Segal, Brandon

NHL Game Night 3/3: Penguins at Lightning

Trade deadline tomorrow.

PIT-3
TB-1

Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the lost. He made some solid saves, but struggled with his rebound control. Still, I think if he gives the Lightning more games like this (.900+ save percentage and no softies) they'll be pretty satisfied.

First Period
07:38 PIT Kunitz (18), (Kennedy)
12:23 TB Prospal (17), (Lecavalier, Malone)
16:44 PIT Kunitz (19), (Sykora, Malkin)(PP)

Second Period
12:26 PIT Cooke (9), (Dupuis, Talbot)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts were held out pending likely trades or waiver claims tomorrow.

Matt Smaby was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 22:33.

David Koci was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 6:43. Pittsburgh's third goal was on him.

Brandon Segal had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:45. First impressions: he didn't look completely out of place as far his skating goes. If he gets more decisive when he goes to the wall, I think he could do some business up top.

Paul Szczechura had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:53.

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

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.

AHL Game Night 2/17: Admirals at Sound Tigers

Helenius is probably wishing he was paid by the save.

NOR-2
BRI-3 (OT)

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 45 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
BRI Bentivoglio, (6) (Lee, Callahan), 1:59
NOR Segal, (17) (Smolenak), 19:22

Second Period
NOR Segal, (18) (Smolenak), 12:27

Third Period
BRI Walter, (12) (Iggulden, McLean), 0:29 (PP)

Overtime
BRI Fraser, (6) (Smith, McLean), 4:39

Brandon Segal and Helenius were the game's second and third stars. Segal deserves a recall to Tampa Bay.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 2/15: Admirals at Sound Tigers

And that, folks, is why the Lightning spent a 15th overall pick on the kid.

NOR-2
BRI-1 (SO)

Riku Helenius was scintillating, stopping 41 of 42 shots in regulation and overtime before blanking all three Sound Tigers shooters in the penalty shot session for the win. Helenius improves to 2-3-0 with 1 shutout, a 2.12 GAA, and a .940 save percentage.

First Period
BRI Smith, (24) (McLean, Walter), 18:03 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Segal, (16) , 9:04 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Szczechura, Konopka, Segal
BRI- NONE

Helenius and Brandon Segal were the game's first and third stars.

Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500 despite having McKenna and Ramo up in the NHL. Impressive.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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