The Sea Wolves split a pair games on the road this weekend in Augusta and Charlotte, picking up the team's first road win of the season.
Radek Smolenak picks up the game-winner in the win against Charlotte on Saturday night as Ryan Munce stops 26 enroute to the victory. Brandon Elliott racked up fightning majors in back-to-back games giving three FMs in the three games, and Stan Lascek picked up a marker in Friday night's loss in Augusta.
Friday, Nov 30
Ohio State 3 @ #2 Michigan 2
D Mich, Kevin Quick 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG.
Michigan(14-2-0) handed first home loss of the season. Goes 0 for 8 on the powerplay.
#11 Massachuettes 0 @ Cornell 0 ot
D UMASS, John Wessbecker 0-0-0, Even, 1 SOG.
The ties keep piling up. UMASS(6-3-5) fires 45 shots in the scoreless non-conference match-up with the Big Red.
Saturday, Dec 1
Ohio State 2 @ #2 Michigan 4
D Mich, Kevin Quick 0-0-0, Even
The Wolverines split the series, stay two points behind division leading Notre Dame in the CCHA.
UMASS plays host to the US Under-18 team in an exhibition game tonight.
A funny thing happens when you put forth an effort.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 28 of 29 shots faced for the victory.
You might've noticed there was no game thread for the Detroit game. That was not an accident. After sleepwalking for six period straight my attitude was that if the team didn't care, honestly, why should I?
Tonight, however, the effort level and the will to compete was back, and they put together a sold, convincing win against a club they traditionally struggle against. Funny that. The harder you work the better you get.
Mike Lundin blocked 1 shot in 17:56 of ice time as he remains on track for an early January graduation from prospect status. Tonight was his 26th NHL game, leaving him 15 short of the finish line by site criteria.
Mathieu Darche had 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 hits, 1 blocked shot, and a +1 rating in 18:12 of ice time. Now 19 games played into his season, Darche needs 22 more to graduate from prospect status, which could happen as early as mid January.
Ramo returns. Norfolk's defense and PK evaporates.
Karri Ramo started well stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first period but wore down in the second half of the game allowing 6 goals on the final 15 shots he faced. He finished the game with a total of 7 goals allowed on 33 shots faced. Tough way to come back.
NOR Stewart, (4) (Milley), 4:08
NOR Henrich, (2) (Keller, Scalzo), 9:30 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (15) (Carkner, Nikulin), 17:52 (PP)
BNG Bois, (5) (Zubov, Nycholat), 2:56 (PP)
BNG Carkner, (2) (Nycholat, Hennessy), 12:59 (PP)
BNG Zubov, (3) (Yablonski, Hennessy), 15:07
NOR Jancevski, (1) (Jones, Wanvig), 16:35 (PP)
NOR Jancevski, (2) (Scalzo, Stewart), 6:12 (PP)
NOR Keller, (3) , 9:47 (PP)
BNG Hennessy, (5) (Dimitrakos, Mauldin), 11:40
BNG Hamel, (16) (Dimitrakos, Nycholat), 14:14 (PP)
BNG Nycholat, (2) (Dimitrakos), 16:35
BNG Yablonski, (3) , 19:54 (EN)
The Admirals did a great job rallying to take the lead in the third period only to completely self destruct in the final 10 minutes of the contest.
The scoring could have been even higher had a premature whistle in the first period not nullified a goal that trickled through Binghamton's netminder that would've made it 3-0 Norfolk.
In any event, the positives to take away are the continued strong play of prospect Justin Keller and PTO Adam Henrich. Henrich had 1 goal and 7 shots on goal while Keller finished with 1 goal, 1 assist and 8 shots on goal.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.