AHL Game Night: 3/19/11 Devils at Admirals
The Presov Mafia almost completes the comeback.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 11 shots before being pulled after the first period. Jaroslav Janus entered and allowed 2 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way before allowing 1 of 5 shooters to convert to take the shootout loss.
ALB Magnan, (2) (Anderson), 2:01
ALB Wiseman, (14) (Mills, Gionta), 12:08
ALB Zajac, (2) (McIntyre), 18:24
NOR Szczechura, (17) (Labrie, Harju), 2:03
NOR Roy, (3) (Milam), 15:17 (PP)
ALB Zalewski, (13) (Perkovich, Wiseman), 19:29
NOR Durno, (17) (Labrie, Angelidis), 1:00
NOR Szczechura, (18) (Pouliot, Vernace), 3:16 (PP)
ALB Anderson, (21) (Wiseman, Urbom), 3:50
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Wright), 7:34
Paul Szczechura was the game's 2nd star. After months of wandering aimlessly without his family's Michael Corleone, Juraj Simek, to direct him, Vladimir Mihalik finally scored his first goal of the season 7:34 into the final frame to tie the game and force overtime. Janus and Mihalik almost made Albany sleep with the fishes.
Mike McKenna turned away 40 shots and all 5 shooters he faced to get some revenge on his former club.
Norfolk keeps pace with Hershey, which lost in OT to Portland, will gain a point on Charlotte with the Checkers getting the snot beat out of them 6-1 in the final period in Syracuse (BoltProspects projects Syracuse will beat Charlotte!), and they lose 1 point to Binghamton, which blanked Springfield 2-0. So, at the end of the night, Norfolk will be tied with Charlotte for 3rd in the East Division at 84 points with 2 games in hand and they'll remain 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand. They'll also be 7 points up on Binghamton with 1 game in hand. 12 games remain in the regular season, and just a couple more wins will likely give Norfolk enough points to get a playoff spot, considering they also picked up a point on Worcester in the crossover tonight and will be a full 10 points up on the Sharks with 1 game in hand. Worcester would have to make up a 10 point deficit in their remaining 11 games, and that seems unlikely. So now, it's all about seeding and the outside chance of catching Hershey and getting home ice for the opening round.
Box score from TheAHL.com.