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Oct. 10: Tokarski Wins Goaltending Dual as Admirals Top Monarchs
NORFOLK, Va. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski earned his first professional win with a 26-save shutout to lead the Norfolk Admirals (1-2-0-0) to their first victory of 2009-10 a 2-0 defeat of the Manchester Monarchs (2-1-0-0) on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
The game remained scoreless through the first two periods, as Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff stymied all 25 Norfolk shots through forty minutes while Tokarski turned aside 16 Norfolk shots.
The Admirals got on the board 5:54 into the final frame. Juraj Simek cut toward the net along the right wing and attempted to stuff a shot under Zatkoff. The shot ricocheted off the netminder back toward the slot before taking another bounce off the leg of Brandon Bochenski and landing into the net.
Tokarski turned aside all ten third period shots by the Monarchs and Ryan Craig potted an empty-net goal with 40 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Dustin Tokarski (26 shots, 26 saves) got the shutout victory. Jeff Zatkoff (38 shots, 37 saves) was saddled with the loss.
Norfolk was 0-4 on the power play. Manchester was 0-5.
The Admirals will now hit the road for a three-game trip beginning on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. against the Albany River Rats. All Admirals games can be heard on STAR 1310-AM and star1310.com. You may also watch games on a subscription or pay-per-view basis online at ahllive.com.
Three Stars: 1. Dustin Tokarski NOR 2. Brandon Bochenski NOR 3. Jeff Zatkoff MCH
Manchester Monarchs 0 At Norfolk Admirals 2 - Status: Final Oct 10, 2009 - Norfolk Scope
Manchester 0 0 0 - 0 Norfolk 0 0 2 - 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Lashoff Nor (roughing), 5:50; Wishart Nor (cross-checking), 9:11; Hickey Mch (tripping), 10:16; Bagnall Mch (hooking), 17:14.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Campbell Mch (cross-checking), 3:59; Fadden Nor (hooking), 6:32; Bagnall Mch (fighting), 9:45; Mihalik Nor (fighting), 9:45; Smaby Nor (cross-checking), 10:36; Szczechura Nor (goaltender interference), 15:00.
3rd Period-1, Norfolk, Bochenski 2 (Simek, Szczechura), 5:54. 2, Norfolk, Craig 1 (Wishart), 19:20 (en). Penalties-Hickey Mch (cross-checking), 12:29.
Shots on Goal-Manchester 5-11-10-26. Norfolk 13-12-14-39. Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 0 of 5; Norfolk 0 of 4. Goalies-Manchester, Zatkoff 0-1-0 (38 shots-37 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 1-1-0 (26 shots-26 saves). A-2,948 Referees-Shaun Davis (31). Linesmen-Mike Hamilton (60), Mark Hamlett (81).
Tokarski joined teammate Riku Helenius as the only Norfolk Admirals (AHL) goaltenders to pitch a shutout for their first American Hockey League wins. Helenius whitewashed the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last February 6 at Scope
Bochenski's game-winning goal was his 12th career GWG as an Admiral, tying him for first place on the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) all-time game-winning goals list with Ajay Baines, Casey Hankinson and Matt Keith
LW Radek Smolenak made his return to the Admirals tonight after being claimed back on waivers by the Admirals parent club the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Chicago Blackhawks
The Admirals killed off all nine Manchester power play attempts this weekend
The Admirals are now 0-15 on the power play in their first three games of the 2009-10 season
Scratches: F Martins Karsums, F Tommy Goebel, F Chris Lawrence, D Scott Jackson, G Riku Helenius