The Norfolk Admirals yielded two power-play goals early in the second period and fell 2-1 Wednesday at St. John’s in Newfoundland as the IceCaps squared their AHL Calder Cup Eastern Conference best-of-seven series at one win each.
The series moves to Scope Arena for the next three games, starting Saturday night. Both teams will take a flight of about 2,000 miles before then.
The Admirals’ John Gibson made 39 saves, but Josh Morrissey and Jason Jaffray beat him.
Norfolk, whose four-game winning streak ended, halved a 2-0 margin when Chris Wagner scored on a power play with 9:55 left in the game, but IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves for the win.
St. John's, which was ousted by Norfolk -- then a Tampa Bay affiliate, now an Anaheim farm club -- during the Admirals' Calder Cup run in 2012, is the top outpost for Winnipeg Jets prospects.
The Norfolk Tides' rally from an eight-run deficit fell just short Wednesday as Louisville held on for an 8-6 victory on an Education Day promotion before 8,071 in Kentucky.
Louisville got seven runs and 10 hits off knuckleballing left-hander Eddie Gamboa in 6 1/3 innings en route to an 8-0 lead. Tim Crabbe limited the Tides to five hits and no runs in six innings for the win.
The Tides (11-21) chipped away with three runs and four hits in the eighth off Ryan Dennick.
Then, for the second day in a row, they pounded rehabbing Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman. He gave up three runs in a third of an inning, one night after yielding five runs in two-thirds of an inning. Jumbo Diaz got the last two outs for a save.
Ivan DeJesus was 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs for the Tides. Cord Phelps scored two runs, and he and Brett Wallace each drove in two.
Felix Perez (3-for-4, two runs) and Ruben Gotay (2-for-4, including a two-run homer in the sixth) led the Bats (14-18).
Harrisburg stifled Richmond's offense for the second day in a row, winning 5-0 on a combined two-hitter in Education Day matinee in Pennsylvania.
Flying Squirrels starter Clayton Blackburn held the Senators, Washington's Double-A affiliate, without a hit for the first five innings, but they surged in the sixth.
Six of seven Harrisburg batters singled in that inning -- the only out Blackburg recorded was on a sacrifice by Cutter Dykstra, son of former all-star Lenny Dykstra -- before Richmond manager Russ Morman brought in a reliever for Blackburn.
Matt Purke (1-5) gave up the Squirrels' only two hits in six innings. James Simmons and Warner Madrigal completed the shutout.
Artie Lewicki (4-1) pitched seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball as No. 1 Virginia beat Liberty 8-2 in Charlottesville. The game drew 4,354 fans, a U.Va. record for a home midweek contest.
Liberty starter Jared Lyons (2-4), a left-hander from Tabb High, worked 2 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs, five hits and a walk in taking the loss.Virginia (38-9) finished with nine hits, including two each by Nate Irving, Mike Papi and Kenny Towns. Towns drove in three runs. ...
Christopher Newport senior shortstop Billy Steel was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, batting .427 and recording a .521 on-base percentage. He broke a program record by starting 172 consecutive games.
Steel was joined on the first team by senior pitchers Bryan Bierlein and Nick Santalucia, as well as junior outfielder Tommy Vitaletti, a Jamestown High graduate. ...
In lieu of playing Jackson State for its Baseball vs. Hunger event Thursday and instead of playing an intrasquad contest as previously announced, Norfolk State will instead host Apprentice School at 6 p.m. Thursday at Marty L. Miller Field in the Spartans' regular-season finale.
There is no admission fee, but NSU will collect monetary and canned-good donations to benefit the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. NSU will also honor former Spartan baseball greats Eric Crozier, Ron Dillard and Mel Wearing prior to the game as originally planned.
Richmond closed its first varsity season with a 13-5 loss at Air Force in an NCAA tournament play-in game in Colorado.
The Spiders (6-11), who got their NCAA bid by winning the Atlantic Sun tournament, endured a 39-minute, 37-second scoreless drought as the Falcons (11-5) scored 10 consecutive goals for an 11-1 lead.
Air Force will travel to face top-seeded Duke Sunday.
Apprentice School senior Ben Hunter was invited to play in the 28th annual Professional Golfers' Association Minority Collegiate Golf Championships, a 54-hole, stroke-play event starting Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He will be the first Builder to compete in the tournament.
James Madison withstood Towson's two-run rally in the seventh inning and won 3-2 in the opener of the four-team, double-elimination Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Harrisonburg.
The top-seeded Dukes will play in the winners' bracket Thursday against Hofstra, which beat the College of Charleston 8-4. Charleston and Towson will meet in an elimination game.
The tournament winner will gain an NCAA automatic berth.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun