Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Night: 12/28/10 Checkers at Admirals

Failure to protect home ice is going to kill the Admirals if they keep it up.

CHA-3
NOR-2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 38 shots before allowing 2 of 4 shooters to convert for the shootout loss.

First Period
NOR Berry, (10) (Jones, Pouliot), 12:42

Second Period
CHA Matsumoto, (8) (Osala, Sutter), 13:35
CHA Micflikier, (15) (Bowman, Dalpe), 14:02

Third Period
NOR Barberio, (3) (Giliati, Durno), 16:50

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
CHA- Carson, Dalpe
NOR- Pouliot

This is a week where the Admirals can play themselves into a very good position in the East Division to run down the Penguins, or they can play themselves into a dogfight with Charlotte and Hershey just to maintain second place. So far, so bad.

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AHL Game Night: 12/26/10 Admirals at Bears

Norfolk gets Holtby'ed.

NOR-1
HER-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 29 shots in the loss.

First Period
HER Miskovic, (3) (McNeill, Aucoin), 8:13 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Durno, (9) (Harju, Berry), 7:19

Third Period
HER Aucoin, (8) (Pinizzotto, Fahey), 5:20
HER Pinizzotto, (6) (Kane, Nycholat), 18:57 (EN)

Tokarski was the game's third star.

Hershey is still a dangerous team. They've been lurking in fourth place in the East Division all year, and they can still score goals even after losing a good portion of their championship caliber firepower.

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AHL Game Night: 12/17/10 Devils at Admirals

Norfolk needs to start defending its home ice better.

ALB-4
NOR-3 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the overtime loss. He, like the rest of the Admirals, has struggled mightily to protect third period leads.

First Period
NOR Wright, (7) (Fornataro, Wishart), 2:38
NOR Harju, (14) (Durno, Wishart), 5:04
ALB Swift, (7) (Davis), 12:55

Second Period
ALB Eckford, (2) (Anderson, Gionta), 2:45
NOR Berry, (9) (Durno), 15:56

Third Period
ALB Anderson, (11) (Gionta, Wiseman), 17:57

Overtime
ALB Zharkov, (7) (McIntyre), 2:19

Newly minted captain Chris Durno was the game's third star. Durno's +15 rating is tied for fifth in the league, two pluses back of AHL co-leader Radko Gudas.

Even despite his time up with the big club, Johan Harju still is tied for seventh in the league in goals at 14, three back of Max Pacioretty's mark.

Ty Wishart has points in 4 straight games after having earned just 2 points in his previous 13 games.

Norfolk sits six points back of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first in the East Division. Count the number of leads they've blown, though: 10/29 and 10/30 against Portland, 11/5 against Charlotte, 11/12 against Adirondack, 11/13 against Bridgeport, 11/24 against Charlotte, and tonight, 12/17 against Albany. That's up to eight points that Norfolk has left on the ice in games where they've held leads in the third period. If Norfolk protected those leads, they'd have the best record in the AHL right now.

The other trend that continues to be a concern is the disparity between Norfolk's road winning percentage (.737) and its home winning percentage (.600). A .600 winning percentage isn't bad, mind you, but when you compare it with the Penguins' .750 mark at home or their .846 mark on the road, it's clear that there needs to be improvement if the Admirals expect to win the division. It's even more important when one considers the Admirals have 30 home games left on their schedule and just 21 on the road. They have to start protecting their home ice better. With the travel other teams have to do to get to Norfolk and the intimidating crowd at Scope, Norfolk should be much better than it has been at home.

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AHL Game Night: 12/10/10 Penguins at Admirals

Norfolk gets a huge win despite losing their leading scorer(s) to call-up.

WBS-2
NOR-4

Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced for the win. He's always been a big game goaltender, and this was as huge a game as you'll get in early December for the Admirals.

First Period
NOR Berry, (8) (Vernace, Wishart), 2:18 (PP)
WBS Johnson, (5) (Tangradi, Sneep), 5:13 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (9) (Berry), 8:24

Second Period
NOR Milam, (4) (Angelidis, Berry), 7:56
WBS Johnson, (6) (Wallace, Potter), 9:05 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Giliati, (4) (Durno, Barberio), 6:21

Alex Berry, Mike Angelidis, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. It's amazing how players like Angelidis and Berry, who were third liners just a month ago for the Admirals, are stepping up and performing in scoring line roles.

Radko Gudas and Chris Durno are tied for third in the AHL in plus-minus at +14 with Gudas going +1 tonight.

The win is huge because Norfolk moves to within 5 points of the Penguins for the East Division lead with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holding a game in hand. Norfolk can move even closer if they can follow up tonight's win with another victory tomorrow night in the Pens' barn.

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AHL Game Day: 12/5/10 Admirals at Falcons

Vernace pushes Norfolk to a 5-1-0 finish to their 6 game road trip.

NOR-3
SPR-2 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory. He's getting a little stronger now. He's been at .917 or better in three of his last four starts in the save percentage department.

First Period
SPR Blunden, (10) (Goloubef), 14:27 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Vernace, (4) (Durno, Marks), 18:01

Third Period
NOR Berry, (7) (Jones, Vernace), 11:35 (PP)
SPR Pandolfo, (2) (Clitsome, Goloubef), 19:40

Overtime
NOR Vernace, (5) (Jones, Durno), 1:43 (PP)

Michael Vernace was the game's first star with 2 goals and 3 points, including the overtime winner.

Norfolk moves to within 6 points of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with the Penguins holding a game in hand. Here's an interesting statistic: Norfolk has played 18 games on the road already and just 7 games at home. That means that with only about a quarter of the season gone, the club has already played almost half of its games away from The Scope. They have a ridiculous .722 winning percentage on the road, and just a .571 winning percentage at home. The team will have a glut of home games to play during the second half of the season, and if they can start winning at home at the same clip they do on the road, they've got a great chance of winning their division.

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AHL Game Day: 11/28/10 Admirals at Sound Tigers

Kevin Poulin does the unthinkable and shuts out the Admirals.

NOR-0
BRI-3

Dustin Tokarski only allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the hard luck lost, and must be wondering why Desjardins got all the goal support this weekend and not The Tic.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
BRI Ullstrom, (5) , 3:53

Third Period
BRI Castonguay, (1) (Blight, Ullstrom), 6:54
BRI Blight, (1) (Svendsen), 19:12 (EN)

Kevin who? Kevin Poulin is a rookie 5th round pick out of Victoriaville in the QMJHL and he stoned Norfolk on all 40 shots he faced today. Norfolk outshot Bridgeport 40-27 in the contest.

The cruelest cut of all is that Chris Durno, Radko Gudas, and Kevin Quick were all touched up with minuses in the loss. Durno dropped to second in the AHL at +13, Gudas fell to a tied for 4th at +11, and Quick is locked in a tied for 13th at +10.

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AHL Game Night: 11/24/10 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk suffers a sickening defeat late.

CHA-4
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
CHA Nash, (4) (Terry, Samson), 1:29
NOR Fornataro, (5) (Wright, Szczechura), 6:22

Second Period
CHA Rodney, (2) (Boychuk, Dalpe), 3:20
NOR Labrie, (1) (Simek, Durno), 5:02
NOR Labrie, (2) (Angelidis), 14:36

Third Period
CHA Dalpe, (8) (Bowman), 19:07
CHA Dalpe, (9) (Samson, FitzGerald), 19:18

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was the second star of the game.

To give up a pair of goals in the final minute of the game to lose is a bad, bad way to fall. Norfolk uncharacteristically was outshot 16-7 in the final frame, leading to the defeat. Unfortunately, the Admirals have been a team that does not always protect its leads so far this season, and tonight's failure is particularly costly because Charlotte jumps back ahead of Norfolk into second place in the division and they lose two points on first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/20/10 Phantoms at Admirals

Goaltending coming together at the right time.

ADK-1
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 22 shots for the win. Tokarski also stopped a third period penalty shot by Denis Hamel, to boot. That snaps a streak of three straight games where he recorded a loss and had a sub-.900 save percentage. Between this start and Desjardins' win last night, the Admirals have to be hoping they're going to now start to get the goaltending they thought they'd get at the start of this year when, on paper, it appeared they had one of the best tandems in the AHL.

First Period
ADK Laliberte, (3) (Wellwood, Hamel), 8:05 (PP)
NOR Berry, (4) (Simek, Barberio), 19:16

Second Period
NOR Berry, (5) (Pouliot, Wishart), 18:19

Third Period
NOR Angelidis, (3) (Giliati, Gudas), 2:20

Alex Berry, Mike Angelidis, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. Don't look now, but Alex Berry has 4 goals in his last 4 games. Who'd have thunk it.

It was a pretty good night for the Lightning's two rookie d-men, too. Mark Barberio now has 5 assists and is +4 in 12 games. Radko Gudas also collected his 5th assist of the season and is +10(!) in 14 games. Not too bad for a couple of greenhorns.

And, Stefano Giliati, who I've adopted as a BP favorite, got an assist that is his 3rd point in 8 games. I like me some Stefano Giliati. He's a quick little sparkplug who's a nice mix of skill and jam.

It's a nice win for Norfolk considering that their two best shooters, arguably, (Harju and Jones) are up in Tampa right now. Yes, Adirondack is terrible, but they also beat Norfolk in OT last time out. There's nothing wrong with taking care of business.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/13/10 Admirals at Sound Tigers

Norfolk coughs up third period leads on back-to-back nights.

NOR-2
BRI-3 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
BRI Reese, (1) (Ullstrom, Wotton), 11:00
NOR Vernace, (2) (Quick, Jones), 11:23

Third Period
NOR Berry, (2) (Jones, Quick), 2:02
BRI Joensuu, (4) (Ullstrom), 5:28

Overtime
BRI Wotton, (1) (Ullstrom), 4:49

Kevin Quick snapped a 7 game scoreless streak with a pair of helpers and now has 6 points for the season in 12 games. He had just 4 points in 47 games in all of last season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/6/10 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk gets Pogge'd.

CHA-3
NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He also stopped a regulation penalty shot.

First Period
CHA Dalpe, (1) (Osala, Sanguinetti), 13:06
NOR Berry, (1) (Labrie, Pouliot), 14:07

Second Period
CHA Boychuk, (6) (Bowman, Terry), 3:08 (PP)

Third Period
CHA Micflikier, (4) (Dalpe), 11:16

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was the game's third star. Norfolk outshot Charlotte 42-28 but could not master Checkers netminder Justin Pogge.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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