Konopka, Zenon

AHL Game Night 1/9: Monarchs at Admirals

The Admirals dub thee the losing team.


Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Konopka, (8) (Potulny, Bochenski), 0:08
NOR Potulny, (6) (Gratton, Lundin), 17:06 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Konopka, (9) (Bochenski, Downie), 0:50 (PP)
MCH Moulson, (5) (Azevedo), 15:09 (PP)

Third Period
MCH Murphy, (4) (Murray, Collins), 1:42
NOR Kearns, (7) , 4:10
MCH Lewis, (10) (Moulson, Gauthier), 13:57 (PP)

Zenon Konopka and Brandon Bochenski were named the game's first and second stars.

Justin Keller was stopped on a third period penalty shot in the game.

Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 12/13: Lightning at Senators

There's not a worse team in the NHL on the forecheck than the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 32 shots and still had to eat the loss.

First Period

Second Period
05:04 OTT Picard (3), (Bell, Zubov)(PP)

Third Period
19:15 OTT Alfredsson (8), (Kuba, Fisher)(EN)

Jussi Jokinen hasn't won a battle along the wall in a month.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and a real nice fight with Chris Neil in 3:22.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 27% on draws. And, again, he was awesome. Good positionally. Great in terms of his effort and battle level. Szczechura is the exact same size as Jokinen and smaller than 75% of the forwards on this team and yet, consistently, he's been better along the wall and braver in the high traffic areas than most every other player on the Lightning team since his recall. That's high praise for Szczechura, and a condemnation of the rest of the Lightning team.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:43. Tocchet has been, rightfully, ramping down Stamkos' ice time. His decision making was better in this game, but he's still tip toeing around too much.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 12/11: Lightning at Canadiens

Those Quebecois boys sure do enjoy that home cooking.


Olaf Kolzig allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
05:34 MTL Brisebois (2), (Kovalev, Markov)(PP)
10:49 TB St. Louis (9), (Recchi, Lecavalier)
12:03 TB Lecavalier (12), (Meszaros, Krajicek)

Second Period
08:31 TB St. Louis (10), (Krajicek)(SH)

Third Period

Is it fixed? Not really. The Lightning were outshot 32-22 on the night. But, at least the streak is over, and it's nice to be a winner for a change.

Steve Downie had 1 shot in 7:21.

Zenon Konopka had a fight and 2 hits in 5:16.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 38% on draws in 13:39.

Radek Smolenak had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/26: Falcons at Admirals

Raise your hand if you like offense.


Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in the win.

First Period
NOR Jones, (3) (Jackson, Simek), 1:46
SPR Brule, (8) (Bisaillon, Trukhno), 7:06 (PP)
NOR Potulny, (1) (Jones, Konopka), 16:46 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (6) (Hutchinson, Jones), 0:49 (PP)
SPR Trukhno, (2) (Wild, Schremp), 3:11 (PP)
NOR Smaby, (1) (Szczechura, Segal), 18:44

Third Period
SPR McDonald, (3) (Schremp, Paukovich), 1:36
NOR Smolenak, (8) (Konopka, Segal), 2:18
NOR Bochenski, (7) (Potulny, Konopka), 8:30
SPR Roy, (1) (Bina, Brule), 15:30 (PP)

Brandon Bochenski, newcomer Grant Potulny, and Zenon Konopka were the game's three stars.

Blair Jones had a three point night as he is riding a mini hot streak with 6 points in the last 3 games. He has 13 points in 20 games now and he's on a pace to put up a career best season in points despite playing less minutes than he was last season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/15: Admirals at Monarchs

Good to the last shot.


Mike McKenna had a strong quality start allowing just 1 goal on 20 shots for his first win of the season.

First Period

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (4) (Konopka, Heward), 0:24 (PP)
MCH Purcell, (4) (Voynov), 7:13

Third Period
NOR Konopka, (5) (Ward), 19:55

Zenon Konopka and McKenna were the game's first and second star. Jonathan Quick, of the Connecticut Quicks, got third star honors for Manchester in defeat.

Norfolk outshot Manchester 27-20 in the game largely on the strength of a lopsided 13-2 shot total in the third period that ended with Konopka scoring the game winner with 5 seconds left on a lucky bounce out from behind the net. When you outwork a team like that when the chips are down, more often than not you get those bounces.

The win moves the Ads to 5-6-4 on the season with a chance to move to .500 tomorrow afternoon. They currently sit 3 points behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which is fourth in the division. Now, unfortunately, Norfolk's opponent tomorrow afternoon is the Providence Bruins, who have historically taken great pleasure in torturing the young Bolts over the past few seasons. It's a tough spot being the third game in three nights, especially with the short turnaround, and it'll be key for Karri Ramo, who I would presume will get back in tomorrow, to really be sharp to get the team over.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 11/11: Admirals at Devils

Good start to a long road trip.


Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots faced for the win.

First Period

Second Period
LOW Wiseman, (1) (Rheaume, DiSalvatore), 4:07 (PP)
NOR Heward, (2) (Jones, Downie), 5:05 (PP)
LOW DiSalvatore, (2) (Swift), 5:41
NOR Heward, (3) (Hutchinson, Downie), 10:56 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Segal, Ramo), 11:12

Third Period
LOW Zharkov, (4) (Corrente, Swift), 8:17
NOR Konopka, (4) (Downie, Hutchinson), 18:41

Jamie Heward was named the game's first star.

Steve Downie had his first point in an Admirals uniform on Heward's power play marker. Zenon Konopka has a three game goal scoring streak and not-so-coincidentally, the Admirals have a three game winning streak. Veteran Andrew Hutchinson also has had two multi-point games over that stretch. Now if the Ads can get Wyatt Smith and Brandon Bochenski off the milk carton, they'll really be cooking.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/8: Ice Hogs at Admirals



Karri Ramo allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the win.

First Period
RFD Pelletier, (5) (Kontiola, Skille), 2:33

Second Period

Third Period
NOR Segal, (7) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 3:35
NOR Konopka, (3) (Ward, Heward), 3:47
NOR Kearns, (2) , 19:13 (EN)

Rockford found out they were Marked for Death, as Brandon Segal was named the game's first star. Jason Ward was the game's second star after setting up third star Zenon Konopka's game winning goal.

Steve Downie was +1 with 9 penalty minutes in his Norfolk debut, including a fighting major with an unsportsmanlike conduct chaser.

This team started clicking this weekend thanks in part to Zenon Konopka snapping an eight game goalless drought to chip in goals in each of the games against Rockford. Norfolk is now 5 points back of fourth place Philadelphia in the division, and they will start a road trip through the Atlantic Division starting Tuesday against Lowell before back-to-back games against Manchester on Friday and Saturday. Both teams are under-.500 and give an opportunity for the 3-6-2 Admirals to start to climb the ladder.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 10/26: Admirals at Griffins

Tough road trip.


Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
GR Abdelkader, (4) (Haydar, Leino), 0:50
GR Haydar, (3) (Helm, Ericsson), 3:14 (PP)
NOR Zingoni, (1) (Jones, Hutchinson), 10:57
GR Abdelkader, (5) (Haydar, Leino), 16:39 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Simek, (1) , 0:45
NOR Segal, (4) (Szczechura, Smolenak), 2:02 (PP)
GR Oulahen, (2) (Leino), 18:15

Third Period
GR Pare, (2) , 15:54
GR Abdelkader, (6) (Emmerton, Stafford), 19:47 (EN)

If anybody finds Zenon Konopka or Wyatt Smith's scoring, please bring it to the lost and found.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Bochenski, Konopka Clear Waivers

Despite some concern of whether forwards Brandon Bochenski and Zenon Konopka would clear waivers, both forwards passed through unclaimed at noon on Monday and have been reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals. Bochenski and Konopka was cut from the Tampa Bay training camp on Thursday night just prior to the team leaving for its European season opener against the New York Rangers next weekend in Prague. Both had to wait until Saturday's beginning of the 2008-09 NHL waiver season. The two are expected to be two-thirds of the Admirals top line to start the 2008-09 season, with head coach Darren Rumble on record as saying that Konopka would serve as the team's captain if not claimed.

Preseason action continues for the 0-2-0-0 Admirals this Friday and Saturday when the Philadelphia Phantoms play back-to-back games at the Scope in Norfolk.

Bolts Reassign Smaby, Konopka, Bochenski

Per the Tampa Tribune, following the Thursday's preseason game with the New York Rangers, the Lightning made 3 more roster cuts prior to leaving for Europe.

Tampa reassigned prospect defenseman Matt Smaby and forwards Zenon Konopka and Brandon Bochenski to the Norfolk Admirals training camp. Konopka and Bochenski will have to clear waivers before the reassignment is completed, and the these two will be placed on waivers Friday morning.

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