Berry, Alex

AHL Playoff Game Day: 4/19/11 Penguins at Admirals

A brave effort by the Admirals comes an eyelash short.

WBS-2
NOR-1

Norfolk Leads the Series 2-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Veilleux, (2) , 17:58

Second Period
NOR Giliati, (1) (Roy, Vernace), 15:40 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Lerg, (1) (Hutchinson, Thiessen), 10:20 (PP)

Stefano Giliati and Tokarski were the game's second and third stars. Giliati played a heck of a game and was arguably the team's most dangerous forward.

Due to injuries, the Admirals were already without the services of Alex Berry and Mike Angelidis going into the week. They lost 2/3 of arguably the best line in the AHL to recall when Mattias Ritola and Blair Jones were moved up to Tampa Bay earlier in the day. Captain Chris Durno then went out very early in the game with an injury and never returned, and was soon followed to the locker room by Paul Szczechura, who was injured by Brian Strait after the whistle in a very questionable play. So, the Admirals played the Penguins to a stalemate with no less than 6 of their best forwards out of the lineup until a Pierre-Cedric Labrie double minor for high-sticking gave the Pens the opportunity to get the go-ahead goal.

The difficulty for the Admirals now is that Ritola and Jones won't return for Game Four tomorrow night, and Durno and Szczechura's injuries are obviously serious to have missed the remainder of the game when the team was so shorthanded. The Admirals do have a healthy Alex Hutchings on the roster, but Hutchings was not listed on the team's Clear Day roster as a player in residence. So the team may be very shorthanded again in Game Four. Tonight might have been the Admirals' best chance to get to a third win before Friday. You knew things were dire when Admirals radio voice Pete Michaud let a Freudian slip that the Pens were about to tie up the series if they could hold off Norfolk in the final few minutes of the game.

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 Night: 12/11/10 Admirals at Penguins

The Admirals get as big a win as you can get in early December.

NOR-7
WBS-4

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the big, big win.

First Period
NOR Fornataro, (9) (Wright, Milam), 5:20 (PP)

Second Period
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

Third Period
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.

AHL Game Night: 12/10/10 Penguins at Admirals

Norfolk gets a huge win despite losing their leading scorer(s) to call-up.

WBS-2
NOR-4

Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced for the win. He's always been a big game goaltender, and this was as huge a game as you'll get in early December for the Admirals.

First Period
NOR Berry, (8) (Vernace, Wishart), 2:18 (PP)
WBS Johnson, (5) (Tangradi, Sneep), 5:13 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (9) (Berry), 8:24

Second Period
NOR Milam, (4) (Angelidis, Berry), 7:56
WBS Johnson, (6) (Wallace, Potter), 9:05 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (4) (Durno, Barberio), 6:21

Alex Berry, Mike Angelidis, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. It's amazing how players like Angelidis and Berry, who were third liners just a month ago for the Admirals, are stepping up and performing in scoring line roles.

Radko Gudas and Chris Durno are tied for third in the AHL in plus-minus at +14 with Gudas going +1 tonight.

The win is huge because Norfolk moves to within 5 points of the Penguins for the East Division lead with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holding a game in hand. Norfolk can move even closer if they can follow up tonight's win with another victory tomorrow night in the Pens' barn.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/20/10 Phantoms at Admirals

Goaltending coming together at the right time.

ADK-1
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the win. Tokarski also stopped a third period penalty shot by Denis Hamel, to boot. That snaps a streak of three straight games where he recorded a loss and had a sub-.900 save percentage. Between this start and Desjardins' win last night, the Admirals have to be hoping they're going to now start to get the goaltending they thought they'd get at the start of this year when, on paper, it appeared they had one of the best tandems in the AHL.

First Period
ADK Laliberte, (3) (Wellwood, Hamel), 8:05 (PP)
NOR Berry, (4) (Simek, Barberio), 19:16

Second Period
NOR Berry, (5) (Pouliot, Wishart), 18:19

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (3) (Giliati, Gudas), 2:20

Alex Berry, Mike Angelidis, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. Don't look now, but Alex Berry has 4 goals in his last 4 games. Who'd have thunk it.

It was a pretty good night for the Lightning's two rookie d-men, too. Mark Barberio now has 5 assists and is +4 in 12 games. Radko Gudas also collected his 5th assist of the season and is +10(!) in 14 games. Not too bad for a couple of greenhorns.

And, Stefano Giliati, who I've adopted as a BP favorite, got an assist that is his 3rd point in 8 games. I like me some Stefano Giliati. He's a quick little sparkplug who's a nice mix of skill and jam.

It's a nice win for Norfolk considering that their two best shooters, arguably, (Harju and Jones) are up in Tampa right now. Yes, Adirondack is terrible, but they also beat Norfolk in OT last time out. There's nothing wrong with taking care of business.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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