Rogers, Andy

AHL Game Night 1/2: Admirals at Sharks

The Lightning injury problems trickle down to the farm.

NOR-1
WOR-5

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 19 shots before giving way to Riku Helenius who made his AHL debut allowing just 1 goal on 12 shots in the third period.

First Period
NOR Lundin, (1) (Gratton, Henley), 13:25
WOR Armstrong, (11) (Wilson, Kaspar), 18:58 (PP)

Second Period
WOR Armstrong, (12) (Desjardins, Westgarth), 2:47
WOR Fornataro, (2) (Vesce, Traverse), 14:37
WOR Vesce, (11) (Desjardins, Greiss), 19:26 (SH)

Third Period
WOR Armstrong, (13) (Desjardins, Lemieux), 16:40 (PP)

The Admirals were in a very tough spot with Vladimir Mihalik and Matt Smaby up in Tampa and Andy Rogers still hurt. Outside of Mike Lundin they had rookie Darryl Boyle, rookie Scott Jackson, virtual rookie Kevin Quick, and two converted ex-defensemen in Brent Henley and Jay Rosehill. Between that and some flukey goals by the Sharks and the Admirals were in a really tough position.

Why not Ty Wishart, you ask? Erik Erlendsson reports with Lukas Krajicek and Paul Ranger still hurt and Jamie Heward having had his clock cleaned in Washington, Wishart will make his NHL debut Saturday night against Carolina. Andrej Meszaros may have to play 30-35 minutes tomorrow night.

1/3 Update: Wishart has been recalled by Tampa Bay.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/5: Admirals at River Rats

Top to bottom awful.

NOR-1
ALB-8

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.

First Period
ALB Dwyer, (4) (Blanchard, Rodney), 4:30
ALB Samson, (6) (Petruzalek, Rodney), 13:14
ALB Chaput, (4) (Carson, Dwyer), 13:32 (PP)

Second Period
ALB Ryan, (4) (Petruzalek, Angelidis), 9:21
NOR Curadeau, (2) (Jones), 12:48 (PP)

Third Period
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.

Lightning Send Six to Admirals Camp

Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have made six training camp cuts following Saturday night's first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All six are being sent the Norfolk Admirals training camp and will join the current roster which starts on Monday. The six players include Lightning prospects Blair Jones, Brandon Segal, Chris Lawrence, and Andy Rogers. The remaining two cuts include free agent invitees Jamie Heward and Sean O'Connor.

Heward had previously said that he if he could not make an NHL roster, he would return to Europe instead of playing North American minor league hockey. It is unknown if Heward will report to the Admirals training camp.

NHL Preseason Game Night 9/20: Lightning at Penguins

Norfolk defeats Pittsburgh.

TB-5
PIT-4 (SO)

First Period
Pittsburgh 0:51, Jordan Staal 1 (Evgeni Malkin, Ben Lovejoy)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 3:50, Janne Niskala 1 (Brandon Bochenski, Jussi Jokinen)
Tampa Bay 7:06, Wyatt Smith 1 (Matt Smaby)
Tampa Bay 8:40, Brandon Bochenski 1 (Radek Smolenak, Jussi Jokinen)
Pittsburgh 15:18, Petr Sykora 1 (power play) (Miroslav Satan, Jordan Staal)

Third Period
Pittsburgh 10:11, Petr Sykora 2 (power play) (Janne Pesonen, Alex Goligoski)
Pittsburgh 17:06, Sidney Crosby 1 (shorthanded) (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 18:41, Brandon Bochenski 2 (Janne Niskala)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
Tampa Bay- Jokinen, Stamkos
Pittsburgh- NONE

Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session.

This is as significant a win as you can get in the first matchup of preseason in September. The Lightning iced a team that basically represented the bulk of their players ticketed for Norfolk of the AHL while the Pens essentially iced their NHL regulars. This is a Pens team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last season and the Lightning prospects and AHL pros gave them all they could handle and more en route to victory. It speaks volumes for the future of this franchise.

Lots of prospects in this game:

Lawton Impressed With Lawrence, Rogers

TBL.com sat down with the Lightning's Brian Lawton following this week's Prospect Camp to get a feel for which prospects not named Stamkos raised some eyebrows. Getting special props from Lawton were Andy Rogers and Chris Lawrence.

“Chris Lawrence really surprised us, as did Andy Rogers. They are the perfect example of guys who just needed a fresh start and both responded very well. You can expect to see them in our main camp in Tampa and in exhibition games this year. We expect both of them to take a dramatic upswing in their careers.”

Lawton also praised new defensive prospect Ty Wishart acquired in the trade with San Jose for Dan Boyle. “Ty’s been a terrific surprise – he’s got such good size and mobility with strong stick and puck skills. He’s a lot further along than we thought when we made the trade for him.”

Other prospects specifically called out by Lawton include Riku Helenius, Mitch Fadden, Alex Killorn, Scott Jackson, Justin Courtnall, and Norfolk blueliner Darryl Boyle.

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