game for a hat trick, before Brian Ward struck for Adirondack’s final goal of the night. Ward, Wallin and Mercier each had a goal and an assist in the game.
Drew Fielding saved 31 of 37 shots, and Tomas Sholl, in relief, saved seven of eight.
The Thunder stay in Norfolks for games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon before returning home.