Game Night Results

  • 6 years 51 weeks ago

    Norfolk falls one goal short again.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    HER Perreault, (16) (Beagle, Collins), 11:00

    Second Period
    HER Eakin, (2) (Gustafsson, Wellar), 12:53

    Third Period
    HER Giroux, (46) (Perreault, Gustafsson), 4:45
    NOR Craig, (23) (Tyrell, St. Pierre), 7:24
    NOR Fadden, (7) (Fornataro, Keller), 8:16

    The Admirals remain 2 points behind Bridgeport for the final East Division playoff spot because of the crossover rule, but they've given the Sound Tigers a game in hand with tonight's loss. It's a shame, because in back-to-back games the Admirals were just one bounce away from getting the game tied and getting at least a point from their efforts.

    It says a lot about the confidence Jim Johnson has in Mitch Fadden that he was on the ice with veterans like Hall and Craig at the end of the game with the Admirals hunting the equalizer. I'm eager to see what he does with a good offseason of training to build up his body and a full season in the AHL next year.

    Tonight was the Admirals final road game. They have three games at The Scope to close the year: one against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday and a back-to-back set against Hershey to finish things up. Realistically, they have to win at least 2 games and perhaps all 3 to make the postseason.

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  • 6 years 51 weeks ago

    Kval till Elitserien
    Sodertalje 4 @ Almtuna 3 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 23/26, 2.83 GAA, .885 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 1 SO, 2.82 GAA, .898 sv%

    Former Oilers draft pick Jonas Almtorp scored an overtime game winning goal to help lead Sodeertalje over Allsvenskan side Almtuna in their seventh game of the promotion/relegation series. Despite only losing a single game in the entire Kval till Elitserien, Lightning prospect Riku Helenius has seen his save percentage dip below .900 after a pair of subpar starts.

    Sodertalje improved its overall record to 6-1-0, and holds a 7 point lead over 3rd place Leksands with 3 games remaining. The top two teams in the series will earn spots in the Elitserien, Sweden's top division, and wins is Sweden count for 3 points each. So, Sodertalje can clinch its spot in the top division with 1 more victory. Sodertalje faces Leksands on Tuesday.

  • 6 years 51 weeks ago


    No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4 @ No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 (OT)
    Quarterfinals, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 2 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    Daniel Pettersson (undrafted) scored his third of the playoffs at 2:43 of overtime to give the Wildcats a 4-3 victory and put the Huskies in a big 0-2 hole in the series heading back to Moncton. Barberio maintained his point-per-game average with an assist on the game’s opening goal.


    West-2 Vancouver Giants 9 @ West-5 Portland Winterhawks 6
    Conference Semifinals, Game 1. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), *Third Star*
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    The Giants improved to 5-0 in the playoffs and drew first blood against Portland with a field-goal-heavy 9-6 win in Oregon. This game turned ugly in the late third as there was somewhat of a line brawl with about four minutes remaining, and more festivities as the final horn sounded. Wright’s first goal of the playoffs turned out to be the game winner as he gave the Giants a 7-5 lead midway through the third period. 5-foot-9 Brendan Gallagher (2011 draft) had four goals for Vancouver. Possible Lightning 2010 first round draft target Nino Niederreiter was scoreless and minus-1 in the game with four penalty minutes.

  • 6 years 51 weeks ago

    Admirals fall one goal, one period short.

    BNG 5

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He's played so well as the workhorse since Jaroslav Janus went down. It's a shame on the night he finally got 3 goals worth of support, he couldn't make it stand up.

    First Period
    NOR Lashoff, (8) (Tyrell, Hall), 8:04

    Second Period
    BNG St. Pierre, (24) (Lee, Kinrade), 0:34
    BNG O'Brien, (8) (Svendsen, Bailey), 5:25
    BNG Daugavins, (20) (Hennessy, Smith), 10:59
    BNG Tifu, (3) (Hamel, Lee), 12:16

    Third Period
    NOR Parrish, (16) (St. Pierre, Szczechura), 14:14
    NOR Fornataro, (10) (Tarkir, Fadden), 16:30 (PP)
    BNG Keller, (32) (Smith, Hennessy), 19:46 (EN/PP)

    Binghamton goaltender Mike Brodeur picked a heckuva time to stand on his head. Norfolk outshot the Senators 42-30, but in the end the Sens got the goaltending they needed to pull out the victory.

    Norfolk burned their game in hand on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and got nothing out of it, so they'll remain 3 points back of the Pens for 3rd place in the East Division. In the crossover, Lowell defeated Worcester in overtime 3-2 and Bridgeport fell 3-1 to Portland. So, all is not lost for the Admirals. They're 4 points back of the Devils and 2 points back of the Sound Tigers while still holding a game in hand on each team.

    Unfortunately, the remaining 4 games of the schedule are incredibly difficult, on paper. Norfolk will burn their game in hand tomorrow and could be back in a playoff spot with a win. But, they must win in Hershey to pull off that feat and Hershey is a ridiculous 32-4-0-2 at the Giant Center this season. That will be Norfolk's last road game of the season. The balance of the schedule includes Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and then another back-to-back games against defending champion Hershey and it's league best 57-15-0-3 record, with their 57 wins already being the highest single season total in the history of the AHL. But, games are not played on paper, and Norfolk has played Hershey fairly close under Head Coach Jim Johnson, so the Admirals have at least a puncher's chance.

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  • 6 years 51 weeks ago

    Eastern Conference Finals
    (1)Yulaev 1 @ (3)Kazan 2 (OT)
    Kazan Leads the Series 2-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 8 PIM

    Hannes Hyvonen scored 4:23 into overtime to lift Kazan to a 2-1 Game Two victory over top seed Yulaev and a 2-0 series lead in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals. Yulaev needed a goal with 15 seconds left in regulation by Valdimir Antipov just to force overtime, but their celebration was short lived. Kazan's other goal came from ex-Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 20:36 in the match and took a first period minor penalty for high sticking.

    Game Three between Yulaev and Kazan is Monday. Tomorrow is Game Three in the Western Conference between KHK MVD and Yaroslavl with that series deadlocked at 1-1.

  • 6 years 51 weeks ago


    No.5 Moncton Wildcats 6 @ No.4 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1
    Quarterfinals, Game 1. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 2 PIM
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

    There wasn’t much drama in this one as Moncton had a 5-1 lead after the opening period. Game 2 is Saturday at Rouyn-Noranda. QMJHL teams are re-seeded after the first round in a league-wide format. Moncton is the five-seed and the Huskies four despite the Huskies finishing the regular season 20 points behind Moncton. Rouyn-Noranda won the Telus Western Division; Moncton finished second to St. John in the Atlantic.

  • 6 years 51 weeks ago

    It's over, Brian.


    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 7 shots in the first period for the loss before giving way to Antero Niitymaki, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots the rest of the way.

    It's over, and it's time to throw some support down to Norfolk in the hope that at least one team in this organization can make the postseason. Right now the best case scenario is if the Lightning could somehow get in a position to take Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin and add another franchise caliber piece to the puzzle. This season, however, is done.

    Matt Lashoff had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 19:43. That's the kind of performance he needed to get back in the conversation for next season. With the Lightning off until Tuesday, he'll presumably head to Binghamton to help the Admirals tomorrow night.

    Vladimir Mihalik was -2 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 12:01. It's striking that, even despite the rash of injuries, the coaching staff still is holding Vladdy down to a dozen minutes a game. That's not a good sign. He presumably will also be headed back to the Admirals for tomorrow night's game.

    I kind of hope Paul Szczechura joins them, also. Not because Paul has played poorly, but because the Admirals need the help.

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  • 6 years 51 weeks ago

    Against all odds, Keller, Tokarski, and the Admirals have life.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He's been good down the stretch, and he'll need to be amazing in the final 5 games of the season to get the Admirals over the hump.

    First Period
    ALB Blanchard, (14) (Micflikier, Samson), 12:37
    NOR Keller, (16) (Jones), 16:03

    Second Period

    Third Period
    NOR Keller, (17) (Case, Jackson), 13:29

    Justin Keller and Tokarski were the game's first and second stars.

    Tonight was supposed to be a funeral for the Norfolk Admirals. With Ty Wishart out hurt and Lashoff and Mihalik called up due to injuries, the Admirals blueline consisted of Scott Jackson and a bunch of no-names. On the road. Against a hot Albany club that's dominated the series this season. And, somehow, the Admirals have parlayed doom into hope, despite being outclassed for much of tonight's game. They made their own breaks. Blair Jones made a great individual play to steal a puck to set up Keller on the first goal, Tokarski made every key save he had to to keep it 1-1, and then in the final frame, when the Ads looked to just be holding on for a point, Justin Keller got a little daylight and used his laser shot to propel Norfolk to the win. That's why they play the games.

    It's now essentially a four team race for three spots, and everything looks to have gone Norfolk's way tonight. Inside the division, Binghamton smoked third place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 6-2, meaning the Admirals are 3 points back of the Penguins. In the crossover, Lowell (which is struggling), fell 5-2 to Hartford and Bridgeport is down 4-1 to Manchester very late in the third period. If that score holds, Norfolk will be 2 points back of both the Devils and Monarchs, and in all three cases the Admirals will hold one game in hand.

    Can they defy the odds again tomorrow night in Binghamton? If they do, they can pull within 1 point of the Penguins for 3rd place in the East Division. Moreover, they could pull back into a playoff spot if Lowell falls in regulation to Worcester and/or Bridgeport falls in regulation to Portland. Theoretically, with the Lightning off until Tuesday, the Admirals should get Matt Lashoff and Vladimir Mihalik back for tomorrow night, and one would hope a forward or two might also be thrown into the mix, because tomorrow is make-or-break for Norfolk, and Binghamton has been playing well.

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  • 6 years 51 weeks ago

    KHL (Russia) Playoff Game Day
    Eastern Conference Finals
    (1)Yulaev 3 @ (3)Kazan 4
    Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, +5, 6 PIM

    Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov picked a heck of a time to have a breakout game. Kazionov had a pair of goals today, each assisted by former NHLer Niko Kapanen, to help Kazan knock off top seed Yulaev in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Finals series. The 2002 4th round pick played 18:23 in the match.

    In the Western Conference Finals series, KHK MVD and Yaroslavl are tied 1-1 after trading overtime wins over the past couple of days. Game Two between Kazan and Yulaev is slated for tomorrow.

    Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
    Vaxjo 7 @ Sodertalje 6 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, Sodetalje, Loss, 28/35, 6.83 GAA, .800 sv%
    Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 7 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 2.82 GAA, .900 sv%

    All good things come to an end, and Riku Helenius' personal 7 game winning streak that extended back into the Elitserien regular season was spoiled spectacularly today in a 7-6 overtime loss to Allsvenskan side Vaxjo. Sodertalje still sits in first on the promotion/relegation series table.

  • 6 years 51 weeks ago


    East-5 Brampton Battalion 3 @ East-1 Barrie Colts 5
    Conference Semifinals, Game 1. Barrie leads Best of 7 Series 1-0
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: Did not play.
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

    Although Hutchings played all four games of the Sudbury series, he reportedly missed Game 1 vs. Brampton with an apparent “lower body injury.” Alex Burmistrov, who is expected to go near the top of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a goal and an assist to earn First Star honors in the game for the Colts. Game 2 is Sunday.

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