Riku Helenius allowed 8 goals on 22 shots in just under 33 minutes of work Saturday night as the Florida Everblades pimp slapped the hapless Lynx 12-0. Goaltender Mike Brodeur relieved Helenius just after midway giving up 4 more goals on another 20 shots. The game play turned ugly after the Blades put up the 8th goal with 4 Blades and 5 Lynx earning fighting majors and game misconducts at 13:54 of the 2nd period, including Lightning forward prospect Chris Lawrence. The fisticuffs continued for the remainder of the game, as the Lynx amassed a total of 142 PIMs with Florida tacking on 91 of their own PIMs.
Florida 12 @ Augusta 0
G Riku Helenius: 8 GA; 32:42 MINS; 22 SH; 14 SV;
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -2; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -3; 15 PIM; 0 SOG
Augusta falls to 5-7-1-1 with the Dayton Bombers coming to town to play the Lynx for a Sunday afternoon mantinee.
The road trip ends with the repeated thuds of the Ads' shooters banging their heads against a wall.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.
LOW Bergfors, (3) (DiSalvatore, Vasyunov), 3:49 (PP)
NOR Jones, (2) (Hutchinson, Smith), 14:43 (PP)
LOW Corrente, (2) (Castonguay, Pelley), 12:44
LOW Pelley, (2) (Castonguay, Murphy), 11:04
LOW Pelley, (3) , 19:37 (EN)
Norfolk actually outshot Lowell by a staggering 44 to 24 margin, but couldn't solve the Devils' netminder to make a comeback. So ends a frustrating road trip in which the Admirals started to show what they can do offensively (with tonight's game excluded), but still can't manage to keep the puck out of the back of their own net.
It's not a huge hole for Norfolk (5-10-4) to climb out of quite yet. They're still within 4 points of Binghamton and Philadelphia in the race for the final playoff spot in the division. But, urgency needs to be setting in. It's understandable that the Admirals weren't able to make more headway on a two week road trip through the Northeast. However, the Ads start a three game homestand on Wednesday at The Scope against Springfield, and the results need to start coming in the friendly confines of the Hall of Doom.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The St. Pete Times is reporting that Lightning GM Brian Lawton has indicated that Bolt goaltending prospect Karri Ramo will be recalled prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the New Jersey Devils. Ramo will backup starter Olaf Kolzig while netminder Mike Smith nurses a lower body injury that has been nagging him for a few games.
Along with Ramo, Lawton indicated that either Jamie Heward or Andrew Hutchinson would be recalled to fill in for blueliner Lukas Krajicek, who suffered a lower body injury during the Lightning's 4-1 victory over Nashville Friday night. Both Heward and Hutchinson are right-handed defenseman, and Lawton indicated that was the main reason for the recall of one of these two players. Heward was scratched in today's afternoon Admirals game against Lowell, possibly tipping the hat as to who would be recalled.
In order to make room for Ramo and Heward/Hutchinson, both Gary Roberts and Chris Gratton will be placed on the Injured Reserve list. Roberts is suffering from an upper body injury, while Gratton is out with a minor knee tweak. This move may cue a recall of goaltender Riku Helenius from the Augusta Lynx to back up Norfolk's Mike McKenna.
All 11 prospects were in action on Friday night ... Two earned First Star awards.
Results from all three of Tampa Bay's NCAA prospects.
By Corine Gatti
Either they loved him or they hated winger/bruiser Steve Downie in Philadelphia. According to several postings and reactions of both Flyer fans and the American Hockey League Phantomsâ€™ bloggers â€“ most fans adored the 5-foot, 10-inch Newmarket, Ontario native. Some posted that they feared him on the opposing side after he was traded from Philadelphia to the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 7. At only 21-years of age, Downie has already amassed quite a reputation for seeing the penalty box and taking lengthy suspensions. The National Hockey League benched him for 20-games for his hit on Ottawaâ€™s Dean McAmmond during a preseason game with the Flyers last September. Downie's past has not eluded him. The American Hockey League suspended the winger for three games Wednesday after smashing Worchesterâ€™s defenseman Kyle McLaren from behind during the second period. Downie has only played six games with Norfolk.
The Downie package does have an upside. The right wing can play both sides of the rink. He is a strong skater and has the agility to put offensive numbers on the board, despite his frame. After the trade from the Philadelphia organization, Downie joined the Norfolk Admirals on their two-week road trip. He was paired with Zenon Konopka and notched three points during his first week.
Chris Lawrence and Kevin Quick were scoreless as the Lynx lost 2-1 to the Florida Everblades at James Brown Arena in Augusta. Riku Helenius backed up goaltender Mike Brodeur, who stopped 40 of 42 Blades shots. Helenius will likely get the Saturday night rematch against Florida, with Brodeur make in net Sunday afternoon. All signs indicate that Helenius has lost the #1 spot to Brodeur.
Florida 2 @ Augusta 1
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; E; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
Augusta falls to 5-6-1-1.
Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 35 shots for the win. Just don't ask him to win a shootout for you, and he's good to go.
04:57 TB Lecavalier (8), (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
07:05 TB Lecavalier (9), (St. Louis)
10:40 NSH Tootoo (3), (Zanon)
12:17 TB Recchi (4), (Malik, Malone)
06:32 TB Prospal (4), (Malone, Stamkos)
Congratulations to Rick Tocchet on his first NHL win as a head coach. Now go get number two.
Steven Stamkos had 2 helpers and was +1 in 11:58 with 3 shots and 1 hit. He was also 0-for-3 on draws. Tonight's game was the second multi-point night of the young man's career. Now go get number three.
A wild west (Massachusetts) shootout.
Mike McKenna allowed 7 goals on 33 shots, including a super soft game winning goal, for the loss. He was every bit as terrible as his stat line suggests. McKenna has allowed 4 or more goals in 3 of his 4 starts this season. Now, it doesn't help that the Admirals' defense has been horrible. However, if this keeps up, you wonder if the Lightning organization will give the green light to take a peek at Riku Helenius.
SPR Brule, (6) (Bina), 8:54 (PP)
SPR Corazzini, (2) (Brule), 8:59 (PP)
SPR Peckham, (3) (Potulny, Schremp), 13:07
NOR Segal, (8) (Szczechura, Smolenak), 18:00 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (5) (Smith, Heward), 1:42 (PP)
SPR Bekar, (4) (Bisaillon, Spurgeon), 3:35
NOR Heward, (5) (Smith, Hutchinson), 6:44 (PP)
SPR Lerg, (2) (Schremp, Potulny), 8:38
NOR Konopka, (6) (Heward, Jones), 12:11 (PP)
NOR Kearns, (4) (Boyle, Jones), 14:23 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (10) (Boyle, Hutchinson), 5:39
SPR Peckham, (4) (Potulny, Bisaillon), 8:38 (PP)
SPR Spurgeon, (1) (Lefebvre), 12:50
If Jamie Heward decides to jet to Europe, I'm telling you, this Admirals team is so in trouble. He was named the game's third star.
Vladimir Mihalik was benched midway through the second period for poor decision making with the puck.
Box score from TheAHL.com.