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November 8, 2008

Three-Goal Third Period Propels Norfolk Past Rockford


NORFOLK, VA – Brandon Segal and Zenon Konopka scored 12 seconds apart early in the third period to lift the Norfolk Admirals (3-6-1-2) to a 3-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs (7-6-0-0) on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.

Pascal Pelletier put the visitors on top just 2:33 into the opening period. Petri Kontiola sent a centering pass from behind the net toward the left leg of Norfolk netminder Karri Ramo, and Pelletier chipped the puck over his leg for a 1-0 IceHogs lead.

Following a scoreless second stanza, the Admirals came out of the gates firing in the opening four minutes of the final frame. Brandon Segal tied the game at 1-1 as a power play expired. Radek Smolenak cut behind the net from the left faceoff circle and centered a pass from the bottom of the right circle across the slot to Segal at the bottom of the opposite circle. After failing on his first shot, Segal sent a shot past Rockford netminder Antti Niemi at 3:35.

On the very next play, captain Zenon Konopka gave the Admirals the lead. Jason Ward took the puck behind the IceHogs net and centered a pass to Konopka in the slot. Konopka batted the puck into the net at 3:47.

Bracken Kearns tacked on an empty-net goal with a long shot from his own zone with 47 seconds left.

Karri Ramo (21 shots, 20 saves) earned his second straight win. Antti Niemi (18 shots, 16 saves) got the loss.

Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Rockford was 0-4.

Norfolk now departs on a two-week, seven-game road trip through the Atlantic Division. The Admirals next hit the ice on Tuesday afternoon in Lowell. The puck drops against the Devils at 4:00 p.m.

You may listen to all Admirals games live on ESPN Radio 1310 and sportsjuice.com. You may also view the contests online on a pay-per-view basis through AHL Live. For more information, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

The Admirals will return to Scope with three games during the week of Thanksgiving: November 26 versus the Springfield Falcons, and November 28 and 29 versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!

Three Stars:
1. Brandon Segal – NOR
2. Jason Ward – NOR
3. Zenon Konopka – NOR

Notes … Steve Downie, acquired by the Lightning from the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday, made his Norfolk debut and registered nine penalty minutes … Jason Ward, assigned by the Lightning to Norfolk earlier in the day, also made his Admirals debut and assisted on Konopka’s game-winning goal … Rookie defenseman Daryl Boyle’s three-game assist and point streak (1G, 3A) ended … Boyle is tied for the Admirals lead in plus/minus at +6 … Norfolk has only three first period goals in 12 games this season … Scratches: D Ty Wishart, F Pete Zingoni, F Justin Keller, D Scott Jackson, F Brandon Bochenski ... Brent Henley served the first game of a two-game suspension tonight … Attendance: 4,777.
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