Desjardins, Cedrick

AHL Game Night: 3/19/11 Devils at Admirals

The Presov Mafia almost completes the comeback.

ALB-6
NOR-5 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 11 shots before being pulled after the first period. Jaroslav Janus entered and allowed 2 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way before allowing 1 of 5 shooters to convert to take the shootout loss.

First Period
ALB Magnan, (2) (Anderson), 2:01
ALB Wiseman, (14) (Mills, Gionta), 12:08
ALB Zajac, (2) (McIntyre), 18:24

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (17) (Labrie, Harju), 2:03
NOR Roy, (3) (Milam), 15:17 (PP)
ALB Zalewski, (13) (Perkovich, Wiseman), 19:29

Third Period
NOR Durno, (17) (Labrie, Angelidis), 1:00
NOR Szczechura, (18) (Pouliot, Vernace), 3:16 (PP)
ALB Anderson, (21) (Wiseman, Urbom), 3:50
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Wright), 7:34

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
ALB- Zalewski
NOR- NONE

Paul Szczechura was the game's 2nd star. After months of wandering aimlessly without his family's Michael Corleone, Juraj Simek, to direct him, Vladimir Mihalik finally scored his first goal of the season 7:34 into the final frame to tie the game and force overtime. Janus and Mihalik almost made Albany sleep with the fishes.

Mike McKenna turned away 40 shots and all 5 shooters he faced to get some revenge on his former club.

Norfolk keeps pace with Hershey, which lost in OT to Portland, will gain a point on Charlotte with the Checkers getting the snot beat out of them 6-1 in the final period in Syracuse (BoltProspects projects Syracuse will beat Charlotte!), and they lose 1 point to Binghamton, which blanked Springfield 2-0. So, at the end of the night, Norfolk will be tied with Charlotte for 3rd in the East Division at 84 points with 2 games in hand and they'll remain 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand. They'll also be 7 points up on Binghamton with 1 game in hand. 12 games remain in the regular season, and just a couple more wins will likely give Norfolk enough points to get a playoff spot, considering they also picked up a point on Worcester in the crossover tonight and will be a full 10 points up on the Sharks with 1 game in hand. Worcester would have to make up a 10 point deficit in their remaining 11 games, and that seems unlikely. So now, it's all about seeding and the outside chance of catching Hershey and getting home ice for the opening round.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3/18/11 Devils at Admirals

Return of The Entertainer.

ALB-1
NOR-4

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the win in his first game back from injury. Desjardins has been on the shelf since a January 16th tilt in Charlotte, and returns not a moment too soon with Dustin Tokarski day to day with an undisclosed injury.

First Period
NOR Marks, (4) (Angelidis, Berry), 6:08
NOR Wright, (16) (Pouliot, Fornataro), 8:38

Second Period
ALB Henrique, (23) (Sestito, Magnan), 1:05 (SH)
NOR Fornataro, (17) (Pouliot, Vernace), 6:53 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (7) (Szczechura, Desjardins), 19:19 (EN)

Matt Fornataro, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Desjardins were the game's three stars.

Unfortunately, the win didn't net any gains in the standings as Norfolk tries to track down Charlotte and Hershey for 3rd and 2nd place in the East Division, respectively. Both teams won tonight, leaving Norfolk 1 point back of Charlotte with 2 games in hand and 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand. Norfolk did gain 2 points on 5th place Binghamton and now hold a 7 point edge on the Senators with 1 game in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk holds a 9 point edge on Worcester with 1 game in hand.

The Admirals are now just a few points shy of the roughly 88-90 points they'll likely need to secure a playoff spot, as they now have 83 points with 13 games left in the regular season. Norfolk had 84 points at the end of last season, finishing just 2 points behind Bridgeport, which earned the final playoff spot in the East Division via the crossover rule. A win tomorrow night against Albany will help the club match its point total from all of last year. Norfolk has improved its point total in each subsequent season of its affiliation with the Lightning, which began in 2007-2008.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 3/13/11 Admirals at Bears

Tic puts the forcefield up in the shootout.

NOR-3
HER-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski stopped 23 of 25 shots before beating all 5 Hershey shooters in the shootout for the victory. Tokarski improved to 19-15-4 on the season with 2 shutouts, a 2.41 GAA and .910 save percentage. It's expected that Cedrick Desjardins will see his first action back next weekend, but it should be kept in mind that Tokarski's GAA and save percentage are actually better than Desjardins' 2.56 GAA and .906 save percentage. Two good goaltenders = a good problem for Norfolk to have.

First Period
HER McNeill, (5) (Fahey, Perreault), 12:07 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Berry, (13) (Giliati, Barberio), 8:19 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Wright, (15) (Giliati, Barberio), 8:22 (PP)
HER Greentree, (25) (Kozek, Willsie), 9:29

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Harju
HER- NONE

Tokarski and Stefano Giliati were the game's first and second stars. Giliati made two great power play assists in the contest, and Mark Barberio also assisted on both power play goals. Barberio now has 2 goals and 4 points in the last 3 and has 26 points on the season. If he could get to 30 points this year, that'd be nice output for a rookie campaign. James Wright became the 8th Admiral to hit the 15 goal plateau this season with his goal. 8 forwards who can put the puck in the back of the net = another good problem for Norfolk to have. It'll be interesting to see how many Admirals can get to 20 goals by the end of the regular season.

Norfolk cashes in a game in hand a leaps 1 point ahead of Charlotte for 3rd place in the East Division with 1 game still in hand on the Checkers. They're also now 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand and 2 more head-to-head matchups against the Bears at Scope left on the schedule. So, 2nd place remains in reach. Norfolk also expanded their lead over 5th place Binghamton back to 6 points and a 7 point lead over Worcester and Connecticut in the crossover. So, whereas the Lightning are fading a bit right now, Norfolk is starting to surge.

There are 14 games left in the regular season. Norfolk is off until next Friday and Saturday when Albany comes to town. Albany sits in 6th in the East Division at 6 games under .500, and it is expected Cedrick Desjardins will return to the crease in one of those games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/18/11 Crunch at Admirals

The Lightning wins the first half of their AHL/NHL battle with the Columbus organization.

Correction: Columbus' affiliation with Syracuse ended last season. Syracuse is now the Ducks' affiliate.

SYR-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the victory. And, just like that, Tic has a three game winning streak at just the right time with Cedrick Desjardins going on the shelf due to injury.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Milam, (8) (Jones, Szczechura), 2:47
SYR Bonino, (4) (Paetsch, Green), 7:55 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Gudas, (3) (Szczechura, Wright), 0:47

Radko Gudas, Troy Milam, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Gudas is riding a three game points streak to go along with his ever-impressive plus/minus statistics.

Norfolk moves four points ahead of Charlotte again in second place in the East Division, nine points behind first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which had opened as big as a thirteen point advantage recently.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1/16/11 Admirals at Checkers

The Admirals continue to feel at home on the road.

NOR-4
CHA-2

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief to take the victory. Tokarski entered the weekend with a slumping 0-6-0-1 mark in his last 7 appearances, but was 2-0-0-0 in his two appearances this weekend, and raised his season save percentage back up to .901. If Desjardins is anything more than just nicked, it'll be important for Tokarski to step up in the coming days.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Osala), 0:12
NOR Fornataro, (11) (Milam, Gudas), 16:06

Second Period
CHA Carson, (1) (Rodney, Dalpe), 2:34 (PP)
NOR Jones, (11) (Szczechura), 4:41
NOR Gudas, (2) (Wright, Vernace), 15:21 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Vernace, Durno), 18:58 (EN)

Radko Gudas and Blair Jones were the game's first and third stars.

With 31 points in 29 games, Blair Jones just eclipsed his season output of 30 points in 63 games last season. His career high was 54 points in 80 games in 2008-2009, when he spent a significant amount of time anchoring the left point on the power play for the Admirals.

Norfolk moved 2 points ahead of Charlotte to claim a clear hold on second place in the East Division with the win. Their .652 road winning percentage in 4th in the league behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, and Hershey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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