Game Night Results

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    Tic, the Cap'n, and the Bottle Rocket get the win.

    ADK-1
    NOR-3

    Dustin Tokarski was brilliant in the win stopping 38 of 39 shots he faced. He took Andreas Nodl's lunch money twice in the game to make sure the Admirals got the win and the necessary 2 points. When he's on like he was tonight, he's cooler under pressure than Billy Dee Williams and the other side of the pillow, combined.

    First Period
    NOR Craig, (22) (Tyrell, Mihalik), 7:14
    ADK Dingle, (5) (Klotz, Lehtivuori), 14:39

    Second Period
    NOR Hall, (15) (St. Pierre, Tyrell), 19:43

    Third Period
    NOR Tyrell, (9) (Jackson, Craig), 19:18 (EN)

    Tokarski, Adam Hall, and Dana Tyrell were the game's three stars.

    The unsung hero of the game, though, was Ryan Craig, who not only was Johnny on the Spot on the first Admirals goal, popping in a rebound that was laying beside the goal line, but whose faceoff wins set up the other two Admirals talleys, including his critical faceoff win on Tyrell's empty netter. He is leading this team by example, and his line with Hall and Tyrell is arguably one of the 5-10 best in the AHL right now. I sure hope the Lightning can find a way to keep Ryan in the organization, because he's one heck of a captain for the Admirals. In fact, I'm beginning to think the "C" stands for commodore. I just promoted him in rank.

    For Tyrell, it was the first 3-point game of his pro career. His previous 7 multi-point games this season were 2-pointers. He shot from downtown tonight. He now has 23 points in his last 18 games and 8 multi-point efforts in that span. He set up the Admirals' first goal by beating out an icing with his speed, he helped shovel the puck back to the points for a helper after Craig's faceoff win on the second goal, and his blazing speed victimized former Lightning forward Jason Ward to beat out another icing for the empty net goal.

    Vladimir Mihalik set a new career high in points with 17 with his assist on the Admirals' first goal. He was also as surly as I've ever seen him at his own net front.

    In the standings, which mean everything right now: Norfolk still sits in 3rd place in the East Division with 78 points in 71 games and 9 games left to play. 2nd place Albany fell 2-1 to Binghamton tonight, so the Admirals have pulled to within 6 points again of the River Rats and the Ads hold 1 game in hand. 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Rochester 5-4 to keep pace with the Admirals and remain 1 point back of Norfolk with 1 game in hand. The rest of the division looks done with Binghamton 10 points back and Syracuse and Adirondack now 12 points back.

    In the crossover, which is becoming a cluttered mess again, Manchester defeated Bridgeport in overtime, which unfortunately awarded a 3rd point in that game, and Lowell defeated Portland in overtime as well. So the Atlantic Division looks like this: 3rd and 4th place Manchester and Lowell have 79 points, 1 ahead of Norfolk, with the Monarchs holding 2 games in hand and the Devils holding 1 game in hand. 5th place Bridgeport is 2 points behind the Admirals with 1 game in hand. Why is this important? If the Admirals fall to 4th place in the East Division they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to reach the postseason.

    So, coming down the stretch, things are starting to bunch up with 6 teams fighting for 5 spots. And, that sets up a colossal 2-game set at The Scope on Wednesday and Friday between Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that could be season defining for the Admirals. Both teams will bleed, sweat, and pay the price with 3rd place in the division and possibly the playoffs on the line. And, with David Hale coming off IR in Tampa Bay, one wonders if some defensive help might be on the way from the Lightning just in time.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    Eastern Conference Semifinal
    (2)Magnitgorsk 0 @ (3)Kazan 4
    Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 2 PIM

    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 18/22, 6.63 GAA, .818 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-2, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .925 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin was lifted early in the Second Period as Kazan steamrolled Magnitogorsk in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Semifinal Series. Former Penguin Alexei Morozov had a natural hat trick in the game for Kazan. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov assisted on Morozov's second goal and played 16:09 in the match and took a minor for hooking.

    Western Conference Semifinal
    (2)KHK MVD 2 @ (8)Dynamo Riga 0
    KHK MVD Leads the Series 2-0
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

    Things are looking dire for Karsums and Cindarella Riga. After knocking off top seeded St. Petersburg in the first round, they're finding second seeded KHK MVD to be a much more formidable challenge. Today they were shut out 2-0, meaning Riga has managed just a single goal in the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinal series. Former Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin had a goal in the match for KHK MVD.

    Elsewhere, Yaroslavl and Spartak Moscow are tied 1-1 in their Western Conference Seminfinal series while Yulaev holds a 1-0 lead over Nizhnekamsk in the other Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Tomorrow will feature Game Two in the East between Kazan and Magnitogorsk.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 6
    Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    The Wildcats had to claw back from a 3-1 second period deficit to win. Barberio’s helpers were both primary assists on the power play. Last year Barberio had four assists in 10 playoff games. He has never scored a goal in his QMJHL playoff career (17 games). The teams will meet up again Saturday for Game 2.

    WHL

    Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Vancouver Giants 4 (OT)
    Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    James Henry (undrafted) scored at the 33-second mark of overtime to give the Giants the series’ first game. Last season Wright notched three goals and 10 points in 17 playoff games as the Giants made it to the Western Conference Finals before losing to Kelowna. the teams play again Saturday.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    No.14 Vermont Catamounts 0 vs. No.4 Boston College Eagles 3
    Hockey East Semifinals; BC advances to finals.
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.

    Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    John Muse (undrafted) shutout the upstart Catamounts, and now the BC Eagles will face the University of Maine for the Hockey East championship. The Catamounts will wait for a potential at-large bid to the upcoming 2010 NCAA Tournament. Marshall, a sophomore, sat for the fourth straight game as a healthy scratch after only missing one game all season. According to the Burlington Free Press, Marshall's replacement, Jay Anctil, scored the game winner in overtime to clinch their series vs. New Hampshire to send them to the Hockey East Semifinals.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    Heeeeeyyyyyy there goes a snowman!

    ADK-4
    NOR-8

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 32 shots, but bathed in the clear, cool waters of rejuvenating goal support for the win.

    First Period
    ADK Holmstrom, (1) (Marshall, Pyorala), 3:46
    NOR Craig, (21) (Hall, Fornataro), 8:45 (PP)
    NOR Tyrell, (7) (Craig, Hall), 14:22

    Second Period
    ADK Ross, (10) (Pyorala, Bourdon), 0:14
    NOR Hall, (14) (Lashoff, Craig), 5:36
    NOR Keller, (14) (Mihalik, Tarkir), 8:57
    ADK Nodl, (10) , 9:54
    NOR Keller, (15) (Lawrence, Jones), 13:29

    Third Period
    NOR Ashton, (1) (Panik, Marks), 2:36
    ADK Kalinski, (9) (Bellamy, Bodrov), 5:27
    NOR Fadden, (6) (Fornataro), 6:39
    NOR Tyrell, (8) (Jackson, Hall), 9:22

    Adam Hall, Dana Tyrell, and Justin Keller were the game's three stars.

    Norfolk got the benefit of facing two extremely inexperience netminders, Teslak (13 games of AHL experience coming into the night) and Mayotte (8 games of AHL experience entering the night), and absolutely punished them for daring them to step off the bus all game long. Norfolk gets Adirondack again tomorrow night, and I know it's hard to beat a team twice on back-to-back nights, but both of those young netminders have to be shell shocked.

    Congratulations to Tyrell on the first multi-goal game of his professional career. Some folks may look at his numbers for the season and draw the conclusion he's had a pedestrian rookie season (8 goals and 31 points in 64 games). But, it should be pointed out that since 2-12-10 the speedy forward has posted 6 goals and 20 points in 17 games. We always expected Tyrell to get off to a slow start while he shook off the rust after knee surgery, and we always thought he'd have a strong second half. But, I don't think we ever believed he'd be this strong. In those 17 games he has 7 multi-point outings, all 2 point affairs, including tonight's game. He's got world class speed and acceleration and world class ethic, and has shown that he has underrated hockey sense in the offensive zone. He's one to watch, for sure.

    Congratulations to Carter Ashton on his first professional goal, set up by Richard Panik for his first professional assist. That's a scoresheet combo I'm sure the Lightning would love to see often over the next 5-10 years.

    Vladimir Mihalik tied his career high in points (16) with his assist on Justin Keller's first goal.

    With the win, Norfolk reaches 76 points, which surpasses their point total of 75 from a season ago. They still sit in 3rd in the East Division and moved to within 8 points of 2nd place Albany with the Admirals holding a game in hand. 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stayed just 1 point behind the Admirals with the Pens holding a game in hand by overcoming a 3 goal deficit against Springfield tonight. 5th, 6th, and 7th place Syracuse, Adirondack, and Binghamton are all 10 points back of Norfolk with all three holding 1 game in hand on the Admirals. So, coming down the stretch, this is shaping up into a 3-5 team dogfight between the Admirals, Penguins, and a logjam of about three teams (Manchester, Lowell, and Bridgeport) in the Atlantic that could wind up in 5th place in that division but still make the playoffs because of the crossover rule.

    In the crossover, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place in the Atlantic Division are beginning to bunch up. Lowell lost tonight and Manchester lost in a shootout, so they're tied 77 points, 1 point ahead of the Admirals and 2 points ahead of 5th place Bridgeport, which beat Syracuse. So the Ads hold a slim 1 point lead on Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers hanging onto a game in hand, but if you look at the past 10 games as the trend, Bridgeport may climb up to third in the Atlantic and it may be Manchester or Lowell that slips all the way to 5th. 6th place Providence remains alive, 6 points back of the Admirals and 5 back of the Tigers.

    So, now, it's a 10 game sprint to the finish line for the Admirals and we'll see if this snowman they just hung on Adirondack gives them a little extra kick in the final 100 meters. Norfolk has 7 games remaining at home and 3 on the road. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has 5 at home and 6 on the road. Ultimately, though, this is coming down to the three head-to-head matchups the Admirals have with the Penguins in the remaining few weeks of the season. Win and they're in. Lose and they'll be scoreboard watching what the Atlantic Division teams do, which is not the position you want to be in.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    Western Conference
    (2)KHK MVD 4 @ (8)Dynamo Riga 1
    KHK MVD Leads the Series 1-0
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

    Things started well for Karsums and Dynamo Riga in Game One of their Western Conference Semifinal series. The Lightning prospect assisted on a first period goal by Martins Cipulis that put the Cindarella 8 seed up 1-0 at the end of the period. Things slid downhill from there. 2nd seeded KHK MVD scored 4 unanswered goals in the final two frames to stake themselves to a 1-0 series lead. Former Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin had an assist in the match for KHK MVD. Karsums played 15:44 in the match.

    Tomorrow (3-20-10) will be Game Two for Riga and Game One in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between Dmitri Kazionov and Kazan and Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    OHL

    Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Barrie Colts 11
    OHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM
    W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals (OTT, SBY): 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM

    Sudbury scored first in the game when Sointu set up John McFarland on the power play at 1:13. From there, it was all Barrie as the Colts scored the game’s next eight goals. They had a snowman on the scoreboard at the 11-minute mark of the second period. Sudbury clawed back to 8-4 early in the third before Barrie scored three more times. Alex Burmistrov, who is expected to go in the top-10 in this summer’s draft, was First Star for Barrie with two goals and two assists. Hutchings and Barrie were knocked out of the first round last year, with Hutchings registering seven points (three goals) in five games. This was Sointu’s OHL playoff debut – and a good one statistically, especially considering he was even despite 11 goals against. Sointu now has 12 points in his last eight games.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    Wait'll next year.

    BUF-6
    TB-2

    Antero Niittymaki allowed 5 goals on 27 shots for the loss. Will he be back next year? I'm almost inclined to advocate completely changing the tandem in net for next season.

    First Period
    BUF 5:19, Pominville 19 (Roy, Lydman)(PP)
    BUF 13:56, Myers 10 (Hecht)
    BUF 16:23, Pominville 20 (Tallinder)

    Second Period
    BUF 9:25, Roy 19 (unassisted)(SH)

    Third Period
    TB 8:06, Downie 18 (Stamkos, St. Louis)
    TB 17:22, Lecavalier 21 (Stamkos, Purcell)(PP)
    BUF 18:14, Vanek 23 (Roy)(EN)
    BUF 19:26, Pominville 21 (Connolly, Lydman)

    The season is over, and I'd be shocked if either the coach or the GM survive the offseason. Who won the Olympic Break power struggle? Nobody. I could've told you that then, too. I would hope a guy like Mark Parrish, who probably won't be in the long term plans of the organization, would be returned to Norfolk to try and bolster their playoff chances. From here on out, it's time to start evaluating players for next season. Teddy Purcell and Paul Szczechura need to be under the microscope and I would think there needs to be a cup of coffee for a couple of young prospects in Norfolk like, perhaps, Dana Tyrell to see how close they are to the show for next year. The team also needs to decide if Niittymaki, Kurtis Foster, Andrej Meszaros, Matt Smaby, and Mike Lundin will be back next season. On that list, Niitty, Foster, and Lundin are going into free agency. The team also needs to decide what they're going to do with the enigmatic Paul Ranger. I wonder where Ryan Malone fits too after evaporating in the second half once removed from a line with Stamkos and St. Louis.

    The good news is that a pretty good foundation has been laid. Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman are studs. Martin St. Louis is Martin St. Louis. Vincent Lecavalier has redeemed himself after a subpar first half, in my mind, and ought to stick around. Steve Downie has been excellent and is two goals shy of 20 for the season. The team is just a few pieces away: a steady goaltender and some more veteran defensive depth. The problem is that, as Lightning fans well know, steady goaltenders don't grow on trees. That'll be the challenge of whoever will be running this team come the NHL Draft. That's another silver lining. I don't feel this is a team that necessarily ought to be picking in the top 5-10 of the draft, but if they have to miss the playoffs, they might as well cash in with either another talented young d-man or a winger.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    And now things get really tight in the playoff race.

    NOR-1
    WBS-2

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 2 goals on 25 shots, but his first period softie allowed to Jesse Boulerice ended up being the margin of defeat.

    First Period
    WBS Boulerice, (4) (Conner, Lee), 4:23
    WBS Johnson, (13) (Haddad, Wagner), 13:19 (PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NOR Fornataro, (9) (Wishart, Fadden), 15:22

    It was a beautiful stickhandling play by Matt Fornataro that helped pull the Admirals to within one goal late in the game. Defenseman Ty Wishart got his 31st point of the season on the play, but he should be chastized along with Vladimir Mihalik for some very soft play along the wall in the defensive zone, especially in the first period. The soft goal, the soft play along the wall, and a disgustingly bad 0-for-8 power play doomed the Admirals in this one. That, and Mitch Fritz losing his mind at the end of the second period, including the ever-classy crotch chop to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton crowd, drawing a double minor and game misconduct that killed off about a quarter of the third period for a Pens team that only held on by one goal.

    On the bright side, the two pro debuts went pretty well tonight. Carter Ashton almost had a beautiful goal chipping the puck between two defenders and showing surprising burst to split them and get himself a breakaway. He got in too tight on the backhand, though, and couldn't lift the puck to notch the goal. He had another chance a few minutes later when he spun out in front from behind the net on his backhand. Had he been a little more patient, he could've taken another half stride and maybe stuck it in far post. Richard Panik had one good chance from the slot, but the defining play for him was a downright nasty check he threw coming back into the Admirals zone. Downright nasty. In case you didn't know, he's strong as a bull.

    Norfolk's lead over the Pens is down to 1 point with the Pens holding 1 game in hand. Uh oh. Norfolk has 11 games left to play in the season: 3 on the road and 8 at home. Norfolk draws Adirondack at Scope on Friday.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 9 weeks ago

    Two one goal losses and the season keeps slowly and painfully slipping away.

    PHX-2
    TB-1

    Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Beats me. When he stinks the team scores in bunches. When he plays well, it all dries up. Go figure.

    First Period
    PHX 7:56, Fiddler 7 (Stempniak)
    PHX 9:45, Lombardi 16 (Wolski, Doan)

    Second Period
    TB 16:07, Fedoruk 3 (Bochenski, Parrish)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    This is another case where the Lightning will go back at season's end and probably kick themselves for that one little mistake (Matt Smaby) or that one missed scoring chance (Brandon Bochenski).

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Syndicate content