Norfolk Admirals

AHL Game Night: 1-6-12 Devils at Admirals

Disgusting.

ALB-5
NOR-4 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 39 shots in an epic collapse over the final 12 and a half minutes of regulation and overtime. He's got to be better in situations where things are snowballing like they did tonight. Got to.

First Period
NOR Barberio, (4) (Fornataro, Angelidis), 9:04
NOR Ashton, (15) (Devos, Panik), 19:51

Second Period
NOR Smith, (16) (Barberio, Panik), 7:19 (PP)
NOR Oberg, (1) (Gudas, Johnson), 12:47

Third Period
ALB Palmieri, (3) (Zajac, Hoeffel), 7:47
ALB Hoeffel, (3) (Mills, Burlon), 10:06
ALB Anderson, (6) (Veilleux, Gelinas), 10:59
ALB Gelinas, (6) (Mills), 19:34

Overtime
ALB Whitney, (8) (Harrold, Anderson), 3:31 (PP)

Mark Barberio was the game's second star. He now has 31 points in 33 games to nearly equal the 33 points he posted in 68 games last year as a rookie. That's due partly because he's nearly doubled his amount of shots on goal per game. Last season he had 103 shots on goal all season. He has 95 so far this year. Pucks on net mean rebounds and they mean getting the puck down low in the zone in potentially advantageous positions.

Richard Panik extends the Panik Attack to 3 games. Tonight was his second multi-point game as a pro. The hope is that the adjustment period is starting to fade and he has a really strong second half of the season to set himself up well for 2012-2013.

A 3 goal lead in the third period should be a death sentence in pro hockey for the team that's down. A 4 goal lead with under 13 minutes left absolutely should be 999 out of 1,000 times. And when that 1 in 1,000 times happens to you as the losing club, it stings. Yes, Norfolk was short 2 forwards tonight and having to play d-men up front, but for a 4-0 lead to evaporate in a touch over 12 minutes is unbelievable.

Fortunately, Hershey also lost tonight in overtime in the big outdoor game in Philly against the Phantoms, so the Admirals remain tied for the division lead. But, they'll have to show a lot of resiliency tomorrow against the Devils to regain some of the pride they had ripped from them tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-4-12 Admirals at Penguins

Panik attack, y'all!

NOR-5
WBS-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. He runs his record to 14-7-0 with the win, which is not too shabby. A 2.33 GAA doesn't hurt my feelings either.

First Period
NOR Panik, (5) (Cote, Ashton), 3:25
NOR Conacher, (20) (Labrie, Smith), 4:31
NOR Gudas, (5) (Conacher, Smith), 8:25

Second Period
WBS Petersen, (6) (Craig, Samuelsson), 2:16

Third Period
NOR Conacher, (21) (Kostka, Smith), 11:34 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (6) (Dimmen, Landry), 19:00 (PP)

Cory Conacher, Trevor Smith, and Richard Panik were the game's three stars. Welcome to the first points streak of Panik's professional career.

Congratulations are in order for Conacher, Smith, and Mark Barberio on their selections as AHL All-Stars. Conacher now sits at 4th in the league in scoring with 41 points in 33 games. Smith checks in at 3rd with 42 points in 34 games. Barberio, for his part, is tied for tops amongst defensemen in scoring at 29 points in 32 games.

Norfolk moves back into a tie with Hershey at 44 points for tops in the East Division and opens up a 3 point lead on the Pens. The Admirals have a 2 game set with Albany on Friday and Saturday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-31-11 Admirals at Bears

Norfolk sees a potential division lead slip away on shorthanded goals.

NOR-2
HER-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 40 shots before allowing 1 of 4 shooters to convert for the shootout loss. That's a quality start where he didn't manage to get the result, which is a shame. He did manage to raise his save percentage to .895.

First Period
NOR Palat, (2) (Panik, Kostka), 1:59

Second Period
HER Bourque, (18) (Aucoin, Collins), 7:16 (SH)
HER Hanson, (5) (Bourque, Brouillette), 15:34 (SH)

Third Period
NOR Kostka, (5) (Fornataro, Smith), 5:31 (PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- NONE
HER- Aucoin

You hate to see a game where you lose a point because of a pair of shorthanded goals against. It's hard enough to win in Hershey when you give 5 PP's to them. To give shorties to their special teams units just makes it that much more impossible.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-30-11 Sound Tigers at Admirals

Norfolk holds on by their fingernails for the sweep.

BRI-2
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
NOR Conacher, (19) (Barberio, Dimmen), 2:30
NOR Fornataro, (3) (Kostka, Smith), 11:34 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Johnson, (13) (Barberio, Conacher), 16:55 (PP)

Third Period
BRI Cizikas, (6) (de Haan, Wishart), 11:11 (PP)
BRI Romano, (2) (Ness, Reese), 12:48 (PP)

Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and third stars.

Bridgeport probably deserved better than they got in this two game set against the Ads. They outshot Norfolk by a decent margin in both games and, in the end, found themselves done in only by good goaltending and timely special teams goals by the Ads. Tonight's back breaker was TJ's second period PP marker, which held up as the winner. As I've said many times, a 3 goal lead is the magic number going into a third period. Three goal leads are practically insurmountable in pro hockey, even if you get thoroughly outshot like Norfolk did tonight (16-6 in the third).

Norfolk draws Hershey in yet another key divisional battle tomorrow. A regulation win will put the Admirals back on top in the division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Labrie Signing Highlights 3 Moves For Norfolk

In a trio of moves, the Lightning have announced they have signed Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a 2 year 2-way NHL contract. The power forward has been playing for Norfolk under an AHL contract and should add more muscle and toughness to the organization. Additionally, the Lightning have announced the recall of defenseman Evan Oberg from Norfolk in the wake of Victor Hedman's upper body injury, and that they have reassigned defenseman Charles Landry from Florida of the ECHL to Norfolk in Oberg's place.

AHL Game Night: 12-28-11 Sound Tigers at Admirals

Tic back in the saddle.

BRI-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. After unceremoniously dropping a couple of starts, Tokarski now has back to back wins.

First Period
BRI Gallant, (2) (Marcinko, Klementyev), 8:12

Second Period
NOR Kostka, (4) (Conacher, Barberio), 2:41 (PP)
NOR Devos, (2) (Ashton, Palat), 11:38

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tokarski and Philip-Michael Devos were the game's first and second stars.

In what was perhaps indicative of a holiday hangover, the Admirals were outshot 27-19 in the contest, but they got the goaltending to take the 2 points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Bolts Recall Oberg (Again) and J.T. Wyman

(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing JT Wyman and defenseman Evan Oberg from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Wyman, 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, has played in 29 games with Norfolk this season, recording six goals and 12 points with just six penalty minutes. His plus-10 rating ranks fourth on the team, third among forwards. In the five games leading up to his recall, Wyman has posted two goals and three points with a plus-4 rating. He has an even plus rating in 25 of 29 games this season.

Prospect of the Week (12.19.11)

This season we 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 consider this as an extra gift in a stocking. A stocking of awesome.

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 … Mark Barberio, Norfolk Admirals.

AHL Game Night: 12-18-11 Admirals at Bears

Norfolk throws down the gauntlet in the AHL East Division, after spending the entire third period smacking Hershey in the face with it.

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HER-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the win. He had a rough first period allowing a quick goal early and a bad goal late to drop the Ads down 3-1. But, credit to the scrappy Slovakian tender, he shut the door the rest of the way to earn his second straight win.

First Period
HER Rechlicz, (1) (Brouillette, Flemming), 2:47
HER Micflikier, (11) (Ford, Potulny), 11:46
NOR Ouellet, (8) (Devos, Angelidis), 16:12
HER Bourque, (16) (Kane, Aucoin), 19:56

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Wyman, (6) (Barberio, Janus), 4:33
NOR Devos, (1) (Barberio, Kostka), 6:43
NOR Smith, (14) (Ouellet, Barberio), 13:59 (PP)
NOR Panik, (4) (Devos), 14:58
NOR Johnson, (12) (Angelidis, Wyman), 18:52 (EN)

Philip-Michael Devos and Mark Barberio were the game's first and second stars.

Wow. Just, wow. It takes a really good team to do that to Hershey in Hershey, especially on the third night of a three game weekend. Holy cow. Norfolk knots the East Division up all over again with 37 points a piece between the Bears, Penguins, and Admirals, although Norfolk is giving up a game in hand. Still, I don't think they'll enjoy what the Admirals left underneath their trees in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey the last two nights. Those weren't just wins, those were statements of intent for a hostile takeover of the East.

Panik attack, y'all.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-17-11 Admirals at Penguins

Norfolk's biggest win of the season thus far.

NOR-5
WBS-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win. He snaps a brief 2 game personal skid in a spot where his club absolutely needed a win.

First Period
NOR Fornataro, (2) (Smith, Devos), 0:53 (PP)
NOR Ashton, (14) (Gudas, Jackson), 4:32
WBS Street, (10) (Henningson, Merth), 10:41

Second Period
WBS Lerg, (11) (Walker, McDonald), 1:42
NOR Johnson, (11) (Cote, Tokarski), 7:06
NOR Conacher, (18) (Smith, Jackson), 13:31
NOR Ouellet, (7) (Ashton, Angelidis), 19:40

Third Period
NO SCORING

Carter Ashton, Tyler Johnson, and Scott Jackson were the game's three stars.

For Norfolk, this was a huge game. They did not want to go into Hershey tomorrow trying to stave off the divisional sweep. That's a bad spot to be in on your 3rd game in 3 nights in one of the toughest buildings in the league to earn points in. They absolutely needed tonight's win to keep contact in the divisional hunt, and if they can steal a win from the Bears tomorrow, well that's just a bonus present in this holiday season. With the win, Norfolk is 2 points back of the Bears and Pens for the top spot in the East Division.

Carter Ashton (pictured) played well last night, but was Holtby'ed off the scoresheet on more than one occasion. He's starting to get active again, and that bodes well. Meanwhile, Johnson has 5 goals and 7 points in his last 8 games. That leads to an interesting question. Nate Thompson went out early in tonight's Lightning game and speculation is a forward may be recalled at some point. Is it Ashton? Is it Johnson? Trevor Smith?

Norfolk draws Hershey tomorrow at 5 pm. My guess is that Oberg rides the shuttle back for that game. When that game is over, the Admirals are off until 12/28. So, anyone's fair game for a call up from a manpower standpoint. The Lightning don't play again until Wednesday, when they start a 2 game swing through San Jose and Colorado. The question then is whether Matt Gilroy and/or Nate Thompson will be healthy, and whether Oberg and/or a forward will need to make the trip with the team and possible spend Christmas in Tampa.

No pressure, kids, but I suspect there will be some Tampa execs with eyes on the Hershey game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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