Angelidis, Mike

AHL Game Day: 3/27/11 Admirals at Checkers

Disaster in Charlotte.

NOR-2
CHA-8

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 14 shots for the loss before giving way to Jaroslav Janus who did even worse, allowing 4 goals on just 9 shots.

First Period
CHA Dalpe, (20) (Jordan, McNicoll), 4:30 (PP)
CHA Dalpe, (21) (Micflikier, Boychuk), 10:52
NOR Szczechura, (19) (Jones, Pouliot), 13:43
CHA Terry, (32) (Matsumoto), 16:32

Second Period
CHA Pistilli, (6) (Terry, Jordan), 0:07
CHA McNicoll, (4) (Boychuk, Sanguinetti), 4:26 (PP)
CHA Nash, (14) , 9:33
CHA Boychuk, (22) (Micflikier, Dalpe), 16:35

Third Period
CHA Blanchard, (7) (Sutter, Bellemore), 7:09 (SH)
NOR Angelidis, (19) (Durno, Barberio), 7:39 (PP)

Yuck. There had been some hope that since the Checkers had to travel further that they'd be the more tired of the two teams. Norfolk did outshoot Charlotte 41-23 in the contest, but it didn't matter considering 1 out of every 3 shots was going in for the Checkers. Mercy. The silver lining is that Paul Szczechura and Mike Angelidis each got their 19th goals of the season, putting them 1 shy of the magic 20 goal mark.

Norfolk's fortunes in the standings took a beating tonight, too. 3rd place Charlotte moved 3 points ahead with the Admirals still owning 3 games in hand. 2nd place Hershey lost in overtime to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton so they gained a point and are now 6 points up on the Admirals with Norfolk holding 3 games in hand. But, now Norfolk is receiving pressure from behind them. Binghamton won today, moving them to within 1 point of Norfolk with the Admirals still holding 2 games in hand. Heck, even Worcester won in the crossover.

With 8 regular season games to go, a lot of positive scenarios are still open for Norfolk to achieve, but unfortunately some of the disappointing ones are still on the table, too. Norfolk has a brutal schedule next week, although all three games are at least at home: the Penguins on Wednesday and the Bears on Friday and Saturday. And then, the final week of the season will be a grueling 5 game road trip over 7 nights in Charlotte, Binghamton, a 2 game set in Syracuse, and a season capping matchup in Connecticut against the Whale. It may be a good thing that Norfolk has an 8 point lead in the crossover, after all.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3/23/11 Phantoms at Admirals

Tic returns with a vengeance.

ADK-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski returned from missing the weekend set against Albany with a minor injury to stop 32 of 33 shots for the victory. Since the start of February, Tic has gone 10-2-2 with 2 shutouts, and he's 6-1-0 in the month of March with 1 shutout, a 1.56 GAA, and a .942 save percentage. Put simply, Tic continues to live up to his reputation of playing his best when the stakes go up. Don't gamble with Tic: he'll take your money, your shirt, your car keys, and your girl. Believe it.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Roy, (4) , 2:29
NOR Angelidis, (18) (Wright), 4:38 (SH)
ADK Pither, (9) , 16:43 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tokarski, Mathieu Roy, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Angelidis has obliterated his career best statistics this season playing a very well rounded, power forward's game with 18 goals, 35 points, a +19 rating in 69 games. He's also tied his career high of 151 penalty minutes, to boot.

Norfolk moves into 3rd in the East Division via the win percentage tiebreaker over Charlotte and are now 5 points back of 2nd place Hershey with 3 games in hand. They also maintain a 5 point gap on 5th place Binghamton with 2 games in hand and they've expanded their lead on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester, to 8 points with 2 games in hand. With 11 games left to go in the regular season, Norfolk has 86 points, meaning they likely need just 2-4 points to realistically insure a playoff spot, and they control their own destiny in terms of moving up to 2nd in the Division to try to clinch home ice in the first round.

But, the degree of difficulty goes up this weekend. Norfolk faces Manchester Friday and Saturday before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday. The Monarchs are a solid 2nd in the Atlantic Division and Charlotte has refused to go away all season long.

One other note: with their victory tonight the Admirals moved past their point total (84) from all of last season, with another 22 points still up for grabs on the schedule. After a rough start to its affiliation with Norfolk, the Lightning's farmhands have improved each season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3/9/11 Senators at Admirals

Mission statement.

BNG-1
NOR-5

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. Tokarski is 7-2-2 since the start of February.

First Period
NOR Angelidis, (17) (Vernace, Berry), 11:51
NOR Nelson, (7) (Angelidis, Roy), 19:59

Second Period
NOR Harju, (20) (Szczechura, Mihalik), 15:39
NOR Barberio, (8) (Labrie), 17:59

Third Period
BNG Wick, (14) (Hoffman, Lehner), 2:12
NOR Pouliot, (19) (Fornataro, Harju), 13:10 (PP)

Mike Angelidis, Johan Harju, and Levi Nelson were the game's three stars. Harju became the second Admiral to hit the 20 goal mark this season. Blair Jones was the first, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot may be the next after scoring his 19th tonight.

It's hard to under-emphasize the importance of tonight's win for the Admirals. The club regained its 4 point gap on Binghamton for 4th place in the East Division and cashed in a game in hand to move within 3 points of Charlotte for 3rd with 2 games in hand still remaining. Just as well, Hershey lost 3-2 to Worcester tonight, so Norfolk moved within 6 points of 2nd place with 3 games in hand on the Bears and they maintained a 5 point gap on the Sharks and Connecticut Whale in the worst-case scenario where a crossover into the Atlantic Division bracket becomes necessary. A loss tonight would have been a disaster for the Admirals, but now Binghamton is the club sweating as they hold a playoff spot by a slim, single point.

There are 16 games remaining in the regular season. Norfolk faces these same Senators on Friday at Scope.

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3/2/11 Bears at Admirals

It was Bear hunting season tonight at Scope.

HER-1
NOR-6

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the win. With Curtis McElhinney plucked away by Ottawa on waivers, the number one job in Norfolk is now Tokarski's, unless Cedrick Desjardins finds a way to return from injury. Tonight was a good opening statement for Tic.

First Period
HER Pinizzotto, (16) (Willsie, Greentree), 7:44
NOR Ritola, (1) (Fornataro, Tokarski), 12:51

Second Period
NOR Jones, (19) (Vernace, Szczechura), 9:05 (PP)
NOR Jones, (20) (Pouliot, Milam), 9:41
NOR Pouliot, (18) (Milam, Harju), 19:55 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Durno, (15) (Angelidis, Wright), 0:32
NOR Ritola, (2) (Pouliot, Gudas), 13:17

Blair Jones, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Mattias Ritola were the game's three stars. Jones became the first Admiral to hit 20 goals this season, matching his career high set two years ago. Difference is: his 20 goals in 2008-2009 came in 80 games and was largely the product of Jones playing a lot of point on the power play. He reached that threshold in 47 games this season and has developed into a far more well-rounded player. Ritola scored his first 2 goals as an Admiral and now has 11 points in his first 9 games with the club.

With Chris Durno scoring his 15th goal tonight, the Admirals now have 6 players with 15 or more goals: Pouliot, Jones, Johan Harju, Matt Fornataro, Durno, and Mike Angelidis. Entering the year, it appeared the formula for success in Norfolk would involve having multiple scorers chasing around 20 goals without pure snipers like the departed Brandon Bochenski. It certainly appears that formula has been followed so far.

With the win, Norfolk seized 4th in the East Division outright over Binghamton by 2 points, while still holding 1 game in hand. They also burned a game in hand on Charlotte and are now 3 points back of 3rd place with 2 games in hand. They're also now 7 points back of the Bears for 2nd place with 2 games in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk holds an 8 point advantage on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester.

There are 20 games left in the regular season. Norfolk next faces Albany on the road on Friday. They'll face the Bears again this weekend (Saturday) in Hershey and finishes out the week in Binghamton on Sunday. With three games in three nights, it will be interesting to see if and when Coach Cooper starts Jaroslav Janus.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2/15/11 Bears at Admirals

So close, and yet so far.

HER-2
NOR-1

Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Collins, (4) (Beagle, Yeo), 14:12

Second Period
NOR Angelidis, (16) (Quick, Wright), 10:50
HER Aucoin, (15) (Yeo, Greentree), 19:42

Third Period
NO SCORING

Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.

Norfolk outshot Hershey 30-20, but journeyman Todd Ford stopped 29 shots for the win.

The tight loss drops Norfolk 7 points behind 2nd place Hershey. Fortunately for the Admirals, Charlotte lost to Albany tonight, so they remain 1 point back of 3rd place. However, they now find themselves in a spot they didn't want to be in, having squandered a game in hand and holding just a 3 point lead over 5th place Binghamton. That means Norfolk, which was robbed blind a season go, could find themselves praying the crossover delivers them to the playoffs this year. If Norfolk were to finish in 5th in the East Division, but have more points that the 4th place team in the Atlantic, they would crossover and likely draw either Manchester or Portland in the opening round. Currently, the Admirals hold a 7 point lead over Worcester, which is in 4th in the Atlantic. However, the Sharks do hold 3 games in hand.

26 games remain in the regular season. Norfolk plays East Division 1st place team Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday at Scope.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/15/11 Sound Tigers at Admirals

The Admirals finally cracked the Joel Martin code.

BRI-2
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for the win.

First Period
BRI Figren, (11) (Katic, Wishart), 6:32 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Angelidis, (14) (Pouliot, Vernace), 1:21
BRI Motherwell, (3) (Katic, Figren), 12:53 (PP)
NOR Durno, (12) (Gudas, Fornataro), 15:20

Third Period
NOR Durno, (13) (Harju), 18:51

Chris Durno and Mike Angelidis were the game's first and second stars.

Norfolk outshot Bridgeport a stunning 51-19 in the contest, but it wasn't until Johan Harju set up Durno for the game winning goal with 1:09 left that the Admirals finally claimed their first lead of the night.

Radko Gudas was a team high +3 to go along with an assist on Durno's first goal. Gudas, Durno, and Angelidis are all now +17 for the season, one plus behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Robert Bortuzzo for the league lead.

Credit to General Manager Julien BriseBois for signing Angelidis. Through 40 games this season, Angelidis' 24 points already match his season total in 67 games last year.

Norfolk's victory moves them back into a tie with idle Charlotte for second place in the East Division. At the season's halfway mark, Norfolk is on a pace for 42 wins and 102 points, and they're also on a pace to score 292 goals, as well. Norfolk's AHL record season, while an affiliate of the Blackhawks, saw them score 301 goals in 2006-2007 en route to earning 108 points. So, this version of the Norfolk Admirals has a chance to be one of the best, if not the best, in team history.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/7/11 Whale at Admirals

Resisting the cheap "Admirals Harpoon Whale" opening...

CT-2
NOR-5

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 24 of 26 shots to improve to 13-5-1 this season.

First Period
NOR Harju, (15) (Pouliot, Durno), 0:17
CT Dupont, (6) (Tessier), 8:45

Second Period
NOR Wright, (11) (Fornataro, Szczechura), 10:06
CT Williams, (2) (White, Nightingale), 15:00

Third Period
NOR Vernace, (6) (Jones), 11:22
NOR Angelidis, (12) (Jones, Berry), 11:45
NOR Durno, (11) (Pouliot, Quick), 12:30

Blair Jones, Chris Durno, and Michael Vernace were the game's three stars.

Johan Harju broke a 4 game pointless skid and a 6 game goalless skid. Radko Gudas improved to +16 for the season with a +3 effort. He's tied with Chris Durno and now one plus behind AHL leader Mike Angelidis of the Ads. That's right, three of the four league leaders in plus-minus are Norfolk Admirals.

Incidentally, rebranding your team in the middle of the season is odd. The Whale was the Hartford Wolf Pack a few months ago, if you were wondering.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 12/30/10 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk continues to play with fire by not protecting their home ice and not protecting third period leads.

CHA-4
NOR-3 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
CHA Borer, (2) (Dalpe, Carson), 4:22
CHA Terry, (14) (Samson, Rodney), 13:02
NOR Angelidis, (10) (Durno, Wright), 19:27
NOR Durno, (10) (Labrie, Angelidis), 19:43

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (11) (Durno, Labrie), 9:25
CHA Matsumoto, (9) (Dalpe, Micflikier), 14:22 (PP)

Overtime
CHA Bowman, (4) (Carson), 0:25

Mike Angelidis and Chris Durno were the game's second and third stars.

Norfolk managed to move to within 6 points of first place Wilke-Barre/Scranton, but they now have Charlotte just 2 points behind and Hershey three points behind with the Pens and Bears coming up on the schedule. It was fairly critical for the Admirals to have good showings against the Checkers at home and they failed to get 2 points on either night and have actually fallen behind Charlotte and Hershey now in wins. In other words, they're chosing to do things the hard way, which is dangerous.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12/10/10 Penguins at Admirals

Norfolk gets a huge win despite losing their leading scorer(s) to call-up.

WBS-2
NOR-4

Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced for the win. He's always been a big game goaltender, and this was as huge a game as you'll get in early December for the Admirals.

First Period
NOR Berry, (8) (Vernace, Wishart), 2:18 (PP)
WBS Johnson, (5) (Tangradi, Sneep), 5:13 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (9) (Berry), 8:24

Second Period
NOR Milam, (4) (Angelidis, Berry), 7:56
WBS Johnson, (6) (Wallace, Potter), 9:05 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (4) (Durno, Barberio), 6:21

Alex Berry, Mike Angelidis, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. It's amazing how players like Angelidis and Berry, who were third liners just a month ago for the Admirals, are stepping up and performing in scoring line roles.

Radko Gudas and Chris Durno are tied for third in the AHL in plus-minus at +14 with Gudas going +1 tonight.

The win is huge because Norfolk moves to within 5 points of the Penguins for the East Division lead with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holding a game in hand. Norfolk can move even closer if they can follow up tonight's win with another victory tomorrow night in the Pens' barn.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12/3/10 Admirals at Monarchs

The Monarchs were deposed, violently, by Norfolk.

NOR-7
MAN-2

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Angelidis, (6) (Roy, Fornataro), 1:49
NOR Fornataro, (6) (Angelidis), 12:23
MCH King, (7) (Moller, Voynov), 17:10 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Fornataro, (7) (Szczechura, Angelidis), 4:45
NOR Jones, (8) (Labrie, Angelidis), 9:12
NOR Angelidis, (7) (Roy, Durno), 18:55
NOR Pouliot, (5) (Wright, Jackson), 19:38

Third Period
MCH Holloway, (6) (Kozun, Mullen), 2:34
NOR Pouliot, (6) (Wright, Roy), 8:00

Mike Angelidis, Matt Fornataro, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. Angelidis, who had just 24 points all of last season for Albany, had 2 goals and 5 points in this game and is already sitting on 15 points for the season.

Mathieu Roy had 3 assists and was +6 after being returned to Norfolk by the Lightning. Ty Wishart and Angelidis were +5.

Norfolk jumps back into second place in the East Division, but are 8 points back of first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Norfolk heads into Portland tomorrow night to face the Pirates. With 92 goals, the club is averaging an even 4.00 goals per game to lead the AHL.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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