Janus, Jaroslav

AHL Game Night: 2-18-12 Crunch at Admirals

Admirals come back to take first place in the East Division.

SYR-2
NOR 3 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 21 shots before stopping 7 of 9 in the penalty shot session for the shootout win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Gordon (1), (Holzapfel, Cumiskey)(PP), 11:36

Third Period
SYR Gordon (2), (Holzapfel), 0:19
NOR Barberio (7), (Johnson), 7:16
NOR Panik (12), (Palat, Barberio)(PP), 9:02

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Jacques, Holland
NOR- Kostka, Johnson, Ouellet

Mark Barberio and Richard Panik were the game's first and second stars. The Panik attack is real. It's really real.

With under 14 minutes to go, it looked like the Admirals were going to get tripped up again in the back-to-back scenario against the same opponent. It's a challenge NCAA coaches have been fighting against forever, and it's a unique challenge to Norfolk because of the team's geographical location relative to the rest of the league. But then the Admirals came back and did their thing, finally outshooting Syracuse 43-21 and making sure they got the 2 points they needed for the sellout crowd at Scope.

With the Penguins losing to Albany, the Admirals moved out to a 2 point lead in the East Division with the win, and they maintain a 3 point edge on Hershey, as the Bears defeated the Monarchs today. The Penguins do hold 1 game in hand on the Admirals and the Bears hold 2 games in hand. But, for the moment, the Admirals are where they need to be to have the best chance of success heading toward the postseason. Norfolk is off until next Friday, when they start their weekend road swing against Binghamton. They then have critical matchups against Hershey on Saturday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-12-12 Admirals at Checkers

3 games. 3 nights. 3 wins.

NOR-3
CHA-1

Jaroslav Janus was fantastic, stopping 33 of 34 en route to the victory. He held the door closed in a first period where Norfolk was outshot 17-8 and really gave his club the chance to win tonight. That's what you need from your goalie on the 3rd game in 3 nights.

First Period
NOR Oberg, (4) (Ashton, Picard), 19:01

Second Period
NOR Conacher, (28) (Smith), 18:07

Third Period
CHA Sanguinetti, (6) (Boychuk, Muse), 18:17 (PP)
NOR Labrie, (10) (Cote), 18:57 (EN)

Norfolk's win coupled with Hershey's win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today tightens up the East Division race to a log jam of 3 teams within 2 points of first place with Hershey 1 point back of the Pens and the Ads 2 points behind the Pens. Norfolk can forge a tie for the division lead on Wednesday night when they travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Big game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-3-12 Admirals at Phantoms

It's a rare game where the Admirals were clearly outplayed.

NOR-1
ADK-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 34 shots in the loss and also stopped a penalty shot.

First Period
ADK McGinn, (6) (Akeson, Roe), 12:27

Second Period
ADK Ford, (11) (Holmstrom, Hamel), 0:20
NOR Ashton, (18) (Johnson, Conacher), 9:58
ADK McGinn, (7) (Akeson, Roe), 17:42

Third Period
NO SCORING

It's probably safe to say this is partly an All-Star Break hangover. Norfolk was outshot 34-28 by an Adirondack team that came into the night with a very ordinary .500 record. Unfortunately, the loss drops Norfolk into third in their division, 5 points back of the leading Penguins. They get Springfield tomorrow night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-24-12 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk Everblades make it respectable...

CHA-4
NOR-2

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Dadonov, Krueger), 7:19
CHA Bowman, (11) (Sanguinetti, Jordan), 13:29 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Devos, (3) (Kostka, Palat), 16:10 (PP)

Third Period
CHA Pistilli, (9) (Sanguinetti, Terry), 2:32 (PP)
CHA Dadonov, (6) (Boychuk), 18:55 (EN)
NOR Neilson, (1) (Panik, Ouellet), 19:50 (PP)

Considering half of Norfolk's core players were in Tampa Bay as injury replacements, a 2 goal loss isn't a tragedy against one of the Western Conference's best teams. They had 2-3 guys who would otherwise be with the Everblades and a brand new signee, Michael Pelech, who was also up from the Coast. That's the unfortunate part of minor league hockey. Sometimes you're at the mercy of circumstances well beyond your control 6-700 miles away.

At least there was a Panik attack, though.

Norfolk draws Hershey on Friday in a big game where, hopefully, they'll get a lot of their guns back in the lineup from Tampa.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-21-12 Admirals at Whale

When Slovakians attack...

NOR-5
CT-4 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 26 shots and stopped 9 of 10 in the penalty shot session for the win. He came into the game in relief of Dustin Tokarski who unceremoniously allowed all 3 shots he faced into the net before getting the hook.

First Period
NOR Johnson, (14) (Ashton, Conacher), 0:39
CT Deveaux, (12) (Newbury, Christensen), 1:26 (PP)
CT Tanski, (3) (Tessier), 3:49
CT Bourque, (3) (Tessier, Parlett), 6:33

Second Period
NOR Palat, (3) , 3:58

Third Period
NOR Ashton, (16) (Panik, Jackson), 6:10
NOR Conacher, (24) (Kostka), 6:28 (PP)
CT Tanski, (4) (Grant, Owens), 8:13

Richard Panik was the first star of the game. He assisted Carter Ashton on the goal to tie the game at 3-3, got cheap shotted by Aaron Voros shortly thereafter, but got his revenge with the tenth round shootout winner. I'm rather shocked Janus didn't get a star, but both he and his countryman Panik were very worthy tonight. In his last 10 games, the AHL is feeling the Panik attack to the tune of 5 goals and 9 points.

For those wondering, although not 100%, Mark Barberio did dress and play tonight. I'm not the official BP Tweetmeister, but if I were: #goodnewsforachange

Norfolk's trip to the pay window moves them to within 2 points of Hershey in the division with the Bears holding a game in hand. Norfolk draws Charlotte at Scope on Tuesday night. The Checkers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference (don't ask) this season, so Norfolk will have their work cut out for them.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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