Following the lead of the big club, the Admirals break through against the Caps' farm team.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win.
HER Wilson, (12) (Carlson, Pinizzotto), 13:24
NOR Keller, (6) (Lawrence, Krajicek), 3:14
NOR Simek, (11) (Quick), 15:59
NOR Craig, (13) (Keller, Lawrence), 3:22
HER McNeill, (3) (Aucoin, Giroux), 4:21
HER Giroux, (14) (McNeill, Gordon), 7:33
NOR Parrish, (9) , 19:53
Mark Parrish and Justin Keller were the game's first and second stars. The Admirals had lost all five of their previous encounters this season to the Bears, which was a streak of futility oddly similar to the one the Lightning just broke against the Capitals. The Admirals pull into the halfway point of the season at four games under .500, and they'll be 1-2 points behind Adirondack for fourth in the division by the end of the night, tied with both Syracuse and Binghamton at 36 points.
Chris Lawrence broke a 17 game scoreless streak with his first multi-point night of the season. Way to go, Larry.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
A couple of Admirals tryouts are looking like serious contenders to make the team.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 13 shots before giving way to Jaroslav Janus midway through the game. Janus allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the overtime loss, and now the Lightning will need to make a decision whether to sign the young Slovak to an entry-level deal or send him back to Erie of the OHL for one more season.
Norfolk was outshot 30-27 in the game.
Tommy Goebel has been the story so far in Admirals camp among the tryouts. The diminutive Parma, Ohio native is entering his second year of pro hockey after splitting last season between Wheeling of the ECHL (42 points in 35 games) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL (4 goals and 12 points in 25 games). Goebel played four years in the CCHA split between Michigan State and Ohio State, amassing 54 goals and 115 points in 147 games. Goebel could add more speed to an Admirals lineup that was one of the slowest in the AHL over the past two seasons.
Matt Dias is trying to earn a pro contract after four years with Sudbury of the OHL. Last season Dias had 31 goals and 66 points in 68 games.
Game story from NorfolkAdmirals.com.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defensemen Kevin Quick and Scott Jackson along with forwards Chris Lawrence and Mitch Fadden to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Fadden, a first-year pro and prolific scorer for Tri-City and Lethbridge of the WHL, was thought to have a shot at getting an exhibition game with the Lightning but that will have to wait until the Admirals pre-season begins. Jackson, Quick and Lawrence each spent the majority of last season with the Admirals, with Lawrence begining the final year of his three-year entry level rookie contract this season. With these four assignments, the Lightning reduce the size of their camp roster to 43.
Lightning prospects remaining at the 2009 Lightning training camp include goaltenders Riku Helenius and Dustin Tokarski; defensemen Victor Hedman, Matt Lashoff, Ty Wishart, and Vladimir Mihalik; forwards Steve Downie, Carter Ashton, Richard Panik, Dana Tyrell, Paul Szczechura, Martins Karsums, Radek Smolenak, Blair Jones, James Wright, Juraj Simek, and Lauri Tukonen.
The Admrials continue to experience third period collapses.
Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 39 shots for the loss.
NOR Simek, (7) (Konopka, Lundin), 10:49 (PP)
BNG Karlsson, (7) (Mauldin, Regin), 10:51
BNG Weller, (4) , 15:12
NOR Smolenak, (20) , 17:05
BNG Smith, (5) , 6:26 (PP)
BNG Mauldin, (19) (Regin, Smith), 7:05 (PP)
BNG Regin, (16) (Petruic), 9:17
NOR Lawrence, (5) (Keller, Zingoni), 14:46
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Lawrence was regarded as a solid draft prospect for good reason -- quite simpley, he possesses first/second round size and skills. His 40 assists in 2004-2005 were largely due to Carter, but Lawrence is an adequate passer in his own right. Many questioned his high-upside skills after the slow start to 2005-2006, but Lawrence responded to the trade to Mississauga and increased offensive responsibilities with 20 goals in under a half of a season. Most importantly, Lawrence's approach changed for the better as he was more aggressive offensively, including looking to shoot more. He also showed good effort in Mississauga, getting involved in the game physically. Scouts and fans have been waiting for Lawrence to become the sum of all his parts, and perhaps the trade to Mississauga was the key to unlocking his potential.
Lack of consistency and work ethic are two traits that have followed Lawrence around the OHL in his young career like a black cloud. Such expectations come with being a top-10 OHL pick and being compared to Carter. It was thought with the departure of Carter to Philadelphia of the NHL that Lawrence would take the bull by the horns and lead the Sault back to the playoffs. However, Lawrence underachieved badly before the trade. Because of his strong finish to the 2005-2006 season with the Ice Dogs, perhaps that black cloud is starting to clear. Lawrence must continue to put his game together, becoming the sum of his parts. He must also work on his average skating ability. As he matures in a leadership role in the OHL, he will get every opportunity to make himself a steal for the Lightning in the third round. Fans must be patient with the big centerâ€™s development, but hold him accountable for his approach to the game. Hopefully weâ€™ve seen the last of that cloud.
Lawrence has second-line upside. With the Lightning, he will go as far as his work ethic can take him. He has the raw skills to make it to the NHL and has often been compared to former Philadelphia first rounder Ryan Carter.
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|2003-2004||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||62||7||6||13||34||||
|Canada Ontario U17||WHC-17||6||3||3||6||2||||
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|2005-2006||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||29||3||14||17||31||||
|Mississippi Sea Wolves||ECHL||3||0||1||1||5||||
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|2012-2013||San Francisco Bulls||ECHL||6||2||3||5||10||||
|Orlando Solar Bears||ECHL||19||4||10||14||14||||
|Nottingham Panthers||Champions HL||6||0||1||1||16||||
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Vengeance wore a blue jersey tonight.
Craig Kowalski allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win.
NOR Bochenski, (26) (Konopka), 19:53
BNG Mauldin, (17) (Regin, Hamel), 0:16
NOR Smolenak, (19) (Lawrence, Quick), 0:53
NOR Simek, (6) (Jones, Henley), 1:23
NOR Zingoni, (4) (Konopka, Boyle), 1:52
NOR Jones, (17) (Simek, Hooton), 9:20
BNG Mauldin, (18) (Regin), 11:08
Kowalski and Radek Smolenak were the game's first and second stars. Smolenak is just one goal away from hitting 20 for the first time in his professional career. Meanwhile, Blair Jones moved just 3 goals shy of accomplishing the same feat.
Two Chris Lawrence sitings in as many nights?
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Tough night in Binghamton.
Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 15 shots for the loss before giving way to Craig Kowalski who allowed 2 goals on 11 shots the rest of the way.
BNG Hamel, (24) (Slattengren, Glass), 10:45
BNG Slattengren, (10) (Mauldin), 11:48
BNG Bomersback, (2) (Konkle, McGregor), 15:05
BNG Mauldin, (16) (Hamel), 15:58
BNG Pope, (2) (Taormina, Zubov), 5:11
NOR Lawrence, (4) (Konopka, Segal), 5:39
BNG Smith, (20) (Carkner), 8:46 (SH)
NOR Hooton, (2) (Simek), 12:59
Wow, a Chris Lawrence siting.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Scott Jackson rang up his first professional goal, a game winning power play tally, with less than 4 minutes remaining in regulation to propel Mississippi past Gwinnett 4-3. Jackson earned First Star honors, while Chris Lawrence set up the Wolves' first goal for his first point since joining Mississippi two nights ago.
Mississippi 4 @ Gwinnett 3
D Scott Jackson: 1-0-1 (PP); -1; 0 PIM; 2 SOG; *FIRST STAR*
F Chris Lawrence: 0-1-1; E; 0 PIM; 4 SOG
Mississippi travels back to Charleston, SC to take on the Stingrays in a New Years Eve tilt Wednesday night.
Chris Lawrence and Scott Jackson turned in a repeat performance Sunday night in the rematch with the South Carolina, both turning in -2 efforts as the Stingrays defeated the Sea Wolves behind Michael Dubuc's 4 goals. Lawrence also tangled with the Stingrays' Viktor Dovgan.
Mississippi 3 @ South Carolina 6
D Scott Jackson: 0-0-0; -2; 9 PIM; 2 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -2; 5 PIM (fighting major); 0 SOG
Mississippi plays their third road game in as many nights against the Gwinnett Gladiators as the ECHL's only Monday night tilt.
Chris Lawrence and Scott Jackson joined the Sea Wolves squad in Charleston, SC tonight after being reassigned from Norfolk earlier today. Not the best of debuts, Lawrence and Jackson on the same 5-on-5 squad were on the ice for the Stingray's first and third goals.
Mississippi 2 @ South Carolina 3
D Scott Jackson: 0-0-0; -2; 2 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -2; 0 PIM; 1 SOG