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.
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.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Scott Jackson to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Jackson, 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, played in 68 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League last season, recording a goal and five points with a plus-13 rating. He was tied for sixth among all Norfolk defensemen for plus/minus and also served as alternate captain for road games from December 17 until the end of the season. Jackson also made his professional playoffs debut with the Admirals, skating in six games during the Calder Cup Playoffs.
A native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Jackson has played in 174 career AHL games, all with Norfolk, registering two goals and 24 points with a career plus-18 rating. In 2009-10 he set career highs with 72 games played, 14 assists and 15 points. Jackson has also played in one career NHL game, April 11, 2010 at Florida, with the Lightning.
The Admirals get as big a win as you can get in early December.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the big, big win.
NOR Fornataro, (9) (Wright, Milam), 5:20 (PP)
WBS Tangradi, (9) (Potter, Wagner), 9:11
NOR Szczechura, (9) (Quick, Wright), 11:55
NOR Barberio, (1) (Jones, Berry), 12:45
NOR Milam, (5) (Wishart, Jones), 14:55
WBS Tangradi, (10) (Potter, Lerg), 2:41
WBS Veilleux, (2) (Johnson, Craig), 5:20
WBS Haddad, (1) (Potter, Wagner), 7:46
NOR Gudas, (1) (Barberio, Szczechura), 13:26
NOR Nelson, (5) , 19:01 (EN)
NOR Milam, (6) (Quick, Nelson), 19:59 (PP)
Radko Gudas and Troy Milam were the game's first and third stars. For Gudas, his goal was the game winner and his first as a professional. He was also +2 in the contest, which ties him for first in the AHL at +16. Mark Barberio also scored his first goal as a professional and added a helper. He's now, quietly, amassed 1 goal and 10 points in 21 games. It's going to be interesting to watch these two young blueliners grow up together.
New addition Levi Nelson scored his first goal in an Admirals jersey and also added an assist in the contest.
The last minute of the game was marred by the kind of nastiness that you only get between two teams that now realize that this season is going to be heavyweight fight, and as of right now, the Admirals are winning three rounds to none. Those receiving the early gate for Norfolk were Chris Durno, Mike Angelidis, Alex Berry, Scott Jackson, Blair Jones, Ty Wishart, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
Norfolk moves to within 3 points of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first place in the East Division with the Pens holding a game in hand.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Big Joe is now 7th in the league in scoring.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the win. How spoiled are these netminders, with all the goal support they're getting?
ADK Syvret, (2) (Kalinski), 0:56
ADK Syvret, (3) (Rowe, Holmstrom), 7:07
NOR Harju, (10) (Vernace), 4:27
ADK Pither, (2) (Clackson), 7:34
NOR Berry, (6) (Harju, Gudas), 9:30
NOR Harju, (11) (Quick, Giliati), 11:29
NOR Marks, (1) , 12:34
NOR Harju, (12) (Durno), 11:00
NOR Wright, (6) (Szczechura, Fornataro), 19:45
Johan Harju and Tim Marks were the game's first and third stars. "Big Joe" Harju is now tied for 7th in the AHL in scoring, after his 4 point, hat trick effort tonight. For those wondering, he's one point shy of his lifelong teammate, Linus Omark, who has 23 points so far for Oklahoma City. Harju is also tied for third in goals, as well. Again, you have to give credit to Harju for playing so well since being sent back down from Tampa Bay. A lot of young players would have pouted. Harju's running wild with 5 goals and 6 points in 3 games since the demotion. I am beginning to wonder what Johan has left to learn in Norfolk. To me, the holes in his game are his inexperience with Boucher's system and a lack of upper-body strength. Both of those probably would be fixed more quickly in Tampa Bay. That's a good problem to have.
As of this posting, the Admirals have three players in the AHL's top-ten in plus-minus. Chris Durno is tied for first at +14. Radko Gudas is tied for third at +12. Kevin Quick is tied for tenth at +10. Defenseman Scott Jackson is steadily climbing the charts to join his teammates. He is +4 in 4 games since returning from injury on 11/20 and is +8 in 10 games this season.
Stefano Giliati now has 1 goal and 4 points in the last 4 games.
Norfolk jumps back into second place in the East Division, 4 points back of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with the Pens holding a game in hand. Continuing the trend from last season, Norfolk has been rude houseguests when they travel away from Scope. They are 8-3-2-0 in 13 road games so far this season. They've also played six more road games than home games, which means they'll have a repeat of last year's scenario where they should have a ton of home games in the second half of the year. If they can start winning home games at the same clip as they do on the road, they will be in outstanding shape.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their roster by 21 players today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The team now has 28 players in camp. All 21 players will report to the Norfolk Admirals training camp, which begins on Tuesday.
The prospects that were reassigned to Norfolk include forwards Mitch Fadden, Stefano Giliati, Alex Hutchings, Juraj Simek, and the barely graduated James Wright and Paul Szczechura; defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick, and Ty Wishart; and goaltenders Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski.
Forwards Matt Fornataro and Tim Marks, who were invited to the Tampa camp as try-outs, have AHL contracts with the Admirals and will join the Lightning organizational players for the opening of the Norfolk training camp on Tuesday.
Angelidis, Fritz, Jones, Mihalik, Simek, and Szczechura must all clear waivers before their reassignment to Norfolk is complete.