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AHL Game Day 11/22: Admirals at Devils

The road trip ends with the repeated thuds of the Ads' shooters banging their heads against a wall.

NOR-1
LOW-4

Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
LOW Bergfors, (3) (DiSalvatore, Vasyunov), 3:49 (PP)
NOR Jones, (2) (Hutchinson, Smith), 14:43 (PP)

Second Period
LOW Corrente, (2) (Castonguay, Pelley), 12:44

Third Period
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.

Bolts to recall Ramo and either Heward or Hutchinson

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.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/21

All 11 prospects were in action on Friday night ... Two earned First Star awards.

NCAA Game Night: 11/21

Results from all three of Tampa Bay's NCAA prospects.

Downie Makes His Debut

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 Phantoms’ bloggers – 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 Ottawa’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 Worchester’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.

ECHL Game Night 11/21: Everblades at Lynx

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.

NHL Game Night 11/21: Predators at Lightning

Efficient.

NSH-1
TB-4

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.

First Period
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)

Second Period
06:32 TB Prospal (4), (Malone, Stamkos)

Third Period
NO SCORING

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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/21: Admirals at Falcons

A wild west (Massachusetts) shootout.

NOR-6
SPR-7

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.

First Period
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)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
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.

Downie Gets Three Game Suspension

The American Hockey League today announced that Tampa right wing prospect Steve Downie has been suspended for three (3) games as a result of his actions in a game at Worcester on Nov. 19. Downie was accessed a major penalty for boarding Shark's defenseman Kyle McLaren during the 2nd period of Wednesday night's game, and subsequently fought Worcester's Jason Demers after the hit.

Downie was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 29.1 (supplementary discipline).

Downie will miss Norfolk's games tonight (Nov. 21) at Springfield, Saturday (Nov. 22) at Lowell and Wednesday (Nov. 26) vs. Springfield.

Koci Reclaimed Off Waivers

The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed overaged left wing prospect David Koci off of waivers from the St. Louis Blues organization. Koci was lost to the Blues via waivers earlier in the season when the Lightning waived Koci with the intention of reassigning him Norfolk (AHL).

According the Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, there were numerous claims registered for Koci, which means the Lightning cannot reassign him to Norfolk without placing him back on waivers.

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