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AHL Game Day: 1/16/11 Admirals at Checkers

The Admirals continue to feel at home on the road.

NOR-4
CHA-2

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief to take the victory. Tokarski entered the weekend with a slumping 0-6-0-1 mark in his last 7 appearances, but was 2-0-0-0 in his two appearances this weekend, and raised his season save percentage back up to .901. If Desjardins is anything more than just nicked, it'll be important for Tokarski to step up in the coming days.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Osala), 0:12
NOR Fornataro, (11) (Milam, Gudas), 16:06

Second Period
CHA Carson, (1) (Rodney, Dalpe), 2:34 (PP)
NOR Jones, (11) (Szczechura), 4:41
NOR Gudas, (2) (Wright, Vernace), 15:21 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Vernace, Durno), 18:58 (EN)

Radko Gudas and Blair Jones were the game's first and third stars.

With 31 points in 29 games, Blair Jones just eclipsed his season output of 30 points in 63 games last season. His career high was 54 points in 80 games in 2008-2009, when he spent a significant amount of time anchoring the left point on the power play for the Admirals.

Norfolk moved 2 points ahead of Charlotte to claim a clear hold on second place in the East Division with the win. Their .652 road winning percentage in 4th in the league behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, and Hershey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/14/11 Sound Tigers at Admirals

Admirals power play does its part to right the ship.

BRI-2
NOR-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Jones, (10) (Szczechura, Wright), 3:03
BRI Motherwell, (2) (Svendsen), 15:45

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (10) (Jones, Bergeron), 6:41 (PP)
BRI Haley, (11) (Figren, Katic), 9:14 (PP)
NOR Angelidis, (13) (Harju, Pouliot), 17:07 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Szczechura, (11) (Milam, Jones), 14:05 (PP)
NOR Marks, (3) (Milam, Durno), 17:41

Paul Szczechura, Blair Jones, and Troy Milam were the game's three stars.

Norfolk's power play was 3-for-4 on the night, and that's your hockey game, right there. Norfolk's win temporarily puts them back in a tie for second place in the division with Charlotte, with the Checkers tied 5-5 with Manchester late in the third period. Norfolk will hold 3 games in hand on Charlotte at the end of the night, regardless of the outcome. Hershey lurks three points back with two games in hand, and are up 2-0 late in the third against Adirondack.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1/7/11 Whale at Admirals

Resisting the cheap "Admirals Harpoon Whale" opening...

CT-2
NOR-5

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 24 of 26 shots to improve to 13-5-1 this season.

First Period
NOR Harju, (15) (Pouliot, Durno), 0:17
CT Dupont, (6) (Tessier), 8:45

Second Period
NOR Wright, (11) (Fornataro, Szczechura), 10:06
CT Williams, (2) (White, Nightingale), 15:00

Third Period
NOR Vernace, (6) (Jones), 11:22
NOR Angelidis, (12) (Jones, Berry), 11:45
NOR Durno, (11) (Pouliot, Quick), 12:30

Blair Jones, Chris Durno, and Michael Vernace were the game's three stars.

Johan Harju broke a 4 game pointless skid and a 6 game goalless skid. Radko Gudas improved to +16 for the season with a +3 effort. He's tied with Chris Durno and now one plus behind AHL leader Mike Angelidis of the Ads. That's right, three of the four league leaders in plus-minus are Norfolk Admirals.

Incidentally, rebranding your team in the middle of the season is odd. The Whale was the Hartford Wolf Pack a few months ago, if you were wondering.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12/11/10 Admirals at Penguins

The Admirals get as big a win as you can get in early December.

NOR-7
WBS-4

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the big, big win.

First Period
NOR Fornataro, (9) (Wright, Milam), 5:20 (PP)

Second Period
WBS Tangradi, (9) (Potter, Wagner), 9:11
NOR Szczechura, (9) (Quick, Wright), 11:55
NOR Barberio, (1) (Jones, Berry), 12:45
NOR Milam, (5) (Wishart, Jones), 14:55

Third Period
WBS Tangradi, (10) (Potter, Lerg), 2:41
WBS Veilleux, (2) (Johnson, Craig), 5:20
WBS Haddad, (1) (Potter, Wagner), 7:46
NOR Gudas, (1) (Barberio, Szczechura), 13:26
NOR Nelson, (5) , 19:01 (EN)
NOR Milam, (6) (Quick, Nelson), 19:59 (PP)

Radko Gudas and Troy Milam were the game's first and third stars. For Gudas, his goal was the game winner and his first as a professional. He was also +2 in the contest, which ties him for first in the AHL at +16. Mark Barberio also scored his first goal as a professional and added a helper. He's now, quietly, amassed 1 goal and 10 points in 21 games. It's going to be interesting to watch these two young blueliners grow up together.

New addition Levi Nelson scored his first goal in an Admirals jersey and also added an assist in the contest.

The last minute of the game was marred by the kind of nastiness that you only get between two teams that now realize that this season is going to be heavyweight fight, and as of right now, the Admirals are winning three rounds to none. Those receiving the early gate for Norfolk were Chris Durno, Mike Angelidis, Alex Berry, Scott Jackson, Blair Jones, Ty Wishart, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.

Norfolk moves to within 3 points of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for first place in the East Division with the Pens holding a game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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