NORFOLK, Va. – Four different Admirals scored goals and Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 32 shots as the Norfolk Admirals defeated the Toronto Marlies, 4-2, in front of a sellout crowd at Norfolk Scope Arena on Saturday night. The Game 2 victory gave the Admirals a two-games-to-zero lead in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals. The series now shifts to Toronto with Game 3 set for Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum.
Richard Panik had a goal and an assist while Mike Angelidis, Keith Aulie and Evan Oberg tallied two assists each. Alexandre Picard, Brandon Segal and Trevor Smith also scored. Dustin Tokarski (10-2) got his second win of the Calder Cup Finals stopping all but two Toronto shots. Ben Scrivens (11-4) lost his second consecutive game, allowing four goals on 32 Norfolk shots. The Scope crowd of 8,661 was the first playoff sellout in AHL Admirals history and just the second playoff sellout since the Admirals began play at Scope in 1989-90.
Panik opened the scoring for Norfolk with his fourth goal of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs at 14:38 of the first period. Evan Oberg sent a long pass across the ice to Panik in the low right circle. In anticipation of the oncoming Panik, Scrivens attempted to poke check the puck away. The attempt left the space between his legs open, and Panik backhanded the puck through for a 1-0 lead.
Toronto responded less than four minutes later with a power play goal. In the Toronto offensive zone, Jake Gardiner passed the puck to Joe Colborne who wound up and beat Tokarski with a slapshot from the right circle at 18:20 to tie the game at 1-1.
Norfolk went ahead, 2-1, at 15:17 of the second period after a Picard score. From the left point, Evan Oberg sent a high shot towards Scrivens. Before reaching the net, Mike Angelidis deflected the puck down and into Scrivens, where the Toronto netminder kicked the puck back into play. Picard stuck the rebound past the prone goaltender from the right faceoff circle for his team-leading ninth goal of the playoffs.
Norfolk’s lead doubled midway through the third period on Segal’s fifth goal of the playoffs. Aulie batted the puck out of the air and then sent a pass through the neutral zone to Angelidis, who quickly shuffled the puck to his left to Segal. Segal crossed the blue line and fired a wrist shot past Scrivens’ glove at 8:26.
Smith stretched the home team’s lead to 4-1 with his fifth goal of the playoffs late in the third period. Panik sent a pass from the right corner across the slot. Smith accepted the pass and sent a quick shot through the legs of the goaltender at 15:52.
Juraj Mikus closed out scoring with 43 seconds remaining in regulation on his first goal of the playoffs.
Norfolk was 0-for-4 on the power play while Toronto was 1-for-5.
Toronto Marlies 2 at Norfolk Admirals 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, June 2, 2012 – Norfolk Scope
Toronto 1 0 1 – 2
Norfolk 1 1 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Panik 4 (Oberg), 14:38. 2, Toronto, Colborne 2 (Gardiner, Lashoff), 18:20 (PP). Penalties-Segal Nor (goaltender interference), 11:13; Smith Nor (cross-checking), 18:06.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Picard 9 (Angelidis, Oberg), 15:17. Penalties-Rosehill Tor (high-sticking), 7:27; Ashton Tor (slashing), 19:34; Picard Nor (goaltender interference), 19:34; Lashoff Tor (hooking), 19:50.
3rd Period-4, Norfolk, Segal 5 (Angelidis, Aulie), 8:26. 5, Norfolk, Smith 5 (Panik, Aulie), 15:52. 6, Toronto, Mikus 1 (Ashton, Dupuis), 19:17. Penalties-Rosehill Tor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:17; Cote Nor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:17; Gardiner Tor (interference), 3:47; Barberio Nor (slashing), 4:54; Mikus Tor (tripping), 5:08; Gudas Nor (tripping), 10:18; Smith Nor (high-sticking), 11:55.
Shots on Goal-Toronto 10-9-13-32. Norfolk 14-10-8-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Toronto 1 / 4; Norfolk 0 / 4.
Goalies-Toronto, Scrivens 11-4-0 (32 shots-28 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 10-2-0 (32 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Francis Charron (46), Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Matt MacPherson (83), John Grandt (95).