The Norfolk Admirals have continued their game-winning streak to 21 with a shutout of 2-0 over the St. John’s IceCaps. Admirals Goaltender Dustin Tokarski had a great night, denying all 32 shots that came his way. The Admirals now look to Friday night as they match-up against the IceCaps once again.
Both AHL-leading teams played a good game and showed similar styles in play. The first period was scoreless. It was Admirals forward Ondrej Palat, celebrating his 21st birthday, who opened scoring minutes after the halfway mark in the second period. It was a lucky night for the number 21.
Five minutes later, Richard Panik scored the number two goal of the night from a Michel Ouellet feed. This was Panik’s 19th goal of the season.
Tyler Johnson broke his 9-game goal streak but assisted on both goals. Defenseman Mark Barberio added to his record, which includes points and assists in ten straight home games. It is the longest home assist streak in the AHL this season.
Appearing in his second game since returning from a 5-game stint for parent NHL club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tokarski extended his game-winning streak to ten and marked his fifth shutout of the season. It seems the time on NHL ice didn’t interrupt the goalie’s consistency in net for Norfolk.
The Admirals eased into the number one spot in the AHL for the best home record, just another notch in their record-making belt this season.
The Admirals gave it their all Wednesday night against the IceCaps, a worthy adversary much like themselves in form and play. Friday night the teams meet again for another round. Will this be the extraordinary 22 and continue this historic streak?
How does a team reach 21 straight victories? Is it luck, magic or just plain skill and offensive prowess, combined with powerful goaltending? Perhaps these are all the elements that combine to form the explosive American Hockey League leaders, the Norfolk Admirals. What this team does on the ice is pure magic, illustrating that if you play hard enough you will win games.
The puck drops at 7:30 Friday night at the Norfolk Scope as the Admirals take on the St. John’s IceCaps. The home stand continues Tuesday, April 3 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Admirals will then host the Binghamton Senators on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7. The team then heads out on the road for three games to close out the regular season.
For more information about the Norfolk Admirals visit their website. For a playoff primer, see the AHL website.