Norfolk Admirals

AHL Game Night: 12-16-11 Bears at Admirals

Goaltending made the difference.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. He made 1 or 2 big saves, but his softie short side at the end of the second period was the difference in the game. Soft goals have a way of being the margin of losing more often than not.

First Period
HER Ford, (6) (Potulny, Micflikier), 7:42 (PP)

Second Period
HER Mink, (11) (Micflikier, McNeill), 11:37 (PP)
NOR Ouellet, (6) (Smith, Conacher), 16:38
HER Bourque, (15) (Aucoin), 19:42 (SH)

Third Period
NOR Conacher, (17) (Oberg, Barberio), 4:05 (PP)
HER Ford, (7) (Potulny, Micflikier), 4:37
NOR Labrie, (6) (Cote, Barberio), 5:11

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

If the Lightning ever do pull the trigger to acquire a young goaltender from another team, they could do worse than Braden Holtby. Just saying. Norfolk would've won this game 6-4 or so without him, and we've seen Holtby play well against the Lightning at the NHL level, too.

At the end of the day, if the Admirals don't learn to win games against the Bears and Penguins, they're not going to get where they want to go this season. That's the challenge of playing in such a competitive division. They'll get another crack at it tomorrow against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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Admirals Reassign Landry to Everblades

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have reassigned defenseman Charles Landry from the Admirals to the ECHL's Florida Everblades, Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Landry, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, has appeared in 15 games for the Admirals this season, registering five assists, 17 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. The pro rookie also appeared in one game for the Admirals during the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Last season, the 20-year-old native of Napierville, Québec, appeared in 57 games with the Montreal Juniors of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), recording career bests with 11 goals and 40 points. He also registered a plus-26 rating. Landry led the team in goals by a defenseman, was third in points by a defenseman and was tied for third overall in plus/minus. He also posted one goal and three points in ten playoff games for the Juniors.

Concurrent with Landry's reassignment to the Everblades, the Admirals announced that they had signed defenseman Jean-Philippe Côté to a standard AHL contract. Côté was signed to tryout agreement on November 18. The Lightning also reassigned blueline prospect Evan Oberg from Tampa to the Admirals squad.

AHL Game Night: 12-11-10 Admirals at Bears

All good things...


Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 28 shots for the loss, snapping his long, 5 game winning streak.

First Period
HER Aucoin, (7) (Bourque, Micflikier), 9:23 (PP)
HER Micflikier, (10) (Aucoin, Mink), 9:54 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (16) (Smith, Oberg), 11:23
HER Aucoin, (8) (Micflikier, Bourque), 14:08 (PP)
HER Bourque, (13) (Aucoin, Micflikier), 18:28

Second Period
NOR Smith, (13) (Conacher, Barberio), 3:03 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (10) (Conacher, Labrie), 16:58

Third Period
HER Kundratek, (4) (Bourque, Wellar), 4:46
HER Bourque, (14) (Mink), 17:52 (EN)

Norfolk may have the best offensive depth in the league, but between Aucoin and Bourque, the Bears probably have the two best offensive players in the AHL. Solving Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are the two biggest challenges Norfolk needs to resolve this year, and they need to do it next weekend when they have 2 games against Hershey and 1 against the Pens. Doing well in those 3 games could give the Admirals the gift of a division lead going into the holiday break. Losing those games will be like receiving a big lump of coal. With the Pens idle, Hershey's win puts the East Division back at a 3 team tie.

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AHL Game Night: 12-10-11 Admirals at Senators

Complete domination.


Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the victory, snapping a personal 2 game losing streak in which he had allowed 10 goals. His save percentage is still a troubling .890, but tonight's win at least saved him the indignity of falling to a .500 record.

First Period
NOR Smith, (12) (Oberg, Kostka), 16:55 (PP)
BNG Klinkhammer, (4) (Da Costa, Cannone), 18:41 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Conacher, (14) (Smith, Labrie), 8:22
NOR Johnson, (9) (Ashton, Barberio), 17:14

Third Period
BNG Hoffman, (6) (Cannone, Parrish), 8:58 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (15) (Labrie, Smith), 10:08
NOR Wyman, (5) , 18:46 (EN/SH)

Trevor Smith and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Smith (pictured) leaps into a tie with TJ Hensick of Peoria for 3rd in the league at 31 points, with Hensick still in action in his game tonight. Conacher is 2 points back in 5th and leading all AHL rookies.

Norfolk outshot Binghamton a stunning 42-17 to complete the weekend sweep of the Senators. With Hershey falling to the Penguins tonight, it's now a two-way tie between Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first place in the East Division at 33 points. Norfolk will try to put some more distance between themselves and Hershey tomorrow at Giant Center in Hershey.

The AHL East Division and West Division are the only 2 in the league with 3 teams above a .600 points percentage so far this year.

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AHL Game Night: 12-8-11 Admirals at Senators

Tic is rolling.


Dustin Tokarski (pictured smirking like a man on a long winning streak) allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. That's 5 straight wins for Tic, and he's quietly moved into a tie for 4th in the league in wins with 10. This is what he does. He goes on long, long streaks and you just have to keep feeding him starts (and hope it translates to the NHL someday soon).

First Period
NOR Ouellet, (5) (Smith), 7:09

Second Period
BNG Petersson, (8) (Cannone, Gryba), 9:30
NOR Fornataro, (1) (Smith, Devos), 13:39 (PP)
NOR Kostka, (3) , 18:47
NOR Conacher, (13) (Labrie), 19:40

Second Period
NOR Smith, (11) (Conacher, Barberio), 18:38 (PP)

Trevor Smith, Matt Fornataro, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Smith pulls past teammate Cory Conacher into 4th in the league in points by 1 with 28 in 25 games.

These two teams rematch again tomorrow night. The victory pushes Norfolk into a three-way tie with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the top spot in the division at 31 points. It's the curse of playing in one of the two best divisions in the AHL.

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Blair Jones Recalled from Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, began the season with the Lightning, playing in 10 games and recording one assist. He logged a season-high 11:12 in ice time October 22 vs. the Buffalo Sabres. Jones has appeared in 66 career NHL games, notching two goals and seven points. He was assigned to the Admirals on November 25.

Bolts Shake Up Blueline; Recall Newly Acquired Prospect Evan Oberg

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Evan Oberg from the Norfolk Admirals today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. He will wear No. 43.

Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He was assigned to Norfolk and played in one game. Prior to being acquired, Oberg played in 12 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League this season, notching two assists with 14 penalty minutes. He has played in 125 career AHL games with the Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. Oberg has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.

A native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg has played in four career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Vancouver on April 10, 2009. Oberg was then acquired by Florida with the Canucks’ third-round choice in 2013 in exchange for Chris Higgins on February 28, 2011. Before joining the professional ranks he played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Prospect of the Week (12.5.11)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but we’re banking on a future Oscars-type awards show for it.

Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Tyler Johnson, Center, Norfolk Admirals (AHL – USA)

Although undrafted, all Tyler Johnson did during his junior career was score. And play defense. And win faceoffs. And anything else his coaches asked of him. He just didn’t grow as much as his teammates, which didn’t do him any favors as he was undersized to begin with.

AHL Game Night: 12-3-11 Phantoms at Admirals

TJ leads the comeback.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 16 shots for the win. He's won 5 of his last 6 decisions now. That's a sign that it's time to ride him as the starter. He plays better with the heavier workload, and he's got a tendency to stay hot about a month to a month and a half at a time.

First Period

Second Period
ADK Akeson, (7) (Eddy, Hamel), 5:01 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Johnson, (7) (Dimmen, Jackson), 12:46
NOR Johnson, (8) (Ashton, Devos), 19:30

Tyler Johnson (pictured) and Tokarski were the game's first and third stars. Johnson's quietly put together a nice 3 game point streak after snapping a 4 game pointless streak. He's been overshadowed by fellow rookies Conacher and Ashton, but on any other team he'd be getting a lot of plaudits for his production for a first year pro.

Tonight's game marked the debut of new Admirals Evan Oberg and Mike Kostka, as well as Admirals contractee Philip-Michael Devos, who is a much better playmaker than former Miami Vice sidekick Philip Michael Thomas.

Norfolk goes on the road to Binghamton on Friday. Their win tonight moves them back into a tie with the Penguins for first place in the AHL East Division.

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AHL Game Night: 12-2-11



Jaroslav Janus allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He's dropped 4 of his last 5 and his save percentage has fallen to .890. Considering Dustin Tokarski has won 4 of his last 5, there's some separation between the two that is being established.

First Period
ADK McGinn, (3) (Holmstrom, Akeson), 5:49 (PP)
NOR Ashton, (13) (Johnson, Jackson), 6:18

Second Period
ADK Holmstrom, (5) (Testwuide, Hamel), 7:23
ADK McGinn, (4) , 13:02

Third Period
ADK Jancevski, (2) (Harper, Kessel), 4:09
ADK Hamel, (10) , 14:50 (EN)

At least Carter Ashton broke his 5 game scoreless streak.

New Admirals Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg were not in the lineup for the Ads.

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