NORFOLK, Va. – Dustin Tokarski stopped 32 of 33 shots to lead the Norfolk Admirals (36-19-8-6) past the Adirondack Phantoms (23-27-4-6), 2-1, on Wednesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. With the win, the Admirals tied the Charlotte Checkers for third place in the AHL's East Division. Next up for the Admirals is a pair of contests against the Manchester Monarchs on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope.
Mathieu Roy and Mike Angelidis scored for the Admirals, who were out-shot in the game 33-26.
After a scoreless opening period, Norfolk took a 1-0 lead 2:29 into the second stanza on Roy’s fourth goal of the season. Roy created a neutral zone turnover and entered the attacking zone along the left wing two-on-one with Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Roy sent a wrist shot from the faceoff dot that went under the left leg of Adirondack goaltender Johan Backlund for his second goal in as many games.
Norfolk’s lead doubled with a shorthanded goal just over two minutes later. James Wright cleared the puck out of the Admirals' zone to center ice. Angelidis beat a Phantoms defender to the puck and broke in alone on Backlund along the right wing. He faked as if he was going to deke across the crease towards the left circle before tucking a backhand shot between the near post and Backlund’s left leg for his eighteenth goal of the season and a 2-0 Norfolk lead.
The Phantoms cut Norfolk’s lead to 2-1 with a power play goal. Luke Pither carried the puck into the Norfolk zone along the right wing, cut across the slot and sent a shot past Tokarski at 16:43 of the second period.
Adirondack out-shot Norfolk 13-7 in the final frame but was unable to solve Tokarski for the equalizer.
Dustin Tokarski (33 shots, 32 saves) improved to 20-15-4 with the victory. Johan Backlund (26 shots, 24 saves) fell to 8-16-3 with the loss.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-5.
The Admirals will return to Scope to battle the Manchester Monarchs on Friday and Saturday nights. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The first 500 children aged 12 and younger through the gates on Friday will receive a Lil' Kinz Tiger, courtesy of the Virginia Zoo. The Admirals will also hold Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Night on Friday. Red Level Tickets (normally $14) will be available for just $10 at the Norfolk Scope Box Office for all active or retired military, their dependents and reservists with valid military identification. Two dollars of each ticket will go to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
The 2011 Admirals Spring Puck Crawl is on Saturday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Register online now at norfolkadmirals.com for $20 or at the door at Baxter's Sports Lounge for $25 on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Your registration fee includes discounts on food and beverages at participating establishments on Granby Street, an Admirals commemorative mug, raffle prizes, promotional items and a ticket to see Saturday night's Admirals game against the Manchester Monarchs. More details are available at norfolkadmirals.com.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available! Low monthly payments available for a limited time only. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime for more details or to purchase your tickets!
1. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
2. Mathieu Roy – NOR
3. Mike Angelidis – NOR
EAST DIVISION PLAYOFF CHASE ... With 11 games remaining in the regular season, Norfolk has 86 points and is tied for third place with the Charlotte Checkers (86 points, 8 games remaining). However, the Admirals hold three games in hand on the Checkers. Norfolk drew to within five points of the idle second-place Hershey Bears (91 points, 8 games remaining). The Admirals also have three games in hand on the Bears. The fifth-place Binghamton Senators (81 points, 9 games remaining) kept pace with the Admirals and remain five points back. Norfolk holds two games in hand on Binghamton … The top four spots in the East Division are guaranteed to qualify for the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. The "Crossover Rule" is in effect where if the fifth place team in the East Division has more points than the fourth place team in the Atlantic Division, that team will cross over into the Atlantic Division Semifinals.
NOTES … Norfolk has now surpassed its point total from the entire 2009-10 season with 11 games remaining in 2010-11. The Admirals went 39-35-3-3 for 84 points in 80 games in 2009-10. Norfolk is 36-19-8-6 for 86 points through 69 games in 2010-11 … The Admirals have standings points in six straight games (5-0-0-1) and 12 of their last 14 games (9-2-0-3) … The Admirals have standings points in eight straight home games (6-0-0-2). Norfolk is 18-7-5-5 at Scope in 2010-11 – good for the fourth-highest home points percentage in the AHL (.647) … Dustin Tokarski improved to 9-1-2 in his last 12 games since February 12. He has a 1.63 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts in that span … Mathieu Roy had gone 23 games between goals before scoring on Saturday night against Albany. He now has goals in back-to-back games after last scoring on October 30 vs. Portland … Norfolk was out-shot for just the 17th time overall this season and only the fifth time in 35 home games. The Admirals are now 7-6-1-3 when they are out-shot … Scratches: Kevin Quick, Levi Nelson, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins.