Desjardins, Cedrick

AHL Game Night: 11/27/10 Admirals at Falcons

Norfolk's third line runs wild.

NOR-5
SPR-2

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 15 shots for the win. He continues to lap up the sweet nectar of seemingly unlimited goal support. Goalies everywhere in the AHL must be envious.

First Period
NOR Angelidis, (4) (Giliati, Jackson), 1:57
SPR Kubalik, (7) (Guite, Calvert), 6:18
NOR Labrie, (3) (Wishart, Gudas), 14:29

Second Period
NOR Harju, (13) , 14:45

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (5) (Labrie), 2:15
NOR Giliati, (3) (Labrie, Angelidis), 6:59
SPR Tarnasky, (3) (Regner), 13:37

Mike Angelidis, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, and (my boy) Stefano Giliati were the game's three stars. Labrie and Giliati are quickly becoming BoltProspects favorites for their ability to provide both grit and lower line scoring for the Admirals. Labrie has 3 goals and 5 points in his last 3 games and Giliati has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 5 games. Keep and eye on these two players. Labrie has a little bit of a funky first step to his skating stride he needs to work out, but he has good size, hits everything that moves, isn't afraid to drop the mitts, and will chip in offensively. At some point, Julien BriseBois and the Lightning need to give serious consideration to giving Labrie either a full AHL ride, or possibly even an NHL entry-level deal. Giliati, despite being small in stature, is pesky and tough on the forecheck, with good speed and skill level.

Johan Harju is now tied with Linus Omark and several others at 23 points for 5th in the AHL in scoring. His 13 goals are third in the league, two back of leader Andrew Gordon of Hershey.

Chris Durno is now tied for the league lead in plus-minus at +14, one plus ahead of Radko Gudas, who improved to +13 and had a helper tonight.

Norfolk closes out the weekend tomorrow afternoon in Bridgeport. They remain 4 points back of the Pens for first in the East Division, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton still holding a game in hand. Norfolk's 85 goals is tops in the AHL, 5 ahead of Hershey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/22/10 Admirals at Checkers

Norfolk takes Charlotte to the woodshed.

NOR-7
CHA-3

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the win. It was another sub-.900 performance, but he did shut the door in the final two periods, so there's still positives to take away.

First Period
NOR Durno, (6) (Quick, Milam), 1:05
CHA Dalpe, (7) (Bowman, Rodney), 3:30 (PP)
CHA Micflikier, (9) (Boychuk, Carson), 4:37 (PP)
NOR Durno, (7) (Giliati), 8:31
CHA Samson, (12) (Nash, Boychuk), 14:07
NOR Harju, (8) (Berry, Fritz), 16:48

Second Period
NOR Vernace, (3) (Durno), 11:09
NOR Harju, (9) (Angelidis), 16:40

Third Period
NOR Wright, (5) , 1:00 (SH)
NOR Giliati, (2) (Vernace), 5:16

Chris Durno, Johan Harju, and Michael Vernace were the game's three stars. It's great to see a pair of goals by Harju. You always wonder how a player is going to respond the first time they get sent back down to the minors, especially a European player. Harju appears to have responded well. Same thing with James Wright, who had a shorty tonight in garbage time.

Stefano Giliati had 1 goal and 1 assist tonight. That's my guy. Don't look now, but the Montreal native has 5 points in 11 games this season.

As of this posting, Chris Durno and Radko Gudas are tied for second in the AHL with a +12 rating, one back of Portland's Drew Schiestel.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/19/10 Admirals at Penguins

Norfolk makes a big time statement.

NOR-4
WBS-1

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the win.

First Period
WBS Wallace, (7) (Sterling, Hutchinson), 5:39 (PP)
NOR Durno, (5) (Fornataro), 11:43

Second Period
NOR Jones, (6) (Vernace, Berry), 0:46
NOR Jones, (7) (Quick, Milam), 12:27

Third Period
NOR Berry, (3) (Jones, Gudas), 19:19 (EN)

Blair Jones, Desjardins, and Chris Durno were the game's three stars.

Blair Jones' stat line for the season is becoming borderline ridiculous. The fourth year pro now has 7-9-16 in 12 games with a +7 rating. It's been a very different Blair Jones this season. Last year, after being sent down, his production went in the toilet, just as it did in past seasons. But Jones seems to be working even harder after being sent down this time.

Kevin Quick now has 7 assists in his first 14 games this season and a +7 rating. His AHL career high in points was 9 points in 49 games in 2008-2009. I'm legitimately interested in seeing if Quick continues to improve and starts to knock on the door for an NHL cup of coffee in the second half of this season, because I really believe he's a perfect fit, stylistically, for what Guy Boucher is trying to do in Tampa Bay. Radko Gudas is another guy who, after my trip to Norfolk, I think could really fit what Boucher is doing a year or two down the road. He got his fourth assist tonight in this, his rookie campaign and he's a really nice +8. The guy was a big plus player in junior too, you'll recall, with a +45 in Everett last year.

There's just so many players down in Norfolk legitimately knocking on the door for the NHL, and another wave of guys like Quick and Gudas potentially coming in behind them. It's taken over four seasons, between that last year in Springfield when the 2005 draftees like Jones came in and the three subsequent years in Norfolk, to get to this point, but the future is finally here, and it's exciting times.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11/14/10 Admirals at Sharks

Norfolk is finding goals harder to come by with 2/3 of their top line in Tampa Bay.

NOR-1
WOR-3

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. It's been a while since an Admirals netminder stopped at least 90% of the shots they faced in a game.

First Period
WOR DaSilva, (1) (Desjardins, Henderson), 14:34

Second Period
WOR Moore, (1) (Henderson, Desjardins), 13:27
NOR Szczechura, (8) (Gudas, Labrie), 18:06

Third Period
WOR Moore, (2) (DaSilva, Henderson), 6:26

Don't look now, but secret weapon/tough guy Pierre-Cedric Labrie has 3 assists in his last 5 contests. Good pickup by Julien BriseBois. He's got a bit of an awkward skating stride, but his speed is not too bad, and he hits everything that moves.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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

Denis Hamel steals a point from the Admirals.

NOR-3
ADK-4 (OT)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
NOR Vernace, (1) (Szczechura, Milam), 9:44 (PP)
ADK Holmstrom, (3) (Kalinski, Testwuide), 13:42

Second Period
ADK Wellwood, (4) (Lehtivuori), 5:39
NOR Durno, (4) (Angelidis, Labrie), 9:11

Third Period
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Fornataro, Roy), 14:46 (PP)
ADK Hamel, (4) (Laliberte, Moore), 18:05 (PP)

Overtime
ADK Hamel, (5) (Legein, Gustafsson), 2:50 (PP)

Paul Szczechura was the game's third star. The Admirals will be kicking themselves to cough up a win with less than two minutes to play.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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