Norfolk Admirals

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-22-12 Admirals at IceCaps Game Four

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.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-21-12 Admirals at IceCaps Game Three

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.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-19-12 IceCaps at Admirals Game Two

Half way to the Calder Cup Finals.

STJ-1
NOR-3

Norfolk Leads the Series 2-0

Dustin Tokarski was cooler than the other side of the pillow with 30 saves on 31 shots. The numbers look great after two pretty good performances to start the Eastern Conference Finals: 6-2-0, 0 SO, 2.06 GAA, .924 save percentage. Nice.

First Period
NOR Panik, (3) (Oberg, Smith), 0:51

Second Period
STJ Albert, (3) (Postma, Murray), 1:51
NOR Picard, (7) (Kostka, Angelidis), 15:38

Third Period
NOR Picard, (8) (Cote), 19:07 (EN)

Alexandre Picard and Tokarski were the game's first and second stars. Picard moves out ahead in the race for playoff MVP, now sporting 8 goals and 14 points in 12 games.

Panik attack, y'all.

Trevor Smith has the quietest 12 points in 12 games I've ever seen.

After a sloppy defensive performance in Game Four of the Connecticut series, the Admirals have really put the forcefield up. They've allowed just 3 goals in the past 4 games, and with the offensive weapons they have, no team is beating them in a seven game series if they continue to play this well in their own end. Now it's getting really exciting.

Now Norfolk is playing with house money heading to St. John's for three games. All they have to do is win one of three up north to give themselves a great chance to take this series, and if they can manufacture a win in Game Three on Monday, they've got a chance to shorten this series and get themselves a big health and rest advantage on whoever is the Western Conference representative. Oklahoma City and Toronto split the first two games of their series, and could be in for a long struggle.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-17-12 IceCaps at Admirals Game One

Norfolk passes the midpoint on their way up the mountain, but there's still a lot of climbing left to do.

STJ-1
NOR-6

Norfolk Leads the Series 1-0

Dustin Tokarski stopped 29 of 30 for the win as Jon Cooper again flexes his superior coaching instincts.

First Period
NOR Kostka, (2) (Oberg, Smith), 18:55 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Ouellet, (1) (Johnson, Barberio), 3:08 (PP)
NOR Kostka, (3) (Devos, Angelidis), 11:04
NOR Cote, (1) (Smith, Labrie), 13:42

Third Period
NOR Palat, (4) (Johnson, Conacher), 1:28
STJ Redmond, (1) (Trotter, Postma), 2:11 (PP)
NOR Aulie, (1) (Palat, Conacher), 7:21

Mike Kostka, Cory Conacher, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Ondrej Palat, Trevor Smith, and Tyler Johnson also contributed multi-point performances.

Alex Killorn was a scratch for, presumably, health reasons.

Norfolk's players can enjoy this win for another 2-3 hours tonight, and then they need to erase it from the memory banks. The danger after a win like this is complacency. Norfolk's good, but they're not 5 goals better than the IceCaps on any given night, and they have to be ready to go Saturday night in Game Two. The IceCaps won't lick their wounds long, because they've got the shot for redemption on Saturday and they can be right in the spot they want to be with a 1-1 split, so Norfolk can't go into that game overconfident. They have to bring their lunch buckets and make sure they give themselves the best chance to get that 2-0 lead before heading north.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Prospect of the Week (5.16.12)

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.

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 … Jaroslav Janus, G, Norfolk Admirals (AHL).

The Norfolk Admirals are in the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in their history, and third-year pro Jaroslav Janus has a lot to do with that.

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