Jonathan Bernier stymies the Admirals.
Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. My guess is he'd really like that second goal back, because he got a piece of it and it turned out to be the difference.
MCH Bagnall, (1) (Moller, Parse), 1:20
MCH Moller, (1) (Bagnall, Parse), 13:43
NOR Bochenski, (1) (Lundin, Jones), 16:02
Brandon Bochenski was named the game's third star.
Strange the way the farm team and the big league club seemed to face similar fates, outshooting their opponent by a wide margin but still falling short. Norfolk outshot Manchester 42-23 but could not crack Jonathan Bernier in an interesting matchup of 2006 1st round picks with Helenius.
If there's one criticism to carry over from Hershey, it's that special teams once again reared its head. The Admirals managed to hold Manchester off the board with the man advantage, but went 0-for-7 themselves including a late power play that could have tied the game up. The good news is that, with the man advantage, Norfolk has the pieces. They just haven't had enough practice time to gel, but they should come together.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Buried in a blog post by Damian Crisdotero of the Times today is news that the Lightning are still considering signing goaltender Jaroslav Janus to a pro contract for this season if he shows in camp he is capable of pushing Riku Helenius and Dustin Tokarski in camp.
The Lightning have also hired Leigh Mendelson, ex of Spokane in the WHL, as the Norfolk Admirals' strength, conditioning, and video coach. Brian Lawton is also planning on revealing Norfolk's new assistant coach shortly. Former NHL defenseman Jim Johnson, who has been working with the team's prospects this summer, is said to be in the running. Johnson played 829 NHL games between Pittsburgh, Minnesota/Dallas, Washington, and Phoenix.
Cincinnati completed a four game sweep of the Elmira Jackals Friday night (5/1), with a Game Four 2-0 victory. Kevin Quick was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the matchup.
Quick finished the playoffs with 1 assist and a -7 rating in 9 games. It remains one of the bizarre contradictions of Quick's career thus far. Quick drips offensive talent, and yet he has rarely found the scoresheet as a pro. Next season it will be critical for Quick to translate his athletic gifts to tangible production in the AHL.
Fellow Lightning prospect Riku Helenius finished the postseason with an 0-1-0 record, a 6.91 GAA, and a .787 save percentage. Ugh. Helenius did a very good job in Norfolk after assuming the starting duties from Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna when Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig got injured. His ugly two game stint in the ECHL playoffs should probably be treated as an unpleasant speed bump and nothing much more.
After dropping Game Three tonight at home against the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-2 to fall behind 3-0 in the series, things are looking bleak for the Elmira Jackals. Kevin Quick got his first playoff assist on a late third period helper on a Mike Sgroi goal, but it was too little too late for the Jackals.
Elmira lost both games in Cincinatti over the weekend. They were pounded 8-3 last Friday (4/24) in Game One and lost a much closer matchup 5-4 in overtime in Game Two the following night (4/25).
Riku Helenius saw mop up duty in Game One of the series allowing 4 goals on 9 shots. It was his second appearance of a playoffs he might rather forget. Helenius is 0-1-0 with a 6.91 GAA and a brutal .787 save percentage thus far.
Quick has the 1 assist and is -6 in 8 games thus far.
Helenius lost Game Two, allowing 6 goals on 38 shots in a 6-5 defeat. He has spent the rest of the series backing up Michael Teslak.
Quick joined the club for a 5-0 shutout win in Game Three after finishing up the regular season with the Lightning in Atlanta. Quick is scoreless in 5 games with a -3 rating.
Elmira now moves on to face Cincinnati in the second round of the playoffs, beginning Friday night. The Cyclones survived a 7 game encounter with Wheeling in their opening round playoff series. They were the top team in the ECHL's North Division during the regular season.