Rakell, recently returned to Norfolk by the parent Anaheim Ducks, laced a one-timed shot past Pirates goaltender with 35 seconds remaining before a shootout would've been needed to settle the game.
The Pirates, the Phoenix Coyotes' top affiliate, fell to 6-5-1-2. It was the first meeting between the teams since early 2011.
Prior to Friday's game, the Admirals released defenseman Brett Skinner from his tryout contract. The Ducks recalled defenseman Sami Vatanen.
The draw was set for the Peninsula Tennis Patrons Association Grand Prix Masters Doubles, a tournament that will begin Saturday and conclude Sunday at Centre Court Racquet Club in Newport News.
Competition is set for men at the 4.5 and 3.5 levels on the National Tennis Rating Program's 7-point scale.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun