Here's your stat of the week:
Through six games, Norfolk's goaltenders have a combined 2.19 GAA and .925 save percentage. Mind you, they're 2-4-0 as a group, but you'd have to believe that if Tokarski, Helenius, and Janus keep this up the Admirals are going to be in great shape.
I mean, it's not like Martins Karsums can stay scoreless forever, right?
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 34 saves on 37 shots
Season: 6 GP, 4-1-1-0, 3.49 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO
Zador won his third straight game, defeating the division-rival Bulls in Belleville. With the win, Oshawa (5-3-2-0) climbed into a first place tie with Peterborough and Kingston in the East Division. Zador was complimented by his coach in the Oshawa Express for his good play recently (Click here to read).
Meanwhile, with Jaroslav Janus making his pro debut last night for Norfolk, his junior team in Erie lost yet again and have the leagueâ€™s fewest points at 6. Erie has been plagued by the relatively unexpected losses of Janus and center Ryan Oâ€™Reilly (2009 second round pick/33rd overall), whoâ€™s still with the Colorado Avalanche.
Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 18 PIM
Lethbridge outshot Chilliwack 31-29, but couldnâ€™t beat Bruin goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted), who won his first game of the season.
The disappointing lack of goal support continues.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the loss in his first professional start.
NOR Bochenski, (3) (Craig, Smolenak), 12:42
ALB Goertzen, (1) (Rodney, Sutter), 7:18
ALB Chaput, (2) (Paiement, Boychuk), 12:53
ALB Samson, (3) , 19:31 (EN)
Norfolk outshot Albany 38-30 but again could not manage to provide the goals necessary to secure the "W."
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, E, 10 PIM
Barberio assisted on the insurance goal scored on the power play late in the third period.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 10 PIM
After winning seven to start the year, the Soo has now lost two straight. DeCoste scored his first goal of the season. He had 15 in 65 games last year.
Erie Otters 4 @ Barrie Colts 7
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-7-13, +5, 4 PIM
Hutchings has a five game point streak in which heâ€™s scored eight points. He has three goals in his last two games. Erie, who outshot Barrie 46-40, misses goalie Jaroslav Janus, who remains with the Norfolk Admirals on a tryout contract.
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM (major for checking-from-behind, game misconduct)
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 16 PIM
Ashton was kicked out at 3:58 of the first period after a checking-from-behind major penalty. His four game goal streak was snapped.
The Tampa Bay Lightning's 2009 6th round pick Jaroslav Janus has made the Norfolk Admirals season opening roster as the team's third goaltender. Janus, still without an NHL entry-level contract, has been retained by the Admirals on a Professional Tryout contract. Janus has drawn praise from Lightning GM Brian Lawton as having had a strong training camp, and there have been reports Janus' agent has been contacted about a contract. Janus joins fellow Bolt netminding prospects Riku Helenius and Dustin Tokarski battling to establish themselves as the Admirals go-to-guy in the nets for the 2009-10 season. It is still possible for the Lightning to reassign Janus to his OHL junior team in Erie, but that option is looking less and less likely. Janus led the Slovakian World Junior team to a medal-round finish last year.