Janus, Jaroslav

AHL Game Night: 1-23-10 Admirals at Monarchs

Jim Johnson is 2-0-0 as Head Coach.

NOR-5
MAN-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the win. He has to be basking in all this goal support he's suddenly getting.

First Period
MCH Gauthier, (7) (Holloway, Cavanagh), 3:42
NOR Smolenak, (6) (Craig, Mihalik), 19:08

Second Period
NOR Fadden, (1) (Wishart, Parrish), 3:32 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (2) (Quick, Fadden), 6:05
MCH Walker, (3) (Clune, Elkins), 17:25

Third Period
MCH Westgarth, (8) (King, Kolomatis), 10:13
NOR Hall, (9) (Smolenak, Krajicek), 16:59
NOR Smolenak, (7) (Wishart), 19:18 (EN)

Adam Hall and Mitch Fadden were the game's first and second stars. Norfolk outshot Manchester, which is in first place in the Atlantic Division, by a stunning 49-20 margin. The recent changes to the Norfolk staff have, if nothing else, lit a fire under the team.

Fadden scored his first AHL goal in the game and has 4 points over the past 2 games after going scoreless for the first 15 games of his pro career. The consensus on Fadden has always been that if he commits himself to hustle defensively and physically, and he learns to train like a pro, he can be a scorer not just at this level but up top in the NHL as well. He's struggled with some injuries and he'll probably need a big boy workout regime to build himself up this offseason to help prevent those, but the effort level has been way up with Fadden and the floodgates have finally opened this weekend. The Lightning have to be very pleased to see him coming on.

Speaking of which, Ty Wishart has 3 multi-point games in his last 4 contests. He's playing his way into the conversation for next year's Lightning blueline.

The best news for the Admirals may have been 2 goals and 1 assist by Radek Smolenak. With Brandon Bochenski up in Tampa and Martins Karsums off in Riga, Latvia, Norfolk needs all hands on deck in the scoring department. Smolenak had just 2 points in the 15 games prior to tonight's contest. Smolenak had 24 goals last season, but he only had 5 coming into tonight. He needs to get hot as the Admirals try to climb the ladder back into playoff contention.

Norfolk picks up 2 points on Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and keeps pace with Binghamton with the win. So, the Admirals move within 4 points of the Penguins for the final playoff spot. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Phantoms, who are 3 points ahead of the Ads, have 2 games in hand on Norfolk and the Senators, who are 2 points ahead of the Ads, have 3 games in hand. So, every point is extremely precious for Norfolk right now.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-22-10 Admirals at Falcons

The Admirals get a big win for their new coach in a game they absolutely had to have.

NOR-3
SPR-2

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for his first professional win. The Admirals outshot the Falcons 36-19 in the game.

First Period
SPR Fretter, (17) (Reddox, Trukhno), 1:29

Second Period
SPR Cleaver, (1) (Paukovich, Beauregard), 9:17
NOR Parrish, (10) (Fadden), 10:33
NOR Wishart, (7) (Fadden, Fornataro), 12:54

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (1) (Wishart, Parrish), 17:37

PTO Matt Fornataro and Ty Wishart were the game's first and second stars. I don't want to oversell it, but Wishart is becoming a real offensive star for Norfolk. In his last 20 games, Wishart has 6 goals and 13 points. He's also -2 over that span. That's pretty good considering in his first 22 games he had 1 goal, 3 points, and he was -12.

Congratulations to Mitch Fadden for his first professional point and his first multi-point night as a professional. He's been working hard of late to get it. It's nice to see the floodgates start to part a bit. Here's to hoping that first pro goal isn't far behind.

Jim Johnson is 1-0-0 as Head Coach. You can't argue with the winning percentage. Norfolk is now 6 points behind the Penguins for the final playoff spot in the East Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-16-10 Phantoms at Admirals

Just like the big club, the Admirals hurt themselves by coming up blank in back-to-back games against a division opponent that was close in the standings.

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NOR-1

Jarsolav Janus allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the loss. I feel bad for the young man. He's still looking for his first win and he's just not getting any goal support from the team in front of him.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Craig, (14) (Jones, Parrish), 18:05

Third Period
ADK Dingle, (3) , 3:18
ADK Bellamy, (1) (Nodl, Curry), 6:20
ADK Backlund, (1) (Laliberte, Kalinski), 19:07 (EN)

Janus was named the game's second star. The game's first star was former Lightning netminder John Grahame, who stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-15-10 Phantoms at Admirals

The Admirals have got to win these close division games if they have any shot of climbing into the playoffs.

ADK-3
NOR-2

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. It's the first time in four AHL starts this season that Janus has had a sub-.900 save percentage in a game. He has yet to taste victory as a pro despite his .919 season save percentage.

First Period
NOR Wishart, (5) (Jones, Parrish), 9:23 (PP)
ADK Kolanos, (8) (Matsumoto, Nodl), 13:54 (PP)

Second Period
ADK Beaulieu, (2) (Klotz, Clackson), 10:20

Third Period
ADK Matsumoto, (17) (Kolanos, Laliberte), 11:05
NOR Wishart, (6) (Jones, Janus), 11:16

Ty Wishart and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-2-09 Admirals at Phantoms

Janus loses a squeaker in his return to the Admirals.

NOR-2
ADK-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the loss. Interesting factoid: Janus makes three members of the Admirals from the mean streets of Presov, Slovakia (Mihalik and Simek).

First Period
ADK Matsumoto, (15) (Laliberte, Nodl), 5:09
NOR Simek, (8) (Wishart, Syroczynski), 17:04 (PP)
ADK Nodl, (4) (Mormina, Laliberte), 19:59

Second Period
NOR Simek, (9) (Smolenak, Krajicek), 8:15
ADK Legein, (16) (Curry, Mormina), 9:44 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Juraj Simek was named the game's second star.

In 19 games since returning to Norfolk from his recall to Tampa, Ryan Craig has just 3 goals. With Brandon Bochenski now up with the Lightning, it's going to be critical for Craig, along with other guys like Radek Smolenak, to step up. On a similar note, don't you wish the Lightning's more touted prospects all were playing as well as an unheralded guy like Juraj Simek?

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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