Lashoff, Matt

AHL Game Night: 1-9-10 Crunch at Admirals

It's time to hit the panic button in Norfolk.

SYR-2
NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the loss. Coach Rumble decided to go back with Tokarski rather than insert Janus, and although Tokarski allowed Norfolk to fall into a 2-0 hole in the first period, he blanked Syracuse the rest of the way.

First Period
SYR Aulin, (11) (Reese, LaVallee-Smotherman), 2:37
SYR Kana, (7) (Bell, MacKenzie), 12:01

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Lashoff, (3) (Simek, Krajicek), 0:46

Matt Lashoff was named the third star of the game.

Norfolk outshot Syracuse 39-32 but, as was the case in the third period last night, Kevin Lalande was practically impossible for Norfolk to solve tonight. The loss drops Norfolk into a tie for last place with Syracuse and 5 games under .500. What's really frightening is that the team is now 7-10-0 at The Scope, which typically is one of the hardest arenas for any team in the league to have to go play in. It's more than a little strange for the Admirals to have a better winning percentage on the road than at home.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-6-10 Admirals at Penguins

Four points and you're not one of the three stars?

NOR-5
WBS-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 40 shots to claim the win.

First Period
NOR Craig, (11) (Hall, Karsums), 0:46
WBS Letestu, (12) (Johnson, Jeffrey), 5:05
NOR Hall, (7) (Karsums), 7:06
NOR Craig, (12) (Hall, Karsums), 12:57

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (5) (Lashoff), 2:19
WBS Wallace, (10) (Conner, Strait), 5:00
WBS Tangradi, (8) (Vitale), 6:04
NOR Hall, (8) (Lashoff, Karsums), 10:22

Third Period
WBS Jeffrey, (11) (Letestu, Johnson), 1:52

Adam Hall (2 goals and 2 assists and a +3 rating) was the game's first star and Ryan Craig was the game's second star with a pair of goals and a +3 rating, answering the bell in Brandon Bochenski's absence. Martins Karsums (4 assists and +3 rating) evidently didn't deserve star consideration. Really?

Karsums now has 2 goals and 10 points over his last 7 games and is finally emerging from a slump that lasted almost the entire first half of the season. He looks energized heading into the Olympics for native Latvia. Matt Lashoff had a pair of helpers for his first multi-point night of the season. Like Karsums, who came with Lashoff in the Mark Recchi deal, Lashoff also slumbered offensively through much of the first half of the season, but he now has 1 goal and 4 points in his last 4 games. Sooner or later, it was inevitable with the talent on this roster that certain guys like Karsums and Lashoff were going to start showing up. It's a good sign.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-31--09 Senators at Admirals

The Admirals give up an extra point in overtime as they try to arrest the Hershey-induced free fall.

BNG-3
NOR-2 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 41 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
BNG Svendsen, (2) , 0:19

Second Period
NOR Karsums, (4) , 10:49
BNG Hamel, (15) (Schira, Daugavins), 13:14 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Lashoff, (2) , 9:36

Overtime
BNG Lee, (2) (Keller, Hamel), 1:31

If you told me that at the end of 2009 Martins Karsums and Matt Lashoff would only have 6 goals between them, I would've checked you for fever. As disappointing as their first halves have been, though, they are starting to show signs of life.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-29-09 Bears at Admirals

You can spot a lot of teams a lead in the AHL and still have a chance. You do not want to spot a team as explosive as the Bears a 2-0 lead.

HER-5
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss. He's probably sick of seeing Hershey.

First Period
HER Giroux, (12) (Aucoin, Gordon), 8:29
HER Pinizzotto, (6) (Joudrey, Wellar), 9:05

Second Period
NOR Syroczynski, (6) (Fritz), 2:56
HER Bourque, (4) (Bouchard, Wellar), 18:21

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (16) (Syroczynski, Lashoff), 2:28 (PP)
HER Helmer, (3) (Joudrey, McNeill), 5:02 (SH)
NOR Simek, (7) (Hall, Krajicek), 5:26 (PP)
HER Bourque, (5) , 19:03 (EN)

Matt Syrocynski and Mitch Fritz were the second and third stars of the game.

Matt Lashoff's power play assist was just his 5th point in 28 games this season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-19-09 Senators at Admirals

Left a point on the ice.

BNG-5
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 23 shots for the loss. It seems to me, at least in the short term, it may be time to make Dustin Tokarski the number one and quit rotating the netminders. Helenius is clearly on a cold streak.

First Period
BNG Kinrade, (2) (Svendsen), 6:16
NOR Karsums, (3) (Wishart, Lundin), 16:36 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Daugavins, (10) (Condra), 4:26
NOR Wishart, (4) (Karsums, Bochenski), 13:04 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (12) (St. Pierre, Smith), 14:37 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Smith, (5) (Keller, Daugavins), 0:15
NOR Simek, (6) (Wishart), 12:31
NOR Craig, (10) (Jackson, Karsums), 15:50
BNG Smith, (6) (O'Brien), 17:36

Ty Wishart and Martins Karsums were named the game's second and third stars. Wishart's 1 goal and 2 assist night was his first multi-point effort of the season and he now has 6 points in his last 6 games. He's a guy who was a big scorer from the backline in junior. Is his offensive ability finally starting to peek through? Karsums has exploded with 5 points in the two games against the Sens this weekend. He had just 6 points all season prior to last night's win.

Matt Lashoff is now -16 in 26 games after a -2 night tonight. Oof.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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