The Lightning continue to be the antithesis of clutch.
Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 27 shots in the loss.
10:02 BUF Stafford (4), (Gaustad)
13:05 TB St. Louis (7), (Lecavalier, Krajicek)
09:46 BUF Vanek (19), (Roy, Stafford)
10:21 TB Ranger (2), (Lecavalier, Prospal)
14:41 BUF Hecht (3), (Mair, Lydman)
15:20 TB Prospal (6), (Malik, St. Louis)
10:03 BUF Roy (7), (Numminen, Stafford)
Vets played better. The effort was there. The results weren't.
Steve Downie was -1 with 4 hits in 9:24, and lost a fight to Adam Mair.
Matt Smaby had 1 hit in 8:32, and was caught in no man's land on Buffalo's second goal. Tonight was the kind of night that gets you reassigned to the minors, in my opinion.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 15:21. He was also 71% on draws, and was the best among the recent callups tonight.
Steven Stamkos had 4 shots and was 67% on draws in 19:28. The Lightning look like they're starting to work the puck more to him on the power play, and the kid has a great shot. Frustratingly, it's still not finding twine yet.
Who would've predicted this after last night's debacle?
Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 32 shots in the win.
NOR Potulny, (3) (Bochenski, Konopka), 3:31 (PP)
NOR Kearns, (5) (Mihalik, Heward), 7:47
NOR Kearns, (6) (Simek, Ward), 16:54
BRI Smith, (10) (MacDonald, McLean), 0:23 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (10) (Konopka, Potulny), 10:37 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (11) (Potulny, Konopka), 11:43 (PP)
NOR Segal, (9) (Ward), 9:00 (SH)
BRI Smith, (11) (Walter, Iggulden), 13:06 (PP)
BRI Iggulden, (14) (Smith, McLean), 17:51 (PP)
Brandon Bochesnki, Bracken Kearns, and Grant Potulny were the game's three stars.
Norfolk was an outstanding 3-for-4 on the power play.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Fadden (pictured) and Tyrell exhibit their Christmas spirit by assisting others - a combined seven times. Courtnall continues to punch people.
North Dakota Fighting Sioux 10 @ Harvard Crimson 1
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 22 PIM
Yikes. Both clubs are under .500 for the year. Matt Smabyâ€™s alma mater improved to 6-8-1 with the blowout win. Harvard is a pedestrian 4-5-2. Both received votes for the latest USCHO poll, though they are out of the top-25.
USA U-18 Team 4 @ No.12 Vermont Catamounts 6 (Exhibition)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
UConn Huskies 1 @ UMass Minutemen 4
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-2-2, +11, 10 PIM
Top to bottom awful.
Karri Ramo allowed 7 goals on 40 shots for the loss before being pulled for Mike McKenna who allowed 1 goal on 3 shots. Ramo looked like he responded well the last game out but wilted under a barrage of River Rats shots in the third period tonight.
ALB Dwyer, (4) (Blanchard, Rodney), 4:30
ALB Samson, (6) (Petruzalek, Rodney), 13:14
ALB Chaput, (4) (Carson, Dwyer), 13:32 (PP)
ALB Ryan, (4) (Petruzalek, Angelidis), 9:21
NOR Curadeau, (2) (Jones), 12:48 (PP)
ALB Angelidis, (6) (Blanchard, Dwyer), 4:13
ALB Helminen, (5) (Samson, Jensen), 5:06
ALB Angelidis, (7) (Dwyer), 11:17
ALB Dodge, (3) (Bordeleau, Flood), 11:56
They need to find a veteran defenseman and get him into Norfolk promptly. Ramo's partially to blame for the Admirals poor goals against this season, but it's also a product of rookies playing the inexperienced young pros on defense (AKA the dumb leading the blind). Tonight's Ty Wishart/Andy Rogers pairing was a combined -7, and bear in mind they were on the ice for Matieu Curadeau's goal, so they were actually worse than that number defensively.
Darren Rumble has a real challenge now trying to keep his club focused as the season is starting to come unravelled between trades, callups, bad defense, and bad goaltending. It's tough to keep the fighting spirit under bad conditions.
Box score from TheAHL.com.