Norfolk Admirals

AHL Game Day: 2-5-12 Admirals at Falcons

It's so hard to beat the same team twice in two days, and even harder when you whip them in the first game, for whatever reason.

NOR-2
SPR-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
SPR Calvert, (10) (Atkinson, Regner), 9:52 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Labrie, (8) (Smith, Barberio), 14:40
NOR Ouellet, (10) (Kostka, Oberg), 18:44 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Cullity, (1) (Calvert, Amadio), 11:29
SPR Mayorov, (5) (Joudrey, Regner), 11:59
SPR St. Pierre, (9) (Giroux), 15:16

Allowing 3 goals in the final frame to lose the game leads one to believe the Admirals ran out of gas playing their third game in less than 72 hours. And, again, it proves what an old wise man once told me: it's so damned hard to beat the same team twice in two days. And the caveat I've learned over the years is, it's even harder when you win big in the first game because mentally you lose the edge and the urgency and mentally they're going out with more edge and more determination not to get embarrassed again.

Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton played a 3 point game today, so the loss to Springfield hurts that extra little bit. The Ads are now 6 points back of the Pens for the division lead and 2 points back of the Bears for second place.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-4-12 Admirals at Falcons

This is not the team to tangle with when they're grumpy after a loss.

NOR-6
SPR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory.

First Period
NOR Oberg, (3) (Labrie, Smith), 0:37
NOR Panik, (10) (Labrie), 15:11

Second Period
SPR Calvert, (9) (Atkinson), 5:27
NOR Smith, (17) (Oberg, Conacher), 5:45
NOR Smith, (18) , 11:42
NOR Barberio, (6) (Smith, Kostka), 17:30 (PP)
NOR Dimmen, (2) (Oberg, Devos), 19:17 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Trevor Smith, Evan Oberg, and the legend that is Pierre-Cedric Labrie were the game's three stars.

What I think Trevor Smith's short callup to the Lightning proved is that he absolutely is an NHLer. He looked ready to me, and, I really believe a night like tonight when he goes for 2-2-4 and is +4 is one of those signals that he's started to outgrow the AHL and he's ready for the show. He's 6th in the AHL in scoring right now, just 2 points back of Conacher for the Norfolk team lead in scoring. It's really an embarrassment of riches when some of your AHL-level guys like Wyman, Smith, and Labrie who aren't your key prospects start beating down the door to get to the NHL. I don't know if the Lightning can pull off the miracle comeback to get into the playoffs, but I do honestly believe that the way Norfolk's playing, it portends that the Lightning are going to be very strong next year as guys start to make it to the NHL and propel the club into the future. Whereas the team had little depth for many years, the depth now is getting obscenely good.

Panik attack, y'all.

Norfolk rematches Springfield tomorrow afternoon. All the disclaimers about how difficult it is to beat the same team back-to-back after you paste them in the first game apply.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-3-12 Admirals at Phantoms

It's a rare game where the Admirals were clearly outplayed.

NOR-1
ADK-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 34 shots in the loss and also stopped a penalty shot.

First Period
ADK McGinn, (6) (Akeson, Roe), 12:27

Second Period
ADK Ford, (11) (Holmstrom, Hamel), 0:20
NOR Ashton, (18) (Johnson, Conacher), 9:58
ADK McGinn, (7) (Akeson, Roe), 17:42

Third Period
NO SCORING

It's probably safe to say this is partly an All-Star Break hangover. Norfolk was outshot 34-28 by an Adirondack team that came into the night with a very ordinary .500 record. Unfortunately, the loss drops Norfolk into third in their division, 5 points back of the leading Penguins. They get Springfield tomorrow night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lightning Prospect and Minor Pro Stats - January

Bolt Prospects lays out the organizational statistics for the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospects and minor pro players through January 31.

To view the stat table, see our post on ESPNFlorida.com by clicking here.

AHL Game Night: 1-28-12 Bears at Admirals

Holtby'ed again.

HER-3
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Potulny, (14) (Bourque, Aucoin), 3:56 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (15) (Panik, Conacher), 8:46 (PP)

Second Period
HER Potulny, (15) (Bourque, Aucoin), 18:44 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (25) (Johnson, Dimmen), 18:59

Third Period
HER Hanson, (9) (Ford), 1:14

Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson were the game's second and third stars.

Norfolk outshot Hershey 40-22, but as has been the case seemingly about a half dozen times over the years, just when the Ads look ready to make their move and establish themselves as the better team, Holtby or one of the other Caps prospect goaltenders stands on their heads. Holding that team, as explosive as it is, to 22 shots is unheard of. To play that well and still lose hurts badly.

And the Panik attack continues. In the last 16 games, Richard Panik has 6 goals and 13 points and he's now riding a 5 game point streak. It's not quite as impressive as Carter Ashton's ridiculous 11 goals and 17 points in the first 16 games this year, but it's in the ballpark (upper deck, perhaps, but in the ballpark).

Monday night is the AHL All-Star Game and the Admirals will return to action next Friday against Adirondack. Fortunately, the Penguins got spanked by Binghamton, so they pull into the break just 3 points back in the division despite the loss to the Bears.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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