The Norfolk Admirals are coming off a historical week in which they went 3-0-0-0 and increased their winning streak to an AHL-high six games, which also is the longest winning streak that a Lightning AHL affiliate has ever had. The Admirals’ three wins vaulted them past the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) for first place in the East Division, with Norfolk’s 69 points ranking second in the Eastern Conference behind the St. John’s IceCaps’ (Winnipeg Jets) 72 points.
Dustin Tokarski stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Admirals kicked off their week with a 4-0 win at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last Wednesday night. Tokarski’s shut out was his fourth of the season, tying his career high in a season and moving him into a tie for third place in the AHL in shutouts.
The Admirals finished their week by sweeping a two-game series against the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) in Norfolk. In Friday’s win, Norfolk blitzed former Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki for seven goals to tie the team’s highest-scoring game of the season. Saturday’s 3-2 win against Syracuse featured a two-goal Admirals comeback in the third period which culminated in Michel Ouellet scoring the game-winning goal in the ninth shootout round.
Wednesday, February 15: Norfolk Admirals 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 0
Friday, February 17: Syracuse Crunch 4, Norfolk Admirals 7
Saturday, February 18: Syracuse Crunch 2, Norfolk Admirals 3
Goals:Tyler Johnson/ Pierre-Cedric Labrie/Trevor Smith (2)
Assists: Mark Barberio/Mike Kotska/Tyler Johnson/Ondrej Palat (3)
Points: Tyler Johnson (5)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Johnson/Trevor Smith (+3)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (9)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (2)
Goals-Against Average: Jaroslav Janus (1.85)
Save Percentage: Dustin Tokarski (.913)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (1)
Goals: Cory Conacher (29)
Assists: Mark Barberio (38)
Points: Cory Conacher (60)
Plus/Minus: Trevor Smith (26)
Penalty Minutes: Radko Gudas (134)
Wins: Dustin Tokarski (23)
Goals-Against Average: Dustin Tokarski (2.41)
Save Percentage: Dustin Tokarski (.904)
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (4)
- Cory Conacher is tied with Cam Atkinson of the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) for the league lead in goals (29). Conacher is fourth in the league in points and has a 13-point lead in the rookie scoring race.
- Tyler Johnson is 10th among AHL rookies with 36 points (18g, 18a) and Carter Ashton is tied for 12th among rookies with 34 points (18g, 16a).
- Pierre Cedric Labrie has goals in five of his last seven games and is tied for third in the AHL with a +25.
- Mark Barberio has six points (1g, 5a) over his last five games and leads AHL defensemen in assists (38), points (48), power-play assists (23) and power-play points (26).
- Dustin Tokarski’s pair of wins this week give him 23 for the season, which are tied with Ben Bishop of the Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues) for the league lead.
- The Admirals’ 192 goals lead the AHL and Norfolk’s +44 team rating is the best goal differential in the league.
- Norfolk has scored five power-play goals over its last three games and is second in the AHL at 21.1%.
Eastern Conference Standings
1. St. John’s IceCaps 72 pts (Winnipeg Jets)
2. Norfolk Admirals 69 pts (Tampa Bay Lightning)
3. Connecticut Whale 62 pts (New York Rangers)
4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 67 pts (Pittsburgh Penguins)
5. Hershey Bears 67 pts (Washington Capitals)
6. Bridgeport Sound Tigers 59 pts (New York Islanders)
7. Manchester Monarchs 57 pts (Los Angeles Kings)
8. Worcester Sharks 57 pts (San Jose Sharks)
9. Albany Devils 56 pts (New Jersey Devils)
10. Providence Bruins 56 pts (Boston Bruins)
11. Portland Pirates 54 pts (Phoenix Coyotes)
12. Springfield Falcons 52 pts (Columbus Blue Jackets)
13. Adirondack Phantoms 51 pts (Philadelphia Flyers)
14. Syracuse Crunch 48 pts (Anaheim Ducks)
15. Binghamton Senators 45 pts (Ottawa Senators)
Friday, February 24: Norfolk Admirals at Binghamton Senators
Saturday, February 25: Norfolk Admirals at Hershey Bears
Sunday, February 26: Norfolk Admirals at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Bolts Beyond the AHL
- 2011 first-round pick Vladislav Namestnikov continues to be the assist leader for London Knights, who currently lead the 20-team Ontario Hockey League with 85 points (42-12-0-1)
- Center Alex Killorn notched five points (3g, 2a) in three games and increased his team lead in scoring for the Harvard Crimson. Killorn was drafted in the third round (77th overall) by the Lightning in 2007 and is in his senior year at Harvard.
- Florida Everblades left wing Alex Hutchings recorded seven points (3g, 4a) in four games, as the Everblades went 3-1-0-0 in a four-game series against the South Carolina Stingrays (Washington Capitals).
- The Everblades’ three wins improved their record to 26-21-2-4, which puts them in seventh place in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.