Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Night: 2-11-12 Phantoms at Admirals

Laying the smacketh down.

ADK-3
NOR-7

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 25 shots but got a wee bit more goal support than last night to carry him to his 21st win of the year. That matches Tic's win total from all of last season and he now will zero in on his career mark of 27 wins set in his rookie campaign as his next milestone to beat.

First Period
NOR Panik, (11) (Palat, Johnson), 2:48
NOR Kostka, (7) (Barberio, Palat), 4:36 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (26) (Barberio, Panik), 5:07 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (27) (Smith, Johnson), 8:20 (PP)

Second Period
ADK Brown, (6) (Klotz, Kessel), 4:23

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (11) (Picard, Cote), 3:31
ADK Kalinski, (9) (Manning, Akeson), 4:02
NOR Smith, (19) (Labrie, Ashton), 13:23
ADK Manning, (3) (Kessel, Holmstrom), 14:38 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (16) (Fornataro, Devos), 17:36

Cory Conacher, Mark Barberio, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars.

Phantoms d-man Cullen Eddy messed with the bull and got the horns, earning a game misconduct for elbowing rookie phenom Conacher. The Ads proceeded to score 3 power play goals on the subsequent 5 minute major, including 2 by Conacher himself.

Conacher did not manage a hat trick, but, by virtue of an assist added on Conacher's first goal, Richard Panik posted a first period Gordie Howe hat trick for the opening goal, a power play assist, and then a fight with ex-Admiral Dan Jancevski. When Panik attacks, Adirondack trembles.

Barberio crossed the 40 point threshold with his 2 power play helpers tonight. He's now at 41 points in 48 games, pushing him 2 points ahead of Brian Connelly of Abbotsford for the lead amongst d-men. For his part, Mike Kostka has quietly pushed up into a tie for 11th amongst d-men in scoring with 27 points in 45 games.

Norfolk picks up 1 point on Hershey, which fell in a shootout tonight, and keeps pace with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. So, the Ads are 1 point back of the Bears and 4 points back of the Pens in the division. Both the Bears and Pens hold a game in hand on Norfolk. Norfolk heads to Charlotte tomorrow to face the Midwest Division (don't ask) leading Checkers.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-12 Phantoms at Admirals

Spoon!

ADK-0
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski stopped all 17 shots he faced to post his 20th victory of the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Devos, (4) (Conacher, Oberg), 3:35

Third Period
NOR Labrie, (9) (Conacher, Kostka), 18:38 (EN)

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

Norfolk outshot Adirondack 28-17 in the game.

The Admirals gained 2 points on idle Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to pull within 4 points of first in the division, and they keep pace with Hershey 2 points back for second place in the East Division. Norfolk and Adirondack rematch on Saturday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-5-12 Admirals at Falcons

It's so hard to beat the same team twice in two days, and even harder when you whip them in the first game, for whatever reason.

NOR-2
SPR-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
SPR Calvert, (10) (Atkinson, Regner), 9:52 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Labrie, (8) (Smith, Barberio), 14:40
NOR Ouellet, (10) (Kostka, Oberg), 18:44 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Cullity, (1) (Calvert, Amadio), 11:29
SPR Mayorov, (5) (Joudrey, Regner), 11:59
SPR St. Pierre, (9) (Giroux), 15:16

Allowing 3 goals in the final frame to lose the game leads one to believe the Admirals ran out of gas playing their third game in less than 72 hours. And, again, it proves what an old wise man once told me: it's so damned hard to beat the same team twice in two days. And the caveat I've learned over the years is, it's even harder when you win big in the first game because mentally you lose the edge and the urgency and mentally they're going out with more edge and more determination not to get embarrassed again.

Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton played a 3 point game today, so the loss to Springfield hurts that extra little bit. The Ads are now 6 points back of the Pens for the division lead and 2 points back of the Bears for second place.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-4-12 Admirals at Falcons

This is not the team to tangle with when they're grumpy after a loss.

NOR-6
SPR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory.

First Period
NOR Oberg, (3) (Labrie, Smith), 0:37
NOR Panik, (10) (Labrie), 15:11

Second Period
SPR Calvert, (9) (Atkinson), 5:27
NOR Smith, (17) (Oberg, Conacher), 5:45
NOR Smith, (18) , 11:42
NOR Barberio, (6) (Smith, Kostka), 17:30 (PP)
NOR Dimmen, (2) (Oberg, Devos), 19:17 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Trevor Smith, Evan Oberg, and the legend that is Pierre-Cedric Labrie were the game's three stars.

What I think Trevor Smith's short callup to the Lightning proved is that he absolutely is an NHLer. He looked ready to me, and, I really believe a night like tonight when he goes for 2-2-4 and is +4 is one of those signals that he's started to outgrow the AHL and he's ready for the show. He's 6th in the AHL in scoring right now, just 2 points back of Conacher for the Norfolk team lead in scoring. It's really an embarrassment of riches when some of your AHL-level guys like Wyman, Smith, and Labrie who aren't your key prospects start beating down the door to get to the NHL. I don't know if the Lightning can pull off the miracle comeback to get into the playoffs, but I do honestly believe that the way Norfolk's playing, it portends that the Lightning are going to be very strong next year as guys start to make it to the NHL and propel the club into the future. Whereas the team had little depth for many years, the depth now is getting obscenely good.

Panik attack, y'all.

Norfolk rematches Springfield tomorrow afternoon. All the disclaimers about how difficult it is to beat the same team back-to-back after you paste them in the first game apply.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-28-12 Bears at Admirals

Holtby'ed again.

HER-3
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Potulny, (14) (Bourque, Aucoin), 3:56 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (15) (Panik, Conacher), 8:46 (PP)

Second Period
HER Potulny, (15) (Bourque, Aucoin), 18:44 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (25) (Johnson, Dimmen), 18:59

Third Period
HER Hanson, (9) (Ford), 1:14

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

Norfolk outshot Hershey 40-22, but as has been the case seemingly about a half dozen times over the years, just when the Ads look ready to make their move and establish themselves as the better team, Holtby or one of the other Caps prospect goaltenders stands on their heads. Holding that team, as explosive as it is, to 22 shots is unheard of. To play that well and still lose hurts badly.

And the Panik attack continues. In the last 16 games, Richard Panik has 6 goals and 13 points and he's now riding a 5 game point streak. It's not quite as impressive as Carter Ashton's ridiculous 11 goals and 17 points in the first 16 games this year, but it's in the ballpark (upper deck, perhaps, but in the ballpark).

Monday night is the AHL All-Star Game and the Admirals will return to action next Friday against Adirondack. Fortunately, the Penguins got spanked by Binghamton, so they pull into the break just 3 points back in the division despite the loss to the Bears.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-12 Bears at Admirals

Labrie is Superman.

HER-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Ashton, (17) (Kostka, Panik), 11:32

Third Period
HER Micflikier, (19) (Eakin), 6:30
NOR Labrie, (7) (Smith, Conacher), 10:04

Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Carter Ashton, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Ashton now with 2 goals in his last 3 games. You hope it's time for another Carter Ashton boomlet.

Labrie got off the plane, then got into a phone booth to put on his cape and score the game winning goal. There's not many tough guys who could do what he did: play a strong 2-way game in a 4th line role in Tampa and then turn around and go play on a top line and score the winning goal down in the AHL. This guy's not going away. He's not a flash in the pan.

Mark it down: 1/27/12 was the day Panik got back to 0.50 points per game. Panik attack, ya'll.

Norfolk's win ties them with Hershey at 55 points, but they're now 3 points behind the suddenly surging Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. On the one hand, playing in this division makes it extremely tough to get a high seed, which is tough on Norfolk. On the other hand, though, they'll be a lot more battle tested come the postseason having played more games against quality opposition.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-21-12 Admirals at Whale

When Slovakians attack...

NOR-5
CT-4 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 26 shots and stopped 9 of 10 in the penalty shot session for the win. He came into the game in relief of Dustin Tokarski who unceremoniously allowed all 3 shots he faced into the net before getting the hook.

First Period
NOR Johnson, (14) (Ashton, Conacher), 0:39
CT Deveaux, (12) (Newbury, Christensen), 1:26 (PP)
CT Tanski, (3) (Tessier), 3:49
CT Bourque, (3) (Tessier, Parlett), 6:33

Second Period
NOR Palat, (3) , 3:58

Third Period
NOR Ashton, (16) (Panik, Jackson), 6:10
NOR Conacher, (24) (Kostka), 6:28 (PP)
CT Tanski, (4) (Grant, Owens), 8:13

Richard Panik was the first star of the game. He assisted Carter Ashton on the goal to tie the game at 3-3, got cheap shotted by Aaron Voros shortly thereafter, but got his revenge with the tenth round shootout winner. I'm rather shocked Janus didn't get a star, but both he and his countryman Panik were very worthy tonight. In his last 10 games, the AHL is feeling the Panik attack to the tune of 5 goals and 9 points.

For those wondering, although not 100%, Mark Barberio did dress and play tonight. I'm not the official BP Tweetmeister, but if I were: #goodnewsforachange

Norfolk's trip to the pay window moves them to within 2 points of Hershey in the division with the Bears holding a game in hand. Norfolk draws Charlotte at Scope on Tuesday night. The Checkers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference (don't ask) this season, so Norfolk will have their work cut out for them.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-20-11 Admirals at Crunch

Oi.

NOR-3
SYR-6

Jaroslav Janus allowed 6 goals on 23 shots for the loss before being pulled for Dustin Tokarski for the third period. Tic stopped all 3 shots he faced the rest of the way in light work.

First Period
SYR Maroon, (17) (Sexton, Carle), 1:21
SYR Macenauer, (3) (Smaby, Maroon), 12:08
SYR Maroon, (18) (Carle, Sexton), 16:20

Second Period
SYR Sexton, (6) (McMillan), 3:48
SYR Macenauer, (4) (Bodie), 8:46
SYR Maroon, (19) (Carle, Rodney), 15:41 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (9) (Fornataro), 4:25
NOR Angelidis, (10) (Ouellet, Fornataro), 4:51
NOR Panik, (9) (Devos, Palat), 19:54

It was a tough spot for the Admirals, having to make due with so few forwards and moving defensemen to play out of position. It got worse when they lost Mark Barberio tonight to an injury. Kudos to them for sticking to it in the third and making it a bit more respectable. At least there was a Panik attack.

Norfolk heads to Hartford tomorrow to play the Whale.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-12 Admirals at Devils

Norfolk's d-corps continues to surpass all expectations.

NOR-5
ALB-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the win. He moved to 17-9-0 on the season for the win.

First Period
ALB Veilleux, (6) (Urbom, Berube), 5:49
NOR Fornataro, (6) (Conacher, Barberio), 14:16 (PP)
ALB Veilleux, (7) (Sestito, Whitney), 16:13
ALB Veilleux, (8) (Whitney), 18:28

Second Period
NOR Oberg, (2) (Palat, Devos), 5:21
NOR Barberio, (5) (Johnson, Gudas), 6:09
ALB Wiseman, (3) (Palmieri, Zharkov), 13:28
NOR Ouellet, (9) (Kostka, Cote), 16:12
NOR Angelidis, (8) (Kostka, Cote), 16:38

Third Period
NO SCORING

Mark Barberio and Mike Kostka were the game's second and third stars. Barberio now holds a 5 point edge in the race to be the AHL's top scoring defenseman. He has 5 goals and 37 points in 38 games. With his multi-point game tonight, Kostka has moved into the top-20 among AHL defensemen in scoring with 6 goals and 20 points in 35 games. The bulk of that scoring has come since he joined Norfolk in the James Wright trade. He had just 2 goals and 6 points with San Antonio prior to the deal, but he's had 4 goals and 14 points since coming to Norfolk. Bear in mind Kostka had 16 goals and 54 points in 80 games with Rochester a year ago, which was tied for third in the league. So, the Admirals legitimately boast two of the absolute best offensive d-men in the league, which is part of the reason they're one of the most deadly offensive powers in the AHL this side of the Hershey Bears.

Tonight's victory was a bit of sweet revenge for a Norfolk team that had a temporary slump started by a third period collapse at home against the Devils just a few weeks ago. For the Admirals to overcome a 3-1 first period deficit that featured a Stephane Veilleux hat trick represented a nice bit of payback for the team.

Norfolk moves within 4 points of the Bears in the East Division standings with the victory. They continue their road trip in Syracuse on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-14-12 Whale at Admirals

The Pink Panik!

CT-2
NOR-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory. He earned his 16th win of the season and is now clearly in workhorse mode after playing both ends of the back-to-back this weekend.

First Period
NOR Panik, (7) (Oberg, Johnson), 13:45

Second Period
NOR Panik, (8) , 10:20
CT Tessier, (7) (Klassen), 15:32
CT Voros, (4) (Avery), 16:21

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (5) (Kostka, Conacher), 4:14
NOR Angelidis, (7) (Barberio), 17:21

Richard Panik, Matt Fornataro, and Mike Kostka were the game's three stars. Panik now has 4 goals and 7 points in his last 7 games. The thought that Panik may finally be putting it together in his rookie season of pro hockey has to make the Lightning absolutely giddy. It's already an embarrassment of riches in Norfolk considering how well the team's other rookies have played.

Tonight was Norfolk's annual "Pink the Rink" promotion.

With both Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning today, the Admirals managed to maintain position in 2nd in the division, 6 points back of the Bears. Norfolk draws Albany in Albany on Wednesday with a chance to exorcise the demons from a couple of weekends back when the team went on a mini-tailspin.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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