Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Night: 2/28/11 Falcons at Admirals

Leaving points on the table...

SPR-3
NOR-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 20 shots before being beaten by all 3 shooters he faced for the shootout loss.

First Period
NOR Jones, (13) (Angelidis), 1:42

Second Period
SPR D'Alvise, (10) (Sigalet, Kubalik), 10:33 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Pouliot, (12) (Bergeron, Vernace), 11:36
SPR Wilson, (3) (Savard, Moore), 17:23

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Regner, Wilson, Kubalik
NOR- Harju

Marc-Antoine Pouliot was the game's third star.

The failure to protect leads late in games has been an ugly fault that has cropped up from time to time for Norfolk this season. Tonight, Springfield broke through with less than 3 minutes to go in the game, eventually robbing Norfolk of a point in the standings. As a consequence, Hershey claimed second place in the East Division outright. That's why every point is so precious: the Admirals don't want to have to go into Giant Center for Game 1 and 2 in the playoffs against the Bears. That's rough duty considering how much playoff experience Hershey would have in a hypothetical playoff series, and that's why you can't leave points on the table. You have to finish games off late.

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AHL Game Night: 1/26/11 Admirals at Monarchs

So much for Tic's momentum.

NOR-2
MAN-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Berry, (11) (Bergeron, Roy), 9:36
MCH Elkins, (13) (Campbell, Kaunisto), 12:30
NOR Fornataro, (14) (Gudas, Giliati), 18:07
MCH Cliche, (13) (Voynov, Moller), 18:38 (PP)

Second Period
MCH Moller, (10) (Voynov, Cliche), 18:02 (PP)

Third Period
MCH Cliche, (14) , 12:45 (PP)

Norfolk goes 0-fer in the back-to-back portion of their roadie against the Atlantic's two best teams. Disappointing.

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AHL Game Night: 1/21/11 Admirals at Senators

Spoon!

NOR-3
BNG-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 30 shots and stopped 3 of 5 in the shootout for the victory.

First Period
BNG O'Brien, (13) (Dziurzynski), 6:31
NOR Szczechura, (12) (Wright, Jones), 7:14

Second Period
BNG Daugavins, (9) (Locke, Keller), 9:29 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (12) (Pouliot, Angelidis), 7:15 (PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Harju, Pouliot, Szczechura
BNG- Keller, Hoffman

Tokarski and Paul Szczechura were the game's first and second stars. I'm very glad Coach Cooper chose to stick with Tic for this start rather than immediately putting Mike Smith in during this conditioning stint. It's great he let the young netminder to continue to build momentum. He's won 4 straight now, including 3 since Desjardins went down to injury.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost tonight, so the Admirals will move within 9 points of first in the division, and Charlotte is down late in Springfield, so they may open up to a 4 point lead on third place.

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AHL Game Night: 1/18/11 Crunch at Admirals

The Lightning wins the first half of their AHL/NHL battle with the Columbus organization.

Correction: Columbus' affiliation with Syracuse ended last season. Syracuse is now the Ducks' affiliate.

SYR-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the victory. And, just like that, Tic has a three game winning streak at just the right time with Cedrick Desjardins going on the shelf due to injury.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Milam, (8) (Jones, Szczechura), 2:47
SYR Bonino, (4) (Paetsch, Green), 7:55 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Gudas, (3) (Szczechura, Wright), 0:47

Radko Gudas, Troy Milam, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Gudas is riding a three game points streak to go along with his ever-impressive plus/minus statistics.

Norfolk moves four points ahead of Charlotte again in second place in the East Division, nine points behind first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which had opened as big as a thirteen point advantage recently.

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AHL Game Day: 1/16/11 Admirals at Checkers

The Admirals continue to feel at home on the road.

NOR-4
CHA-2

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief to take the victory. Tokarski entered the weekend with a slumping 0-6-0-1 mark in his last 7 appearances, but was 2-0-0-0 in his two appearances this weekend, and raised his season save percentage back up to .901. If Desjardins is anything more than just nicked, it'll be important for Tokarski to step up in the coming days.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Osala), 0:12
NOR Fornataro, (11) (Milam, Gudas), 16:06

Second Period
CHA Carson, (1) (Rodney, Dalpe), 2:34 (PP)
NOR Jones, (11) (Szczechura), 4:41
NOR Gudas, (2) (Wright, Vernace), 15:21 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Vernace, Durno), 18:58 (EN)

Radko Gudas and Blair Jones were the game's first and third stars.

With 31 points in 29 games, Blair Jones just eclipsed his season output of 30 points in 63 games last season. His career high was 54 points in 80 games in 2008-2009, when he spent a significant amount of time anchoring the left point on the power play for the Admirals.

Norfolk moved 2 points ahead of Charlotte to claim a clear hold on second place in the East Division with the win. Their .652 road winning percentage in 4th in the league behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, and Hershey.

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AHL Game Night: 1/15/11 Sound Tigers at Admirals

The Admirals finally cracked the Joel Martin code.

BRI-2
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for the win.

First Period
BRI Figren, (11) (Katic, Wishart), 6:32 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Angelidis, (14) (Pouliot, Vernace), 1:21
BRI Motherwell, (3) (Katic, Figren), 12:53 (PP)
NOR Durno, (12) (Gudas, Fornataro), 15:20

Third Period
NOR Durno, (13) (Harju), 18:51

Chris Durno and Mike Angelidis were the game's first and second stars.

Norfolk outshot Bridgeport a stunning 51-19 in the contest, but it wasn't until Johan Harju set up Durno for the game winning goal with 1:09 left that the Admirals finally claimed their first lead of the night.

Radko Gudas was a team high +3 to go along with an assist on Durno's first goal. Gudas, Durno, and Angelidis are all now +17 for the season, one plus behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Robert Bortuzzo for the league lead.

Credit to General Manager Julien BriseBois for signing Angelidis. Through 40 games this season, Angelidis' 24 points already match his season total in 67 games last year.

Norfolk's victory moves them back into a tie with idle Charlotte for second place in the East Division. At the season's halfway mark, Norfolk is on a pace for 42 wins and 102 points, and they're also on a pace to score 292 goals, as well. Norfolk's AHL record season, while an affiliate of the Blackhawks, saw them score 301 goals in 2006-2007 en route to earning 108 points. So, this version of the Norfolk Admirals has a chance to be one of the best, if not the best, in team history.

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AHL Game Night: 1/8/11 Whale at Admirals

The Whale strikes back.

CT-3
NOR-2 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
CT Dupont, (7) , 1:31
NOR Marks, (2) (Pouliot, Labrie), 13:24
CT Tessier, (7) (White), 17:50

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (5) (Gudas, Berry), 18:21

Overtime
CT Williams, (20) (Del Zotto, Williams), 4:22

My boy, Stefano Giliati, was named the game's second star for scoring the tying goal with less than two minutes left.

Norfolk moved back into a tie with Charlotte for second place in the division with the point, and hold a game in hand on the Checkers, but they dropped a full 13 points behind the Penguins with a game in hand. Hershey lurks just 2 points back with a game in hand, and are currently down to Manitoba 3-2 after two periods.

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AHL Game Day: 1/2/11 Admirals at Bears

The week from hell ends in a shutout defeat.

NOR-0
HER-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Greentree, (15) (Willsie, Aucoin), 11:34 (PP)

Second Period
HER Miskovic, (5) (Aucoin, Gordon), 7:32

Third Period
NO SCORING

Norfolk only gained 2 of a possible 8 points in 4 games against division opponents that are in direct competition with them for positioning. Bad. Norfolk falls into a tie with Charlotte for second place with Hershey just one point behind, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now 8 points ahead with 1 game in hand. Really bad.

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AHL Game Night: 1/1/11 Admirals at Penguins

Slip sliding away...

NOR-3
WBS-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Johnson, (11) (Walker, Craig), 12:01
WBS Lerg, (5) (Tangradi, Potter), 19:35

Second Period
NOR Wright, (10) (Pouliot, Szczechura), 11:24 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Craig, (8) (Collins), 2:19
WBS Lerg, (6) (Wagner, Sterling), 5:07 (PP)
NOR Milam, (7) (Szczechura, Pouliot), 12:55 (PP)
NOR Pouliot, (9) (Fornataro, Barberio), 15:36 (PP)

And now, Norfolk is 8 points behind the first place Pens. This week has been a bit of a nightmare so far.

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AHL Game Day: 12/30/10 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk continues to play with fire by not protecting their home ice and not protecting third period leads.

CHA-4
NOR-3 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
CHA Borer, (2) (Dalpe, Carson), 4:22
CHA Terry, (14) (Samson, Rodney), 13:02
NOR Angelidis, (10) (Durno, Wright), 19:27
NOR Durno, (10) (Labrie, Angelidis), 19:43

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (11) (Durno, Labrie), 9:25
CHA Matsumoto, (9) (Dalpe, Micflikier), 14:22 (PP)

Overtime
CHA Bowman, (4) (Carson), 0:25

Mike Angelidis and Chris Durno were the game's second and third stars.

Norfolk managed to move to within 6 points of first place Wilke-Barre/Scranton, but they now have Charlotte just 2 points behind and Hershey three points behind with the Pens and Bears coming up on the schedule. It was fairly critical for the Admirals to have good showings against the Checkers at home and they failed to get 2 points on either night and have actually fallen behind Charlotte and Hershey now in wins. In other words, they're chosing to do things the hard way, which is dangerous.

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