So close to a signature victory...
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 29 shots before allowing 2 of 5 shooters to defeat him in the shootout.
NOR Fadden, (2) (Parrish), 12:21
HER Joudrey, (7) (Osala), 18:20
NOR Lashoff, (5) (Hall, Keller), 7:42
HER Joudrey, (8) (McNeill, Pinizzotto), 17:52
HER- Aucoin, Bourque
Tokarski was named the game's third star.
Norfolk held Hershey, which has been routinely blowing teams out and hanging 6-8 goals on them in the process, to just 29 shots and 2 goals through 65 minutes, and came within 2:08 of beating the Bears in regulation. They matched the best team in the league shift for shift and shot for shot, and Head Coach Jim Johnson remains undefeated in regulation with a 6-0-2 mark.
Norfolk, which is 3rd in the East Division, stays 2 points ahead of Adirondack, who lost in a shootout tonight to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. They'll lose 1 point to the Pens who are now also 2 points behind. Both Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have 2 games in hand on Norfolk. Norfolk also gains 1 point on idle Syracuse (4 points back) and Binghamton (8 points back). Syracuse now holds 1 game in hand and Binghamton holds 5 games in hand.
Norfolk also climbed to within 7 points of 2nd place Albany with the River Rats holding 1 game in hand. If Norfolk were to climb all the way into 2nd in the division, they could avoid a first round matchup with Hershey. Why not dream big?
In the crossover chase, Norfolk lost 1 point to Hartford, which sits in 5th in the Atlantic Division and is now 4 points back. They gained 1 point on idle 6th place Bridgeport and are now 2 points back of the Sound Tigers with 1 game in hand. If Norfolk finishes in 4th place in the East Division, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division to still make the playoffs.
Box score from TheAHL.com.