Giliati, Stefano

AHL Playoff Game Day: 4/19/11 Penguins at Admirals

A brave effort by the Admirals comes an eyelash short.

WBS-2
NOR-1

Norfolk Leads the Series 2-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Veilleux, (2) , 17:58

Second Period
NOR Giliati, (1) (Roy, Vernace), 15:40 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Lerg, (1) (Hutchinson, Thiessen), 10:20 (PP)

Stefano Giliati and Tokarski were the game's second and third stars. Giliati played a heck of a game and was arguably the team's most dangerous forward.

Due to injuries, the Admirals were already without the services of Alex Berry and Mike Angelidis going into the week. They lost 2/3 of arguably the best line in the AHL to recall when Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones were moved up to Tampa Bay earlier in the day. Captain Chris Durno then went out very early in the game with an injury and never returned, and was soon followed to the locker room by Paul Szczechura, who was injured by Brian Strait after the whistle in a very questionable play. So, the Admirals played the Penguins to a stalemate with no less than 6 of their best forwards out of the lineup until a Pierre-Cedric Labrie double minor for high-sticking gave the Pens the opportunity to get the go-ahead goal.

The difficulty for the Admirals now is that Ritola and Jones won't return for Game Four tomorrow night, and Durno and Szczechura's injuries are obviously serious to have missed the remainder of the game when the team was so shorthanded. The Admirals do have a healthy Alex Hutchings on the roster, but Hutchings was not listed on the team's Clear Day roster as a player in residence. So the team may be very shorthanded again in Game Four. Tonight might have been the Admirals' best chance to get to a third win before Friday. You knew things were dire when Admirals radio voice Pete Michaud let a Freudian slip that the Pens were about to tie up the series if they could hold off Norfolk in the final few minutes of the game.

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: 2/4/11 Senators at Admirals

Norfolk escapes after blowing another lead late.

BNG-3
NOR-4 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Bergeron, (1) (Vernace, Jones), 7:22 (PP)
BNG Butler, (22) (Greening, Locke), 10:13
NOR Harju, (18) (Giliati, Pouliot), 16:56
NOR Giliati, (6) (Pouliot, Bergeron), 19:11

Third Period
BNG Wiercioch, (3) (O'Brien, Smith), 7:59 (PP)
BNG Daugavins, (11) (Condra, Locke), 18:55

Overtime
NOR Bergeron, (2) (Pouliot, Quick), 3:03 (PP)

Marc-Andre Bergeron and Stefano Giliati were the game's first and second stars.

Norfolk got the two points, which is the big thing, but it continues to be a recurring problem for the Admirals when it comes to protecting leads late. They were outshot 14-3 in the third period and allowed 2 goals to the Senators in the frame. They capped a bad period by allowing the equalizer with 1:05 left to go in the period, and thereby surrendered a point to the division rival they currently have in their rear view mirror. Not good. The Admirals still look in line to be a playoff club, but they may be an early out if they can't get better defensively. Getting Mathieu Roy back yesterday was probably an excellent start to solving that puzzle.

With 2 goals and 1 assist tonight, Marc-Andre Bergeron is signaling that he's starting to round into form. After posting just 1 point in his first 6 games as an Admiral, Bergeron has 7 points in his last 7.

Johan Harju's goal tonight marked the first time he's scored goals in back-to-back games since late November. One wonders if Harju is enjoying an All-Star bounce or if possibly a certain GM or Assistant GM had a heart-to-heart with Big Joe after reports surfaced in the Swedish papers he was unhappy.

Norfolk holds a 2 point lead over Charlotte for 3rd in the East Division and a 7 point lead over 5th place Binghamton. A win tomorrow night (in regulation) could really put Bingo in a bad way, and can help Norfolk try to close the gap on surging second place Hershey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/8/11 Whale at Admirals

The Whale strikes back.

CT-3
NOR-2 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
CT Dupont, (7) , 1:31
NOR Marks, (2) (Pouliot, Labrie), 13:24
CT Tessier, (7) (White), 17:50

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (5) (Gudas, Berry), 18:21

Overtime
CT Williams, (20) (Del Zotto, Williams), 4:22

My boy, Stefano Giliati, was named the game's second star for scoring the tying goal with less than two minutes left.

Norfolk moved back into a tie with Charlotte for second place in the division with the point, and hold a game in hand on the Checkers, but they dropped a full 13 points behind the Penguins with a game in hand. Hershey lurks just 2 points back with a game in hand, and are currently down to Manitoba 3-2 after two periods.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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.

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