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Marc Denis stopped 27 of 29 shots for the victory to help spoil Dennis Bonvie's final regular season game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
WBS Smith, (22) , 14:53
WBS Gove, (23) (Stone, Engelland), 19:31
NOR Tyrell, (1) (Jones, Klinkhammer), 7:47
NOR Wanvig, (23) (Szczechura, Schneider), 17:35
NOR Szczechura, (16) (Segal), 0:41
Congratulations to Dana Tyrell on scoring his first professional goal. The 2007 2nd round pick finishes his ATO with Norfolk with 1 goal and 6 points in 11 games with a +1 rating and 6 penalty minutes.
With the win, Norfolk surpassed the 28 wins of the Springfield Falcons of a year ago and finished 6 points ahead of the former Lightning affiliate's total from a season ago. It's progress, however modest.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
A big win for a young team.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots for the win to break a personal seven game losing streak. The win also helped Boutin raise his save percentage back to .900 for the season. It's been a roller coaster ride all year for Boutin as he seems to win and lose games in month long streaks. At one point a little over a month ago he seemed to be coming into his own showing a winning record and a save percentage above .910. Unfortunately he hasn't shown the ability to step up and win games on his own in the last month, which is the next big hurdle he has to get over in his professional development. The legitimate starters don't post 7 game losing streaks. They find a way to pull out wins even when the team in front of them struggles. Boutin isn't quite to that point yet.
NOR Wanvig, (21) (Tyrell, Crowley), 1:38
BNG Dimitrakos, (20) (Kinch, Smith), 17:48
NOR Keller, (15) (Schneider, Segal), 7:46
BNG Hennessy, (22) (Carkner, Zubov), 10:10
NOR Wanvig, (22) (Tyrell, Jones), 1:38
Kyle Wanvig and Justin Keller were named the game's first and second stars.
With the win, Norfolk matches the win total set a year ago by the Lightning farmhands in Springfield of 28. They've also accumulated 4 more points than the Falcons did last season. The importance of hitting this milestone cannot be underestimated, in my opinion. It would have been a terrible blow to the organization if the move to Norfolk and the time spent developing their prospects hadn't shown any measure of improvement on the ice. Modest as it may be, these Admirals have gotten better compared to last year's Falcons, and they'll have one more swing at besting last year's win total tomorrow night against the Pens. It'll be a tough nut to crack against the division leaders, but it would be a heck of a way to end the season if the Ads could pull off one more big upset to head into the offseason on a high note.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
2008 USHL CLARK CUP PLAYOFFS â€“ ROUND 1
Game 1: (4) Chicago Steel 4 @ (1) Indiana Ice 3
Chicago leads Best of 5 series 1-0
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 2 shots on goal
Chicago upset top-seeded Indiana 4-3 on Indianaâ€™s home ice to take an early 1-0 lead in the Best of 5 series. Cunti scored Chicagoâ€™s second goal late in the second period to tie the game at 2. He would earn the secondary assist on the Steelâ€™s third goal, which came just a minute after the Ice had taken a 3-2 lead early in the third period. Chicago would score the game winner with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third. Game 2 is Saturday in Indiana.
2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs - Series B
American Conference - Division Quarterfinals
Game 2: (8) Mississippi Sea Wolves 2 @ (1) Texas Wildcatters 5
Texas leads Best of 5 series 2-0
Ryan Munce allowed a very pedestrian 5 goals on 33 shots and the Sea Wolves dropped Game 2 of their playoff series against Texas by a score of 5-2 Thursday night. Marek Kvapil returned to the Wolves lineup, assisting on Mississippi's first goal, a third-period power play marker. The Sea Wolves return home to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum needing to win both Saturday and Sunday to force a final Game 5 back in Texas on Tuesday.
The Wildcatters now lead the series 2-0 with Game 3 of the series Saturday night in Biloxi, MS.