Boutin, Jonathan

AHL Game Night 11/30: Admirals at River Rats

Considering they only had one good period, getting a point is probably the best the Ads could expect.

NOR-3
ALB-4 (OT)

Jonathan Boutin stopped 35 of 39 shots in the overtime loss. Norfolk was outshot 39-26 in the game.

First Period
NOR Lawrence, (4) , 10:49
ALB MacDonald, (1) (Carson, Nolan), 13:15

Second Period
ALB Johnson, (5) (Bayda, Carson), 10:22

Third Period
ALB Angelidis, (7) (Gove, Flood), 9:41
NOR Milley, (6) (Henrich), 10:30
NOR Henrich, (1) (Keller, Lawrence), 17:39

Overtime
ALB Bayda, (6) (Aucoin), 4:36

Norfolk is two points out of the final playoff spot in the division with Binghamton holding 2 games in hand, so tomorrow night's game against the Senators has some obvious importance. Rumors last week placed a possible Karri Ramo return for the game tomorrow night, but seeing as Karl Goehring dressed as the backup tonight that remains to be seen.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/28: Admirals at River Rats

Disgusting.

NOR-0
ALB-7

Jonathan Boutin allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss before giving way to Karl Goerhing who allowed 3 goals on 13 shots the rest of the way. Norfolk was outshot 38-16 in the game.

First Period
ALB Angelidis, (5) (Gove, Nolan), 8:55
ALB Forrest, (1) (Samson, Aucoin), 12:07

Second Period
ALB Conboy, (1) (Borer, Johnson), 1:54
ALB Bayda, (5) (Borer), 15:21
ALB Aucoin, (3) (Nolan, Angelidis), 18:25

Third Period
ALB Flood, (3) (Petruzalek, Gove), 4:09 (PP)
ALB Angelidis, (6) , 12:02

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/24: Falcons at Admirals

Remember when I said maybe this wasn't the week the Admirals would make their move after all when Darche and Jancevski were called up? Shows how much I know. My only real regret: not being able to see the look on Springfield Republican writer Fran Sypek's face as the Lightning's "suspects" dismantled the Falcons.

SPR-2
NOR-6

Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 26 shots faced tonight to run his record to 6-2-2 this season. When you get at least a point in 80% of your starts, that's pretty darn good in my book.

First Period
NOR Klinkhammer, (2) (Stewart, Jones), 1:55
SPR McDonald, (4) (Thoresen, Reddox), 4:42

Second Period
SPR Schremp, (4) (Kemp, Reddox), 1:01 (PP)
NOR Milley, (4) (Schneider, Fletcher), 7:58
NOR Milley, (5) (MacDonald, Wanvig), 9:50
NOR Keller, (2) (Mihalik, Jones), 18:41 (PP)

Third Period
NOR MacDonald, (3) (Wanvig, Milley), 3:07
NOR Leach, (3) (Stewart, Jones), 14:10

Norm Milley, Craig MacDonald, and Kyle Wanvig were the three stars of the game.

But it's not just the veterans who were chipping in this week. Blair Jones is now riding a three game point streak posting 2 goals and 7 points over that span. Justin Keller is also riding a three game point streak with 1 goal and 4 points over that span. Further adding support offensively: Vladimir Mihalik with 3 assists in the last two games and Rob Klinkhammer with 1 goal and 4 points over the same span.

Norfolk now improves their record to 8-10-2 on the season and sets itself up well for a critical road trip through the division. With 18 points the Admirals are now in a three way tie with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the 4th and final playoff spot in the division, 2 points back of 3rd place Binghamton and 3 points back of 2nd place Albany. Norfolk draws Albany on Wednesday and Friday nights before facing Bighamton next Saturday and Hershey next Sunday. 4 road games in 5 nights. The math isn't complicated, and the stakes are high. The good news is word on the street is Karri Ramo might be ready by next weekend to spell Boutin, who has almost exclusively carried the load for Norfolk over the past couple of weeks.

If the Ads play their cards right, they could be sitting at .500 or better by the end of next weekend and occupying a potential playoff spot. Not bad for a team that was close to being given up for dead just two weeks ago.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/23: Falcons at Admirals

Maybe this is the weekend the Admirals make their move after all?

SPR-2
NOR-4

Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the win. The young netminder has now run his record to 5-2-2 on the season with a 2.57 GAA and .925 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Stewart, (3) (Keller, Jones), 5:12
NOR Campbell, (2) (Klinkhammer, Lawrence), 5:42
NOR Klinkhammer, (1) (Leach, Mihalik), 11:30
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Klinkhammer, Mihalik), 11:46
SPR Thoresen, (12) (Schremp, Syvret), 19:41

Second Period
SPR Sestito, (2) (Schremp, Syvret), 7:43

Third Period
NO SCORING

Rob Klinkhammer, Boutin, and Chris Lawrence were the game's three stars.

Norfolk improves its record to 7-10-2 on the season with one more game to go against Springfield this weekend.

Norfolk is now tied with Wilkes/Barre Scranton with 16 points, 2 back of Hershey for the final playoff spot in the division and 3 back of Albany and Binghamton. Once they play Springfield tomorrow night they get back into division play on the road with two games against Albany and then matchups with Binghamton and Hershey, so a winning streak now can flip their fortunes in the division quickly.

Can't look ahead though. Springfield's going to come out flying Saturday night.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/21: Phantoms at Admirals

Norfolk gets an early touchdown and holds Philly to a field goal.

PHI-3
NOR-7

Jonathan Boutin stopped 28 of 31 shots faced to advance his record to 4-2-2 on the season.

First Period
NOR Wanvig, (11) , 0:39 (PEN/SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Keller, Stewart), 0:51
NOR Jones, (5) (Fletcher, Keller), 10:20 (PP)
NOR Campbell, (1) (Scalzo, Jones), 18:23 (PP)
NOR MacDonald, (2) (Smaby, Milley), 18:55

Second Period
NOR Milley, (3) (MacDonald), 13:13
PHI Downie, (1) (Ross, Parent), 17:56

Third Period
PHI Ross, (6) , 4:39 (SH)
PHI Picard, (2) (Downie, Potulny), 10:03
NOR Stewart, (2) (MacDonald, Wanvig), 18:22 (PP)

Blair Jones (2-1-3), Craig MacDonald (1-2-3), and Norm Milley (1-2-3) were the three stars of the game.

Norfolk now 2 points out of the last playoff spot in their division with a 2 game set against Springfield coming up.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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