Admirals Score A 2-0 Shutout Over The IceCaps, Streak Moves To 21

Photo - Ken Peacock

NORFOLK, Va. – Dustin Tokarski stopped all 32 shots he faced and Ondrej Palat scored the game-winning goal in his team’s 21st straight win on his 21st birthday as the Norfolk Admirals (48-18-1-2) shut out the St. John’s IceCaps (39-20-5-3), 2-0, on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.

The same two teams meet Friday night at Scope at 7:30 p.m. in Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night.

Richard Panik also scored as Norfolk tallied all its offense in the second period. Tyler Johnson assisted on both Norfolk goals, extending his point streak to 13 games but seeing his franchise-record goal-scoring streak end at nine games.

After a scoreless opening period, the Admirals broke the ice 12:27 into the second stanza on a shorthanded tally by Palat. While the IceCaps were on a power play, Johnson stole the puck in the Norfolk zone near the right point and chipped the puck around a defender to himself in the neutral zone, creating a two-on-one break with Palat. Instead of passing to Palat, Johnson dropped a pass to Mark Barberio in the right circle for a shot that bounced off IceCaps goaltender David Aebischer. Palat found the rebound on top of the goalmouth and backhanded a shot into the net while falling backwards for his eighth goal of the season.

Photo - Ken Peacock

Norfolk used a power play tally just over five minutes later to double its lead. After Johnson won a faceoff in the right circle, Michel Ouellet shuffled the puck to Panik, who was being held by St. John’s defenseman Arturs Kulda. Panik sent a shot that banked off the skate of a St. John’s defender and trickled between the legs of Aebischer. Panik’s 19th goal of the season gave the home team a 2-0 lead at 17:34.

That was more than enough offense for Tokarski, who turned aside 32 shots – including 12 in the second period and 11 in the third period – for his fifth shutout of 2011-12.

Aebischer (14-9-2) stopped 25 of 27 shots – many in spectacular fashion – but was saddled with the loss.

Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play while turning aside all five St. John’s man advantages.

The same two teams meet Friday night at Scope at 7:30 p.m. in Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night.

Three Stars:
1. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
2. Tyler Johnson – NOR
3. David Aebischer – STJ

 

St. John’s IceCaps 0 at Norfolk Admirals 2 – Status: Final
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – Norfolk Scope

St. John’s 0 0 0 – 0
Norfolk      0 2 0 – 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Neilson Nor (cross-checking), 9:05; Murray Stj (cross-checking), 14:15; Gudas Nor (interference), 17:25.

2nd Period-1, Norfolk, Palat 8 (Barberio, Johnson), 12:27 (SH). 2, Norfolk, Panik 19 (Ouellet, Johnson), 17:34 (PP). Penalties-Labrie Nor (charging), 6:38; Jackson Nor (high-sticking), 11:59; O’Neill Stj (tripping), 17:28; Kulda Stj (holding), 17:34.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Clark Stj (hooking), 9:53; Devos Nor (hooking), 12:57.

Shots on Goal-St. John’s 9-12-11-32. Norfolk 6-11-10-27.
Power Play Opportunities-St. John’s 0 / 5; Norfolk 1 / 4.
Goalies-St. John’s, Aebischer 14-9-2 (27 shots-25 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 29-11-0 (32 shots-32 saves).
A-3,549
Referees-Jason Rollins (37), Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Bill Lyons (27), Mark Hamlett (81).

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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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