Admirals Shut Out IceCaps, Sweep Conference Finals and Head to Calder Cup Finals
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Dustin Tokarski stopped all 29 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout as the Norfolk Admirals defeated the St. John’s IceCaps, 4-0, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Mile One Centre on Tuesday night. With the win, Norfolk won the best-of-seven series, four games to zero, and will head to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in team history.
Tokarski (8-2), who had a 25-save shutout in Game 3 last night, allowed only two goals on 115 shots during the series, as Norfolk set an American Hockey League record for fewest goals allowed in a four-game Calder Cup Playoffs series.
Norfolk received goals from Evan Oberg, Tyler Johnson, Trevor Smith and Brandon Segal in the victory. Smith and Segal scored on the power play as the Admirals went 2-for-5 with the man advantage while denying all seven St. John’s power play opportunities. Norfolk killed 24 of 25 IceCaps power plays in the series.
The Admirals opened scoring 15:15 into the first period on Oberg’s second goal of the playoffs. After taking a feed from Alexandre Picard, Oberg sent a wrist shot from the left point through traffic. The shot eluded the glove hand of St. John’s goaltender Eddie Pasquale for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
That lead doubled less than three minutes later on the power play. Ondrej Palat took the puck behind the St. John’s goal and emerged near the right side of the net. His cross-crease pass deflected off the skate of a defenseman to Johnson, who sent a shot into the top of the net at 17:47 for his third goal of the playoffs.
Norfolk took a 3-0 lead early in the second period on Smith’s fourth goal of the season. Pierre-Cedric Labrie sent a shot from the right faceoff circle that Smith deflected past Pasquale at 1:41.
Segal closed scoring in the series with a power play goal at 9:28 of the final frame when his shot from in tight got past the right leg of Pasquale for his third goal of the post-season.
Pasquale (7-8) stopped 38 of 42 shots in defeat.
The Admirals have earned the Richard F. Canning Trophy as Eastern Conference champions. Established in 1990, the AHL’s Eastern Conference championship trophy honors Richard F. Canning, who served the AHL for more than 50 years during his career, including a term as league president from 1958-61. Mr. Canning is recognized as the author of the AHL’s constitution, by-laws and regulations.
The Admirals now await the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Barons and Toronto Marlies. Toronto leads that best-of-seven series, two games to one. Game 4 is tomorrow night from Toronto at 7:00 p.m. Game 5 is Friday in Toronto. If necessary, Game 6 and Game 7 will take place from Oklahoma City on Monday and Wednesday next week, respectively. Norfolk has never faced either team.
The Admirals will release a schedule and tickets will go on sale once their opponent has been determined. Norfolk will have home ice advantage in the Calder Cup Finals and will host Game 1, Game 2 and (if necessary) Game 6 and Game 7 at Norfolk Scope Arena. Details will be posted at norfolkadmirals.com as soon as they are available.
Reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat today. 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!
1. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
2. Trevor Smith – NOR
3. Eddie Pasquale – STJ