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

Admirals come back to steal a point in a wild goal-fest.

NOR-6
CHA-7 (OT)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 7 goals on 29 shots for the loss in his first AHL start of the season. I miss the pre-knee injury Janus from last season.

First Period
CHA Micflikier, (20) , 3:50
CHA Terry, (19) (Matsumoto), 4:05
NOR Jones, (14) (Wright, Bergeron), 8:01 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (15) (Barberio, Giliati), 13:18
CHA Nash, (11) (Rodney, Samson), 18:18 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Harju, (17) (Roy, Wright), 4:51
CHA Dalpe, (15) (Terry), 8:08
NOR Gudas, (4) (Berry, Barberio), 14:00
CHA Matsumoto, (13) , 17:14 (SH)

Third Period
CHA Matsumoto, (14) (Jordan), 8:59
NOR Berry, (12) (Pouliot), 11:53 (PP)
NOR Pouliot, (13) (Fornataro, Harju), 17:27

Overtime
CHA Samson, (24) , 1:11

Alex Berry was the game's third star.

Norfolk had to work in Janus somewhere over this back-to-back-to-back games set, and the results were going to be unpredictable. Unfortunately, giving up 7 goals, the worst case scenario occured. I suspect Tic will be back in against Binghamton tomorrow and on Saturday.

I am heartened to see Johan Harju follow up his assist in the East's 11-8 All-Star victory on Monday night with a multi-point night in Charlotte. Big Joe hadn't had a multi-point game since November, although in fairness some of that time he was up with Tampa. I, personally, feel that it's important for Tampa Bay to keep Harju and other guys like Blair Jones rolling in Norfolk, because they'll provide depth in the case of injuries come playoff time.

Norfolk desperately needs to take these upcoming games against fifth place Binghamton, or they could really play themselves into some trouble. Right now Norfolk is in third place in the East, tied at 59 points with Charlotte with a game in hand. But, Bingo lurks 6 points back. If they were to sweep, Norfolk would find it in some deep trouble. A Norfolk sweep this weekend could really help put the Sens away. It's a crossroads of the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.