Janus, Jaroslav

AHL Game Night: 4-13-12 Admirals at Devils

Louie Louie!

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Jaroslav Janus stopped 20 of 21 shots for his 14th straight victory. He now has a .914 save percentage and is tied for 8th in the league in wins.

First Period
NOR Smith, (25) (Segal), 2:55
NOR Ouellet, (16) (Aulie), 7:17
NOR Oberg, (7) (Palat, Johnson), 17:29

Second Period
NOR Segal, (17) (Picard, Kostka), 5:17

Third Period
NOR Devos, (7) (Aulie, Ouellet), 7:07
ALB Zharkov, (16) (Gelinas, Perkovich), 14:13 (PP)

Michel Ouellet, Brandon Segal, and Keith Aulie were the game's three stars.

Good to see Keith Aulie get off to a strong start for the Admirals. These 20-30 games coming up to end the regular season and the playoffs are so crucial for his development to get him ready to potentially take an NHL spot in the Fall. It might very well be the most critical 20-30 games of his career, thus far.

After a brief stint in the NHL, Brandon Segal is Out for a Kill!

26 straight wins and the Admirals keep rolling. I mentioned last weekend how impressed I was that the team has been winning these close games late in the last dozen or so games of the streak, and it is impressive. But, there's no substitute for running out to a 3-0 lead and crushing a team early like they did tonight and like they were doing a lot in the first half of the streak. They have 2 games left in the regular season and take their unprecedented streak of excellence into Binghamton tomorrow night.

For those scoreboard watching and wondering who Norfolk's first round opponent will be, both Manchester and Portland got big wins tonight, but Syracuse is getting hammered by Rochester 5-1 late in the third. If the Syracuse score holds up, then Portland will jump into 7th place at 81 points with 1 game left on their schedule, Syracuse will drop to 8th place at 80 points with 2 games left, and Manchester will be at 79 points in 9th place with 2 games left. Adirondack still has a mathematical chance, as they can still get to 80 points if they win their last 2 games, but it really looks like Portland, Syracuse, and Rochester fighting for 2 spots, and the potential of an ironic and interesting Norfolk/Syracuse first round matchup looms large.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-6-12 Senators at Lightning

The Admirals get to Jason Wiemer, and oddly their journey didn't take them to The Hideaway.

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Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. His 21 wins is tied for 12th in the league, as he continues his push to try to give Norfolk two goaltenders in the top-10 in the AHL in victories.

First Period
NOR Barberio, (13) (Oberg, Johnson), 18:15

Second Period
BNG Downing, (9) (Dziurzynski, Hamilton), 16:34

Third Period
NOR Johnson, (30) (Gudas, Jackson), 2:51
NOR Smith, (23) (Segal, Cote), 16:46

Tyler Johnson, Janus, and Jean-Phillipe Cote were the game's three stars. Johnson becomes the second Admiral to hit 30 goals.

Mark Barberio hit 60 points for the season with his goal tonight. Soak that in for a moment.

24 consecutive victories for the Admirals, and this one happens to clinch the AHL equivalent of the President's Trophy. The club will have home ice throughout the playoffs for as long as they survive. With 4 games left to go in the regular season, the only question left on a team level is who their fiirst round opponent will be, and as of this moment, it would be the Manchester Monarchs. The rest boils down to personal goals. Specifically, will Richard Panik get to 20 goals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-30-12 IceCaps at Admirals

Shawn Chambers.

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Jaroslav Janus allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for his 12th straight victory and 20th of the season. For the moment, Janus moves into a tie with several others for 11th in the AHL with 20 wins.

First Period
STJ Gagnon, (13) (Redmond, DeSantis), 2:11 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Palat, (9) (Picard, Killorn), 15:42

Third Period
NOR Devos, (6) (Labrie, Conacher), 10:41

Philip-Michael Devos, Ondrej Palat, and Janus were the game's three stars.

22 straight wins! You probably all thought I was going to go with Dan Boyle, right? No, I kicked it really old school with the Shawn Chambers reference.

Norfolk will be raising at least one banner to the rafters of Scope in the Fall. They've just about clinched the East Division (1 point gained or 1 point lost by Hershey will do it), and they've just about put a lid on the Eastern Conference as a whole, as well. By sweeping this 2 game set against the IceCaps, they shrunk their magic number for the conference by 8 points. They now hold a 15 point lead on St. John's, with just 8 games left on the IceCaps' schedule. St. John's can't catch the Admirals in ROW, which means that the next point earned by the Admirals or lost by St. John's will just about clinch the #1 seed in the East for the Admirals. They also temporarily have opened up a 10 point lead on Oklahoma City, with the Barons currently in action and winning. The magic number for the top spot in the entire AHL is 6 points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-23-12 Devils at Admirals

Brian Bradley.

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Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for his 11th straight victory. He's run his season save percentage to .911 and he's moved into the top-20 in the league in wins and may soon be free and clear into the top-10. That's right, the Admirals could have two goalies in the top-10 in the AHL in wins. Nice.

First Period
ALB Gelinas, (15) (Tedenby), 14:14 (PP)
NOR Cote, (3) (Barberio, Picard), 14:32

Second Period
NOR Johnson, (28) (Panik, Palat), 12:08

Third Period
NO SCORING

Janus and Richard Panik were the game's first and second stars. Panik attack, y'all!

19. That's where the Norfolk win streak now sits (hence the Brian Bradley reference). They now are holders of every single regular season win streak record in the books in the AHL, even the not so terribly valid ones, snapping Syracuse's mult-season win streak record of 18 spread over two seasons. They go for an even 20 tomorrow, and the intriguing question will be whether Jon Cooper continues to ride Janus or if he goes back to freshly returned Dustin Tokarski between the pipes. Tokarski, for his part, still leads the AHL in wins despite his two week odyssey with the Lightning.

9 games remain in the regular season for the Admirals. With the Penguins losing tonight, they'll stretch their division advantage to 12 points, with the Penguins holding 1 game in hand. So, another 3 or 4 wins probably will be enough to put the division away. In the conference, St. John's fell in the shootout to Syracuse, allowing the Admirals to expand their lead to 11 points over the IceCaps with St. John's holding 2 games in hand. Norfolk draws St. John's in Norfolk next week, giving the Admirals the chance to put the IceCaps on the canvas for good if they can take care of business.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 3-18-12 Admirals at Checkers

The record goes down, and it goes down hard.

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Jaroslav Janus stopped all 20 shots he faced for his 10th consecutive victory. It's also his first shutout of the season, and he pushes his save percentage up to .909 for the year.

First Period
NOR Conacher, (33) (Kostka), 11:25
NOR Johnson, (27) (Palat, Panik), 17:14

Second Period
NOR Hutchings, (2) , 5:38

Third Period
NOR Panik, (18) , 6:53
NOR Conacher, (34) (Panik, Johnson), 8:07 (PP)

Cory Conacher, Richard Panik, and Janus were the game's three stars.

Conacher scored on a fortuitous bounce that went through Justin Peters for the game opening goal and then a shot from the right wing circle on the power play on a busted play that was supposed to go into the slot. The most impressive play of the day to me, though, was when he picked up 196 pound defenseman Michal Jordan and threw him to the ice like a piece of garbage during a goal mouth scrum.

You're going to see Panik's breakaway goal on youtube. The Panik attack came in the form of a deke to the right where he came back through his legs and roofed it going top shelf to his left. So much skill there for a guy who is also so strong on his skates. He had a 3 point night tonight to put him at 18 goals and 37 points in 54 games. To put that in perspective, Carter Ashton had 19 goals and 35 points in 56 games before he left the Admirals. The two are now tied for 15th in rookie scoring in the league, and the emergence of Panik and Tyler Johnson, who set an Admirals goal scoring streak record tonight, is what made Ashton expendable, to a degree.

So, the Admirals now own the all-time AHL record for a single-season winning streak at 18 games. They also tied the mark set by Syracuse a few years back of 18 wins that they spread over 2 years winning 15 to end one season and 3 to start the next. Norfolk can break that record, too, with a win against Albany on Friday. That's the last bit of streak business that's left to take care of before they need to divert their attention to locking down their division and the conference, and getting into the playoffs healthy and ready to smoke through the early rounds quickly.

I'll have a separate story up later on the streak from the perspective of Bolt Prospects and the Lightning organization sometime within the next day or two. Suffice it to say, there's a reason why we have spent the past 6-1/2 years or so doing the website, and days like this validate the effort.

With St. John's losing to Manchester today, Norfolk opened up a 10 point lead in the conference with the IceCaps holding 3 games in hand. So, Norfolk now controls its destiny in the conference with a key weekend set against St. John's still on the schedule. Norfolk also maintained a 10 point edge on the Pens in the division, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holding a game in hand. Remember, the AHL reduced its regular season schedule to 76 games starting this year, down from 80 in order to reduce heavy scheduling and promote better player health. So, Norfolk has just 10 games left on their schedule before the postseason, so the magic numbers are going to come up really quickly now for clinching. Norfolk's remaining games are against: Albany (3 games), Binghamton (3 games), St. John's (2 games), Adirondack (1 game), and Wilkes/Barre-Scranton (1 game). So only 3 of Norfolk's remaining contests are against teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. Advantage: Admirals.

Oh, and all 5 goals today came from rookies. If Jon Cooper's not the AHL Coach of the Year this year, then obviously the award is trash.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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