The kids are still alright...
Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the win. With Dustin Tokarski being hurt in camp and after giving up 5 goals on opening night, there's a bit of an opening for Janus to win a few more starts. He helped his stock tonight with a perfect 13/13 in the final frame to slam the door shut and secure the win.
NOR Ashton, (3) (Barberio, Conacher), 12:58 (PP)
CHA Bowman, (1) (Sanguinetti, Matsumoto), 16:12 (PP)
CHA Roy, (1) (Matsumoto, McNicoll), 9:40 (PP)
NOR Picard, (2) (Wright, Fornataro), 10:38
NOR Johnson, (2) (Vernace, Conacher), 15:44
CHA Bowman, (2) (Matsumoto, Bellemore), 19:50
NOR Conacher, (1) (Ashton, Johnson), 5:50
Cory Conacher (pictured) and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars. Their linemate, Carter Ashton, also chipped in his 3rd goal of the season, and as a group they accounted for 3 of Norfolk's 4 goals.
Norfolk outshot Charlotte 44-29 in the match.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 4 goals for the loss.
NOR 2:44 Johnson
STJ 19:08 Matte, (Melichiori)
STJ 8:30 Murray
NOR 14:57 Smith
STJ 17:36 Lampe, (Redmond)(PP)
STJ 18:05 Redmond (PP)
STJ 19:19 Armstrong (EN)
The star of these two preseason games for the Ads was Tyler Johnson, who had a couple of helpers and a goal over the past two nights. You don't score a ton like this young man did in the WHL without having some idea how to play the game. It wouldn't shock me in the slightest to see him put up a 20+ goal 50+ point rookie campaign.
Game recap from NorfolkAdmirals.com.
Dustin Tokarski spent the first weekend of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2011 training camp in a nice new Lightning cap and standard-issue Lightning shorts and t-shirt, standing at the glass watching his teammates make their impressions on Lightning management. An abdominal injury kept Tokarski out of the Coral Springs rookie tournament, and now the highly competitive start of training camp.
Things started looking up for the former Memorial Cup MVP Wednesday as the Tampa Tribune reported the two MRIs done on Tokarski revealed no damage. He was back on the ice Wednesday morning.
And just in time.
The Cinderella run of Cory Conacher continues.
Jaroslav Janus took the loss for the Lightning in Orlando.
15:22 STL NIKITIN 1 (STEWART, PIETRANGELO)(PP)
15:30- TB BERGERON 1 (GERVAIS)(PP)
17:55 STL COLE 1 (STEWART)(PP)
8:13 TB CONACHER 1 (CONNOLLY, BERGERON)(PP)
10:03 STL STEWART 1 (STERLING)
14:41 TB BREWER 1 (STAMKOS)(PP)
17:40 STL CRACKNELL 1 (UNASSISTED)
Box score from yahoo.com.
Not much to see here.
Mathieu Garon allowed 1 goal on 9 shots before giving way to Jaroslav Janus who allowed 1 goal on 18 shots for the hard luck loss. If there was one lesson out of this game, it's that Janus continued his decent play in camp.
15:16 STL Grachev, Langenbrunner, Backes (PP)
09:35 TB Downie, Kubina, Clark (PP)
16:53 ST D'Agostini, Cheechoo, McRae
19:28 STL Grachev, Langenbrunner, Backes (EN)
If the coaching staff has favorites amongst the young players trying to climb the ladder, they sure didn't tip their hand with their ice time allocation. It's a pretty even 9-14 minutes across the board for everyone, be it veterans or rookies.
As an aside, I find it bizarre that NHL.com included the likes of Dmitri Bezrukov has healthy scratched for this game. Really strange to see that list of names.
Box score from NHL.com.