Konopka, Zenon

AHL Game Day 11/11: Admirals at Devils

Good start to a long road trip.

NOR-4
LOW-3

Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots faced for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
LOW Wiseman, (1) (Rheaume, DiSalvatore), 4:07 (PP)
NOR Heward, (2) (Jones, Downie), 5:05 (PP)
LOW DiSalvatore, (2) (Swift), 5:41
NOR Heward, (3) (Hutchinson, Downie), 10:56 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Segal, Ramo), 11:12

Third Period
LOW Zharkov, (4) (Corrente, Swift), 8:17
NOR Konopka, (4) (Downie, Hutchinson), 18:41

Jamie Heward was named the game's first star.

Steve Downie had his first point in an Admirals uniform on Heward's power play marker. Zenon Konopka has a three game goal scoring streak and not-so-coincidentally, the Admirals have a three game winning streak. Veteran Andrew Hutchinson also has had two multi-point games over that stretch. Now if the Ads can get Wyatt Smith and Brandon Bochenski off the milk carton, they'll really be cooking.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/8: Ice Hogs at Admirals

Momentum.

RFD-1
NOR-3

Karri Ramo allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the win.

First Period
RFD Pelletier, (5) (Kontiola, Skille), 2:33

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Segal, (7) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 3:35
NOR Konopka, (3) (Ward, Heward), 3:47
NOR Kearns, (2) , 19:13 (EN)

Rockford found out they were Marked for Death, as Brandon Segal was named the game's first star. Jason Ward was the game's second star after setting up third star Zenon Konopka's game winning goal.

Steve Downie was +1 with 9 penalty minutes in his Norfolk debut, including a fighting major with an unsportsmanlike conduct chaser.

This team started clicking this weekend thanks in part to Zenon Konopka snapping an eight game goalless drought to chip in goals in each of the games against Rockford. Norfolk is now 5 points back of fourth place Philadelphia in the division, and they will start a road trip through the Atlantic Division starting Tuesday against Lowell before back-to-back games against Manchester on Friday and Saturday. Both teams are under-.500 and give an opportunity for the 3-6-2 Admirals to start to climb the ladder.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 10/26: Admirals at Griffins

Tough road trip.

NOR-3
GR-6

Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
GR Abdelkader, (4) (Haydar, Leino), 0:50
GR Haydar, (3) (Helm, Ericsson), 3:14 (PP)
NOR Zingoni, (1) (Jones, Hutchinson), 10:57
GR Abdelkader, (5) (Haydar, Leino), 16:39 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Simek, (1) , 0:45
NOR Segal, (4) (Szczechura, Smolenak), 2:02 (PP)
GR Oulahen, (2) (Leino), 18:15

Third Period
GR Pare, (2) , 15:54
GR Abdelkader, (6) (Emmerton, Stafford), 19:47 (EN)

If anybody finds Zenon Konopka or Wyatt Smith's scoring, please bring it to the lost and found.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Bochenski, Konopka Clear Waivers

Despite some concern of whether forwards Brandon Bochenski and Zenon Konopka would clear waivers, both forwards passed through unclaimed at noon on Monday and have been reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals. Bochenski and Konopka was cut from the Tampa Bay training camp on Thursday night just prior to the team leaving for its European season opener against the New York Rangers next weekend in Prague. Both had to wait until Saturday's beginning of the 2008-09 NHL waiver season. The two are expected to be two-thirds of the Admirals top line to start the 2008-09 season, with head coach Darren Rumble on record as saying that Konopka would serve as the team's captain if not claimed.

Preseason action continues for the 0-2-0-0 Admirals this Friday and Saturday when the Philadelphia Phantoms play back-to-back games at the Scope in Norfolk.

Bolts Reassign Smaby, Konopka, Bochenski

Per the Tampa Tribune, following the Thursday's preseason game with the New York Rangers, the Lightning made 3 more roster cuts prior to leaving for Europe.

Tampa reassigned prospect defenseman Matt Smaby and forwards Zenon Konopka and Brandon Bochenski to the Norfolk Admirals training camp. Konopka and Bochenski will have to clear waivers before the reassignment is completed, and the these two will be placed on waivers Friday morning.

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