Don't write off the Norfolk Admirals just yet. They'll be back on a plane to Newfoundland, about 2,000 miles away, with their American Hockey League playoff hopes still alive.
Andre Petersson scored on a blue-line shot 13:10 into overtime Tuesday, giving Norfolk a 3-2 victory over St. John’s at Scope Arena. The long-distance goal came 50 seconds into a power play.
The IceCaps, who had won the last three games, still lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-2, Competition resumes in Game 6 at 6 p.m. Friday in Canada.
Brad Thiessen gained his first victory of these playoffs in goal, making 36 saves. His counterpart, Brad Hutchinson, made 34.
It was the Admirals' first victory since the promotion to Anaheim of goalie John Gibson, 20, who has won his first two Stanley Cup playoff starts to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead on the Los Angeles Kings,
If the Admirals -- who are playing numerous men who were elsewhere during much of the regular season -- win Friday, they will play Game 7 at 6 p.m. Saturday in St. John's. The IceCaps' roster has stayed mostly intact, since their parent club, Winnipeg, didn't make the NHL playoffs.
Though they have the IL's worst record (14-24), the Norfolk Tides staged one of the most stirring comebacks in franchise history, overcoming an eight-run deficit for a 14-8 series-opening victory over the Louisville Bats (16-22) on Turn Back the Clock Night.
The key? An 11-run fifth inning that turned an 8-2 deficit into a 13-8 advantage before 5,517 at Harbor Park. The eight-run deficit was the largest the Tides have overcome in a victory since becoming an Orioles affiliate in 2007.
Brett Wallace began the comeback with a two-run homer to center field in the third inning. He was 3-for-4 with four runs.
Wearing white uniforms with a plain blue "N" for Norfolk, the Tides sent 15 men to the plate in the fifth. Ten of their 11 runs scored with two out.
The 11 runs were one shy of the franchise record of 12 in an inning, which the Tides accomplished in the second inning of a playoff game at Columbus on Sept. 5, 1983.
Buck Britton hit a two-run double to pull the Tides within 8-5, and three batters later, Ivan De Jesus Jr. belted a bases-clearing triple to put Norfolk on top 9-8.
After consecutive singles by Francisco Peguero and Wallace, Cord Phelps lined a three-run homer into the right-field party deck to give the Tides a 13-8 lead.
Winner Tim Perry yielded just five hits and one run in seven innings as Bowie opened a series by beating Richmond 5-1 before 4,063 at The Diamond, snapping the Flying Squirrels’ three-game winning streak.
The Baysox (19-18), the team immediately below the Tides in Baltimore's organizational chain, got 10 hits and three runs in six innings off Richmond starter Clayton Blackburn. They added two runs in the ninth off lefty reliever Phil McCormick.
The Flying Squirrels (20-16) got two hits and a run from Devin Harris and two hits from Eliezer Zambrano.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun