Ramo, Karri

AHL Game Night 12/2: Admirals at River Rats

Ramo responds... sort of.

ALB-3 (SO)

Karri Ramo only allowed 2 goals on 37 shots in the game before allowing 4 of 8 shooters to tally for the shootout loss.

First Period
ALB Blanchard, (4) (Rodney, Flood), 11:42 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Bochenski), 9:42
ALB Chaput, (3) (Petruzalek, Ryan), 11:51

Third Period
NOR Jones, (5) , 5:47


NOR- Bochenski, Konopka, Heward
ALB- Ryan, Chaput, Rodney (x2)

Blair Jones was named the game's second star.

Ramo got back in after sitting the last game and living under the threat of a Riku Helenius recall, so his play in regulation and overtime was a reasonably encouraging response. He's still struggling in shootouts, but he and the Admirals did manage to get eight shooters deep into the extra session. Baby steps, I suppose. In any event, I hope this is the beginning of a run similar to what Ramo did in Tampa late last season when John Tortorella publicly embarassed Karri. I suspect Admirals GM Mike Butters would be more than happy if Ramo, to paraphrase the immortal Vaclav Prospal, "stuck it up his butt" and started a hot streak here. Knock on wood.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/29: Penguins at Admirals

You fear Matt Smaby.

NOR-4 (OT)

Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 23 shots before being pulled in favor of Mike McKenna who stopped 4 of 4 shots the rest of the way for the win.

First Period
NOR Konopka, (7) (Bochenski, Smaby), 4:33
WBS Letestu, (1) (Stone, Thomas), 7:52

Second Period
WBS Caputi, (4) (Richmond, Jeffrey), 8:33
WBS Mormina, (1) (Taffe, Minard), 15:14

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (9) (Heward, Konopka), 1:29 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (11) (Ward, Segal), 14:54

NOR Smaby, (2) (Rogers, Segal), 2:13

Smaby and Brandon Bochenski were the game's first and second stars.

Kudos to Darren Rumble for shaming his team by pulling Ramo after the second period. Norfolk responded by outshooting the Penguins 22-4 the rest of the way and tallying three unanswered goals to finish their home stand at 2-1-0.

Matt Smaby has 2 goals and 3 points in his last two games, sandwiched with a Turkey Day trip home to Minnesota. You get the feeling he, like several of his Admirals prospect teammates, is starting to turn the corner and line up for a callup and a real shot at the NHL later this season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/28: Penguins at Admirals

It was an inexplicably passive third period.


Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Thomas, (2) (Letestu, Richmond), 16:12 (PP)
NOR Boyle, (2) (Simek, Kearns), 19:39

Second Period
WBS James, (7) (Jeffrey), 12:59 (SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Konopka, Bochenski), 19:16 (PP)

Third Period
WBS James, (8) (Lovejoy, Caputi), 10:57
WBS Taffe, (12) (Caputi, Wallace), 16:35
NOR Bochenski, (8) (Konopka, Potulny), 19:31

Brandon Bochenski was named the game's second star.

I'm absolutely flabbergasted. Norfolk played 40 minutes of very solid hockey only to come out flat as a pancake in the final period to take the loss. It's a tough one to take. Maybe it was expecting too much considering the team had 4 players called up, but they played so well in the first couple of periods its shocking how badly they got rolled in the third.

Blair Jones extended his point streak to 4 games with a power play goal. Jones, a righty shot, is once again being used on the point on the power play as he has been from time to time in his professional career, and the Admirals seem to be running a lot of their PP set pieces through Jones and his ever improving point shot. His goal tonight came with Vladimir Mihalik being used in front of the net as a king-sized screen.

Norfolk squares off with the Penguins again tomorrow night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/26: Falcons at Admirals

Raise your hand if you like offense.


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.

Ramo Reassigned to Norfolk; Henley Recalled from Lynx

Lightning GM Brian Lawton announced today that goaltending prospect Karri Ramo has been reassigned from Tampa Bay to the Norfolk Admirals (AHL). The Admirals resume play Wednesday night against the Springfield Falcons at home. Ramo was recalled after Saturday's Norfolk game and played in relief of starter Olaf Kolzig in Sunday night's game against the New Jersey Devils.

NHL Game Night 11/23: Devils at Lightning

That was so ugly, they might want to burn the new alternate jerseys.


Olaf Kolzig was lifted after allowing 5 goals on 28 shots for the loss before giving way to Karri Ramo who allowed 2 goals on 17 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
01:44 NJ Rupp, (Salmela, Clarkson)
17:37 NJ Parise (13), (Leach, Salmela)

Second Period
01:58 NJ Zubrus (3), (Langenbrunner, Paul Martin)
04:34 NJ Zubrus (4), (Elias, White)
11:39 NJ Gionta (6), (unassisted)
13:08 TB Vrbata (2), (Prospal, Craig)
14:40 TB St. Louis (5), (Lecavalier)
16:42 TB Malone (4), (unassisted)(PS)

Third Period
07:21 NJ Zubrus (5), (Elias)
14:38 NJ Zubrus (6), (Gionta, Elias)

Zubrus would be a Hall of Famer if all you looked at were his games against the Lightning.

The Lightning were outshot 45-29 in the game.

Steven Stamkos was -1 in 13:58 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 50% on draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day 11/22: Admirals at Devils

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.

First Period
LOW Bergfors, (3) (DiSalvatore, Vasyunov), 3:49 (PP)
NOR Jones, (2) (Hutchinson, Smith), 14:43 (PP)

Second Period
LOW Corrente, (2) (Castonguay, Pelley), 12:44

Third Period
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.

Bolts to recall Ramo and either Heward or Hutchinson

The St. Pete Times is reporting that Lightning GM Brian Lawton has indicated that Bolt goaltending prospect Karri Ramo will be recalled prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the New Jersey Devils. Ramo will backup starter Olaf Kolzig while netminder Mike Smith nurses a lower body injury that has been nagging him for a few games.

Along with Ramo, Lawton indicated that either Jamie Heward or Andrew Hutchinson would be recalled to fill in for blueliner Lukas Krajicek, who suffered a lower body injury during the Lightning's 4-1 victory over Nashville Friday night. Both Heward and Hutchinson are right-handed defenseman, and Lawton indicated that was the main reason for the recall of one of these two players. Heward was scratched in today's afternoon Admirals game against Lowell, possibly tipping the hat as to who would be recalled.

In order to make room for Ramo and Heward/Hutchinson, both Gary Roberts and Chris Gratton will be placed on the Injured Reserve list. Roberts is suffering from an upper body injury, while Gratton is out with a minor knee tweak. This move may cue a recall of goaltender Riku Helenius from the Augusta Lynx to back up Norfolk's Mike McKenna.

AHL Game Night 11/19: Admirals at Sharks

The road is a tough place to make up ground.


Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss. His .890 season save percentage is starting to become a bit of an eyesore.

First Period
NOR Szczechura, (9) (Smolenak, Bochenski), 1:30
NOR Smith, (3) (Hutchinson, Bochenski), 6:05 (PP)
WOR Cavanagh, (7) (Demers, Vesce), 14:20

Second Period
WOR Moore, (1) (Demers, Zalewski), 0:32 (PP)

Third Period
WOR Larose, (8) (Demers, Armstrong), 4:10
WOR Desjardins, (2) (Buckley, McLaren), 9:55
NOR Heward, (4) (Szczechura, Downie), 19:13

Paul Szczechura now has 9 goals and 20 points in 17 games. As of this moment, he's tied for 5th in the AHL in scoring.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 11/16: Admirals at Bruins

Damn. Damn. Damn.


Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 29 shots in the loss.

First Period
PRO Sobotka, (5) (St. Pierre, Lashoff), 18:02

Second Period
PRO Karsums, (7) (Boychuk, Sobotka), 2:36 (PP)
NOR Kearns, (3) (Rosehill, Hutchinson), 2:50
NOR Szczechura, (8) (Smolenak, Boyle), 13:42

Third Period
NOR Simek, (4) (Downie, Rogers), 4:45
PRO Boychuk, (4) (Sobotka, Karsums), 6:46 (PP)
PRO Marchand, (4) (Marquardt, Bitz), 14:07 (PP)

Paul Szczechura was named the game's third star.

It was right there for them. They had the lead with about 15 minutes left to play, but two unanswered power play tally's later, Providence still owns the Baby Bolts. The loss snaps the Admirals' five game points streak (4-0-1).

Norfolk's road trip continues Wednesday night in Worcester. They'll wind up their six game roadie Friday and Saturday against Springfield and Lowell.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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