Game Night Results

  • 5 years 38 weeks ago

    Stat of the night: the winner of Game One in the Calder Cup Finals has gone on to hoist the championship 74.9% of the time.

    TOR-1
    NOR-3

    Norfolk Leads the Series 1-0

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory. He came within an eyelash of setting an all-time AHL playoff shutout streak record. Norfolk's playing a championship brand of defense right now. They're not allowing a lot of chances and the few times they do, they're getting the timely save from Tic. If they keep playing defense like they have since they tightened up at the end of the Connecticut series in the Eastern Semis, it's hard to imagine they can lose a 7 game series.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (2) (Johnson, Oberg), 12:21

    Second Period
    NOR Johnson, (4) (Barberio, Conacher), 10:03 (PP)

    Third Period
    TOR Ashton, (1) (Scott, Gardiner), 3:57
    NOR Segal, (4) (Smith, Gudas), 19:31 (EN)

    Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars. When the chips are down, you need your best players to be your best players. Conacher was the best player in the league the first half of the AHL regular season and TJ was probably the best in the second half, but neither has really had a dominant playoffs. Tonight they stepped up at the time when they were needed to put their club over the top.

    Brandon Segal, with the empty netter, threw the Kill Switch on Toronto's Game One comeback hopes.

    Looking deeper into the box score there's some interesting nuggets to consider going into Game Two. Norfolk outshot Toronto a very impressive 42-24 in the game, as Toronto struggled with the speed and tenacity that have really been the cornerstones of Norfolk's game this year. But, Norfolk allowed Toronto 10 power plays to the Admirals' 5, which is unacceptable. Then again, that kind of puts the quality of Norfolk's night defensively into even better perspective. If you allow an 10-5 PP disparity and still outshoot your opponents 42-24, that says something.

    I suspect Norfolk wanted to set a tone with the machismo tonight against a Brian Burke led Toronto organization that prides themselves on being able to bloody their opponents' noses. Norfolk does have some guys on their roster who are speedsters who are on the slight side, and an uninformed scouting report might say to try to push them around. This Admirals team has relished the physical challenge all year, though. They don't care if the Marlies have Don Cherry's endorsement, and while they do have a few guys who are small speedsters with skill, it would be incredibly foolish to think they can't handle their business when called upon. They've got jam in every flavor. Norfolk probably got a little overzealous in that respect, though, and I suspect that, with the point proven, Jon Cooper's going to reel his boys in. Tomorrow night's going to be a huge game for Norfolk, because you want to head into Toronto with the luxury of really only having to win 1 of 3 in Toronto before, if necessary, going back to Scope for Game Six and Game Seven. They can make their lives a lot easier and go a long way toward finishing the drill, overall, by focusing in and getting this big Game Two "W" tomorrow night.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 38 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Shawinigan Cataractes 2 vs London Knights 1 (OT)

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (holding), 0 Hits
    MemCup Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 4 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Shawinigan won the Memorial Cup for the first time in their history (43 years) when undrafted Russian import player Anton Zlobin, a 40-goal scorer in the regular season, scored late in the first overtime for the Cats. It was Zlobin’s second goal of the game. He will re-enter the draft this year.

    Columbus prospect Michael Chaput, a former Flyers draft pick acquired in a trade, was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Lightning prospects Brad Richards and Dustin Tokarski have won it in the past.

    Shawinigan was only the second team to win the tiebreaker, semifinals, and finals en route to the championship (Windsor Spitfires).

    Current Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov was involved in three prime scoring chances, including one in overtime when he was stationed at the side of the net and he had the puck bounce over his stick. Earlier in the game he set up longtime linemate and former Lightning camper Seth Griffith for a nifty one timer that was saved. Namestnikov used his speed to chase down Coyotes first rounder Brandon Gormley, but instead of beating him to the puck he faked like he was going to challenge for the puck from the inside, then darted around him to the outside, lifted Gormley’s stick, stole the puck, pivoted, and found a trailing Griffith for the shot.

    Early in the third period Namestnikov was the victim of a late hit and he hit the boards hard – possibly his head. He remained on the ice for a few minutes before being escorted to the bench by a trainer. He was out on the power play seconds later, but had a bad giveaway then looked shaky on his skates as he prevented a scoring chance at the other end of the rink. He didn’t see the ice again until overtime, and he didn’t look like himself in the extra session.

    Next year Namestnikov will be in the AHL or back in the Ontario Hockey League. His skill set, speed, and vision project as first-line quality, but his frame is slender and he will be knocked around easily at the NHL level. Plus, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman likes his prospects to patiently develop if the situation allows it. Namestnikov is already signed to an NHL contract. He has a long offseason of weight training ahead of him.

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Saint John Sea Dogs 4 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 7

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (holding), 0 Hits
    MemCup Totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 8 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Two days after defeating the Cataractes, 4-1, the Sea Dogs were upset by Shawinigan, 7-4, to end their season and their reign as Memorial Cup champions. Shawinigan advanced to the Memorial Cup finals to play Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov and London on Sunday. Danick Gauthier was scoreless in the game and took a holding penalty in the third period when Saint John was battling back for a tie against a rested team energized by a deafening crowd.

    While Saint John was winning their second straight QMJHL championship, Shawinigan was resting and practicing after getting knocked out of the postseason in the second round by Chicoutimi. Nevertheless, as hosts, they are included in the Memorial Cup tournament, and became the 8th host of the last 9 to make the finals. Two have won.

    Shawinigan’s game winning goal came with just over six minutes left in the game from Yannick Veilleux (Blues), who tipped a Morgan Ellis (Canadiens) point shot past Blue Jackets prospect Mathieu Corbeil. They added two empty net goals in the closing minutes.

    As for Gauthier, he is signed to an NHL contract which will begin next year when he takes his spot in the Lightning system, likely in the AHL.

    Congratulations to Gauthier for a career-season and to the Sea Dogs for a remarkable run as defending Memorial Cup champs.

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Saint John Sea Dogs 4 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 1

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +2, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 3 Hits
    MemCup Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 6 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Saint John won for the second straight game to earn a spot in the Memorial Cup semifinals on Friday. Ryan Tesink (Blues) had a goal and was named first star and Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier assisted on an empty net goal by Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) help the Sea Dogs to the win. Thanks to Saint John’s win, London and Bolt prospect Vladislav Namestnikov earn an automatic berth in the finals on Sunday.

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    (W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3 (OT)
    Kelly Cup Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 5 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 11 PIM (tripping, fighting, roughing)
    Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 51 PIM
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 12 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    Champions!

    Florida won their first Kelly Cup championship on Wednesday night when rookie Brandon MacLean scored early in overtime on a two-on-one to defeat the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2. MacLean is a former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound who recently completed four years at Carleton University in Canada. He only played 13 regular season games for the ‘Blades.

    Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but eventually allowed Las Vegas to tie the game in the third period before MacLean played hero. Former Lightning draft pick and current Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick had a strong defensive play in overtime that eventually led to the winning goal. Lightning prospect Charles Landry played at least one shift in overtime and Sebastien Piche was among the top minute eaters for the ‘Blades all night on the blueline.

    The Everblades had made the finals two previous times, but this is their first championship. Carolina prospect John Muse, who stopped 41 of 43 shots to get the win in Game 5, was named playoff MVP. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle filled in for him against Elmira and played well, including earning two shutouts. He played twice against Kalamazoo, winning Game 1, but dropping Game 2. He was replaced by Muse in Game 3.

    Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was an alternate captain for much of the season for Florida, but earned a promotion to AHL Norfolk and has been with the Admirals for the last few months.

    Congratulations to the Florida Everblades, 2011-2012 Kelly Cup Champions.

    (Woody Wommack/Naples News photo)

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    (W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 1 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3
    Kelly Cup Finals – Florida leads best of 7 series 3-1

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 5 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (boarding)
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 40 PIM
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 10 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    One more. Florida pulled within one game of winning the Kelly Cup by defeating the Wranglers, 3-1, at home on Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Charles Landry and Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick were back in the lineup for the Everblades. Neither registered a point, but Quick was plus-2. Sebastien Piche (pictured) earned an assist on Florida’s insurance goal to go up 3-1 with just over four minutes left in the game. Florida can hoist the Cup Wednesday night in southwest Florida.

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    London Knights 3 vs Edmonton Oil Kings 1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
    MemCup Totals: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 2 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    London put themselves in position for a possible automatic bid to the Memorial Cup’s championship game with a 3-1 win over WHL champion Edmonton on Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov was scoreless for the second straight game, though he was 6/8 on faceoffs to help the effort. Ryan Rupert (2012), Bo Horvat (2013), and Greg McKegg (Leafs) scored for London. Rupert’s goal came off a bad turnover by possible Lightning 2012 first round draft pick Griffin Reinhart, arguably Edmonton’s top defensive defenseman. The game was not broadcast on NHL Network in the U.S., but will be shown tomorrow morning on the network. If Saint John beats Shawinigan on Wednesday, London will receive an automatic bid to the finals. If Shawinigan wins, the Cataractes get the automatic bid as they defeated London. The Knights beat Saint John in their first game. At the least, London has a spot in the semifinals. They’ll play the winner of a game between Edmonton and the loser of Saint John and Shawinigan.

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    AHL Eastern Conference Champions.

    NOR-4
    STJ-0

    Norfolk Wins the Series 4-0

    Dustin Tokarski turned away all 28 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout. When you go 4-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals with a GAA that is sub 0.50, that's pretty good. Norfolk played great defense in front of Tic, but when stops needed to be made he was in position to make the routine look routine. Heading into the Calder Cup Finals, he's 7-2-0 with 2 shutouts, a 1.65 GAA, and a .939 save percentage. Even Riku Helenius is envious of those numbers.

    First Period
    NOR Oberg, (2) (Picard, Angelidis), 15:15
    NOR Johnson, (3) (Palat, Barberio), 17:47 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Smith, (4) (Labrie, Aulie), 1:41

    Third Period
    NOR Segal, (3) (Johnson), 9:28 (PP)

    Norfolk put its killer instinct on full display tonight, outshooting St. John's 18-7 in the First Period en route to the 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Nothing against Newfoundland, but the Ads clearly had no intention of sticking around for a Game Five on Saturday.

    Tokarski and Trevor Smith were the game's first and second stars.

    Brandon Segal made sure that St. John's championship hopes stayed Submerged with a capping insurance goal.

    And now, as the great Tom Petty said, the waiting is the hardest part. With Toronto leading the Western Conference Finals 2-1, the earliest that series could be over is Game Five on Friday. Ideally, that series would go the distance, ending next week on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, meaning the winner would have to fly halfway across the country to play a well rested, healthy, hungry Admirals team. Whenever the Finals start know this: banners are nice, and the Admirals have already won two of them, but this sport is played for Cups. Period. They've come too far on this odyssey to settle for the silver medal. I've said it over and over this season, and every time they've answered the bell. Admirals: finish the drill.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Saint John Sea Dogs 5 vs Edmonton Oil Kings 2

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 6 Hits
    MemCup Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Saint John got in the win column at the 2012 Memorial Cup by defeating WHL champion Edmonton 5-2 on Monday night. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier had a deflection for his first goal of the tournament and led his team with six hits. Minnesota prospect Charlie Coyle was first star for Saint John with two assists. The Sea Dogs’ win means there is now a four-way tie for first place in the round robin tournament. The goal is to get an automatic bye to the finals. Saint John can do that by defeating Shawinigan on Wednesday, combined with Edmonton beating London on Tuesday. Vladislav Namestnikov and London can advance straight to the finals by beating Edmonton on Tuesday and having Saint John defeat Shawinigan on Wednesday. The loser of Tuesday’s game will play the loser of Wednesday’s game on Thursday in a tiebreaker game. The winner of that game advances to the semifinals.

  • 5 years 39 weeks ago

    Nacho-tastic!

    NOR-1
    STJ-0 (OT)

    Norfolk Leads the Series 3-0

    Dustin Tokarski stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout win. That's Dustin's second career playoff shutout as a pro. He had one last year against the Penguins. He really only had to stare down a couple of really good chances all night, as Norfolk's defense was suffocating all game long.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    NOR Labrie, (4) , 1:37

    Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Tokarski were the game's second and third stars. Labrie became the hero after blocking a St. John's point shot, collecting the puck, steaming down left wing, and depositing a wrist shot in the back of the net for the Overtime winner.

    Defenseman Scott Jackson left the game early and did not return after taking a shot to the side of the head.

    Norfolk goes for the sweep in Game Four tomorrow. Keep in mind the early Newfoundland start time of 6:00 pm Eastern Time. Toronto bested Oklahoma City 5-3 earlier in the day to take a 2-1 series lead in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals, and their Game Four is Wednesday. It would behoove Norfolk to finish the drill tomorrow night and try to gain a big rest/health advantage heading into the Calder Cup Finals.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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