Jones, Blair

AHL Game Night 3/7: Devils at Admirals

Ahhhh, so that's what a team playing like it has some pride looks like.

LOW-1
NOR-2

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 27 shots for the win to even his season record at 7-7-0. His .934 save percentage is gaudy.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Jones, (16) (Konopka, Lundin), 2:23 (PP)
LOW Bergfors, (16) (Magnan), 12:18
NOR Keller, (14) (Jones, Potulny), 17:06 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Blair Jones, Helenius, and Justin Keller were the game's three stars.

Jones has 5 goals and 6 points over the past 3 games and over the past 10 games he has 6 goals and 12 points. Keller is now 1 goal shy of his AHL career best and over the past 18 games he has 9 goals and 18 points. Both players are in the final years of their entry level deals and are playing to prove they have some sort of future in the organization. Lately, they've played well enough that, in my mind, they've earned a few games at the NHL level to show management what they can do against the big boys. Jones, in particular, is a guy who I think can compete at the next level if he approaches the game the right way.

The Admirals move back to 4 games under .500 for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/6: Devils at Admirals

Devils can't keep up with the Joneses.

LOW-1
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He improves his record to 6-7-0 on the season with a 2.27 GAA, 1 shutout, and a .932 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Jones, (14) (Boyle), 7:16
LOW Vasyunov, (12) (Eckford), 17:42

Second Period
NOR Keller, (13) (Henley, Konopka), 7:27
NOR Jones, (15) (Smolenak, Hooton), 15:56

Third Period
NOR Lundin, (4) (Simek, Quick), 2:15

Blair Jones, Helenius, and Mike Lundin were named the game's three stars.

Jones sets new career highs in goals (15) and points (43) in 12 less games than he played in his previous career season last year. He has 4 goals in his last 2 games and he and Juraj Simek appear to be the beneficiaries of the recent callups and injuries that have redistributed ice time.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/4: Admirals at Phantoms

Shorthanded Admirals lose a heartbreaker.

NOR-3
PHI-4

Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Mihalik, Quick), 1:36
PHI Kane, (12) (Nodl, Ross), 4:10
PHI Laliberte, (18) (Maroon, Matsumoto), 8:14 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Jones, (13) (Wishart, Smolenak), 4:58
PHI Sirianni, (4) , 6:07

Third Period
NOR Smolenak, (18) (Ward, Bochenski), 0:29
PHI Matsumoto, (22) (Maroon, Kukkonen), 15:10 (PP)

Blair Jones was the game's second star.

Norfolk again was forced to sign rentals from the local ECHL club in order to fill out their roster. Tonight, it was a trio of players from the Reading Royals who got to be Admirals for a game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/21: Bears at Admirals

Ugh.

HER-6
NOR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 34 shots in the loss, as he continues to blow a golden opportunity to earn a steady NHL paycheck.

First Period
HER Mink, (16) (Aucoin, Arsene), 16:37
HER McNeill, (2) (Laing, Wilson), 17:24
HER Wilson, (18) (Arsene, Gordon), 19:58

Second Period
NOR Potulny, (7) (Rosehill, Jones), 3:02
NOR Jones, (9) (Potulny, Rosehill), 6:23
HER Aucoin, (16) (Giroux, Lepisto), 9:35 (PP)

Third Period
HER Bourque, (9) (Joudrey, Arsene), 6:01
HER Wilson, (19) (Laing, McNeill), 9:26

Blair Jones now has 3 goals and 5 points in the last 4 games. I really think that Jones could fit well in Rick Tocchet's system. He's actually on pace to best last year's totals by roughly 10 points, which is pretty darn good considering he's gotten less ice time on a deeper Norfolk team this year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/17: Sharks at Admirals

Massive choke.

WOR-6
NOR-5 (OT)

Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 44 shots in the overtime loss.

First Period
WOR Traverse, (3) , 0:34
NOR Kearns, (10) (Boyle, Smolenak), 1:55
NOR Jones, (7) (Keller, Kearns), 4:39
NOR Gratton, (3) (Keller), 15:23
NOR Jones, (8) (Kearns, Mihalik), 17:09
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Bochenski, Potulny), 18:19

Second Period
WOR Armstrong, (16) (Zalewski, Traverse), 0:14
WOR Vesce, (13) (Kaspar, Westgarth), 17:37 (SH)
WOR McGinn, (9) (Demers, Moore), 18:53 (PP)

Third Period
WOR Demers, (2) (Traverse, Armstrong), 8:36 (PP)

Overtime
WOR Vesce, (14) (Moore, Fornataro), 3:04

That's a 5-1 lead choked away. A total team failure. And that's two points in two nights that the Admirals left on the table, which right now is the difference between being 9 points out of the last playoff spot and 11 points.

Lots of Admirals returned to the lineup this weekend from injury. Andy Rogers was -3 in his first game back in a month. Brandon Segal returned after about three weeks out and earned a penalty shot in the third that probably could've iced the victory, but could not convert. Juraj Simek played in his second game since a layoff of over a month.

Bracken Kearns and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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