Konopka, Zenon

AHL Game Night 1/9: Monarchs at Admirals

The Admirals dub thee the losing team.

MAN-3
NOR-4

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Konopka, (8) (Potulny, Bochenski), 0:08
NOR Potulny, (6) (Gratton, Lundin), 17:06 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Konopka, (9) (Bochenski, Downie), 0:50 (PP)
MCH Moulson, (5) (Azevedo), 15:09 (PP)

Third Period
MCH Murphy, (4) (Murray, Collins), 1:42
NOR Kearns, (7) , 4:10
MCH Lewis, (10) (Moulson, Gauthier), 13:57 (PP)

Zenon Konopka and Brandon Bochenski were named the game's first and second stars.

Justin Keller was stopped on a third period penalty shot in the game.

Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 12/13: Lightning at Senators

There's not a worse team in the NHL on the forecheck than the Tampa Bay Lightning.

TB-0
OTT-2

Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 32 shots and still had to eat the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
05:04 OTT Picard (3), (Bell, Zubov)(PP)

Third Period
19:15 OTT Alfredsson (8), (Kuba, Fisher)(EN)

Jussi Jokinen hasn't won a battle along the wall in a month.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and a real nice fight with Chris Neil in 3:22.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 27% on draws. And, again, he was awesome. Good positionally. Great in terms of his effort and battle level. Szczechura is the exact same size as Jokinen and smaller than 75% of the forwards on this team and yet, consistently, he's been better along the wall and braver in the high traffic areas than most every other player on the Lightning team since his recall. That's high praise for Szczechura, and a condemnation of the rest of the Lightning team.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 3 hits in 11:43. Tocchet has been, rightfully, ramping down Stamkos' ice time. His decision making was better in this game, but he's still tip toeing around too much.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 12/11: Lightning at Canadiens

Those Quebecois boys sure do enjoy that home cooking.

TB-3
MTL-1

Olaf Kolzig allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
05:34 MTL Brisebois (2), (Kovalev, Markov)(PP)
10:49 TB St. Louis (9), (Recchi, Lecavalier)
12:03 TB Lecavalier (12), (Meszaros, Krajicek)

Second Period
08:31 TB St. Louis (10), (Krajicek)(SH)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Is it fixed? Not really. The Lightning were outshot 32-22 on the night. But, at least the streak is over, and it's nice to be a winner for a change.

Steve Downie had 1 shot in 7:21.

Zenon Konopka had a fight and 2 hits in 5:16.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 38% on draws in 13:39.

Radek Smolenak had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/26: Falcons at Admirals

Raise your hand if you like offense.

SPR-4
NOR-6

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in the win.

First Period
NOR Jones, (3) (Jackson, Simek), 1:46
SPR Brule, (8) (Bisaillon, Trukhno), 7:06 (PP)
NOR Potulny, (1) (Jones, Konopka), 16:46 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (6) (Hutchinson, Jones), 0:49 (PP)
SPR Trukhno, (2) (Wild, Schremp), 3:11 (PP)
NOR Smaby, (1) (Szczechura, Segal), 18:44

Third Period
SPR McDonald, (3) (Schremp, Paukovich), 1:36
NOR Smolenak, (8) (Konopka, Segal), 2:18
NOR Bochenski, (7) (Potulny, Konopka), 8:30
SPR Roy, (1) (Bina, Brule), 15:30 (PP)

Brandon Bochenski, newcomer Grant Potulny, and Zenon Konopka were the game's three stars.

Blair Jones had a three point night as he is riding a mini hot streak with 6 points in the last 3 games. He has 13 points in 20 games now and he's on a pace to put up a career best season in points despite playing less minutes than he was last season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/15: Admirals at Monarchs

Good to the last shot.

NOR-2
MAN-1

Mike McKenna had a strong quality start allowing just 1 goal on 20 shots for his first win of the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (4) (Konopka, Heward), 0:24 (PP)
MCH Purcell, (4) (Voynov), 7:13

Third Period
NOR Konopka, (5) (Ward), 19:55

Zenon Konopka and McKenna were the game's first and second star. Jonathan Quick, of the Connecticut Quicks, got third star honors for Manchester in defeat.

Norfolk outshot Manchester 27-20 in the game largely on the strength of a lopsided 13-2 shot total in the third period that ended with Konopka scoring the game winner with 5 seconds left on a lucky bounce out from behind the net. When you outwork a team like that when the chips are down, more often than not you get those bounces.

The win moves the Ads to 5-6-4 on the season with a chance to move to .500 tomorrow afternoon. They currently sit 3 points behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which is fourth in the division. Now, unfortunately, Norfolk's opponent tomorrow afternoon is the Providence Bruins, who have historically taken great pleasure in torturing the young Bolts over the past few seasons. It's a tough spot being the third game in three nights, especially with the short turnaround, and it'll be key for Karri Ramo, who I would presume will get back in tomorrow, to really be sharp to get the team over.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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