Saturday's local roundup: Admirals provide fairy-tale finish before sellout crowd on "Pink in the Rink" night

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It's hard to imagine a more storybook finish than the one the Norfolk Admirals provided Saturday night at Scope Arena.

Before a sellout crowd of 8,701 for their "Pink in the Rink" game, defenseman Jesse Blacker scored on a power play 2:21 into overtime to give the Admirals a 1-0 victory over the Worcester Sharks, earning a split of their two-game AHL series.

John Gibson made 20 saves for a shutout win, but people to remember Blacker's goal for quite a while -- especially since the annual game, where colored water gives the rink in an interesting look, provides funds to fight breast cancer.

The defenseman lost his mother to breast cancer when he was 17. He has a pink ribbon tattoo on his leg to honor her. After scoring, Blacker was mobbed by his teammates.

The Admirals (21-13-1-5) are sixth in the 15-team Eastern Conference and need to finish among the top eight for a playoff berth. They will play their third game in three days when they visit the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday afternoon.


Cody Carlton of Chesapeake took the lead on the second circuit and blazed to his third win of the season in the 50-lap Top Dog race, the featured event of Saturday evening's Arena Racing USA program at the Richmond Coliseum.

The victory was Carlton's second in Top Dog competition, and he also won an A Main.

Carlton beat Tyler Hughes by 1.881 seconds. Jason Manes was third, Scott Prillaman of Suffolk fourth.

Also scoring victories Saturday, the second of back-to-back racing nights, were Prillaman in the A Main, Francis Jarrelle III in the B Main and Garrett Manes in the Youth Series.

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