Don Simek gave Devan Dubnyk an offer he couldn't refuse in the shootout.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 32 shots and 1 of 6 shooters in the shootout to convert en route to a shootout victory. He broke up 3 of 4 breakaways he had to face in regulation and without him, I doubt very much the Admirals would've won tonight. He was moving well tonight and was up on top of his crease challenging shooters aggressively. It was a very good effort.
SPR Linglet, (15) (Hisey, David), 7:18
NOR Wishart, (9) (Szczechura), 8:25 (PP)
SPR Linglet, (16) (Wiseman, Armstrong), 0:19 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (19) (Parrish), 2:50
NOR- Parrish, Simek
Brandon Bochenski and Ty Wishart were the game's first and third stars. Juraj Simek, the Don of the Presov Mafia, remains a perfect 3-for-3 in shootout attempts this season. Never ask him about his business.
Kidding aside, Norfolk is lucky they had Springfield tonight and not a better grade of opponent. They were very sloppy in the first couple of periods of the game and allowed multiple breakaways and odd man rushes to the Falcons. They need to clean that up quickly, because if they have a night like that against a higher caliber opponent like Hershey or Portland and they'll be sitting on the bad end of a blowout 20 minutes in.
Norfolk did outshoot Springfield 53-32 in the game, but it was a pretty even contest in terms of scoring chances. Once again, Devan Dubnyk of Springield looked very good for the Falcons, but the Admirals did start to get to him by adjusting their strategy a bit in the third and shooting more from the high slot and the top of the circles. Against a big goaltender who is a little deep in his crease, that's the prime scoring areas.
Norfolk remains in 3rd place in the East Division at 64 points, 2 points back of Albany, who beat Adirondack earlier today. The Rats hold 1 game in hand on the Admirals. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Lowell 1-0 today to move into sole possession of 4th place, 6 points behind Norfolk with 3 games in hand. 5th place Adirondack is 8 points back with 3 games in hand. 6th place Syracuse defeated Binghamton in an outdoor game today to stay 10 points back of Norfolk with 2 games in hand. Last place Binghamton looks done like dinner 15 points behind the Admirals, even though they have 5 games in hand. They've lost their last 3, and are just 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games.
In the crossover, the 5th place team in the Atlantic, Bridgeport, lost to Abbotsford today and Providence lost to Manchester. Hartford defeated Worcester, so the Admirals have a 3 point lead on Bridgeport and a 5 point lead on Providence and Hartford. Providence has 2 games in hand and Hartford has 1. If the Admirals were to fall to 4th in the East Division, they'd need to finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make the postseason.
Norfolk moved to .500 at home with their win last night and are now 1 game over .500 at home for the year, to go with their mark of 4 games over .500 on the road for the season. Norfolk has 21 games left in the regular season: 12 at home and 9 on the road. Norfolk travels to Binghamton on Wednesday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.