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?
Togliatti 2 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Win, 32/32, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7, 2 SO, 2.32 GAA, .920 sv%
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin got back on track in a big way with his second shutout of the season against Ekaterinburg, which has dropped back into the cellar of its conference. Denis Kazionov took a 4 minute high sticking double minor in the contest and played 11:46 in the match.
Kazan 1 @ Magnitogorsk 3
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 10 PIM
Magnitogorsk managed to cool off the elder Kazionov, who has been hot of late, holding him to just 1 shot on goal in 12:27 of ice time. Kazan is clinging to a disappointing 8th place in their conference thus far. Former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov had an assist in the contest and older brother Sergei also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ St. John Sea Dogs 3 (OT)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-9-10, E, 14 PIM
Barberioâ€™s four game points streak came to an end in a loss to provincial rival St. John.
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Third Star*
Season: 8 GP, 6-1-1-0, 2.98 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play.
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 16 PIM
Zador won his fifth straight start when he went 3 for 3 in the shootout to beat the Soo. Heâ€™s now dropped his GAA from near 6 to under 3. The Greyhounds have lost five straight, but at least they earned a point in this one. No official news as to why DeCoste â€“ who has been struggling despite being expected this year to bring offensive leadership - was scratched.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 0
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, +8, 2 PIM
Panikâ€™s short three game scoreless streak came to an end when he scored in the first period. Playing on a line with likely 2010 first overall pick Taylor Hall and Devils third rounder Adam Henrique, it should be just a matter of time for Panik to explode offensively.
Ottawa 67â€™s 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: Did not play.
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 4 PIM
Ottawa broke their seven game winless streak, but Sointu remains out of the lineup.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 7-3-10, -4, 18 PIM
Oilers super prospect Jordan Eberle scored twice for the Pats.
Mercyhurst Lakers 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
The Broncos moved to 2-0 with a weekend sweep of the Lakers. Witkowski was minus-1 for the game.
Lightning spend half a game on the PK.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for his first loss.
PIT 4:57, Guerin 3 (Malkin, Goligoski)(PP)
PIT 17:10, Gonchar 2 (Orpik, Crosby)
TB 6:18, Stamkos 4 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
PIT 8:15, Dupuis 1 (Gonchar, Fedotenko)
PIT 11:21, Rupp 2 (Crosby)
Steve Downie was -1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 14:47.
Drew Miller had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 10:36.
Zenon Konopka was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 6:42.
James Wright had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:00.
Victor Hedman was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 23:15.
Tokarski flirts with his second pro shutout.
Dustin Tokarski allows just 1 goal on 28 shots, allowing a marker with just 1:16 left in the game. Tokarski evened his record at 2-2-0 on the season with the win with 1 shutout, a stylish 2.27 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
NOR Bochenski, (4) (Szczechura), 19:59
NOR Craig, (4) (Simek, Lashoff), 5:17
BRI Moore, (2) (Kohn, Smith), 18:44
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Big nights for Barberio, Zador, and Ashton ... DeCoste's struggles continue ... Hutchings has a ho-hum two-point night.
Mercyhurst Lakers 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 5
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG
Witkowski made his collegiate debut for the Broncos after spending the last two seasons in the USHL. Even as a freshman, the former Fargo Force captain is expected to make an impact on the UWM blueline this season. Witkowski, a native of Holland, Michigan, had six goals and 22 points last year for Fargo, helping them to the USHL Finals.
Notes: Alex Killorn and Harvard begin their season with an exhibition game October 23. They start their regular season October 30 at Dartmouth ... Matt Marshall and No.11 Vermont are off until Sunday ... Recent Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall (BCHL Victoria) made his collegiate debut for Boston University Friday night. He was scoreless, even, and had one shot on goal as the No.2 Terriers lost to unranked UMass 3-2.
Geez. So the Ads finally put together some goal support and they allow five into the back of their net.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the loss. If I'm not mistaken, it's the first time this season an Admirals goaltender has walked out of an arena with a sub-.900 save percentage for a game.
SYR Legein, (2) (LaVallee-Smotherman, Reese), 0:48
NOR Parrish, (1) (Jones, Simek), 2:49
NOR Craig, (2) (Parrish, Simek), 6:45 (PP)
SYR Sestito, (2) (Regner, Mayorov), 10:36
NOR Szczechura, (1) (Smolenak, Mihalik), 13:01
NOR Craig, (3) (Tyrell, Hall), 5:16
SYR Mayorov, (1) (Fritsche, Sestito), 16:04
SYR Picard, (3) (MacKenzie), 4:29
SYR Aulin, (3) (Legein, Sigalet), 6:17
Ryan Craig was named the game's second star. He now has points in three straight games and 4 points in 5 games for the season. Norfolk has three assistant captains, officially, but unofficially I think we all know who the "C" is for the Admirals. That guy.
Norfolk was outshot 36-26 in the game and 25-12 in the final two periods. Mark Parrish netted his first two points as an Admiral in the game. Big Matt Smaby was an injury scratch after getting run in the game against Albany. From the category of things I would've never in a million years believed: Matt Lashoff has 0 points and is -4 after 5 games. He did a good job of sticking up for his pairing partner against the River Rats, but that's the guy Norfolk desperately needs to play well if they're going to be competitive. Remember when Jared Aulin was semi in the Lightning organization with Springfield and couldn't throw a puck in the ocean off of a pier? Now he scores the GWG against the Baby Bolts. Bah!
Box score from TheAHL.com.