Keller, Justin

AHL Game Night 3/11: Admirals at River Rats

Third period collapse.

NOR-3
ALB-5

Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 36 shots for the loss. He had a shutout through 40 minutes and ended up taking the "L."

First Period
NOR Segal, (22) (Zingoni), 15:41
NOR Keller, (15) (Jones, Konopka), 16:35 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
ALB Samson, (17) (Carson, Dodge), 6:11
ALB Clarke, (3) (Weston, Angelidis), 11:57
ALB Roy, (1) (Dodge, Samson), 16:11
ALB Dwyer, (18) (Tifu, Petruzalek), 16:57
NOR Konopka, (13) (Keller), 18:43
ALB Dwyer, (19) (Angelidis, Carson), 19:14 (EN)

The Admirals were led in shots by Blair Jones and Justin Keller who each had 7 a piece.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/7: Devils at Admirals

Ahhhh, so that's what a team playing like it has some pride looks like.

LOW-1
NOR-2

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 27 shots for the win to even his season record at 7-7-0. His .934 save percentage is gaudy.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Jones, (16) (Konopka, Lundin), 2:23 (PP)
LOW Bergfors, (16) (Magnan), 12:18
NOR Keller, (14) (Jones, Potulny), 17:06 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Blair Jones, Helenius, and Justin Keller were the game's three stars.

Jones has 5 goals and 6 points over the past 3 games and over the past 10 games he has 6 goals and 12 points. Keller is now 1 goal shy of his AHL career best and over the past 18 games he has 9 goals and 18 points. Both players are in the final years of their entry level deals and are playing to prove they have some sort of future in the organization. Lately, they've played well enough that, in my mind, they've earned a few games at the NHL level to show management what they can do against the big boys. Jones, in particular, is a guy who I think can compete at the next level if he approaches the game the right way.

The Admirals move back to 4 games under .500 for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Justin Keller

Basics
Position: 
Left Wing
Height: 
5.11
Weight: 
182
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 8 (#245) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Norfolk (AHL)
Contract
Signing Date: 
05/23/2006
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$500 000

AHL Game Night 2/21: Senators at Admirals

Keller is also getting in line for a recall.

BNG-2
NOR-4

Riku Helenius stopped 24 of 26 shots for the win to even his record at 4-4-0 this season. He is now sitting on 1 shutout, a 2.18 GAA, and a .938 save percentage. What's the definition of a "good problem" to have? Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna acquitting themselves fairly well in the NHL while your young #1 starter is out injured, Helenius playing well in the AHL, and young Dustin Tokarski standing on his head in junior. That is a "good problem" to have.

First Period
BNG Mauldin, (12) (Regin, Hamel), 11:54
BNG Mauldin, (13) (Fata, Regin), 17:56

Second Period
NOR Potulny, (8) (Brookbank, Jones), 1:27
NOR Jones, (11) (Lundin, Konopka), 14:44 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (21) (Keller, Konopka), 3:43
NOR Keller, (11) (Bochenski), 11:08

Brandon Bochenski, Justin Keller, and Zenon Konopka were the game's three stars.

I find it fascinating that, despite spotting him a significant head start, Keller has caught Blair Jones in the goal department. Jones still has a mammoth lead on Keller in assists and a better points per game number, but that may be a little inflated with power play assists with Blair playing the point position so much. This may be another really good problem for the Lightning organization to have if Keller and Jones continue to hit the scoresheet and, along with Brandon Segal, continue to push for late season recalls.

For those who have been wondering, Vladimir Mihalik has been out with a nasty concussion.

Norfolk climbs back to 3 games under .500. I think the season would be considered a success, given the rocky beginnings, if the team could climb to a winning record. It could be the foundation of a return to the playoffs next season with the Admirals getting an injection of a little more speed and skill with guys like Dana Tyrell coming on board.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/20: Senators at Admirals

Is there a player hotter than Segal these days?

BNG-2
NOR-5

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Rosehill, (4) (Potulny, Quick), 4:35 (PP)
NOR Keller, (9) (Bochenski, Jones), 12:49 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Hamel, (19) (Regin, Karlsson), 1:39 (PP)
NOR Segal, (20) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 15:44

Third Period
NOR Keller, (10) (Bochenski), 7:36
NOR Segal, (21) (Smolenak, Quick), 16:06
BNG Kudelka, (7) , 19:59

Justin Keller, Brandon Bochenski, and Brandon Segal were the game's three stars. Other hopeful omens? Kevin Quick with a multi-point night.

Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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