Dominant, workmanlike win.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.
NOR Ashton, (8) (Gudas, Picard), 4:30
NOR Smith, (4) (Labrie, Ashton), 19:26
NOR Tyrell, (2) (Wyman), 2:49
PRO Cunningham, (1) (Bartkowski, MacDonald), 17:21
PRO Chaput, (2) (Miller, Bodnarchuk), 4:05 (SH)
NOR Dimmen, (1) (Picard, Conacher), 7:01 (PP)
Carter Ashton and Alexandre Picard were the game's first and second stars.
With his 2 point night, Ashton is now tied for 5th in the league in scoring at 13 points, 3 points back of Joe Colborne of Toronto. Teammate Cory Conacher (pictured) is now tied for 8th in the league, 2 points back of Ashton with 11. The two forwards pace all AHL rookies in scoring.
Norfolk outshot Providence 41-22 in the game, and subsequently doubled them up on the scoreboard.
With the win, Norfolk leaps Hershey for the top spot in the league at 13 points after the Bears stubbed their toes in Springfield in overtime tonight. Their 40 goals scored also pace the league. On paper, this is a championship caliber team, if they get the goaltending and if their defense continues to mature as the season churns on.
They roll into Syracuse tomorrow night to face a tough test against a Crunch team that has only lost once, so far, in regulation.
Box score from TheAHL.com.