Segal, Brandon

AHL Game Night 2/14: Admirals at Bears

The Ads' newly signed goaltender gives no love or kisses to Hershey.

NOR-5
HER-4

Craig Kowalski allowed 4 goals on 50 shots for the win.

First Period
HER Aucoin, (18) (Giroux, Bourque), 3:17 (PP)
HER Giroux, (37) (Aucoin, Bourque), 4:31 (PP)
HER McNeill, (3) (Helmer, Perreault), 4:54 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Segal, (14) (Szczechura), 2:04
NOR Bochenski, (19) (Gratton, Konopka), 4:05 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (20) (Konopka), 12:52
NOR Smolenak, (16) (Boyle, Szczechura), 19:03 (PP)

Third Period
HER Aucoin, (19) (Giroux, Sloan), 7:37
NOR Segal, (15) , 16:56

Brandon Segal and Kowalski were the game's first and third stars. Segal deserves a callup before the year is over.

Chris Gratton was back in the lineup tonight after passing through re-entry waivers.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/23: Monsters at Admirals

Tonight was another another game the Admirals simply could not lose to get back into the playoff hunt.

LE-3
NOR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 34 shots in the loss.

First Period
LE Campbell, (3) (Smith), 4:36
LE Cumiskey, (5) (Galiardi, Durno), 7:01

Second Period
NOR Konopka, (10) (Downie, Wishart), 1:26

Third Period
NOR Keller, (6) (Segal, Mihalik), 9:53
LE Williams, (4) (Dupuis, Durno), 14:11

Justin Keller was named the second star of the game. Brandon Segal, who was named to the AHL All-Star Game earlier in the day, chipped in a helper.

Norfolk sinks to 5 games under .500 with 36 games left to play. More importantly, they sit 13 points behind Binghamton for the final playoff spot in the division. 0-2-2 in the last 4 games is not what the plan was for this homestand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/17: Sharks at Admirals

Massive choke.

WOR-6
NOR-5 (OT)

Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 44 shots in the overtime loss.

First Period
WOR Traverse, (3) , 0:34
NOR Kearns, (10) (Boyle, Smolenak), 1:55
NOR Jones, (7) (Keller, Kearns), 4:39
NOR Gratton, (3) (Keller), 15:23
NOR Jones, (8) (Kearns, Mihalik), 17:09
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Bochenski, Potulny), 18:19

Second Period
WOR Armstrong, (16) (Zalewski, Traverse), 0:14
WOR Vesce, (13) (Kaspar, Westgarth), 17:37 (SH)
WOR McGinn, (9) (Demers, Moore), 18:53 (PP)

Third Period
WOR Demers, (2) (Traverse, Armstrong), 8:36 (PP)

Overtime
WOR Vesce, (14) (Moore, Fornataro), 3:04

That's a 5-1 lead choked away. A total team failure. And that's two points in two nights that the Admirals left on the table, which right now is the difference between being 9 points out of the last playoff spot and 11 points.

Lots of Admirals returned to the lineup this weekend from injury. Andy Rogers was -3 in his first game back in a month. Brandon Segal returned after about three weeks out and earned a penalty shot in the third that probably could've iced the victory, but could not convert. Juraj Simek played in his second game since a layoff of over a month.

Bracken Kearns and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/12: Sound Tigers at Admirals

It won't be long until guys like Segal and Jones get their shots in Tampa too.

BRI-2
NOR-3

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 33 shots in the win.

First Period
NOR Segal, (11) (Downie, Rosehill), 5:04
NOR Potulny, (4) (Kearns, Segal), 18:27
BRI Bentivoglio, (4) (Colliton, Callahan), 18:51

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BRI McLean, (7) (Iggulden), 0:30
NOR Jones, (6) (Segal, Downie), 6:29 (PP)

Brandon Segal helped make sure Bridgeport was On Deadly Ground at The Scope, as he was named the game's first star. Blair Jones was named the game's second star with his power play game winning goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 12/2: Lightning at Flyers

Wow. Radek Smolenak.

TB-3
PHI-4 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
02:58 PHI Carter (17), (Timonen, Lupul)(PP)
11:50 TB Recchi (6), (Jokinen, Prospal)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
00:36 PHI Richards (9), (unassisted)(SH)
04:36 PHI Carter (18), (Hartnell, Lupul)(PP)
04:57 TB Prospal (5), (St. Louis, Eminger)(PP)
15:25 TB Downie (1), (Smolenak, Stamkos)

Overtime
02:05 PHI Richards (10), (Timonen, Carter)(PP)

Steve Downie was named the third star of the game. He was the the fourth most impressive prospect the Lightning had in the game, to me, but ok. I get it. He's a former Flyer.

I was really impressed with the two callups, particularly Smolenak. I wish there had been more 5-on-5 play in the game so he could have played more. I really liked the energy he had on a line with Artyukhin before R2 got nicked on a boarding major from Scotty Upshall in the first period. Obviously, you can see the flaw in Smolenak's game: he's not a speed merchant. But, you know, there was no fear in the young man. Sometimes these callups get into these games and they act like they're afraid to get a puckmark on their tape because maybe NHL tape is expensive, or something. Not Smolenak. First shift he gets the puck down low and makes a power move to get a shot off from the angle. Third or fourth shift he fights Aaron Asham. Third period he's out there battling down low again and getting off a hard shot from the angle to try to tie up the game. And he gets rewarded with the assist on the tying goal as one of his long slappers generates a rebound for Downie to send the game to OT. That's probably the best NHL debut we've seen from a player since Paul Ranger came up a few games into 2005-2006. Honestly, if he keeps playing like that, one of these old fogies is out of a job.

Paul Szczechura, very quietly, played some big minutes in this game both at even strength and on the penalty kill. And, you know, that's high praise if you're an NHL rookie in your first game and the coach puts you out there on the PK. It shows the kind of intelligence Szczechura has, and I'm not surprised Tocchet instantly started leaning on the young man. He's just one of those guys who is a coach's dream. I don't think his scoring really projects to the NHL level, and you can see he's still maybe a quarter step slow, but he can outthink 95% of the players he's going up against, and that means he'll have a solid NHL career.

Bottom line, the Norfolk kids did good tonight, and I loved the energy the new blood brought to the table. And, you know, there's other kids down there knocking on the door like Brandon Segal,Matt Smaby, and Blair Jones. I think it's time to get some of the AARP members out of Tampa and mix some youth and enthusiasm into the team, especially on the forward lines.

Steve Downie had 1 goal and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 10:43.

Paul Szczechura had 3 shots and was 30% on draws in 15:16.

Radek Smolenak had an assist and was +1 with a fighting major, and a game high 6 shots on goal in 9:45. And he gets a gold star from me.

Steven Stamkos had 1 assist, 4 shots, and was 60% on draws in 16:47.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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