Norfolk Admirals

AHL Game Night 10/26: Phantoms at Admirals

The Ads played a spirited first 45 minutes, but faded in the final 15.

PHI-6
NOR-3

Ryan Munce allowed 5 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Taylor, (3) (Klinkhammer, Mihalik), 15:00

Second Period
PHI Matsumoto, (4) (Picard, Ross), 2:47 (PP)
PHI Greentree, (3) (Matsumoto, Bartulis), 3:08 (PP)
PHI Zingoni, (3) (Cabana, Picard), 15:14 (SH)
NOR Jones, (2) (Wanvig, Milley), 15:43 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Collymore, (1) (Keller, Lawrence), 1:50
PHI Cabana, (1) (Picard), 5:08
PHI Ross, (2) (Tolpeko, Zingoni), 8:20 (PP)
PHI Guenin, (1) (Boucher), 19:15 (EN/SH)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Smaby Assigned to Norfolk

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Lightning has assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

Smaby, who made his NHL debut on October 4 against New Jersey, has recorded four penalty minutes in four games.

A Minnesota native and University of North Dakota product, Smaby spent a majority of last season at Springfield in the AHL, registering two tallies and 16 points in 66 contests. He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2003 draft.

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times speculates Smaby could return to Tampa after a three-game weekend with the Admirals and that this move looks to be unrelated to Dan Boyle returning.

Possible Conditioning Stint In Craig's Future

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib reports that Bolt Prospects alumni Ryan Craig, who is recovering from a back injury, may be sent down to Norfolk of the AHL for a conditioning stint before returning to the lineup for the Lightning. Craig last played in the AHL during the 2005-2006 campaign when he scored 12 goals and 22 points in 28 games for the Springfield Falcons.

Help on the way for Norfolk?

The St. Petersburg Times reported today Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle could play later this week. Also in the report was the fact Bolt Prospects alumnus Ryan Craig is participating in full practices after being out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back.

Andreas Karlsson, who has not played due to a strained oblique, has been practicing with the team but Mathieu Darche's strong play in Craig and Karlsson's absence has kept Karlsson out of the lineup. Darche is also making a strong case for a permanent spot in Tampa.

With Craig's return, if a forward is sent down it may be former Admiral Craig MacDonald. It's unlikely at this point Karlsson or Darche would be demoted.

Boyle's return and Mike Lundin's strong play means either Doug Janik or prospect Matt Smaby will be sent to Norfolk in the coming weeks. The two have been platooning as the No.6 in Tampa.

Two Up/Two Down

TheAHL.com is reporting the Norfolk Admirals have recalled D Jay Rosehill and W/D Brett Angel from Mississippi of the ECHL. To make room for the two, the Admirals have reassigned RW Marek Kvapil and LW Zbynek Hrdel to Mississippi.

Hat tip to Randy of AdmiralsZone.com.

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