Ashton, Carter

Prospect of the Month (October)

Bolt Prospects would like to acknowledge one monster who has been mashing his way all through October. Some Bolt Prospects readers felt tricked this past week when we didn't name this prospect the Player of the Week, but we were holding a treat in reserve. True, there were several worthy honorable mentions who scared up some excitement along the way. There was the wolf man, Brett Connolly, who came out of nowhere to crack the Lightning's NHL roster. There was the evil genius, Mark Barberio, and his stylish 2 goals and 11 points in 10 games. And, there was the leprechaun, Matthew Peca, who got his own pot o' gold today when he was named the ECAC's Rookie of the Month.

But the nail in the coffin came when the AHL gave a certain power forward (sort of a pale Incredible Hulk) a minor award (hardly worth mention in the same breath as Bolt Prospects' Prospect of the Month).

Ashton Named AHL Rookie of the Month

(Norfolk Admirals press release) The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals right wing Carter Ashton has been named the Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month for October. Ashton scored a league-leading nine goals and paced all AHL rookies with 13 points in 10 games for Norfolk as the Admirals raced out to a 7-2-0-1 start.

Ashton began his first full professional season with a two-goal effort, including the overtime winner, in a 6-5 victory over Charlotte on Oct. 7. He notched a goal and an assist each on Oct. 8 vs. Charlotte and Oct. 21 vs. Binghamton, and authored four multiple-point performances among his first five games of the season. Ashton then scored a goal in four straight games to finish October, netting markers on Oct. 23 at Charlotte, Oct. 26 at Adirondack, Oct. 28 at Providence and Oct. 29 at Syracuse.

AHL Game Night: 10-28-11 Admirals at Bruins

Dominant, workmanlike win.

NOR-4
PRO-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Ashton, (8) (Gudas, Picard), 4:30
NOR Smith, (4) (Labrie, Ashton), 19:26

Second Period
NOR Tyrell, (2) (Wyman), 2:49
PRO Cunningham, (1) (Bartkowski, MacDonald), 17:21

Third Period
PRO Chaput, (2) (Miller, Bodnarchuk), 4:05 (SH)
NOR Dimmen, (1) (Picard, Conacher), 7:01 (PP)

Carter Ashton and Alexandre Picard were the game's first and second stars.

With his 2 point night, Ashton is now tied for 5th in the league in scoring at 13 points, 3 points back of Joe Colborne of Toronto. Teammate Cory Conacher (pictured) is now tied for 8th in the league, 2 points back of Ashton with 11. The two forwards pace all AHL rookies in scoring.

Norfolk outshot Providence 41-22 in the game, and subsequently doubled them up on the scoreboard.

With the win, Norfolk leaps Hershey for the top spot in the league at 13 points after the Bears stubbed their toes in Springfield in overtime tonight. Their 40 goals scored also pace the league. On paper, this is a championship caliber team, if they get the goaltending and if their defense continues to mature as the season churns on.

They roll into Syracuse tomorrow night to face a tough test against a Crunch team that has only lost once, so far, in regulation.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-23-11 Admirals at Checkers

Admirals run into a hot goalie.

NOR-1
CHA-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Ashton, (6) (Barberio, Conacher), 8:19 (PP)
CHA Jordan, (1) (Blanchard, Pistilli), 11:42
CHA McNicoll, (1) (Pistilli, Terry), 19:39 (PP)

Third Period
CHA Bowman, (4) (Matsumoto, Samson), 18:40

Carter Ashton was the game's third star.

Norfolk outshot Charlotte 45-30, but Checkers goaltender Mike Murphy made 44 saves.

Mark Barberio snapped a 3 game scoreless streak with a helper in the contest.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-21-11 Senators at Admirals

Beat. Down.

BNG-0
NOR-7

Dustin Tokarski went a little way toward cleaning up his early season statistics in light work with a 14 save shutout.

First Period
NOR Smith, (1) (Fornataro, Labrie), 4:48

Second Period
NOR Wyman, (2) (Tyrell, Fornataro), 4:06 (PP)
NOR Ashton, (5) (Conacher, Dimmen), 15:26 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Smith, (2) (Picard, Quick), 4:27 (PP)
NOR Smith, (3) (Fornataro), 10:30
NOR Conacher, (4) (Ashton), 14:55
NOR Tyrell, (1) (Angelidis), 15:06

Trevor Smith (pictured), Matt Fornataro, and Tic were the game's three stars. Smith with the hat trick. Carter Ashton, Cory Conacher, and Dana Tyrell chased that with 1 goal and 1 assist a piece. Methinks the mythical Bolt Prospects Player of the Week Trophy (Tentatively known as the Alex Kharitonov Cup, because "It's big as a house!") is maintaining its temporary residency in Norfolk for one more week.

In case you're wondering, Ashton is tied for second in the AHL in scoring right now, 1 point back of Manchester's Andrei Loktionov. He's also tied for third in goals and first in power play goals. Not a bad rookie debut. He's a large part of why the Admirals are currently tops in the league in goals scored.

The marketing slogan for the team this year is "Armed and Ready." They weren't kidding. Shots were 53-14 in favor of the Admirals, which explains how you get to 7-0 on the scoreboard. Tonight's game wasn't a contest, it was a mass execution. And, these two teams will do it all over again tomorrow. Have mercy on Bingo's players' souls.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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