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Norfolk halfway to Calder Cup after Game 2 win

Sunday, 06.03.2012 / 1:39 AM / AHL Update

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Norfolk halfway to Calder Cup after Game 2 win
The Norfolk Admirals are two wins away from their first AHL championship.

The Norfolk Admirals are two wins away from their first AHL championship.

Alexandre Picard broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and the Admirals beat the Toronto Marlies 4-2 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup final Saturday night. The win gives the Admirals a 2-0 lead in the AHL final, which moves to Toronto for games on Thursday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.

Richad Panik, Brandon Segal and Trevor Smith also scored for the Admirals, who won their last 28 regular-season games to finish first in the overall standings and are 41-3 in their last 44 contests. Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 32 shots for Norfolk, which has given up only five goals in its past eight playoff games, dating to Game 5 against Connecticut in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Joe Colborne and Juraj Mikus had goals for Toronto, the Western Conference champion.

Colborne tied the game 1-1 with a first-period power play for the Marlies, who had gone 0 for 10 with the man advantage in Friday's 3-1 loss in Game 1 and failed to score in their first try on Saturday.

But Picard broke the tie at 15:17 of the middle period, and Segal and Smith added insurance goals before Mikus scored in the final minute.

Ben Scrivens stopped 28 shots for the Marlies.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4