It's getting better, but still not quite there.
Mike Smith was the hard luck shootout loser stopping 21 of 21 in regulation and overtime before allowing 1 of 3 in the penalty shot session.
The Lightning outshot Minnesota 32-21 in the game.
Janne Niskala had 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:37.
David Koci had 4 penalty minutes in 0:41 of ice time (3 shifts).
Steven Stamkos had 4 shots and 2 hits and was 50% on draws in 13:56. He also failed to convert in the shootout session.
The wheels came off for Norfolk in the final frame.
Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 41 shots in the loss as the Admirals tasted defeat at the hands of their former mate, Marc Denis.
HAM D'Agostini, (1) (Lehoux, Valentenko), 11:59 (PP)
NOR Segal, (2) (Szczechura, Jones), 18:00
NOR Smolenak, (3) (Bochenski), 18:13
HAM D'Agostini, (2) (Trotter), 2:02
HAM Glumac, (2) (Desharnais), 5:57 (PP)
HAM Glumac, (3) (Desharnais, Henry), 9:54
HAM Weber, (2) (Maxwell, D'Agostini), 11:44 (PP)
NOR Segal, (3) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 13:59
HAM Russell, (1) (Henry), 18:45 (EN)
Radek Smolenak was named the game's third star after recording a Gordie Howe hat trick.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No.7 Miami Redhawks 3 @ No.17 Vermont Catamounts 4
C/W Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Vermont got the game winner late in the third from undersized Justin Milo, a Cornell transfer who plays in the outfield for the Catamountsâ€™ baseball team. It was his third goal of the season.
Tyrell gets a First Star ... Witkowski makes Fargo debut ... Tokarski another win
Augusta drops its 2008-09 season opener to Tampa's former ECHL affiliate. Recently assigned goaltender Riku Helenius did not play. Joel Martin allowed 4 goals on only 18 shots. Kevin Quick, who started on the blueline paired with newly acquired defenseman Brock Wilson, was held pointless and -2 with 3 shots.
Former Lightning goaltending prospect Ryan Munce, who signed with Mississippi as a free agent, stopped 39 of 41 Augusta shots enroute to second star honors. Munce picks up where he left off last season as the Sea Wolves goalie. Augusta continues its season Saturday night on the road against the South Carolina Stingrays.