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AHL Game Night: 3-3-12 Falcons at Admirals

It's a dozen, now.

SPR-1
NOR-5

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 18 shots for his 27th win of the season. That ties his career high for wins set in his rookie season 2 years ago. He is also up to 8 victories in his last 8 starts.

First Period
NOR Conacher, (31) (Gudas, Devos), 7:04
NOR Ouellet, (14) (Angelidis, Picard), 8:28
NOR Johnson, (19) (Jackson, Angelidis), 14:32 (SH)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SPR Regner, (2) (Savard, MacLeod), 8:15
NOR Panik, (13) (Conacher, Barberio), 10:19 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (20) (Palat, Panik), 11:00

Tyler Johnson (pictured), Mike Angelidis, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars. Johnson's now tied for 4th in the league in rookie scoring. He's got no shot of catching Conacher, but there's no denying how impressive of a debut campaign he's had. With 20 goals now, he's threatening to break into the top-20 in the AHL in that category, as well.

Just to reiterate my previous point about Jon Cooper deserving coach of the year, the Admirals rookies tonight had 4 goals and 8 points tonight, combined, between Conacher, Devos, Johnson, Panik, and Palat. That's a 12 game winning streak where your sled dogs are just puppies, which in my mind is indicative of excellent coaching.

Fortunately for the Admirals, there was no let down thanks to a little pre-game altercation that got their juices going and probably helped propel them out to the 3-0 first period lead. Springfield's got muscle in the physical department, but they probably are regretting getting the Admirals, who have much more muscle in the offensive department, ready to go right out of the gate tonight.

Panik attack, y'all!

The Admirals expanded their division lead to 10 points over the idle Pens and they maintained a 12 point buffer on Hershey, with the Bears winning tonight. Hershey has 2 games in hand on the Admirals and the Pens have 3, but things look very good right now in the division.

In the conference, Syracuse screamed past St. John's with 4 goals in the final frame to steal a 6-4 win. So, the Admirals now hold an 8 point lead in the conference with St. John's still holding 5 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

European Game Day: 3-3-12

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Pelicans 6
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 30/35, 5.07 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 19-8-1, 6 SO, 1.67 GAA, .935 sv%

Riku Helenius and JYP blew a 3-0 first period lead and fell 6-4 to Lahti. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had 2 goals and 1 assist in the comeback win for Pelicans. JYP faces HIFK next on Tuesday. JYP has 5 games left in their regular season.

KHL (Russia):
Western Conference Quarterfinals
(5)Cherepovets 2 @ (4) Mytischi 1 (OT)
Mytischi Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 34/35, 0.87 GAA, .971 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 1.27 GAA, .958 sv%
Regular season totals: 33 GP, 16-11-1, 6 SO, 2.37 GAA, .925 sv%

Ondrej Nemec scored 8:37 into overtime to lift Cherepovets to a 2-1 win over Mytischi in Game Three of their opening round series. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin finally got some payoff in the win column, now having allowed just 4 goals in the series' first 3 games. Game Four is Sunday.

Elsewhere, Denis Parshin's overtime goal lifted CSKA to a 3-2 win over St. Petersburg, cutting SKA's series lead to 3-2 over the former Red Army squad. Nikita Kucherov did not appear in the match for CSKA.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Skelleftea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 15-9-24, +10, 16 PIM

Johan Harju scored the game's opening goal, but Lulea still fell 3-1 to Skelleftea. Second place Skelleftea no doubt got a moral victory from the win, but Lulea has already clinched the Elitserien regular season title. They'll play Vaxjo on Tuesday in the final match of the regular season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-2-12

USHL

Omaha Lancers 6 @ Tri-City Storm 1

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 30 saves on 35 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 23 GP, 11-12-1, 3.09 GAA, .913 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox couldn’t make it three straight games with a first star award as the first place Lancers put five pucks by him on Friday on their way to a big win. Tri-City is still one point out of a playoff spot in the West.

QMJHL

PEI Rocket 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 8

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-3-3, +4, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 60 GP, 41-34-75, +39, 61 PIM

Fresh off signing a 3-year free agent contract with the Lightning, forward Danick Gauthier had three assists to help the first place Sea Dogs to an 8-1 win over last place PEI. Gauthier is 10th in the league in total points now with 75. Florida Panthers first rounder Jonathan Huberdeau had four goals on the night for Saint John. The Rocket was outshot 41-15. To put things into perspective, Saint John leads the league with 94 points. PEI has 38.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4 (SO)

D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play (illness)
Season Totals: 48 GP, 5-25-30, -13, 47 PIM

Janosik was not in the lineup Friday night due to a virus that’s spreading through the Gatineau locker room. Sound familiar?

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2 (SO)

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (slashing, interference), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 2-7-9, -17, 55 PIM
With Victoriaville: 22 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 24 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

The Tigres sit in the fifth spot on the QMJHL table after picking up a point in a shootout loss on Friday.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 2 @ London Knights 7

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 1-14-15, +3, 22 PIM
With Oshawa: 15 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 21-47-68, +19, 44 PIM

It’s over! Schemitsch’s (pictured) streak of 86 regular season games without a goal came to an end when he scored an unassisted marker on Friday night in London. It was his first goal since the first game of the 2010-2011 season when he was with Owen Sound. On the other side of the ice, former Lightning prospect camper Seth Griffith had a hat trick for the Knights. He has 44 goals this season. His usual set-up man, Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov, was moved off Griffith’s line.

NCAA Game Night: 3-2-12

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No. 1 Boston College Eagles 5

F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Vermont will play its final game of the season Saturday against No.1 Boston College. Marshall, a senior, was expected back in the lineup at some point this season, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. He has played in only two games this year. Unless he is granted a medical redshirt, his collegiate career is through.

Brown Bears 4 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-24-31, +1, 12 PIM

Upset! Last place Brown defeated fifth-seeded Quinnipiac 4-1 in the Bobcats’ home barn on Friday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three ECAC first round series. Peca has now assisted on Quinnipiac’s last seven goals, dating back a week. Game 2 is Saturday night at Quinnipiac.

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