The road trip ends with the repeated thuds of the Ads' shooters banging their heads against a wall.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.
LOW Bergfors, (3) (DiSalvatore, Vasyunov), 3:49 (PP)
NOR Jones, (2) (Hutchinson, Smith), 14:43 (PP)
LOW Corrente, (2) (Castonguay, Pelley), 12:44
LOW Pelley, (2) (Castonguay, Murphy), 11:04
LOW Pelley, (3) , 19:37 (EN)
Norfolk actually outshot Lowell by a staggering 44 to 24 margin, but couldn't solve the Devils' netminder to make a comeback. So ends a frustrating road trip in which the Admirals started to show what they can do offensively (with tonight's game excluded), but still can't manage to keep the puck out of the back of their own net.
It's not a huge hole for Norfolk (5-10-4) to climb out of quite yet. They're still within 4 points of Binghamton and Philadelphia in the race for the final playoff spot in the division. But, urgency needs to be setting in. It's understandable that the Admirals weren't able to make more headway on a two week road trip through the Northeast. However, the Ads start a three game homestand on Wednesday at The Scope against Springfield, and the results need to start coming in the friendly confines of the Hall of Doom.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
All 11 prospects were in action on Friday night ... Two earned First Star awards.
Results from all three of Tampa Bay's NCAA prospects.
Chris Lawrence and Kevin Quick were scoreless as the Lynx lost 2-1 to the Florida Everblades at James Brown Arena in Augusta. Riku Helenius backed up goaltender Mike Brodeur, who stopped 40 of 42 Blades shots. Helenius will likely get the Saturday night rematch against Florida, with Brodeur make in net Sunday afternoon. All signs indicate that Helenius has lost the #1 spot to Brodeur.
Florida 2 @ Augusta 1
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; E; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
Augusta falls to 5-6-1-1.
Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 35 shots for the win. Just don't ask him to win a shootout for you, and he's good to go.
04:57 TB Lecavalier (8), (Malone, Stamkos)(PP)
07:05 TB Lecavalier (9), (St. Louis)
10:40 NSH Tootoo (3), (Zanon)
12:17 TB Recchi (4), (Malik, Malone)
06:32 TB Prospal (4), (Malone, Stamkos)
Congratulations to Rick Tocchet on his first NHL win as a head coach. Now go get number two.
Steven Stamkos had 2 helpers and was +1 in 11:58 with 3 shots and 1 hit. He was also 0-for-3 on draws. Tonight's game was the second multi-point night of the young man's career. Now go get number three.