The Norfolk Admirals ended the season on a high note
in Toronto when the victorious Admirals hoisted the Calder Cup at the end of a four game sweep against the Toronto Marlies.
Panik gave Norfolk a 1-0 lead just 6 minutes into the 1st. The Slovack native charged the net and scored. Twenty-one year old Tyler Johnson and AHL MVP Cory Conacher assisted on Panik’s goal. Later in the 1st while Panik was pursing the puck along the boards, his elbow up ended a Marlie who was attempting to make a defensive move on Richard Panik. Play was whistled down and resulted in a 5 minute major and a 10 minute game misconduct for Panik. Jean- Philippe Cote came to the aid of the rookie forward who was getting mugged by Toronto tough guy Colton Orr. Cote would receive two minor penalties for roughing for a total of 4 minutes. The referee’s deemed that Orr would receive just a 2 minute minor for roughing for his part in the altercation. That gave Toronto a 5 on 3 powerplay. Toronto’s Mike Zigomanis took advantage of the powerplay and netted a goal for the Marlies. Zigomanis’s goal would be the 1st goal scored on Norfolk since May 7th.
Not even two minutes later Kostka would get whistled for a high sticking infraction that would extend the power play for Toronto.
Norfolk defender Mike Kostka took a slap shot from the blueline that manged to get through a screened Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens. With that goal, Norfolk climbed back on top 2 to 1. Deep into the 2nd period, AHL all rookie team member Tyler Johnson shot the puck from a weird angle that ricocheted off Scrivens back to further the Admirals lead 3 to 1 heading into the 3rd.
Norfolk would strike on the PP in the 3rd at the 44 second mark when Mike Kostka lit the lamp for his 2nd goal of the night. Later in the 3rd Marlies coach Dallas Eakins did the unheard of and pulled Scrviens for an extra attacker with about 8 minutes left in the game. That opportunity gave lead to Tyler Johnson’s 2nd goal of the afternoon. P.C. Labrie would find the back of the empty net as well which sealed the Marlies fate.
Lightning goaltending prospect Dustin Tokarski stopped 18 out of 19 Marlie shots. Toronto’s Scrivens made saves in the process. Cory Conacher had 4 points in the contest by assisting on 4 out of the 6 goals.
When the horn went off to signal the end of the game. Every single Admiral jumped off the bench and on to the ice to celebrate. On the bench, Jon Cooper and his bench staff engaged in a group hug. After the celebration and the famous handshake line, the AHL Commissioner announced that Alex Picard was the playoff MVP. Soon after that Andrews summoned Norfolk Captain Mike Angelidis to come up and receive the Calder Cup. Each player got a turn skating with the AHL’s coveted trophy. It was a dream come true for fans, players and coaches alike.