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Conacher, Johnson lead the way as Admirals beat Marlies in Game 1 of Calder Cup

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NORFOLK, Va. - Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson each had a goal and an assist Friday as the Norfolk Admirals defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-1 in Game 1 of the Calder Cup.

Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves for the Admirals, who will host Game 2 of the best-of-seven American Hockey League final on Saturday night.

Brandon Segal scored into an empty net with 29 seconds left in regulation for Norfolk.

Carter Aston had the only goal for the Marlies, who got 39 saves from Ben Scrivens in defeat.

Conacher opened the scoring with teams playing 4-on-4 at 12:21 of the first. The AHL's regular-season scoring champion took a pass from Johnson and deked Toronto defenceman Simon Gysbers before beating Scrivens over the left shoulder.

It was only Conacher's second goal of the post-season.

Johnson made it 2-0 Norfolk at 10:03 of the second. He corralled a pass from Mark Barberio and beat Scrivens from the left faceoff circle.

Ashton, who started the season with Norfolk, cut the lead to 2-1 at 3:57 of the third on a shot from the left wing that fooled Tokarski.

Ashton played on a line with Conacher and Johnson while the Admirals. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by Norfolk's parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in February.

Segal sealed the with into the empty net while shorthanded.

The Marlies, who were without injured forwards Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri and Mike Zigomanis, finished a dismal 0-for-11 on the power play. Norfolk wound up 1-for-6.

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