NORFOLK Va. – Michel Ouellet had two goals and an assist to lead the Norfolk Admirals (38-18-1-2) to their eleventh consecutive win, a 5-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons (27-26-2-2) on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The same two teams meet tomorrow night at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
The Admirals are now owners of the longest winning streak in the American Hockey League since the 2009-10 season. Mike Angelidis, Alexandre Picard and Philip-Michael Devos also scored goals for Norfolk tonight. Dustin Tokarski tied an AHL Admirals franchise record with his seventh consecutive win by stopping 20 of 22 Springfield shots.
Norfolk opened scoring 12:13 into the first period with a five-on-three power play goal. Mike Kostka sent a shot from the right point that Springfield goaltender Paul Dainton stopped. However, the puck ended up in the crease behind him, and Ouellet swept the puck into the net for his 12th goal of the season and a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
The Norfolk lead doubled to 2-0 early in the second period. Ouellet picked off a pass at the right point and centered the puck to Picard in the slot. Picard’s shot went off Dainton’s left leg to Angelidis, who scored his 13th goal of the season at 4:15.
Ouellet’s second goal and third point of the game made it 3-0 less than nine minutes later on the power play. Richard Panik centered the puck from behind the net into the crease, and Ouellet swatted it behind Dainton for another power play goal at 12:48.
Picard’s fourth goal of the season stretched the home team’s lead to 4-0. Scott Jackson cut around the Springfield defense in the right circle before sending the puck to the right point. Radko Gudas sent a shot that Picard deflected from the middle of the slot past Dainton at 18:33 of the second stanza.
Matt Calvert broke up Tokarski’s shutout bid 12:26 into the final frame and Wade MacLeod added a power play goal for the Falcons at 17:14.
However, the Admirals responded with their third power play goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Devos sent a shot from the right half wall through a screen and past Dainton at 18:52 for his fifth goal of the season and a 5-2 Norfolk win.
Dustin Tokarski (26-11-0) made 20 saves on 22 shots for the win. Paul Dainton (9-5-0) stopped 22 of 27 shots for the loss.
Norfolk was 3-for-9 on the power play while Springfield was 1-for-5.
Springfield Falcons 2 at Norfolk Admirals 5 – Status: Final
Friday, March 2, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Springfield 0 0 2 – 2
Norfolk 1 3 1 – 5
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Ouellet 12 (Kostka, Devos), 12:13 (PP). Penalties-Cullity Spr (interference), 1:45; Conacher Nor (slashing), 4:54; Savard Spr (major – boarding, game misconduct – boarding), 7:15; Goloubef Spr (slashing), 12:03; Gudas Nor (tripping), 16:40.
2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Angelidis 13 (Picard, Ouellet), 4:15. 3, Norfolk, Ouellet 13 (Panik, Johnson), 12:48 (PP). 4, Norfolk, Picard 4 (Gudas, Jackson), 18:33. Penalties-Regner Spr (tripping), 7:15; Labrie Nor (roughing), 9:51; Longpre Spr (double minor – high-sticking), 12:03; Amadio Spr (tripping), 14:20; Byers Spr (roughing), 18:33; Angelidis Nor (roughing), 18:33.
3rd Period-5, Springfield, Calvert 12 (Joudrey), 12:26. 6, Springfield, MacLeod 6 (St. Pierre, Regner), 17:14 (PP). 7, Norfolk, Devos 5 (Neilson, Barberio), 18:52 (PP). Penalties-Jackson Nor (tripping), 9:57; Amadio Spr (roughing, roughing), 15:12; Labrie Nor (roughing), 15:12; Barberio Nor (hooking), 17:14; Kubalik Spr (tripping), 18:43.
Shots on Goal-Springfield 7-5-10-22. Norfolk 10-13-4-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 1 / 5; Norfolk 3 / 9.
Goalies-Springfield, Dainton 9-5-0 (27 shots-22 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 26-11-0 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41), Chris Cozzan (18).
Linesmen-Jesse Pletsch (51), Tom George (61).