Norfolk Admirals

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-4-12 Whale at Admirals Game Two

Fall down 8 times, get up 9.

CT-1
NOR-4

Series Tied at 1-1

Dustin Tokarski rebounded from his overtime softie in Game One by stopping 27 of 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
NOR Killorn, (2) (Labrie, Aulie), 3:00
NOR Kostka, (1) (Picard), 17:44

Second Period
CT Deveaux, (1) (Hrivik, Tessier), 9:02 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (1) (Smith, Kostka), 15:45 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Conacher, (1) (Johnson, Barberio), 4:41 (PP)

Tokarski, Tyler Johnson, and Mike Kostka were the game's three stars. Johnson, the AHL's hottest player down the stretch of the regular season, had the first playoff goal and assist of his professional career.

Connecticut surrendered a staggering 11 power plays to the Admirals, 2 of which were converted by Norfolk. The Whale made a huge tactical error trying to bully the Admirals out of the building, and they paid for it on the scoreboard.

Game Three is Sunday in Hartford. In the other Eastern Conference Semifinal series, St. John's and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are also tied 1 game each and will play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-2-12 Whale at Admirals Game One

What a truly disappointing way to end a game.

CT-3
NOR-2 (OT)

Connecticut Leads the Series 1-0

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals he'd like back on 29 shots including an overtime winner that he'll have nightmares about. It was a truly innocuous long shot that Tokarski got a lot of but popped straight up in the air and went in behind him. Thud. He made some big saves in the Second and Third Period, but the goals he did allow will leave a sick feeling in the Admirals' stomachs.

First Period
NOR Palat, (1) (Segal, Smith), 5:43
CT Audy-Marchessault, (2) (Erixon), 8:18
CT Hrivik, (5) (Wellman, Miller), 8:30
NOR Labrie, (2) (Barberio, Killorn), 16:56

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
CT Thuresson, (1) (Owens, Bell), 2:53

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was the game's second star.

Tyler Johnson returned to the lineup from injury.

Now Norfolk knows what they're up against, and this is admittedly a different team than they faced in the regular season. With guys like J.T. Miller and Marek Hrivik in the lineup, this is a younger and quicker Connecticut team. I think Norfolk was taken a little off guard early tonight and never really turned on the jets the way they typically do. It's a critical Game Two coming up Friday night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Prospect of the Week (5.2.12)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions.

We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Alex Killorn, Norfolk Admirals (AHL).

Norfolk fans were thanking the heavens for Alex Killorn last week as the pre-rookie pro (he’s on a tryout contract after finishing at Harvard) scored the overtime winner for the Admirals to clinch their first round Calder Cup series against Manchester.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-27-12 Admirals at Monarchs Game Four

And the legend of Alex Killorn is born...

NOR-4
MCH-3 (OT)

Norfolk Wins the Series 3-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the victory. He wasn't as on it tonight as he was in Game Three, but he was able to stay sharp enough in a game where he didn't see a ton of shots.

First Period
MCH Azevedo, (1) , 0:38

Second Period
NOR Oberg, (1) (Killorn, Picard), 7:18
MCH Mullen, (1) (Kozun, O'Neill), 11:18
MCH Andreoff, (2) (Hickey, Vey), 15:37 (PP)
NOR Barberio, (2) (Conacher, Ouellet), 16:58 (PP)
NOR Smith, (2) (Gudas), 17:14

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NOR Killorn, (1) (Picard), 13:27

Killorn and Trevor Smith were the game's first and third stars. Killorn just looks like an NHLer. He plays a good north-south game. Skates well. Wins battles. Goes to the high-traffic areas. Backchecks hard. He's as honest a player as he is talented, and he just had a great first playoff round in his professional career. He had 2 goals and 6 points in his first 10 professional regular season games, and he just matched that point total with 1 goal and 6 points in his first 4 professional playoff games.

Norfolk has 3 days to rest and, we hope, get healthy, before they move into the next round against the 6th seed, the Connecticut Whale, on Wednesday. Connecticut swept Bridgeport in the opening round and will be coming to Norfolk for Game One and Game Two in a 2-3-2 playoff format. However, of interest, Game Five (if necessary) will be played in Bridgeport and not Hartford. How interesting that a scheduling conflict works in Norfolk's favor in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Admirals swept the Whale during the regular season 4-0, with 3 regulation victories and 1 shootout win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-25-12 Admirals at Monarchs Game Three

Admirals win the battle. War of attrition continues.

NOR-5
MAN-2

Norfolk Leads the Series 2-1

Dustin Tokarski stopped 25 of 27 shots for the victory, including turning away 4 shorthanded breakaways. He was a difference maker tonight.

First Period
NOR Segal, (1) (Oberg, Killorn), 0:35
NOR Labrie, (1) (Smith, Conacher), 7:40
MCH Czarnik, (2) (Vey, Mullen), 11:06

Second Period
NOR Devos, (1) (Kostka, Smith), 4:31
MCH Legein, (2) (Vey, Kolomatis), 12:51

Third Period
NOR Picard, (4) (Conacher, Smith), 14:45 (PP)
NOR Segal, (2) (Killorn, Picard), 18:32 (EN)

Phillip-Michael Devos and Trevor Smith were the game's first and second stars.

Brandon Segal scored the game's opening goal, and then an empty netter to ensure that for Manchester the game was Out of Reach. His linemate, Alex Killorn has 4 points in his first 3 AHL playoff games.

Alexandre Picard, who only had 6 goals the entire regular season, has 4 goals in the first 3 games of the playoffs. Make it so, Number Nine.

Kidding aside, Mark Barberio had to leave the game in the Third Period after a Stefan Legein boarding major. Possible concussion. Norfolk can't afford to let Manchester stick around in this series, because Manchester's managed to injure 2 of Norfolk's best players in the first 3 games of this series. Tyler Johnson went out with the old upper-body injury in Game One. The playoffs are a war of attrition, and staying healthy is perhaps the biggest key to success for Norfolk. They need to put Manchester away in Game Four on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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