Led by two goals from Nathan Barrett, the Norfolk Admirals beat the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, at the Hartford Civic Center on Sunday afternoon.
With the win the Admirals become the third team in the East Division to clinch a spot in the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Barrett bookended the game’s scoring, with a goal 3:26 into the first period. Barrett also broke a 2-2 tie, scoring the game-winner 5:05 into the third. Mike Brown scored the Admirals second goal of the game, and assisted on two others.
Goaltender Corey Crawford picked up his 21st win of the season, stopping 32 of 34 Wolf Pack shots.
Hartford’s Alexandre Giroux tallied a goal and an assist in the losing effort.
Norfolk (39-27-4-4, 86 pts.) is currently riding a three game winning streak and sits in third place in the East Division. Hartford (44-22-2-6, 96 pts.) remains in second place in the Atlantic Division, eight points behind the Portland Pirates.
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