NORFOLK, Va. – Tyler Johnson scored twice – including the game-winning goal with 30 seconds left in regulation – to lead the Norfolk Admirals (14-9-0-1) over the Adirondack Phantoms (13-8-0-1), 2-1, on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals now embark on a three game road trip beginning with back-to-back games against the Binghamton Senators on Friday and Saturday nights.
Johnson’s two goals were his seventh and eighth of the season. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski turned aside 15 of 16 shots he faced to extend his personal winning streak to four games.
After a scoreless first period, the Phantoms took a 1-0 lead just more than five minutes into the middle stanza. Jason Akeson’s seventh goal of the season came as he fired a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle over the right shoulder of Tokarski. The power play goal came at 5:01.
Norfolk knotted the game at 1-1 with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. Rookie forward Tyler Johnson collected a pass from teammate Jeff Dimmen in the center of the right faceoff circle. Johnson carried the puck into the lower slot and fired a shot on net that deflected off an Adirondack defender’s leg and over the glove of Phantoms netminder Michael Leighton at 12:46.
With thirty seconds remaining in regulation and the Admirals on the power play, Johnson picked up a loose rebound in front of the Phantoms’ net and buried a shot over a sprawling Leighton to give Norfolk a 2-1 lead.
Dustin Tokarski (9-5-0) turned aside 15 of 16 shots for his fourth consecutive victory. Michael Leighton (10-6-0) stopped 32 of 34 shots in the defeat.
Norfolk was 0-5 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-7 with the man advantage.
The Admirals will embark on a three-game road trip beginning with games in Binghamton on Friday and Saturday night. Puck drop for both matchups is set for 7:05 p.m. All games can be heard at 102.1-FM, 1490-AM and 1021TheGame.com. You can also watch on a pay-per-view basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return home on Friday December 16th, as the Hershey Bears invade Scope for the second time this season. Puck drop for that game is slated for 7:30 p.m. during the annual Toy Toss Night. See norfolkadmirals.com for details.
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.
Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2011-12 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $350 while 10-Packs are available for as little as $110. 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. Tyler Johnson – NOR
2. Michael Leighton – ADK
3. Dustin Tokarski – NOR
NOTES … In his AHL debut, Philip-Michael Devos recorded his first pro point with an assist on the game-winning goal. Devos had been called up from the ECHL's Florida Everblades earlier in the day … Tonight’s contest featured the Admirals debut of defensemen Evan Oberg and Mike Kostka who were acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning before Friday night’s game in a trade with the Florida Panthers … In his four consecutive victories, Admirals netminder Dustin Tokarski has allowed just six goals on 80 shots … Did not play: Richard Petiot, Kevin Quick, Alexandre Picard, Mike Angelidis, Ondrej Palat, Michel Ouellet, Charles Landry.