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Andersen saves Admirals again on Crunch course

Milwaukee AdmiralsJohn MitchellDevante Smith-PellyEastern Conference (NHL)Syracuse CrunchNorfolk Admirals

If the Norfolk Admirals squeeze into the AHL playoffs this season, they'll owe a large debt to goaltender Frederik Andersen.

Yet again Saturday night, Andersen was a great Dane in a key game. He made 41 saves and was named the No. 1 star in a 2-0 victory over Syracuse before 6,706 at Norfolk Scope Arena, completing a two-game sweep of the Crunch.

Syracuse, many of whose connections contributed to the Admirals' Calder Cup triumph last season as a Tampa Bay affiliate, has lost three in a row to Norfolk after winning their first four clashes.

Sami Vatanen put the Admirals ahead 1-0 in the second period, and John Mitchell scored 4:52 into the final period. No. 2 star Devante Smith-Pelly assisted on both goals.

The Admirals, in their first season with Anaheim Ducks affiliation, remained two points behind eighth-place Hershey in the Eastern Conference and pulled to within three points of seventh-place Connecticut. Eight East teams will make the playoffs.

The box score is here:

http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1010869

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