Janus, Jaroslav

AHL Game Night: 3/2/11 Bears at Admirals

It was Bear hunting season tonight at Scope.

HER-1
NOR-6

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the win. With Curtis McElhinney plucked away by Ottawa on waivers, the number one job in Norfolk is now Tokarski's, unless Cedrick Desjardins finds a way to return from injury. Tonight was a good opening statement for Tic.

First Period
HER Pinizzotto, (16) (Willsie, Greentree), 7:44
NOR Ritola, (1) (Fornataro, Tokarski), 12:51

Second Period
NOR Jones, (19) (Vernace, Szczechura), 9:05 (PP)
NOR Jones, (20) (Pouliot, Milam), 9:41
NOR Pouliot, (18) (Milam, Harju), 19:55 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Durno, (15) (Angelidis, Wright), 0:32
NOR Ritola, (2) (Pouliot, Gudas), 13:17

Blair Jones, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Mattias Ritola were the game's three stars. Jones became the first Admiral to hit 20 goals this season, matching his career high set two years ago. Difference is: his 20 goals in 2008-2009 came in 80 games and was largely the product of Jones playing a lot of point on the power play. He reached that threshold in 47 games this season and has developed into a far more well-rounded player. Ritola scored his first 2 goals as an Admiral and now has 11 points in his first 9 games with the club.

With Chris Durno scoring his 15th goal tonight, the Admirals now have 6 players with 15 or more goals: Pouliot, Jones, Johan Harju, Matt Fornataro, Durno, and Mike Angelidis. Entering the year, it appeared the formula for success in Norfolk would involve having multiple scorers chasing around 20 goals without pure snipers like the departed Brandon Bochenski. It certainly appears that formula has been followed so far.

With the win, Norfolk seized 4th in the East Division outright over Binghamton by 2 points, while still holding 1 game in hand. They also burned a game in hand on Charlotte and are now 3 points back of 3rd place with 2 games in hand. They're also now 7 points back of the Bears for 2nd place with 2 games in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk holds an 8 point advantage on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester.

There are 20 games left in the regular season. Norfolk next faces Albany on the road on Friday. They'll face the Bears again this weekend (Saturday) in Hershey and finishes out the week in Binghamton on Sunday. With three games in three nights, it will be interesting to see if and when Coach Cooper starts Jaroslav Janus.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 2/27/11

Florida Everblades 3 @ South Carolina Stingrays 4 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 10-12-22, -10, 29 PIM

The Everblades got some reinforcements with the return of Alex Imbeault and Francis Lemieux back from Connecticut of the AHL. Lemieux is second in the league’s scoring race. Mitch Fadden is tied for 14th despite not playing for the last two months. The two returnees combined for just two assists Sunday, but Florida was able to flirt with 30 shots again. Hutchings extended his season-high point streak to four games with a goal and an assist. The first year pro has battled injuries and inconsistency this season, but has eight points in his last eight games. Florida had a 3-0 lead Sunday before letting the game slip away. With Curtis McElhinney likely being sent to Norfolk from Tampa Bay, Jaroslav Janus should be returning soon to southwest Florida.

ECHL Game Night: 2/19/11

Gwinnett Gladiators 3 @ Florida Everblades 7
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (high sticking, holding), 3 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 9-10-19, -9, 29 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 48 saves on 51 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 11-12-0-0, 3.03 GAA, .913 sv%, 0 SO

The Blades were outshot 51-43, but Janus stood tall and Florida scored four times in the third period to get their second win in a row. With South Carolina’s overtime loss, the Blades pull back into a fourth place tie with the Stingrays in the East.

ECHL Game Night: 2/18/11

Gwinnett Gladiators 2 @ Florida Everblades 5
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 9-9-18, -9, 25 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots
Season totals: 24 GP, 10-12-0-0, 3.03 GAA, .911 sv%, 0 SO

Janus (pictured) stopped 27 of 29 shots and Hutchings broke a two game pointless streak as the Blades beat the Gladiators 5-2 in southwest Florida. Former Clarkson forward Matt Beca had a goal and two assists for Florida to earn First Star honors. Florida is tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference at 61 points with South Carolina, though the Stingrays have three games in hand on the Blades.

ECHL Game Night: 2/12/11

Florida Everblades 2 @ Cincinnati Cyclones 3
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 9-8-17, -10, 25 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Loss, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-12-0-0, 3.08 GAA, .910 sv%, 0 SO

Janus and Florida went 1-2 vs. the Cyclones this week. Janus made 107 saves in the three games. The Everblades sit in fourth in the Eastern Conference, one point behind third and one point up on fifth.

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