Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Night: 3/30/11 Admirals at Penguins

Comeback falls just short.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Sterling, (24) (Hutchinson), 2:22 (PP)
NOR Jones, (21) (Ritola, Berry), 8:43
WBS Veilleux, (9) (Walker, Potter), 14:44 (PP)
WBS Sterling, (25) (Lerg, Hutchinson), 18:53 (PP)
WBS Craig, (19) , 19:38

Second Period
NOR Milam, (14) (Ritola, Harju), 8:26 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Ritola, (3) (Roy, Pouliot), 11:42

Mattias Ritola was the game's second star.

For those wondering, Pat Nagle was Tic's backup tonight.

Norfolk burned up a very critical game in hand that they really needed to cash in. They sit at 88 points, 6 back of 2nd place Hershey, 3 back of 3rd place Charlotte, and 1 up on 5th place Binghamton. They now hold 2 games in hand on the Bears and Checkers, and 1 game in hand on the Senators. The good news is, the Admirals to face the Bears twice this weekend, so a couple of wins would put them in decent position to overtake Hershey. They're also still 8 points up on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester, in the crossover, which is the safety net for the Admirals, and they have a game in hand on the Sharks. There are 7 games remaining in the regular season, and if the season ended tonight, Norfolk would be traveling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to play these same Penguins in the opening round.

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AHL Game Day: 3/27/11 Admirals at Checkers

Disaster in Charlotte.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 14 shots for the loss before giving way to Jaroslav Janus who did even worse, allowing 4 goals on just 9 shots.

First Period
CHA Dalpe, (20) (Jordan, McNicoll), 4:30 (PP)
CHA Dalpe, (21) (Micflikier, Boychuk), 10:52
NOR Szczechura, (19) (Jones, Pouliot), 13:43
CHA Terry, (32) (Matsumoto), 16:32

Second Period
CHA Pistilli, (6) (Terry, Jordan), 0:07
CHA McNicoll, (4) (Boychuk, Sanguinetti), 4:26 (PP)
CHA Nash, (14) , 9:33
CHA Boychuk, (22) (Micflikier, Dalpe), 16:35

Third Period
CHA Blanchard, (7) (Sutter, Bellemore), 7:09 (SH)
NOR Angelidis, (19) (Durno, Barberio), 7:39 (PP)

Yuck. There had been some hope that since the Checkers had to travel further that they'd be the more tired of the two teams. Norfolk did outshoot Charlotte 41-23 in the contest, but it didn't matter considering 1 out of every 3 shots was going in for the Checkers. Mercy. The silver lining is that Paul Szczechura and Mike Angelidis each got their 19th goals of the season, putting them 1 shy of the magic 20 goal mark.

Norfolk's fortunes in the standings took a beating tonight, too. 3rd place Charlotte moved 3 points ahead with the Admirals still owning 3 games in hand. 2nd place Hershey lost in overtime to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton so they gained a point and are now 6 points up on the Admirals with Norfolk holding 3 games in hand. But, now Norfolk is receiving pressure from behind them. Binghamton won today, moving them to within 1 point of Norfolk with the Admirals still holding 2 games in hand. Heck, even Worcester won in the crossover.

With 8 regular season games to go, a lot of positive scenarios are still open for Norfolk to achieve, but unfortunately some of the disappointing ones are still on the table, too. Norfolk has a brutal schedule next week, although all three games are at least at home: the Penguins on Wednesday and the Bears on Friday and Saturday. And then, the final week of the season will be a grueling 5 game road trip over 7 nights in Charlotte, Binghamton, a 2 game set in Syracuse, and a season capping matchup in Connecticut against the Whale. It may be a good thing that Norfolk has an 8 point lead in the crossover, after all.

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AHL Game Night: 3/26/11 Monarchs at Admirals

Monarchs get Tic'ed.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 29 shots.

First Period
MCH Holloway, (26) (Azevedo, King), 15:42 (PP)

Second Period

Third Period
NOR Milam, (13) (Harju, Szczechura), 12:59
NOR Durno, (18) (Labrie, Angelidis), 13:37

Chris Durno, Tokarski, and Troy Milam were the game's three stars.

Charlotte won tonight, so Norfolk is 1 point back of the 3rd place Checkers with 3 games in hand heading into tomorrow's heavyweight bout in Charlotte. Norfolk's also temporarily moved to within 3 points of 2nd place Hershey, with the Bears tied with Albany in the 3rd period tonight. At night's end the Admirals will have 3 games in hand on Hershey as well, but a 3 or 4 point spread would mean the margin for error isn't as fine to get home ice in the opening round.

With 9 games left to go in the regular season, the Admirals' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is roughly 4 points. Worcester, which is 4th in the Atlantic, is 10 points back of Norfolk with just 7 games left for the Sharks to play. It probably won't come to that, but Norfolk's got a huge cushion in the crossover, and any combination of Norfolk earned points and Worcester lost points that equals 4 will likely seal the deal. Worcester got blown out by Springfield 7-2 tonight and they play Adirondack tomorrow afternoon, so there's a chance Norfolk could effectively wrap up a playoff spot on Sunday.

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AHL Game Night: 3/25/11 Monarchs at Admirals



Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss.

First Period

Second Period
MCH King, (22) (Holloway, Weal), 17:45 (PP)

Third Period
MCH King, (23) , 10:30
MCH Meckler, (15) , 13:46
MCH King, (24) (Holloway), 19:01 (EN)

Manchester's had fantastic goaltending the past few seasons, and even though Zatkoff is the backup, he showed last season and again tonight that he's capable of beating you. Norfolk outshot Manchester 35-19 and it didn't matter because Zatkoff had the forcefield up tonight.

With Charlotte losing in a shootout tonight, they moved back into 3rd in the East Division, 1 point ahead of Norfolk with the Admirals still holding 3 games in hand. The good new is that Hershey wet the bed against Adirondack, so Norfolk is still 5 points back of the 2nd place Bears with 3 games in hand.

10 games remain in the regular season and the Admirals draw Manchester again tomorrow night.

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AHL Game Night: 3/23/11 Phantoms at Admirals

Tic returns with a vengeance.


Dustin Tokarski returned from missing the weekend set against Albany with a minor injury to stop 32 of 33 shots for the victory. Since the start of February, Tic has gone 10-2-2 with 2 shutouts, and he's 6-1-0 in the month of March with 1 shutout, a 1.56 GAA, and a .942 save percentage. Put simply, Tic continues to live up to his reputation of playing his best when the stakes go up. Don't gamble with Tic: he'll take your money, your shirt, your car keys, and your girl. Believe it.

First Period

Second Period
NOR Roy, (4) , 2:29
NOR Angelidis, (18) (Wright), 4:38 (SH)
ADK Pither, (9) , 16:43 (PP)

Third Period

Tokarski, Mathieu Roy, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Angelidis has obliterated his career best statistics this season playing a very well rounded, power forward's game with 18 goals, 35 points, a +19 rating in 69 games. He's also tied his career high of 151 penalty minutes, to boot.

Norfolk moves into 3rd in the East Division via the win percentage tiebreaker over Charlotte and are now 5 points back of 2nd place Hershey with 3 games in hand. They also maintain a 5 point gap on 5th place Binghamton with 2 games in hand and they've expanded their lead on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester, to 8 points with 2 games in hand. With 11 games left to go in the regular season, Norfolk has 86 points, meaning they likely need just 2-4 points to realistically insure a playoff spot, and they control their own destiny in terms of moving up to 2nd in the Division to try to clinch home ice in the first round.

But, the degree of difficulty goes up this weekend. Norfolk faces Manchester Friday and Saturday before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday. The Monarchs are a solid 2nd in the Atlantic Division and Charlotte has refused to go away all season long.

One other note: with their victory tonight the Admirals moved past their point total (84) from all of last season, with another 22 points still up for grabs on the schedule. After a rough start to its affiliation with Norfolk, the Lightning's farmhands have improved each season.

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AHL Game Night: 3/18/11 Devils at Admirals

Return of The Entertainer.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the win in his first game back from injury. Desjardins has been on the shelf since a January 16th tilt in Charlotte, and returns not a moment too soon with Dustin Tokarski day to day with an undisclosed injury.

First Period
NOR Marks, (4) (Angelidis, Berry), 6:08
NOR Wright, (16) (Pouliot, Fornataro), 8:38

Second Period
ALB Henrique, (23) (Sestito, Magnan), 1:05 (SH)
NOR Fornataro, (17) (Pouliot, Vernace), 6:53 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (7) (Szczechura, Desjardins), 19:19 (EN)

Matt Fornataro, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Desjardins were the game's three stars.

Unfortunately, the win didn't net any gains in the standings as Norfolk tries to track down Charlotte and Hershey for 3rd and 2nd place in the East Division, respectively. Both teams won tonight, leaving Norfolk 1 point back of Charlotte with 2 games in hand and 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand. Norfolk did gain 2 points on 5th place Binghamton and now hold a 7 point edge on the Senators with 1 game in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk holds a 9 point edge on Worcester with 1 game in hand.

The Admirals are now just a few points shy of the roughly 88-90 points they'll likely need to secure a playoff spot, as they now have 83 points with 13 games left in the regular season. Norfolk had 84 points at the end of last season, finishing just 2 points behind Bridgeport, which earned the final playoff spot in the East Division via the crossover rule. A win tomorrow night against Albany will help the club match its point total from all of last year. Norfolk has improved its point total in each subsequent season of its affiliation with the Lightning, which began in 2007-2008.

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AHL Game Day: 3/13/11 Admirals at Bears

Tic puts the forcefield up in the shootout.

HER-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski stopped 23 of 25 shots before beating all 5 Hershey shooters in the shootout for the victory. Tokarski improved to 19-15-4 on the season with 2 shutouts, a 2.41 GAA and .910 save percentage. It's expected that Cedrick Desjardins will see his first action back next weekend, but it should be kept in mind that Tokarski's GAA and save percentage are actually better than Desjardins' 2.56 GAA and .906 save percentage. Two good goaltenders = a good problem for Norfolk to have.

First Period
HER McNeill, (5) (Fahey, Perreault), 12:07 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Berry, (13) (Giliati, Barberio), 8:19 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Wright, (15) (Giliati, Barberio), 8:22 (PP)
HER Greentree, (25) (Kozek, Willsie), 9:29


NOR- Harju

Tokarski and Stefano Giliati were the game's first and second stars. Giliati made two great power play assists in the contest, and Mark Barberio also assisted on both power play goals. Barberio now has 2 goals and 4 points in the last 3 and has 26 points on the season. If he could get to 30 points this year, that'd be nice output for a rookie campaign. James Wright became the 8th Admiral to hit the 15 goal plateau this season with his goal. 8 forwards who can put the puck in the back of the net = another good problem for Norfolk to have. It'll be interesting to see how many Admirals can get to 20 goals by the end of the regular season.

Norfolk cashes in a game in hand a leaps 1 point ahead of Charlotte for 3rd place in the East Division with 1 game still in hand on the Checkers. They're also now 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand and 2 more head-to-head matchups against the Bears at Scope left on the schedule. So, 2nd place remains in reach. Norfolk also expanded their lead over 5th place Binghamton back to 6 points and a 7 point lead over Worcester and Connecticut in the crossover. So, whereas the Lightning are fading a bit right now, Norfolk is starting to surge.

There are 14 games left in the regular season. Norfolk is off until next Friday and Saturday when Albany comes to town. Albany sits in 6th in the East Division at 6 games under .500, and it is expected Cedrick Desjardins will return to the crease in one of those games.

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AHL Game Night: 3/11/11 Senators at Admirals

Norfolk punishes Binghamton for having the audacity to come into town.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the victory. Life is good when the snowman works for you.

First Period
BNG O'Brien, (17) (Wick, Locke), 4:20
BNG Bass, (3) (Hoffman, Kinrade), 7:26
NOR Harju, (21) (Fornataro, Vernace), 14:08 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (15) (Harju, Milam), 16:08

Second Period
NOR Barberio, (9) (Giliati, Berry), 10:42
NOR Pouliot, (20) (Wright), 16:53

Third Period
NOR Szczechura, (16) (Harju), 0:44
NOR Wright, (12) (Jackson, Fornataro), 7:16
BNG Daugavins, (16) (Kinrade, Wiercioch), 8:33 (PP)
NOR Wright, (13) (Berry, Milam), 15:53 (PP)
NOR Wright, (14) (Pouliot, Fornataro), 19:22

James Wright, Paul Szczechura, and Johan Harju were the game's three stars. For Wright, it was his first hat trick as a professional while Paul Szczechura became the 7th Admiral to break through the 15 goal mark this season. For his part, Marc-Antoine Pouliot became the 3rd Admiral to break 20 goals this year. Point being: Norfolk is scary deep and balanced at forward.

Norfolk extends to a 6 point lead on 5th place Binghamton in the East Division and burns another game in hand on Charlotte by pulling within 1 point of the idle 3rd place Checkers with 1 more game in hand. Norfolk also kept pace with 2nd place Hershey and are 8 points back of the Bears with 2 games in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk maintained a 7 point edge on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester.

Playoffs are looking very good with 15 games left to go and the Admirals probably needing about 9-10 more points to get a playoff spot. Norfolk goes to Hershey on Sunday to try to make some headway against the 2nd place Bears.

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AHL Game Night: 3/9/11 Senators at Admirals

Mission statement.


Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. Tokarski is 7-2-2 since the start of February.

First Period
NOR Angelidis, (17) (Vernace, Berry), 11:51
NOR Nelson, (7) (Angelidis, Roy), 19:59

Second Period
NOR Harju, (20) (Szczechura, Mihalik), 15:39
NOR Barberio, (8) (Labrie), 17:59

Third Period
BNG Wick, (14) (Hoffman, Lehner), 2:12
NOR Pouliot, (19) (Fornataro, Harju), 13:10 (PP)

Mike Angelidis, Johan Harju, and Levi Nelson were the game's three stars. Harju became the second Admiral to hit the 20 goal mark this season. Blair Jones was the first, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot may be the next after scoring his 19th tonight.

It's hard to under-emphasize the importance of tonight's win for the Admirals. The club regained its 4 point gap on Binghamton for 4th place in the East Division and cashed in a game in hand to move within 3 points of Charlotte for 3rd with 2 games in hand still remaining. Just as well, Hershey lost 3-2 to Worcester tonight, so Norfolk moved within 6 points of 2nd place with 3 games in hand on the Bears and they maintained a 5 point gap on the Sharks and Connecticut Whale in the worst-case scenario where a crossover into the Atlantic Division bracket becomes necessary. A loss tonight would have been a disaster for the Admirals, but now Binghamton is the club sweating as they hold a playoff spot by a slim, single point.

There are 16 games remaining in the regular season. Norfolk faces these same Senators on Friday at Scope.

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AHL Game Night: 3/5/11 Admirals at Bears

Norfolk comes within an eyelash, just to see their hopes dashed.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Willsie, (24) , 4:26 (SH)
HER Willsie, (25) (Aucoin, Greentree), 16:39

Second Period
NOR Fornataro, (16) (Labrie, Gudas), 4:24
NOR Milam, (12) (Labrie, Pouliot), 19:46

Third Period
HER Perreault, (9) (Willsie, Souray), 17:08

The good news is that Charlotte lost 2-0 to Worcester tonight, so the Admirals lost no ground on 3rd place. 2nd Hershey did pull 7 points ahead of Norfolk, though. Norfolk finishes their weekend tomorrow night in Binghamton, where the Senators were idle tonight.

There are 18 games remaining in the regular season.

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