Ramo, Karri

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.

AHL Game Night 11/14: Admirals at Monarchs

Left a point on the table.

NOR-4
MAN-5 (SO)

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 32 shots before surrendering shootout goals to 2 of 3 shooters to take the SOL. Ramo continues to struggle this season in the shootout situations.

First Period
NOR Simek, (3) (Jones, Boyle), 3:49
MCH Moulson, (3) (Murray, Drewiske), 18:39

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Hutchinson, Smolenak), 0:35
MCH Gauthier, (3) (Purcell, Moulson), 4:59
NOR Smolenak, (6) (Segal, Smaby), 6:47
NOR Smolenak, (7) (Heward, Segal), 19:11 (PP)

Third Period
MCH Lewis, (3) (Parse, Drewiske), 3:24
MCH Purcell, (3) (Gauthier, Piskula), 16:29

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- NONE
MAN- Dravecky, Purcell

Radek Smolenak and Brandon Segal were the game's first and third stars, respectively.

That's a tough one. A win in this game and the Ads would've had an opportunity to get to .500 tomorrow night, and they had a 2 goal lead and momentum heading into the final frame. Ordinarily you feel great if you can get a point on the road, but this was worse than a sister kisser. And, it's hard to get too upset about Ramo's shootout futility considering how poorly the Admirals' shooters have faired on breakaways in the extra extra session this season too. Tonight, Wyatt Smith, Blair Jones, Paul Szczechura, and Smolenak all got blanked in the shootout.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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 Night 10/31: Pirates at Admirals

There continues to be a large disconnect in Norfolk between the talent the team has on paper and the results that are showing up on ice.

POR-4
NOR-0

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 18 shots in the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
POR Kennedy, (2) (Mancari, Darche), 10:16
POR Schutz, (1) (Bonneau, Fretter), 11:01
POR Gerbe, (7) (Gragnani, Baier), 15:10

Third Period
POR Slattengren, (1) (Murphy), 4:52

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 10/29: Phantoms at Admirals

I hate Philadelphia.

PHI-5
NOR-4 (OT)

Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
PHI Giroux, (2) (Downie, Syvret), 13:27 (PP)

Second Period
PHI Bellamy, (2) (Downie, Curry), 8:37
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Zingoni, Konopka), 15:57 (SH)
PHI Kalinski, (1) (Downie, Giroux), 17:10 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Smith, (2) (Heward, Hutchinson), 4:18 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (5) (Segal, Smolenak), 6:18
PHI Matsumoto, (4) (Kalinski, Bellamy), 15:37
NOR Simek, (2) (Jones, Hutchinson), 18:27 (PP)

Overtime
PHI Ross, (1) (Downie, Syvret), 4:44

Paul Szczechura was named the game's second star.

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.

AHL Game Night 10/24: Admirals at Ice Hogs

The Admirals come roaring back to secure a point on the road in a tough barn.

NOR-4
RFD-5 (SO)

Karri Ramo stopped 39 of 43 shots, including 12 in overtime, before surrendering 3 goals on 5 attempts in the extra session for the penalty shot loss. If you made me name Ramo's biggest weakness, shootouts would probably be it.

First Period
RFD Klinkhammer, (2) (Dowell, Brophey), 1:42
RFD Sawyer, (1) (Bickell, Skille), 16:18

Second Period
RFD Brent, (1) (Barker, Crawford), 1:00 (PP)
NOR Smolenak, (4) (Segal, Mihalik), 7:31
NOR Bochenski, (3) (Smolenak), 16:50
NOR Jones, (1) (Simek, Wishart), 17:54

Third Period
NOR Heward, (1) (Hutchinson), 0:24 (PP)
RFD Pelletier, (3) (Blunden, Groulx), 10:03

Radek Smolenak, who had another Gordie Howe hat trick, was named the game's second star. Through five games, Smolenak has 4 goals, 6 points, a +4 rating, and 37 penalty minutes.

Congratulations to Ty Wishart on his first point as a professional.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 10/18: Admirals at Bulldogs

The wheels came off for Norfolk in the final frame.

NOR-3
HAM-6

Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 41 shots in the loss as the Admirals tasted defeat at the hands of their former mate, Marc Denis.

First Period
HAM D'Agostini, (1) (Lehoux, Valentenko), 11:59 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Segal, (2) (Szczechura, Jones), 18:00
NOR Smolenak, (3) (Bochenski), 18:13

Third Period
HAM D'Agostini, (2) (Trotter), 2:02
HAM Glumac, (2) (Desharnais), 5:57 (PP)
HAM Glumac, (3) (Desharnais, Henry), 9:54
HAM Weber, (2) (Maxwell, D'Agostini), 11:44 (PP)
NOR Segal, (3) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 13:59
HAM Russell, (1) (Henry), 18:45 (EN)

Radek Smolenak was named the game's third star after recording a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 10/17: Admirals at Monsters

Norfolk gets a win in its first road game of the season.

NOR-4
LE-2

Karri Ramo, like all the goaltenders in the organization these days, shouldered a heavy burden stopping 39 of 41 shots faced for the win.

First Period
LE Willsie, (3) (Ledin), 1:24
NOR Szczechura, (2) (Bochenski), 2:22 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (2) (Szczechura, Segal), 14:39

Third Period
LE Dupuis, (1) (Hendricks, MacKenzie), 3:11
NOR Szczechura, (3) (Segal), 5:16
NOR Bochenski, (2) , 11:56

Brandon Bochenski, Karri Ramo, and Paul Szczechura were named the game's three stars.

The Smolenak/Szczechura/Segal line looks like a winner, and the way Szczechura continues to rack up points he might make a run for AHL MVP if he can keep healthy.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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