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Josh McDougall’s two goals help Admirals take home 2-1 playoff series lead from Trois-Rivières – The Virginian-Pilot

Two goals from defenseman Josh McDougall were enough Saturday night as the Norfolk Admirals defeated Trois-Rivières 2-1 in Game 3 of their playoff series in front of 3,050 fans in Quebec.

Goaltender Yaniv Perets, starting his second game since Oskari Salminen was promoted to the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, made 24 saves for the win and was named the third star of the night.

With the series period completed at Colisée Vidéotron in Canada, the Admirals return to Scope for Wednesday night’s Game 4 with a 2-1 lead. It will be the Admirals’ first home game since 2014, and they will play the rest of the way at home in the best-of-seven ECHL North Division semifinals.

Unlike the seven other higher-seeded teams in the league’s first playoff round, Norfolk started the postseason on the road. That’s because the Virginia International Tattoo, part of the Virginia Arts Festival, was booked long ago at Scope from Thursday through Sunday.

Nearly half of regulation time was scoreless before McDougall whipped a pass from Gehrett Sargis 9:28 into the second period. Just over three minutes later, at 12:36, McDougall, the night’s No. 1 star, scored an unassisted goal for a 2-0 margin.

The Lions’ Nolan Yaremko cut that lead in half at 17:21 of the second with a power-play goal, but the Admirals held the Montreal Canadiens to five shots in the third period to take the lead for the second time in the series. .

Zachary Émond, who was the goalkeeper for the Lions for the third straight game, made 24 saves.

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