Admirals Offense Pours It On, Falcons Fall to Norfolk 6-1

By Ken Peacock

Trevor Smith and the Norfolk Norfolk Admirals (27-17-1-2) pour on the offense to beat the Springfield Falcons (21-22-1-2), 6-1, on the road at the MassMutual Center. Smith nets two goals and two assists and Dustin Tokarski gets his 19th victory of the season. Both teams will meet again Sunday afternoon.

Republican Staff Photo by Michael Beswick

The Admirals got on the board first with an Evan Oberg goal less than a minute into the game. Trevor Smith fired the puck in on Falcon goalie, Manny Legace. Oberg deflected the  shot past Legace and into the net. Richard Panik scored at 15:11 of the first on a shot from the left faceoff circle the beat Legace. Norfolk went to the locker room with a 2-0 lead.

Matt Calvert of the Falcons scored their lone goal of the night when Clavert tipped a shot that beat Dustin Tokarski to cut the lead to 2-1. Trevor Smith answered back eighteen seconds later. Smith skated in on Legace and shot it through the Pads of Legace for the 3-1 lead. Smith would notch his 18th goal of the season and second of the night at 11:42 of the second. Smith picked up the puck and entered the zone and put the puck past Legace.  Manny Legace was then pulled and replaced in the net by Paul Dainton. Mark Barberio put the new netminder to to the test. Barberio picked up a rebound off of Dainton’s pads and put the puck into the net for an Admiral power play goal. Jeff Dimmen would score the Admirals fourth goal of the period in

Republican Staff Photo by Michael Beswick

the closing seconds of the period. Dimmen fired off a slapshot from the left circle over Dainton’s blocker and into the net. The Admirals held the Falcons scoreless for the final period and took the 6-1 victory.

Dustin Tokarski (19-10-0) stopped 32 of 33 shots. Manny Legace (10-14-1) was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on nine shots. Legace was replaced midway through the second by Dainton who stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced. Norfolk was 2 for 8 on the power play while Springfield was 0 for 3.

Norfolk Admirals 6 at Springfield Falcons 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, February 4, 2012 – MassMutual Center

Norfolk       2 4 0 – 6
Springfield 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Norfolk, Oberg 3 (Labrie, Smith), 0:37. 2, Norfolk, Panik 10 (Labrie), 15:11. Penalties-Cullity Spr (tripping), 4:54; Conacher Nor (slashing), 15:43.

2nd Period-3, Springfield, Calvert 9 (Atkinson), 5:27. 4, Norfolk, Smith 17 (Oberg, Conacher), 5:45. 5, Norfolk, Smith 18   11:42. 6, Norfolk, Barberio 6 (Smith, Kostka), 17:30 (PP). 7, Norfolk, Dimmen 2 (Oberg, Devos), 19:17 (PP). Penalties-Gudas Nor (interference), 7:48; Amadio Spr (roughing), 13:17; Gudas Nor (fighting), 16:29; Bogosian Spr (fighting), 16:29; Calvert Spr (slashing), 16:46; Prout Spr (cross-checking), 17:05; Angelidis Nor (misconduct – continuing altercation), 17:30; Conacher Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:30; Kostka Nor (fighting), 17:30; Byers Spr (roughing, misconduct – continuing altercation), 17:30; Ruth Spr (fighting, match – cross-checking), 17:30.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Prout Spr (slashing), 5:54; Gudas Nor (clipping), 7:42; Giroux Spr (hooking), 13:05.

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 5-13-5-23. Springfield 11-16-6-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 2 / 8; Springfield 0 / 3.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 19-10-0 (33 shots-32 saves). Springfield, Legace 10-14-1 (9 shots-5 saves); Dainton 4-3-0 (14 shots-12 saves).

A-4,199
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Frank Murphy (29), Derek Wahl (46).

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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