Hats off to Justin Keller.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the win.
NOR Fornataro, (6) (Parrish, Lashoff), 1:57
WBS Guenin, (2) (Tangradi, Vitale), 4:19
WBS Lee, (7) (Wallace, Caputi), 9:54
NOR Keller, (10) (Szczechura), 11:13
NOR Keller, (11) (Simek, Wishart), 19:54
WBS Guenin, (3) (Vitale), 1:50
NOR Simek, (13) (Lashoff, Szczechura), 13:34 (PP)
NOR Keller, (12) (Parrish), 19:07 (EN)
Keller and Juraj Simek were named the game's first and second stars. Keller was awarded his third goal when he was tripped on a breakaway with the Penguins' goaltender pulled. For the Admirals, the victory was a critical win in a 4-point game and, after playing so poorly last Saturday, it allowed the team to pick its confidence level back up. Norfolk is 8-1-1-1 since Jim Johnson took over as Head Coach.
Norfolk maintains its hold on 3rd place in the East Division by 2 points over 4th place Adirondack, which defeated Rochester tonight. The Phantoms aren't going anywhere, and it's taking on the feeling that the playoffs may come down to the remaining head-to-head games Norfolk has left with Adirondack. The Phantoms also hold 2 games in hand. Norfolk extends its lead over idle 5th place Syracuse to 4 points with the Crunch holding 2 games in hand. The Admirals extend their lead over 6th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 6 points with the Pens holding 2 games in hand. Pulling up the rear in 7th place, Binghamton defeated Albany in a shootout tonight, so the Admirals maintain an 8 point edge on the Sens with Bingy having 5 games in hand. Norfolk is 6 points back of 2nd place Albany with the Rats having 1 game in hand. If Norfolk's heart is set on catching 2nd place, they'll have that opportunity with 4 head-to-head games left on the schedule.
In the crossover chase, Norfolk closes to within 3 points of Hartford, which holds 5th place in the Atlantic Division, with the Wolf Pack having 1 game in hand. If the 5th place team in the Atlantic finishes ahead of the 4th place team in the East, they will make the playoffs by AHL rule this season. So, for Norfolk, catching 5th place in the Atlantic is another goal to pursue.
Norfolk improved to 1 game over .500 with the victory. They have 16 games remaining at home and 11 games left on the road.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Regina Pats 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 22-20-42, -3, 86 PIM
With Regina: 23 GP, 9-7-16, +5, 34 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina failed to earn a point for just the second time in their last 12 games. They are five points behind Moose Jaw for the final playoff spot, but Moose Jaw has three games in hand on both 10th place Regina and 9th place Swift Current. Brandon is tied for the league lead in points with 80.
Good goaltending + good special teams = win.
Antero Niittymaki allowed just 1 goal on 40 shots. He outplayed Roberto Luongo, and he's 7-0-1 in his last 8 games.
TB 8:00, Stamkos 33 (St. Louis, Malone)(PP)
VAN 19:53, Kesler 15 (Ehrhoff)(PP)
TB 2:52, St. Louis 19 (unassisted)(SH)
TB 15:40, St. Louis 20 (Stamkos, Downie)
You never want to get outshot 40-19, but somehow the Lightning keep manufacturing goals and keep getting the goaltending they need to win. They jumped to 6th in the East with the victory and they're 4 points up on 9th place Boston. But, Boston has a game in hand and is coming into the Forum Thursday for a big 4-point tilt. So, once again, no rest for the wicked.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ Northeastern Huskies 4 Third Place Game
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 4 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 7-9-16, +1, 26 PIM
Harvard finished fourth of four teams in the 58th Beanpot Tournament, losing 4-1 to Northeastern in the consolation game Monday. Killorn created a few scoring chances and drew a penalty, but did not find the scoresheet. Harvard was outscored 10-1 in the tournament. Boston University will play Boston College for the championship.
Timra 1 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Tie, 26/27, 0.92 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 1-1-2, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .921 sv%
Sodertalje surrendered a 1-0 lead in the third period, and in the process lost 2 crucial points in the standings in their quixotic attempt to make the Elitserien postseason. They're now 11 points back of 8th place Lulea with 7 games left in the regular season.