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AHL Game Night: 2/5/11 Senators at Admirals

More late third period horrors in Norfolk.

BNG-3
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
BNG Smith, (6) (Benoit, Locke), 18:53 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Jones, (15) (Harju), 12:35

Third Period
BNG Smith, (7) (Greening, Locke), 1:01
NOR Labrie, (5) (Angelidis, Berry), 1:55
BNG Wick, (9) (O'Brien, Schira), 19:47

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was the game's third star.

For the second game in a row, Norfolk gives up a late third period goal to the Senators. Last night it allowed Binghamton to steal a point before falling in overtime. Tonight, it took at least a point away from the Admirals in the form of a regulation loss. Norfolk's a rather pitiful 3-5-1-1 in their last 10 games and are fading in the chase for second place in the division. That's bad news, because they now look destined to have to face either Wilkes-Barre/Scranton or Hershey with the Pens and Bears holding home ice, which looks to be a recipe for a quick playoff exit. With 29 games left to go in the regular season, it's time for the Admirals to start to get serious.

For his part, Blair Jones extended his scoring streak to 5 games, while Johan Harju extended his to 4.

Marc-Andre Bergeron did not play tonight as he has been recalled by the Lightning with ex-Admiral Mike Lundin ailing from a groin injury. In his place, the Lightning have gone ahead and completed the assignment of netminder Mike Smith to the Admirals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2/3/11 Admirals at Checkers

Admirals come back to steal a point in a wild goal-fest.

NOR-6
CHA-7 (OT)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 7 goals on 29 shots for the loss in his first AHL start of the season. I miss the pre-knee injury Janus from last season.

First Period
CHA Micflikier, (20) , 3:50
CHA Terry, (19) (Matsumoto), 4:05
NOR Jones, (14) (Wright, Bergeron), 8:01 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (15) (Barberio, Giliati), 13:18
CHA Nash, (11) (Rodney, Samson), 18:18 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Harju, (17) (Roy, Wright), 4:51
CHA Dalpe, (15) (Terry), 8:08
NOR Gudas, (4) (Berry, Barberio), 14:00
CHA Matsumoto, (13) , 17:14 (SH)

Third Period
CHA Matsumoto, (14) (Jordan), 8:59
NOR Berry, (12) (Pouliot), 11:53 (PP)
NOR Pouliot, (13) (Fornataro, Harju), 17:27

Overtime
CHA Samson, (24) , 1:11

Alex Berry was the game's third star.

Norfolk had to work in Janus somewhere over this back-to-back-to-back games set, and the results were going to be unpredictable. Unfortunately, giving up 7 goals, the worst case scenario occured. I suspect Tic will be back in against Binghamton tomorrow and on Saturday.

I am heartened to see Johan Harju follow up his assist in the East's 11-8 All-Star victory on Monday night with a multi-point night in Charlotte. Big Joe hadn't had a multi-point game since November, although in fairness some of that time he was up with Tampa. I, personally, feel that it's important for Tampa Bay to keep Harju and other guys like Blair Jones rolling in Norfolk, because they'll provide depth in the case of injuries come playoff time.

Norfolk desperately needs to take these upcoming games against fifth place Binghamton, or they could really play themselves into some trouble. Right now Norfolk is in third place in the East, tied at 59 points with Charlotte with a game in hand. But, Bingo lurks 6 points back. If they were to sweep, Norfolk would find it in some deep trouble. A Norfolk sweep this weekend could really help put the Sens away. It's a crossroads of the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1/16/11 Admirals at Checkers

The Admirals continue to feel at home on the road.

NOR-4
CHA-2

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief to take the victory. Tokarski entered the weekend with a slumping 0-6-0-1 mark in his last 7 appearances, but was 2-0-0-0 in his two appearances this weekend, and raised his season save percentage back up to .901. If Desjardins is anything more than just nicked, it'll be important for Tokarski to step up in the coming days.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Osala), 0:12
NOR Fornataro, (11) (Milam, Gudas), 16:06

Second Period
CHA Carson, (1) (Rodney, Dalpe), 2:34 (PP)
NOR Jones, (11) (Szczechura), 4:41
NOR Gudas, (2) (Wright, Vernace), 15:21 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Vernace, Durno), 18:58 (EN)

Radko Gudas and Blair Jones were the game's first and third stars.

With 31 points in 29 games, Blair Jones just eclipsed his season output of 30 points in 63 games last season. His career high was 54 points in 80 games in 2008-2009, when he spent a significant amount of time anchoring the left point on the power play for the Admirals.

Norfolk moved 2 points ahead of Charlotte to claim a clear hold on second place in the East Division with the win. Their .652 road winning percentage in 4th in the league behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, and Hershey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/14/11 Sound Tigers at Admirals

Admirals power play does its part to right the ship.

BRI-2
NOR-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Jones, (10) (Szczechura, Wright), 3:03
BRI Motherwell, (2) (Svendsen), 15:45

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (10) (Jones, Bergeron), 6:41 (PP)
BRI Haley, (11) (Figren, Katic), 9:14 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (13) (Harju, Pouliot), 17:07 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Szczechura, (11) (Milam, Jones), 14:05 (PP)
NOR Marks, (3) (Milam, Durno), 17:41

Paul Szczechura, Blair Jones, and Troy Milam were the game's three stars.

Norfolk's power play was 3-for-4 on the night, and that's your hockey game, right there. Norfolk's win temporarily puts them back in a tie for second place in the division with Charlotte, with the Checkers tied 5-5 with Manchester late in the third period. Norfolk will hold 3 games in hand on Charlotte at the end of the night, regardless of the outcome. Hershey lurks three points back with two games in hand, and are up 2-0 late in the third against Adirondack.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/7/11 Whale at Admirals

Resisting the cheap "Admirals Harpoon Whale" opening...

CT-2
NOR-5

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 24 of 26 shots to improve to 13-5-1 this season.

First Period
NOR Harju, (15) (Pouliot, Durno), 0:17
CT Dupont, (6) (Tessier), 8:45

Second Period
NOR Wright, (11) (Fornataro, Szczechura), 10:06
CT Williams, (2) (White, Nightingale), 15:00

Third Period
NOR Vernace, (6) (Jones), 11:22
NOR Angelidis, (12) (Jones, Berry), 11:45
NOR Durno, (11) (Pouliot, Quick), 12:30

Blair Jones, Chris Durno, and Michael Vernace were the game's three stars.

Johan Harju broke a 4 game pointless skid and a 6 game goalless skid. Radko Gudas improved to +16 for the season with a +3 effort. He's tied with Chris Durno and now one plus behind AHL leader Mike Angelidis of the Ads. That's right, three of the four league leaders in plus-minus are Norfolk Admirals.

Incidentally, rebranding your team in the middle of the season is odd. The Whale was the Hartford Wolf Pack a few months ago, if you were wondering.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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