Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Day: 11-25-12 Crunch at Sharks

The Sharks get bit by one of Syracuse's star rookies.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed one goal on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Brown, (2) (Connolly, Cote), 2:14
SYR Brown, (3) (Nightingale, Devos), 5:55
SYR Johnson, (12) (Panik), 6:16
WOR Kearns, (7) (Pelech, Kennedy), 16:37

Second Period
SYR Johnson, (13) (Killorn, Taormina), 13:33 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Korobov, (2) (Connolly, Brown), 14:05 (PP)
SYR Brown, (4) (Connolly, Devos), 17:31

J.T. Brown (pictured), Tyler Johnson, and Brett Connolly were the game's three stars. This was inevitable. J.T. Brown has too many gifts to not have an outburst like this from time to time, especially when he's playing with guys like Connolly who are just as talented and creative.

Lost in the jet fuel fumes of Brown's game is the fact Tyler Johnson just pulled into the league lead in goals with 13 in 17 games. TJ could hit 60 goals this year. He's got one of the best shots in the league, amazing wheels, and a talented supporting cast around him. Conacher got all the awards last year, but we may well see Johnson carrying the bulk of the hardware in 2012-2013.

The Panik attack hit 10 games today with an assist on one of Johnson's goals. There's one more game left on the schedule for Syracuse in November, and here's an interesting philosophical question for the league to ponder. If a player gets a point in every single game in a month, should not said player be the Player of the Month? Am I wrong? Right now, Richard Panik has 7 goals and 13 points in 10 November contests.

Dmitry Korobov scoring his second goal of the season gives me an opportunity to dote on the young KHL transplant. At +12 he's tied for third in the AHL in +/-, and 2 goals and 5 points in his first 14 games in North America is nothing to sneeze at. The big Belarussian is going to get better as he continues to settle in, and he's already pretty darned good.

Syracuse sits in first in the Eastern Conference, and has another 3 games in 3 nights weekend starting on Friday against the Penguins.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Lose to Senators on Fluke Goal, 2-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It was a play Mark Barberio had done many times before, but it was an unfamiliar result.

The Syracuse Crunch defenseman accepted the reverse pass from his parter, Jared Nightingale, and looked to make a pass to Alex Killorn in front of his team's net. Instead of its intended target, the puck appeared to deflect off goaltender Dustin Tokarski's stick, and found its way into the back of the Crunch net.

The fluke goal 1:11 into the final frame proved to be the difference, as Syracuse snapped a three-game winning streak with a 2-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

AHL Game Night: 11-23-12 Senators at Crunch

Bingo has goaltending.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed two goals on 24 shots for the loss. He got in a duel with Robin Lehner and came up one goal short.

First Period
BNG Eckford, (4) (Grant, Claesson), 1:13

Second Period
NONE

Third Period
BNG Grant, (6) , 1:11
SYR Panik, (7) (Johnson, Barberio), 6:12 (PP)

Richard Panik was the game's second star. Although Syracuse took the loss, the Panik attack is now a full eight games long. He'll try to extend his streak tomorrow in Albany.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-18-12 Crunch at Bears

3 games in 3 nights. 3 wins. 16 total goals.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on just 19 shots, but got the win to run his season record to 7-1-0-1.

First Period
SYR Gudas, (1) (Panik), 12:04
HER Taffe, (5) (Kundratek, Stafford), 15:33 (PP)
SYR Taormina, (2) (Connolly, Brown), 17:46

Second Period
HER Syner, (1) (Beaudoin, Schilling), 10:33
SYR Panik, (6) (Korobov, Gudas), 12:21

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (6) (Palat), 8:08
SYR Johnson, (10) (Gudas, Labrie), 8:54
HER Hamill, (4) (Berry, Kane), 15:21

Radko Gudas (pictured), Brett Connolly, and Richard Panik were the game's three stars. Gudas' night was an uncharacteristic offensive outburst of 1 goal and 2 assists to double his overall point total for the season.

The Panik attack has now lasted 7 games, and he now has 5 goals and 9 points in those 7 games. After a slow October where he had 3 points in 7 games, Panik's now run his overall statistics to 6 goals and 12 points in 14 games, as he stalks a point a game.

Syracuse is now 10-2-1-1 through their first 14 games. Their 22 points gives them a 6 point cushion right now in the East Division. They've also managed to tied Springfield for the best record in the Eastern Conference, and their 54 goals are 5 clear of the next best team in the conference, as well.

Syracuse draws Binghamton at home next on Friday night to start another 3 games in 3 nights weekend.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Come Out Flying, Down Bears 6-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Seeing that there were only four men on the ice after the first Syracuse Crunch line change, Philip-Michael Devos quickly jumped on the ice to join the play.

The center accepted a pass from Richard Panik and fed it to an open Tyler Johnson, who fired the puck past Hershey Bears goalie Braden Holtby to give the Crunch a one-goal lead less than a minute into the game.

"I looked and there were only four guys on the ice, so I'm going to go," Devos said. "I jumped on, and four seconds later, the puck was in the net."

AHL Game Night: 11-16-12 Bears at Crunch

Bears no match for Nacho.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. Light work. He only faced a whopping 2 shots the entire First Period. 2! Life is good for the former WHL star.

First Period
SYR Johnson, (9) (Devos, Panik), 0:59
SYR Labrie, (1) (Conacher, Cote), 16:46

Second Period
SYR Connolly, (4) (Brown, Taormina), 14:28 (PP)
SYR Barberio, (3) (Oberg, Killorn), 16:00
HER Carman, (2) (Orlov, Stafford), 18:56
SYR Labrie, (2) (Barberio, Conacher), 19:23

Third Period
SYR Gauthier, (1) (Wyman), 16:54

Pierre-Cedric Labrie (pictured), Mark Barberio, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars. For Nacho, the night produced his first two goals of the season, as both Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin were forced to bow before the might and the power that is PCL.

Panik attack, y'all. That's a 5 game scoring streak for the pride of Martin, Slovakia.

Congratulations to Danick Gauthier on the first goal of his professional career.

Syracuse pounded Hershey for having the simple audacity to step foot in their rink, outshooting the Bears 40-21 in the contest. The challenge steps up a tier or two tomorrow, as they face the more NHL-talent loaded Adirondack Phantoms. Twelve games into the campaign, Syracuse holds a 2 point lead over the Penguins in the division with 2 games in hand, and their 44 goal are tied for tops in the conference even though they've played one less game than Springfield.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-9-12 Crunch at Bulldogs

The defense doesn't rest for the Crunch.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 14 shots for the win. Yes, 14 shots. That's getting a full game check for half the work. Thank your defense, Tic.

First Period
SYR Devos, (1) (Korobov, Gudas), 16:07

Second Period
HAM Quailer, (1) (Nattinen, Dumont), 2:07
SYR Angelidis, (4) (Wyman, Brown), 19:08

Third Period
SYR Johnson, (7) (Panik, Palat), 7:58
SYR Johnson, (8) (Panik, Gudas), 10:55

Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars. Palat (pictured) is now tied for 3rd in the AHL in assists.

Panik attack, y'all. 2 helpers.

But, seriously. 14 shots? The Crunch already have an abnormal amount of offensive firepower. You're telling me they also have the ability to hold another professional team to 14 shots on goal defensively? Just give them the repeat now, if that's the case. It's just not fair to the rest of the league.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-2-12 Crunch at Phantoms

Impressive thumping of a team with a lot of NHL talent on it.

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Dustin Tokarski (pictured) picked up his 4th win of the season by stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced. His numbers so far look like a carbon copy of last season's, right down to the .913 save percentage.

First Period
SYR Conacher, (6) , 10:03
ADK Zolnierczyk, (3) (Eddy, Couturier), 17:37

Second Period
SYR Panik, (2) , 5:41
SYR Johnson, (6) (Taormina, Cote), 7:16

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (1) , 19:22 (EN/SH)

Tokarski and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars.

Panik attack, y'all! Off the milk carton and onto the scoresheet.

This was a really odd game when you think that Syracuse actually got held down to 18 shots. As I said, there's a lot of NHL talent on Adirondack. On paper, they're one of the real threats in the conference, so to whip them 4-1 in their barn is good for the soul.

Syracuse is off until Wednesday when they'll start a 2 game set against Hamilton.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 10-27-12 Penguins at Crunch

The Lightning's AHL affiliate suffers its first regulation regular season loss since the day of the Super Bowl.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for his first regulation loss of the year. Your serve, Riku.

First Period
SYR Conacher, (5) (Killorn, Connolly), 0:38
WBS Tangradi, (3) (Grant), 14:10

Second Period
WBS Holzapfel, (2) (Gibbons, Reese), 5:35
WBS Bennett, (1) (Smith, Ferriero), 7:57 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Tangradi, (4) , 18:06 (EN)

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

Coincidentally, the Norfolk Admirals also lost their first game of the season tonight, finally snapping that franchise's regular season win streak. Quite the run for both these players in Syracuse and that franchise down in The Commonwealth.

Syracuse gets Adirondack tomorrow afternoon, presumably with the big Finn Helenius between the pipes.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Prospect of the Week: October 23, 2012

This week we continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

This week’s winner is no stranger to winning.

The Prospect of the Week for October 23 is … Dustin Tokarski, goaltender, Syracuse Crunch (AHL - USA)

Spoon!

Despite winning a Calder Cup last season, Lightning goaltending prospect Dustin “Tic” Tokarski wasn’t guaranteed anything when he moved with Tampa Bay’s affiliation from Norfolk to Syracuse. Even with a Calder Cup, World Juniors gold medal, Memorial Cup, Ed Chynoweth Cup (WHL), and Telus Cup (Canadian Midget-level hockey) on his resume, the Saskatchewan native had to outplay former Lightning first rounder and Finnish import Riku Helenius for the right to start the Crunch’s season-opening game.

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