Steven Whitney scored the lone goal in the overtime shootout to help lead the Norfolk Admirals to 5-4 victory over the Springfield Falcons Friday night at Scope.

The game got off to a hot start when Springfield’s Frederic St. Denis scored on a rocket from the point to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. St. Denis’s shot flew through traffic in front of the net and slipped past the left should of Norfolk netmninder John Gibson for the goal at 3:45 of the opening period.

It didn’t take long for Norfolk to respond. The Admirals tested Springfield’s Mike Clemente early in his first start of the season, throwing pucks at the net relentlessly.