Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Night: 12-16-09 Penguins at Admirals

Norfolk rises to the occassion in the biggest game of the season thus far.

WBS-0
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski dropped a 26 save shutout on the Penguins in a division game the Admirals absolutely needed. It was Tokarski's second shutout of the season and he's lifted his record back above .500 at 9-8-0. More interesting, he's rebuilt his save percentage from the .894 sv% he had at the end of October, to the .908 sv% he had at the end of November, to now having a .917 sv% by virtue of a scintilating December where he has a .962 sv% and 1.00 GAA in three starts. He's passed battery-mate Riku Helenius who entered the month with a .917 sv% but has since dipped to a .904 sv% after a pair of tough starts in December.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Parrish, (7) (Bochenski, Jackson), 12:48

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (15) (Wishart), 10:26

Tokarski, Mark Parrish, and Brandon Bochenski were named the game's three stars.

Norfolk entered the game one point back of the Penguins in fifth place in the East Division. A loss would have dropped the Admirals to 3 games under .500 and 3 games out of 4th place. Instead, they've leapfrogged Wilkes-Barre/Scranton into 4th place, 1 point back of 3rd place Binghamton and they've closed to 1 game under .500. The lead back (Hershey and Albany) may have pulled away in the division, but tonight's win has kept Norfolk square in the middle of the fight for a playoff spot.

Ty Wishart had an assist in tonight's game, which puts him at 8 points in 29 games this season, which tops the 7 points he had in 61 games last year. Incremental progress.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Tokarski Adapting Well in AHL, Looks to Prove Critics Wrong

Dustin Tokarski finished with 1.97 goals-against average, and won a career-high of 34 games during his last junior season.The question will be if he can acclimate to the NHL, despite his 5-foot-11 frame.

Becoming a forward didn’t keep Norfolk Admirals rookie Dustin Tokarski's interest.

Working the blue line?

Nah…

How about between the pipes?

AHL Game Night: 12-11-09 Moose at Admirals

Uh oh.

MTB-4
NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
MTB Rome, (5) (Desbiens, Murray), 14:17

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (4) (Parrish, Bochenski), 12:12

Third Period
MTB Rome, (6) (Keane), 14:32 (PP)
MTB Pettinger, (6) (Keane), 18:55 (EN)
MTB Murray, (7) (Ramsey), 19:29 (EN)

Norfolk was outshot 12-4 in the third period, which they entered into with a 1-1 tie. Manitoba showed more urgency and they got two points. That's bad news for Norfolk, who already entered the night having fallen to fifth in the division. The Ads are now 3 games under .500 and Wilkes-Barre and Binghamton, the two teams ahead of them in the East Division, both have games in hand. A win tomorrow night in the rematch against Manitoba may very well be a prerequisite for this Norfolk team.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-4-09 Admirals at Phantoms

Love that headline on the press release from the Admirals. Move over Iverson.

NOR-2
ADK-1 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski stopped 22 of 23 to get a win the Admirals absolutely needed to have.

First Period
ADK Kolanos, (4) (Dingle, Bellamy), 3:42

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (3) (Lundin, Mihalik), 17:47

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NOR Craig, (9) (Smolenak, Jackson), 1:32

Ryan Craig (aka The Answer) and Radek Smolenak were the game's first and second stars. That's what you have to love about this year's version of the Admirals: sweet, sweet depth up front. Blair Jones has been hot as a firecracker and earned his callup. Last season that would've crushed the Ads. This season you've got a 20 goal, 50 point capable guy like Smolenak just waiting to pick up where Jones left off.

Vladimir Mihalik snapped a five-game pointless streak with a helper and pulled himself back to even in plus-minus for the season. Kudos to Scott Jackson for keying Craig and Smolenak's winning 2-on-1 in overtime. Jackson's posted a very respectable +8 rating so far this year.

Norfolk outshot Adirondack 36-23 in the game. I'm still waiting for when these shot imbalances are going to turn into some nice blowouts in the Admirals' favor rather than these nail biters. Norfolk's played so many close games this year. Norfolk can get back to .500 tomorrow night, but they'll have to do it in Hershey, which may be the toughest place in the AHL to go win a hockey game as a visitor.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-27 River Rats at Admirals

A huge overtime victory for a Norfolk team that needs to right the ship at home.

ALB-3
NOR-4 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Hall, (3) (Tyrell, Smaby), 6:51
ALB Micflikier, (2) (Hennigar), 7:59
ALB Dodge, (6) (Pistilli, Angelidis), 16:39

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Jones, (6) (Craig, Jackson), 5:48
NOR Syroczynski, (4) (Graham), 7:41
ALB Angelidis, (1) (Blanchard), 8:48

Overtime
NOR Wishart, (2) (Craig, Bochenski), 3:50

Ty Wishart and Blair Jones were the game's first and second stars. Norfolk absolutely poured it on, outshooting Albany 46-30, including 17-6 in the Third Period. The win moves the Admirals back to 11-12-1, and into a three-way tie at 23 points for second place in the East Division with Bighamton and Albany. They're in a tough spot in that they've played a lot more games (24) than some other teams in the division like Wilkes-Barre. However, they've also got a very home-friendly stretch of games over the next month. Now is the time for the Ads to not only regroup, but start to make a bit of a move.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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