Angelidis, Mike

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

It was Bear hunting season tonight at Scope.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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