Smolenak, Radek

AHL Game Night 4/1: Bears at Admirals

No quit in Norfolk.

HER-2
NOR-3

Craig Kowalski allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the win.

First Period
HER Bourque, (21) (Giroux, Kronwall), 0:51
NOR Jones, (18) (Konopka, Lundin), 14:55 (PP)
NOR Smolenak, (22) (Wishart, Segal), 16:36

Second Period
NOR Swanson, (1) (Wishart, Konopka), 10:48

Third Period
HER Giroux, (55) (Bourque, Kronwall), 1:01

ATO forward John Swanson, who was signed today out of St. Cloud State, potted the game winning goal in his first pro game and was named third star. Well played. Kowalski was the game's first star.

Radek Smolenak potted his 22nd goal of the season while Blair Jones inched closer to the 20 goal plateau by lighting the lamp for the 18th time this year. There are still questions about Jones' intensity, no doubt, but 20 goals has to make you stand up and take notice.

Ty Wishart returned to the ice for the first time in about three weeks and hit the scoresheet for helpers in duplicate for the first multi-point game of his pro career.

It kind of snuck up on me: but Mike Lundin has 26 points now in Norfolk. He has a very real opportunity to hit 30 points in about 50 AHL games with the Admirals. I know Darren Rumble really likes Lundin, but the question remains about how well he fits with what Rick Tocchet is trying to do in Tampa Bay. There's no doubt in my mind, though, that his time in the AHL this year has been beneficial to his development and some NHL team is going to reap the rewards next season with a better player.

Norfolk's win, its 30th of the season, and Albany's loss inches the Admirals within 1 point of climbing out of the division basement with 6 games to go in the season. The Admirals also improved to 20-14-4 on home ice with the victory. Norfolk's final two home games of the season are this weekend, meaning the worst the Admirals could finish on their home rink is 4 games over .500. However incremental it may be, there is progress in Norfolk, VA.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/20: Senators at Admirals

60 minutes. Nice.

BNG-2
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. The victory snaps a 5 game personal losing streak for Riku and raises his season save percentage back to .918.

First Period
NOR Konopka, (15) (Smolenak, Segal), 3:24
NOR Smolenak, (21) (Keller, Boyle), 12:45 (PP)
BNG Mauldin, (20) (Regin, Karlsson), 15:41 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Kinrade, (1) (Bochenski), 8:12
BNG Smith, (21) (Zubov, Kudelka), 11:52
NOR Konopka, (16) (Bochenski, Segal), 17:48 (PP)

The Admirals signed their first ATO, defenseman Geoff Kinrade out of Michagan Tech, and he paid instant dividends with the game winning goal.

Zenon Konopka, Kinrade, and Radek Smolenak were the game's three stars. Smolenak potted his 21st of the season in the win. Run up those numbers, young man.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/18: Senators at Admirals

The Admrials continue to experience third period collapses.

BNG-5
NOR-3

Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 39 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Simek, (7) (Konopka, Lundin), 10:49 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Karlsson, (7) (Mauldin, Regin), 10:51
BNG Weller, (4) , 15:12
NOR Smolenak, (20) , 17:05

Third Period
BNG Smith, (5) , 6:26 (PP)
BNG Mauldin, (19) (Regin, Smith), 7:05 (PP)
BNG Regin, (16) (Petruic), 9:17
NOR Lawrence, (5) (Keller, Zingoni), 14:46

Radek Smolenak scored his 20th goal and there was a third Chris Lawrence sighting. Accentuate the positive, I suppose.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/14: Admirals at Senators

Vengeance wore a blue jersey tonight.

NOR-5
BNG-2

Craig Kowalski allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Bochenski, (26) (Konopka), 19:53

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BNG Mauldin, (17) (Regin, Hamel), 0:16
NOR Smolenak, (19) (Lawrence, Quick), 0:53
NOR Simek, (6) (Jones, Henley), 1:23
NOR Zingoni, (4) (Konopka, Boyle), 1:52
NOR Jones, (17) (Simek, Hooton), 9:20
BNG Mauldin, (18) (Regin), 11:08

Kowalski and Radek Smolenak were the game's first and second stars. Smolenak is just one goal away from hitting 20 for the first time in his professional career. Meanwhile, Blair Jones moved just 3 goals shy of accomplishing the same feat.

Two Chris Lawrence sitings in as many nights?

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/27: Bruins at Admirals

Deserved better.

PRO-3
NOR-2

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 32 shots in the loss. Norfolk outshot Providence 42-32 in the game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Keller, (12) (Konopka, Helenius), 5:41

Third Period
PRO Marchand, (14) , 0:28
PRO Lehtonen, (20) (St. Pierre, Schaefer), 2:16
PRO St. Pierre, (13) , 2:51
NOR Smolenak, (17) (Mihalik, Segal), 9:58

Radek Smolenak was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Radek Smolenak

Basics

Position: 
Left Wing
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
203
Age: 
27
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#73) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Abottsford (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
09/11/2009
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$500 000

AHL Game Night 1/30: River Rats at Admirals

Smolenak is back, and in a big way.

ALB-1
NOR-4

Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 44 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Smolenak, (13) (Segal, Gratton), 9:44

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (16) (Lundin, Keller), 2:56
NOR Smolenak, (14) (Gratton), 3:07

Third Period
ALB Dwyer, (11) (Carson, Petruzalek), 7:42 (PP)
NOR Smolenak, (15) (Gratton, Mihalik), 11:13

Radek Smolenak, McKenna, and Chris Gratton were the game's three stars. Smolenak snaps an 11 game goal-less streak.

Norfolk moves to 3 games under .500.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/19: River Rats at Admirals

Fun game to watch if you're an Ads fan.

ALB-0
NOR-5

Mike McKenna stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (10) (Konopka, Jones), 13:50 (PP)
NOR Wishart, (1) , 16:54

Third Period
NOR Smolenak, (11) (Gratton, Lawrence), 2:44
NOR Downie, (3) , 3:26
NOR Mihalik, (2) (Downie, Gratton), 8:56 (PP)

McKenna, Radek Smolenak, and Ty Wishart were the game's three stars.

I thought the Admirals best two players were probably Steve Downie and Chris Gratton in the game. Gratton looks like a man among boys at this level. Smolenak was in the right place at the right time for a power play goal after a puck bounced off an Albany defender and then on a nice setup by Gratton with Smolenak crossing the top of the crease. I didn't see Gratton out the second half of the third period. Hopefully that was to let the old man kick back and relax as opposed to an injury.

Downie's goal came after he pickpocketed a River Rats defender and then blistered a shot off the wing high glove side. If I have a criticism of Downie's game, it's that he doesn't shoot enough. That said, he's too good for the AHL level. He needs to be in the NHL soon.

Wishart got his first pro goal on a little harmless looking snap shot that skimmed off an Albany defender on the way in and found the back of the net. Not the most artistic goal, but he'll take it. Vladimir Mihalik found a rebound in the high slot and pounded a slap shot five hole on Justin Peters for his tally. Soft goal by Peters, in my opinion. In both defensemen's cases, beggars can't be choosers and I'm sure they're glad just to light the lamp.

Kevin Quick is starting to get back on schedule developmentally. He still makes mistakes (darned near cost McKenna his shutout on one shift in the third) but he's starting to look like a real AHLer, and when he gets it cranked up on the rush you can squint and see a bit of the puck carrying d-man the Lightning organization always thought he could become.

Jay Rosehill is becoming a Grade A badass. I remember when he was a lost little lamb playing for Johnstown in the Coast. He was a manimal dropping the gloves tonight. He beat Mike Angelidis like Angelidis owed him money tonight.

Don't read too much into this game, mind you. Albany is a thin team that was playing without one of their best players and all of a sudden the Admirals are laiden with NHLers and prospects who were recently up and proved their close to being NHLers. This was not a fair fight. Tomorrow night against Philly will be a truer test on just how far this configuration of the Ads can go. Still too many neutral zone turnovers by the forwards and the young d wasn't really tested under fire much considering how non-existent Albany's forecheck was tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/17: River Rats at Admirals

Ramo back from the abyss?

ALB-1
NOR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Downie, (2) (Keller, Smaby), 5:57
NOR Smolenak, (9) (Jones, Gratton), 11:18 (PP)
ALB Ryan, (8) (Petruzalek, Dodge), 17:14

Third Period
NO SCORING

Radek Smolenak, Bracken Kearns, and Ramo were the game's three stars.

Chris Gratton made his debut for the Admirals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Smolenak Reassigned to Norfolk

Ahead of the pending return of Lightning center Jeff Halpern and forward Ryan Malone from injury, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospect forward Radek Smolenak to the Norfolk Admirals in a press release Sunday by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.

Smolenak, a 6-foot-3, 183-pound left wing from Prague, Czech Republic, skated in six games with the Lightning after earning his first NHL recall on December 2, recording an assist and 10 penalty minutes while averaging 8:20 in ice time. He made his NHL debut on December 2 at Philadelphia and recorded his first NHL point with an assist in that game.

Smolenak has appeared in 23 games for Norfolk this season, scoring eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. The 22-year-old remains Norfolk's leader and ranks seventh in the AHL in penalty minutes with 93 PIM.

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