A funny thing happens when you put forth an effort.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 28 of 29 shots faced for the victory.
You might've noticed there was no game thread for the Detroit game. That was not an accident. After sleepwalking for six period straight my attitude was that if the team didn't care, honestly, why should I?
Tonight, however, the effort level and the will to compete was back, and they put together a sold, convincing win against a club they traditionally struggle against. Funny that. The harder you work the better you get.
Mike Lundin blocked 1 shot in 17:56 of ice time as he remains on track for an early January graduation from prospect status. Tonight was his 26th NHL game, leaving him 15 short of the finish line by site criteria.
Mathieu Darche had 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and a +1 rating in 18:12 of ice time. Now 19 games played into his season, Darche needs 22 more to graduate from prospect status, which could happen as early as mid January.
Ramo returns. Norfolk's defense and PK evaporates.
Karri Ramo started well stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first period but wore down in the second half of the game allowing 6 goals on the final 15 shots he faced. He finished the game with a total of 7 goals allowed on 33 shots faced. Tough way to come back.
NOR Stewart, (4) (Milley), 4:08
NOR Henrich, (2) (Keller, Scalzo), 9:30 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (15) (Carkner, Nikulin), 17:52 (PP)
BNG Bois, (5) (Zubov, Nycholat), 2:56 (PP)
BNG Carkner, (2) (Nycholat, Hennessy), 12:59 (PP)
BNG Zubov, (3) (Yablonski, Hennessy), 15:07
NOR Jancevski, (1) (Jones, Wanvig), 16:35 (PP)
NOR Jancevski, (2) (Scalzo, Stewart), 6:12 (PP)
NOR Keller, (3) , 9:47 (PP)
BNG Hennessy, (5) (Dimitrakos, Mauldin), 11:40
BNG Hamel, (16) (Dimitrakos, Nycholat), 14:14 (PP)
BNG Nycholat, (2) (Dimitrakos), 16:35
BNG Yablonski, (3) , 19:54 (EN)
The Admirals did a great job rallying to take the lead in the third period only to completely self destruct in the final 10 minutes of the contest.
The scoring could have been even higher had a premature whistle in the first period not nullified a goal that trickled through Binghamton's netminder that would've made it 3-0 Norfolk.
In any event, the positives to take away are the continued strong play of prospect Justin Keller and PTO Adam Henrich. Henrich had 1 goal and 7 shots on goal while Keller finished with 1 goal, 1 assist and 8 shots on goal.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Friday night's highlights:
- Helenius finally breaks personal losing streak
- First Star Fadden nets 5 points; On his way to a 648 point season?
- Game delayed due to teddy bears
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 2-1 win over MODO.
After a mild post-Karjala scoring drought, Johan Harju appears to be back into the groove. Today he scored both of Lulea's goals in a 2-2 tie with Mora. Harju leaps into a tied for 3rd in the Elitserien in goals with 12 on the season along with, among others, former NHLers Jan Hrdina and Tommi Kallio.
Note: If any of our Russian readers have the box scores from yesterday's Omsk and Spartak matches, let me know.
Alexei Glukhov had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 penalty minutes as Cherepovets outlasted Ufa 6-5 on penalty shots. Through 32 games, Glukhov has 4 goals, 12 assists, 16 points, and 64 penalty minutes with an even rating this season.
Dimitri Kazionov had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes as Kazan defeated Khimik 3-1. Through 32 games the elder Kazionov has 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points, and 32 penalty minutes with a -4 rating. Vasily Koshechkin served as Robert Esche's backup in the match.
Anton But had 2 goals and 1 assist as St. Petersburg trounced Nizhnekamsk 4-1. Through 32 games, But has 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points, and 26 penalty minutes with a +6 rating.
Considering they only had one good period, getting a point is probably the best the Ads could expect.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 35 of 39 shots in the overtime loss. Norfolk was outshot 39-26 in the game.
NOR Lawrence, (4) , 10:49
ALB MacDonald, (1) (Carson, Nolan), 13:15
ALB Johnson, (5) (Bayda, Carson), 10:22
ALB Angelidis, (7) (Gove, Flood), 9:41
NOR Milley, (6) (Henrich), 10:30
NOR Henrich, (1) (Keller, Lawrence), 17:39
ALB Bayda, (6) (Aucoin), 4:36
Norfolk is two points out of the final playoff spot in the division with Binghamton holding 2 games in hand, so tomorrow night's game against the Senators has some obvious importance. Rumors last week placed a possible Karri Ramo return for the game tomorrow night, but seeing as Karl Goehring dressed as the backup tonight that remains to be seen.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Russia Selects 1 @ Team WHL 4
C Mitch Fadden, WHL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Russia finished the six game ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Series 2-4. The WHL avenged a 5-1 loss Wednesday night with a 4-1 win. Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden did not figure in the scoring.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (SO)
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (boarding), *Second Star*
Tyrell scored his 14th of the year at the end of the second period to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead over Vancouver before the Giants later sent the game to extra time. Prince George won the shootout 2-0.
Dana will be going back to elementary school on December 7 as part of a team promotion. Eight year-old Owen Stewart won a contest and will take Dana to class. More than 200 children applied for the honor.