NORFOLK, VA – Goals by Zenon Konopka and Justin Keller allowed the Admirals to erase a 2-0 deficit in the third period. However, the Lake Erie Monsters (17-21-1-5) slipped past the Norfolk Admirals (16-22-2-4) 3-2 Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena.
Lake Erie took a 2-0 lead out of the first intermission. Just 4:36 into the game, Nathan Smith won a faceoff at the left dot back to Darcy Campbell at the point. Campbell’s shot deflected up off an Admirals stick in the slot and got past Norfolk netminder Karri Ramo.
The Monsters doubled their lead less than three minutes later. T. J. Galiardi sent a shot from the right half wall that bounced off Ramo’s leg into the slot. Kyle Cumisky found the rebound near the left hashmarks and sent a quick shot into the net at 7:01.
The Admirals cut their deficit in half in the second minute of the second period. Steve Downie centered a pass from behind the net into the low slot. Zenon Konopka received the pass and sent it past Monsters backstop Tyler Weiman at 1:26.
Norfolk tied the game 9:53 into the final frame. Justin Keller scored his sixth goal of the season with a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that beat Weiman high, stick-side.
However, the Monsters struck back less than five minutes later just as a Lake Erie power play expired. Philippe Dupuis sent a shot from the slot through traffic that bounced off skates just before the goalmouth. Nigel Williams found the rebound in the right circle and backhanded a shot just past the outstretched left leg of Ramo at 14:11.
Despite throwing a barrage of shots thrown at Weiman through the remainder of the period, the Admirals could not find the equalizer.
Karri Ramo (34 shots, 31 saves) suffered the loss. Tyler Weiman (44 shots, 42 saves) earned the win.
Norfolk was 0-3 on the power play. Lake Erie was 0-2.
The Admirals’ nine-game homestand will conclude next week with a pair of contests against the Albany River Rats. The puck drops on Thursday and Friday at Scope at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday’s game will be Student Rush Night and Family Fun Pack Night. With Student Rush Nights, students in high school and college may purchase $8 white level tickets by presenting their school IDs at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game. With Family Fun Packs, you receive four red level tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns and four sodas for only $48 – that’s a saving of $37! Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
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!
1. Nigel Williams – LE
2. Justin Keller – NOR
3. Kyle Cumisky – LE
Notes … The Admirals have not scored on the power play in their last 18 chances since a Steve Downie power play goal on January 10 versus Manchester … Downie has points and assists in his last three games for the Admirals (2G, 3A) since January 9 versus Manchester and has points in 12 of his last 15 games (8G, 13A) with Norfolk … All six of Justin Keller’s goals this season have been scored at Norfolk Scope Arena … Earlier today, Admirals forward Brandon Segal was named to the Canadian AHL All-Star squad for the AHL All-Star Classic, Presented by Charter Communications, to be played this Sunday and Monday in Worcester, Massachusetts … The Admirals have had their two highest crowds of the season over the past week, with a season-high 7,595 last Saturday versus Worcester and 5,913 tonight … The Admirals are the only team in the AHL not in action tomorrow. The Admirals have hit the All-Star Break and will return to Scope to face the Albany River Rats on Thursday and Friday next week … Scratches: F Juraj Simek, F Jason Ward, F/D Brent Henley, F Grant Potulny, D Scott Jackson.