Janus, Jaroslav

AHL Game Night: 2-25-12 Admirals at Bears

The Admirals tie a winning streak record from the heady days of Head Coach Jim Johnson. 8 straight wins for Norfolk, even as the Lightning call up several of their players.

NOR-4
HER-3

Jaroslav Janus stopped 25 of 28 shots he faced for the victory. From the, "no way that can be right," file: Janus (pictured) is 3-0-1 against Hershey this season. Bear in mind Hershey is the second highest scoring team in the AHL behind just Norfolk. And, yet, they tremble before the might and power of Jaroslav Janus between the pipes.

First Period
NOR Barberio, (8) (Dimmen, Conacher), 2:21
NOR Ouellet, (11) (Picard, Kostka), 15:58 (PP)
HER Pope, (5) (Mink, Carman), 17:07

Second Period
HER Bourque, (25) (Eakin, Mink), 0:16 (PP)
NOR Segal, (15) (Ouellet, Picard), 1:29
HER Greentree, (4) (Potulny, Bourque), 13:19 (PP)
NOR Segal, (16) (Barberio, Panik), 16:35 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Brandon Segal and Mark Barberio were the game's first and second stars. Hershey did a good job tying the game at 2-2 and 3-3, but in the end, Segal made sure they were Marked for Death.

After assisting on Segal's game winning goal, prospect Richard Panik took a rather nasty slash to the leg by Kyle Greentree that sent him to the dressing room. Panik attacked, y'all? Expect that issue to be cleaned up Wednesday when the Ads play the Bears for the last time this season.

Defenseman Evan Oberg was a healthy scratch and may be on his way to join the Lightning after Victor Hedman's injury earlier this afternoon. One thing we know, this is a man who will not pull a Nikita Alexeev and miss his flight, if that's the case.

Tonight went as well as possible for the Admirals, as they not only opened up a 6 point lead on the Bears, but with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins losing to Syracuse tonight, they also have moved 2 points ahead of the Penguins to claim uncontested hold of the top spot in the division. They've also tied St. John's for the most points in the Eastern Conference, although the Ice Caps hold 3 games in hand on the Admirals.

Norfolk draws the Pens at the Mohegan Sun Slot Machine Gamble-plex tomorrow, with the opportunity to open up a 4 point lead on the Pens and an 8 point lead on the idle Bears. With a name like the Mohegan Sun Slot Machine Gamble-plex, you know the Admirals will be looking for the pay window.

Box score at TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-18-12 Crunch at Admirals

Admirals come back to take first place in the East Division.

SYR-2
NOR 3 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 21 shots before stopping 7 of 9 in the penalty shot session for the shootout win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Gordon (1), (Holzapfel, Cumiskey)(PP), 11:36

Third Period
SYR Gordon (2), (Holzapfel), 0:19
NOR Barberio (7), (Johnson), 7:16
NOR Panik (12), (Palat, Barberio)(PP), 9:02

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Jacques, Holland
NOR- Kostka, Johnson, Ouellet

Mark Barberio and Richard Panik were the game's first and second stars. The Panik attack is real. It's really real.

With under 14 minutes to go, it looked like the Admirals were going to get tripped up again in the back-to-back scenario against the same opponent. It's a challenge NCAA coaches have been fighting against forever, and it's a unique challenge to Norfolk because of the team's geographical location relative to the rest of the league. But then the Admirals came back and did their thing, finally outshooting Syracuse 43-21 and making sure they got the 2 points they needed for the sellout crowd at Scope.

With the Penguins losing to Albany, the Admirals moved out to a 2 point lead in the East Division with the win, and they maintain a 3 point edge on Hershey, as the Bears defeated the Monarchs today. The Penguins do hold 1 game in hand on the Admirals and the Bears hold 2 games in hand. But, for the moment, the Admirals are where they need to be to have the best chance of success heading toward the postseason. Norfolk is off until next Friday, when they start their weekend road swing against Binghamton. They then have critical matchups against Hershey on Saturday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-12-12 Admirals at Checkers

3 games. 3 nights. 3 wins.

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CHA-1

Jaroslav Janus was fantastic, stopping 33 of 34 en route to the victory. He held the door closed in a first period where Norfolk was outshot 17-8 and really gave his club the chance to win tonight. That's what you need from your goalie on the 3rd game in 3 nights.

First Period
NOR Oberg, (4) (Ashton, Picard), 19:01

Second Period
NOR Conacher, (28) (Smith), 18:07

Third Period
CHA Sanguinetti, (6) (Boychuk, Muse), 18:17 (PP)
NOR Labrie, (10) (Cote), 18:57 (EN)

Norfolk's win coupled with Hershey's win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today tightens up the East Division race to a log jam of 3 teams within 2 points of first place with Hershey 1 point back of the Pens and the Ads 2 points behind the Pens. Norfolk can forge a tie for the division lead on Wednesday night when they travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Big game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-3-12 Admirals at Phantoms

It's a rare game where the Admirals were clearly outplayed.

NOR-1
ADK-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 34 shots in the loss and also stopped a penalty shot.

First Period
ADK McGinn, (6) (Akeson, Roe), 12:27

Second Period
ADK Ford, (11) (Holmstrom, Hamel), 0:20
NOR Ashton, (18) (Johnson, Conacher), 9:58
ADK McGinn, (7) (Akeson, Roe), 17:42

Third Period
NO SCORING

It's probably safe to say this is partly an All-Star Break hangover. Norfolk was outshot 34-28 by an Adirondack team that came into the night with a very ordinary .500 record. Unfortunately, the loss drops Norfolk into third in their division, 5 points back of the leading Penguins. They get Springfield tomorrow night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-24-12 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk Everblades make it respectable...

CHA-4
NOR-2

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Dadonov, Krueger), 7:19
CHA Bowman, (11) (Sanguinetti, Jordan), 13:29 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Devos, (3) (Kostka, Palat), 16:10 (PP)

Third Period
CHA Pistilli, (9) (Sanguinetti, Terry), 2:32 (PP)
CHA Dadonov, (6) (Boychuk), 18:55 (EN)
NOR Neilson, (1) (Panik, Ouellet), 19:50 (PP)

Considering half of Norfolk's core players were in Tampa Bay as injury replacements, a 2 goal loss isn't a tragedy against one of the Western Conference's best teams. They had 2-3 guys who would otherwise be with the Everblades and a brand new signee, Michael Pelech, who was also up from the Coast. That's the unfortunate part of minor league hockey. Sometimes you're at the mercy of circumstances well beyond your control 6-700 miles away.

At least there was a Panik attack, though.

Norfolk draws Hershey on Friday in a big game where, hopefully, they'll get a lot of their guns back in the lineup from Tampa.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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