Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Night: 12-8-11 Admirals at Senators

Tic is rolling.

NOR-5
BNG-1

Dustin Tokarski (pictured smirking like a man on a long winning streak) allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. That's 5 straight wins for Tic, and he's quietly moved into a tie for 4th in the league in wins with 10. This is what he does. He goes on long, long streaks and you just have to keep feeding him starts (and hope it translates to the NHL someday soon).

First Period
NOR Ouellet, (5) (Smith), 7:09

Second Period
BNG Petersson, (8) (Cannone, Gryba), 9:30
NOR Fornataro, (1) (Smith, Devos), 13:39 (PP)
NOR Kostka, (3) , 18:47
NOR Conacher, (13) (Labrie), 19:40

Second Period
NOR Smith, (11) (Conacher, Barberio), 18:38 (PP)

Trevor Smith, Matt Fornataro, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Smith pulls past teammate Cory Conacher into 4th in the league in points by 1 with 28 in 25 games.

These two teams rematch again tomorrow night. The victory pushes Norfolk into a three-way tie with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the top spot in the division at 31 points. It's the curse of playing in one of the two best divisions in the AHL.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-3-11 Phantoms at Admirals

TJ leads the comeback.

ADK-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 16 shots for the win. He's won 5 of his last 6 decisions now. That's a sign that it's time to ride him as the starter. He plays better with the heavier workload, and he's got a tendency to stay hot about a month to a month and a half at a time.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
ADK Akeson, (7) (Eddy, Hamel), 5:01 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Johnson, (7) (Dimmen, Jackson), 12:46
NOR Johnson, (8) (Ashton, Devos), 19:30

Tyler Johnson (pictured) and Tokarski were the game's first and third stars. Johnson's quietly put together a nice 3 game point streak after snapping a 4 game pointless streak. He's been overshadowed by fellow rookies Conacher and Ashton, but on any other team he'd be getting a lot of plaudits for his production for a first year pro.

Tonight's game marked the debut of new Admirals Evan Oberg and Mike Kostka, as well as Admirals contractee Philip-Michael Devos, who is a much better playmaker than former Miami Vice sidekick Philip Michael Thomas.

Norfolk goes on the road to Binghamton on Friday. Their win tonight moves them back into a tie with the Penguins for first place in the AHL East Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-2-11

Yuck.

ADK-5
NOR-1

Jaroslav Janus allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He's dropped 4 of his last 5 and his save percentage has fallen to .890. Considering Dustin Tokarski has won 4 of his last 5, there's some separation between the two that is being established.

First Period
ADK McGinn, (3) (Holmstrom, Akeson), 5:49 (PP)
NOR Ashton, (13) (Johnson, Jackson), 6:18

Second Period
ADK Holmstrom, (5) (Testwuide, Hamel), 7:23
ADK McGinn, (4) , 13:02

Third Period
ADK Jancevski, (2) (Harper, Kessel), 4:09
ADK Hamel, (10) , 14:50 (EN)

At least Carter Ashton broke his 5 game scoreless streak.

New Admirals Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg were not in the lineup for the Ads.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-26-11 Bruins at Admirals

It's a Panik attack!

PRO-2
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
PRO Hennessy, (6) (Arniel, Bartkowski), 11:35
NOR Labrie, (5) (Gudas, Angelidis), 16:32

Third Period
NOR Panik, (3) (Wright, Palat), 9:59
NOR Wright, (1) (Panik, Palat), 12:40
PRO Cunningham, (2) (Bartkowski, Arniel), 19:46

Tokarski, Richard Panik (pictured), and James Wright were the game's three stars.

As I mentioned after last night's game, it's hard to beat a team on back-to-back nights when you really beat them badly on the first night. There's a tendency to come out complacent while they come out flying because they don't want to be embarrassed again. That happened tonight, to the tune of a 13-7 shot advantage for the Bruins that was much wider the first 10-15 minutes of play, but Tokarski held the game close and allowed the Admirals to gain their legs.

In the third period, the game was broken open by the line of Palat/Wright/Panik. It's hard to believe that was just Wright's first goal of the season, but perhaps now he has a stable line to run on. He'd be the "Oh Canada!" in the Czech-Oh-Slovakia line.

Norfolk is 2 points back of the Penguins in 2nd place in the East Division and 4th overall in the Eastern Conference. They draw the Pens in a key divisional showdown on Tuesday in Norfolk.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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