Keller, Justin

AHL Game Night 12/1: Admirals at Senators

Ramo returns. Norfolk's defense and PK evaporates.

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BIN-8

Karri Ramo started well stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first period but wore down in the second half of the game allowing 6 goals on the final 15 shots he faced. He finished the game with a total of 7 goals allowed on 33 shots faced. Tough way to come back.

First Period
NOR Stewart, (4) (Milley), 4:08
NOR Henrich, (2) (Keller, Scalzo), 9:30 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (15) (Carkner, Nikulin), 17:52 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Bois, (5) (Zubov, Nycholat), 2:56 (PP)
BNG Carkner, (2) (Nycholat, Hennessy), 12:59 (PP)
BNG Zubov, (3) (Yablonski, Hennessy), 15:07
NOR Jancevski, (1) (Jones, Wanvig), 16:35 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Jancevski, (2) (Scalzo, Stewart), 6:12 (PP)
NOR Keller, (3) , 9:47 (PP)
BNG Hennessy, (5) (Dimitrakos, Mauldin), 11:40
BNG Hamel, (16) (Dimitrakos, Nycholat), 14:14 (PP)
BNG Nycholat, (2) (Dimitrakos), 16:35
BNG Yablonski, (3) , 19:54 (EN)

The Admirals did a great job rallying to take the lead in the third period only to completely self destruct in the final 10 minutes of the contest.

The scoring could have been even higher had a premature whistle in the first period not nullified a goal that trickled through Binghamton's netminder that would've made it 3-0 Norfolk.

In any event, the positives to take away are the continued strong play of prospect Justin Keller and PTO Adam Henrich. Henrich had 1 goal and 7 shots on goal while Keller finished with 1 goal, 1 assist and 8 shots on goal.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/24: Falcons at Admirals

Remember when I said maybe this wasn't the week the Admirals would make their move after all when Darche and Jancevski were called up? Shows how much I know. My only real regret: not being able to see the look on Springfield Republican writer Fran Sypek's face as the Lightning's "suspects" dismantled the Falcons.

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NOR-6

Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 26 shots faced tonight to run his record to 6-2-2 this season. When you get at least a point in 80% of your starts, that's pretty darn good in my book.

First Period
NOR Klinkhammer, (2) (Stewart, Jones), 1:55
SPR McDonald, (4) (Thoresen, Reddox), 4:42

Second Period
SPR Schremp, (4) (Kemp, Reddox), 1:01 (PP)
NOR Milley, (4) (Schneider, Fletcher), 7:58
NOR Milley, (5) (MacDonald, Wanvig), 9:50
NOR Keller, (2) (Mihalik, Jones), 18:41 (PP)

Third Period
NOR MacDonald, (3) (Wanvig, Milley), 3:07
NOR Leach, (3) (Stewart, Jones), 14:10

Norm Milley, Craig MacDonald, and Kyle Wanvig were the three stars of the game.

But it's not just the veterans who were chipping in this week. Blair Jones is now riding a three game point streak posting 2 goals and 7 points over that span. Justin Keller is also riding a three game point streak with 1 goal and 4 points over that span. Further adding support offensively: Vladimir Mihalik with 3 assists in the last two games and Rob Klinkhammer with 1 goal and 4 points over the same span.

Norfolk now improves their record to 8-10-2 on the season and sets itself up well for a critical road trip through the division. With 18 points the Admirals are now in a three way tie with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the 4th and final playoff spot in the division, 2 points back of 3rd place Binghamton and 3 points back of 2nd place Albany. Norfolk draws Albany on Wednesday and Friday nights before facing Bighamton next Saturday and Hershey next Sunday. 4 road games in 5 nights. The math isn't complicated, and the stakes are high. The good news is word on the street is Karri Ramo might be ready by next weekend to spell Boutin, who has almost exclusively carried the load for Norfolk over the past couple of weeks.

If the Ads play their cards right, they could be sitting at .500 or better by the end of next weekend and occupying a potential playoff spot. Not bad for a team that was close to being given up for dead just two weeks ago.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/7: Bears at Admirals

Ryan Craig is back!

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NOR-5

Jonathan Boutin stopped 36 of 39 shots faced in the win. The more work he gets, the better he plays.

First Period
HER Motzko, (2) (McNeill, Pollock), 12:05 (PP)
NOR Lampman, (2) (Jones, Wanvig), 13:52 (PP)
NOR Milley, (2) (Stewart), 14:32

Second Period
HER Motzko, (3) (Robitaille, Pokulok), 10:36
HER Motzko, (4) (Klepis, Potulny), 14:24 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Keller, (1) (Mihalik, Jancevski), 8:14 (PP)
NOR Craig, (1) (Lawrence, Schneider), 11:23
NOR Rooneem, (1) (Craig, Jancevski), 18:52 (PP) [/b]

Craig and Norm Milley were the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

Justin Keller finally breaks through for his first goal of the season. At least 19 more of those would be nice.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Preseason Game Day 9/30: Admirals at Phantoms

The Admirals got some great goaltending from Karri Ramo and Ryan Munce and it made all the difference.

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PHI-2 (SO)

Ramo stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced before giving way to Munce who stopped 28 of 29 and went on for the shootout victory.

Tryout player Ron Klinkhammer led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist. Jay Rosehill had the other Norfolk goal. Blair Jones, Marek Kvapil, and Shawn Collymore added helpers.

Justin Keller and Radek Smolenak scored for Norfolk in the shootout.

Box score from norfolkadmirals.com.

Ramo Assigned to Norfolk

Tampabaylightning.com is reporting a goaltending decision has been made in Tampa and prospect Karri Ramo is the odd man out. Ramo and winger Justin Keller have been assigned to Norfolk.

Quote:
Karri Ramo and left wing Justin Keller were returned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. After today’s cuts there are 26 players remaining in camp.

Ramo, 6-foot-2, 201-pounds, played in one game this preseason and earned a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings. He posted a 3.00 goals-against average and a .870 save percentage. The sixth-round pick also posted a 1.12 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage in four training camp scrimmages.

Keller joined the Lightning from Norfolk on September 26 and played in his first preseason game against the Red Wings on September 27. In his one preseason game he logged 10:17 of ice time, landed two hits and recorded one shot on goal.

Both players will travel to meet the Admirals in Philadelphia as they prepare for a 1 p.m. game against the Phantoms on Sunday.

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