Desjardins, Cedrick

AHL Game Night: 12/18/10 Devils at Admirals

Norfolk learns its lesson and takes care of business in the second game of the set.

ALB-1
NOR-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed just 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory. Desjardins raised his season save percentage to .900 with the effort.

First Period
NOR Fornataro, (10) (Barberio, Szczechura), 6:36 (PP)
NOR Barberio, (2) (Szczechura, Wright), 11:11
NOR Wright, (8) , 16:30 (SH)

Second Period
ALB Swift, (8) (Nagy), 8:07
NOR Wright, (9) (Szczechura, Quick), 15:59 (PP)
NOR Labrie, (4) (Wright, Wishart), 18:57 (SH)

Third Period
NO SCORING

James Wright, Mark Barberio, and Paul Szczechura were the game's three stars. Wright finished the game with 2 goals and 2 assists, with 1 goal and 1 assist shorthanded. He now has a very respectable 9 goals and 24 points in 30 games. Remember, this is his rookie AHL campaign, despite having played a half a season in the NHL last year. Barberio has 2 goals and 12 points in 23 games.

With Norfolk's win and Wilke-Barre/Scranton's loss to Syracuse, Norfolk moves back to within 4 points of the Penguins in the North Division, with both teams tied in the loss column.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12/11/10 Admirals at Penguins

The Admirals get as big a win as you can get in early December.

NOR-7
WBS-4

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the big, big win.

First Period
NOR Fornataro, (9) (Wright, Milam), 5:20 (PP)

Second Period
WBS Tangradi, (9) (Potter, Wagner), 9:11
NOR Szczechura, (9) (Quick, Wright), 11:55
NOR Barberio, (1) (Jones, Berry), 12:45
NOR Milam, (5) (Wishart, Jones), 14:55

Third Period
WBS Tangradi, (10) (Potter, Lerg), 2:41
WBS Veilleux, (2) (Johnson, Craig), 5:20
WBS Haddad, (1) (Potter, Wagner), 7:46
NOR Gudas, (1) (Barberio, Szczechura), 13:26
NOR Nelson, (5) , 19:01 (EN)
NOR Milam, (6) (Quick, Nelson), 19:59 (PP)

Radko Gudas and Troy Milam were the game's first and third stars. For Gudas, his goal was the game winner and his first as a professional. He was also +2 in the contest, which ties him for first in the AHL at +16. Mark Barberio also scored his first goal as a professional and added a helper. He's now, quietly, amassed 1 goal and 10 points in 21 games. It's going to be interesting to watch these two young blueliners grow up together.

New addition Levi Nelson scored his first goal in an Admirals jersey and also added an assist in the contest.

The last minute of the game was marred by the kind of nastiness that you only get between two teams that now realize that this season is going to be heavyweight fight, and as of right now, the Admirals are winning three rounds to none. Those receiving the early gate for Norfolk were Chris Durno, Mike Angelidis, Alex Berry, Scott Jackson, Blair Jones, Ty Wishart, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

Norfolk moves to within 3 points of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first place in the East Division with the Pens holding a game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12/8/10 Crunch at Admirals

Norfolk's rally nets them a point.

SYR-4
NOR-3 (OT)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
SYR Sexton, (3) (Paetsch), 5:47 (PP)
SYR Laliberte, (4) (Deschamps, Chaput), 6:59
SYR Laliberte, (5) (Macenauer, Festerling), 18:51

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Pouliot, (7) (Jones), 1:14
NOR Fornataro, (8) (Wishart, Milam), 7:34
NOR Pouliot, (8) (Jones, Labrie), 7:57

Overtime
SYR Green, (4) , 2:50

Marc-Antoine Pouliot was named the game's second star. On the one hand, the game continues the troubling trend of the Admirals being a better road team than a home team. On the other, any time you can steal a point when you're down three goals entering the final frame, you've accomplished something. That should be a death sentence in professional hockey.

Congratulations to Pierre-Cedric Labrie on signing a two-year AHL deal with the Admirals this year. It's well deserved.

Norfolk is now 7 points back of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first place in the East Division, with the Pens holding a game in hand. Friday begins a critical home-and-home series against the Penguins, after which the Admirals could be as close as 3 points to the Penguins in the standings or as far back as 11 points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12/4/10 Admirals at Pirates

The Admirals return the favor for late game comebacks and post-regulation losses in Norfolk.

NOR-4
POR-3 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 36 of 39 shots and all five shooters he faced in the shootout for the victory. That's more like it.

First Period
POR Byron, (6) (Gragnani, Tropp), 9:25
POR Brennan, (3) (Legault, McCauley), 14:08
POR Byron, (7) (Gragnani, Tropp), 16:25

Second Period
NOR Jones, (9) (Pouliot), 0:33

Third Period
NOR Durno, (8) (Barberio, Szczechura), 16:54 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (8) (Barberio, Fornataro), 19:27

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Pouliot
POR- NONE

Durno and Angelidis scored two goals in the last 3:06 of regulation to spoil Jhonas Enroth's bid for a victory. Mark Barberio had primary assists on both goals, giving Barberio the first multi-point game of his pro career.

Norfolk head to Springfield tomorrow to play the Falcons. Norfolk remains in second place in the East Division, 8 points back of the Penguins.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12/3/10 Admirals at Monarchs

The Monarchs were deposed, violently, by Norfolk.

NOR-7
MAN-2

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Angelidis, (6) (Roy, Fornataro), 1:49
NOR Fornataro, (6) (Angelidis), 12:23
MCH King, (7) (Moller, Voynov), 17:10 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Fornataro, (7) (Szczechura, Angelidis), 4:45
NOR Jones, (8) (Labrie, Angelidis), 9:12
NOR Angelidis, (7) (Roy, Durno), 18:55
NOR Pouliot, (5) (Wright, Jackson), 19:38

Third Period
MCH Holloway, (6) (Kozun, Mullen), 2:34
NOR Pouliot, (6) (Wright, Roy), 8:00

Mike Angelidis, Matt Fornataro, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. Angelidis, who had just 24 points all of last season for Albany, had 2 goals and 5 points in this game and is already sitting on 15 points for the season.

Mathieu Roy had 3 assists and was +6 after being returned to Norfolk by the Lightning. Ty Wishart and Angelidis were +5.

Norfolk jumps back into second place in the East Division, but are 8 points back of first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Norfolk heads into Portland tomorrow night to face the Pirates. With 92 goals, the club is averaging an even 4.00 goals per game to lead the AHL.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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