Norfolk Admirals

AHL Game Night: 1-27-12 Bears at Admirals

Labrie is Superman.

HER-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Ashton, (17) (Kostka, Panik), 11:32

Third Period
HER Micflikier, (19) (Eakin), 6:30
NOR Labrie, (7) (Smith, Conacher), 10:04

Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Carter Ashton, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Ashton now with 2 goals in his last 3 games. You hope it's time for another Carter Ashton boomlet.

Labrie got off the plane, then got into a phone booth to put on his cape and score the game winning goal. There's not many tough guys who could do what he did: play a strong 2-way game in a 4th line role in Tampa and then turn around and go play on a top line and score the winning goal down in the AHL. This guy's not going away. He's not a flash in the pan.

Mark it down: 1/27/12 was the day Panik got back to 0.50 points per game. Panik attack, ya'll.

Norfolk's win ties them with Hershey at 55 points, but they're now 3 points behind the suddenly surging Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. On the one hand, playing in this division makes it extremely tough to get a high seed, which is tough on Norfolk. On the other hand, though, they'll be a lot more battle tested come the postseason having played more games against quality opposition.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Four On Their Way to Norfolk

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Evan Oberg, as well as forwards Mike Angelidis, Trevor Smith and Pierre-Cedric Labrie to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, made his Lightning debut in his sixth recall last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, logging 1:21 in ice time with one hit. He was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He has played in 25 AHL games this season with Norfolk and the San Antonio Rampage, recording two goals and eight points with a plus-3 rating. Oberg has played in 13 games with the Admirals, notching two goals and six points. He has played in 138 career AHL games with the Admirals, Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. Oberg has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.

AHL Game Night: 1-24-12 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk Everblades make it respectable...

CHA-4
NOR-2

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Dadonov, Krueger), 7:19
CHA Bowman, (11) (Sanguinetti, Jordan), 13:29 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Devos, (3) (Kostka, Palat), 16:10 (PP)

Third Period
CHA Pistilli, (9) (Sanguinetti, Terry), 2:32 (PP)
CHA Dadonov, (6) (Boychuk), 18:55 (EN)
NOR Neilson, (1) (Panik, Ouellet), 19:50 (PP)

Considering half of Norfolk's core players were in Tampa Bay as injury replacements, a 2 goal loss isn't a tragedy against one of the Western Conference's best teams. They had 2-3 guys who would otherwise be with the Everblades and a brand new signee, Michael Pelech, who was also up from the Coast. That's the unfortunate part of minor league hockey. Sometimes you're at the mercy of circumstances well beyond your control 6-700 miles away.

At least there was a Panik attack, though.

Norfolk draws Hershey on Friday in a big game where, hopefully, they'll get a lot of their guns back in the lineup from Tampa.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-21-12 Admirals at Whale

When Slovakians attack...

NOR-5
CT-4 (SO)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 26 shots and stopped 9 of 10 in the penalty shot session for the win. He came into the game in relief of Dustin Tokarski who unceremoniously allowed all 3 shots he faced into the net before getting the hook.

First Period
NOR Johnson, (14) (Ashton, Conacher), 0:39
CT Deveaux, (12) (Newbury, Christensen), 1:26 (PP)
CT Tanski, (3) (Tessier), 3:49
CT Bourque, (3) (Tessier, Parlett), 6:33

Second Period
NOR Palat, (3) , 3:58

Third Period
NOR Ashton, (16) (Panik, Jackson), 6:10
NOR Conacher, (24) (Kostka), 6:28 (PP)
CT Tanski, (4) (Grant, Owens), 8:13

Richard Panik was the first star of the game. He assisted Carter Ashton on the goal to tie the game at 3-3, got cheap shotted by Aaron Voros shortly thereafter, but got his revenge with the tenth round shootout winner. I'm rather shocked Janus didn't get a star, but both he and his countryman Panik were very worthy tonight. In his last 10 games, the AHL is feeling the Panik attack to the tune of 5 goals and 9 points.

For those wondering, although not 100%, Mark Barberio did dress and play tonight. I'm not the official BP Tweetmeister, but if I were: #goodnewsforachange

Norfolk's trip to the pay window moves them to within 2 points of Hershey in the division with the Bears holding a game in hand. Norfolk draws Charlotte at Scope on Tuesday night. The Checkers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference (don't ask) this season, so Norfolk will have their work cut out for them.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-20-11 Admirals at Crunch

Oi.

NOR-3
SYR-6

Jaroslav Janus allowed 6 goals on 23 shots for the loss before being pulled for Dustin Tokarski for the third period. Tic stopped all 3 shots he faced the rest of the way in light work.

First Period
SYR Maroon, (17) (Sexton, Carle), 1:21
SYR Macenauer, (3) (Smaby, Maroon), 12:08
SYR Maroon, (18) (Carle, Sexton), 16:20

Second Period
SYR Sexton, (6) (McMillan), 3:48
SYR Macenauer, (4) (Bodie), 8:46
SYR Maroon, (19) (Carle, Rodney), 15:41 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (9) (Fornataro), 4:25
NOR Angelidis, (10) (Ouellet, Fornataro), 4:51
NOR Panik, (9) (Devos, Palat), 19:54

It was a tough spot for the Admirals, having to make due with so few forwards and moving defensemen to play out of position. It got worse when they lost Mark Barberio tonight to an injury. Kudos to them for sticking to it in the third and making it a bit more respectable. At least there was a Panik attack.

Norfolk heads to Hartford tomorrow to play the Whale.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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