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October 18, 2008

Hamilton’s Five-Goal Third Period Fells Norfolk


HAMILTON, ON – Brandon Segal, Radek Smolenak and Paul Szczechura continued their scoring touch with two points apiece on Saturday night in Hamilton. However, the Norfolk Admirals (1-2-0-1) surrendered five goals in the third period as they fell to the Hamilton Bulldogs (4-0-0-0) 6-3 at the Copps Coliseum.

Matt D’Agostini gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 11:59 into the opening frame.

The Admirals charged back with a 22-shot barrage on former Norfolk netminder Marc Denis in the second period. Segal tied the game at 1-1 with two minutes remaining in the period. Szczechura sent a short pass from the right corner to Segal at the right half-wall. Segal sent a quick snap shot over Denis’ left shoulder at 18:00.

It took Norfolk just 13 seconds to take the lead after the tying tally. Brandon Bochenski made a steal and sent the puck to Smolenak in the slot. After Denis bought his forehand deke, Smolenak went top shelf with a backhander at 18:13 for a 2-1 Admirals lead.

D’Agostini tied the game at two goals apiece 2:02 into the final frame as he converted a two-on-one pass from Brock Trotter. Mike Glumac picked up the go-ahead goal by chipping in his own rebound at 5:57. Glumac scored what ended up being the game-deciding tally while prone on the ice near the top of the crease by stuffing a rebound past Admirals goaltender Karri Ramo. Yannick Weber tacked on a power play goal at 11:44 for a 5-2 Hamilton lead.

Segal cut the Admirals’ deficit to two goals when his backhander from the slot beat Denis stick-side at 13:59.

However, Ryan Russell cemented Norfolk’s fate with an empty-net goal at 18:45.

Karri Ramo (41 shots, 36 saves) got the loss. Marc Denis (42 shots, 39 saves) picked up the win.

Norfolk was 0-5 on the power play. Hamilton was 3-8.

The Admirals next square off against the Rockford IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins next weekend. The Admirals and IceHogs will face off for the first time in franchise history next Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:05 p.m. The Admirals and Griffins will meet next Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

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Three Stars:
1. Matt D’Agostini – HAM
2. Mike Glumac – HAM
3. Radek Smolenak – NOR

Notes … Paul Szczechura (4G, 4A) and Brandon Segal (3G, 3A) have points in each of Norfolk’s first four games of the season … With two goals tonight, Segal now has points in his last nine games for the Admirals stretching back to the last five games of the 2007-08 season (6G, 6A since 4/4/08 vs. Albany) … Norfolk took 22 shots in the second period tonight. The most shots in any period during the 2007-08 season was 19 on two occasions … Norfolk has now allowed a franchise-worst five goals in a period three times. Each time has occurred in the third period (12/07/02 vs. Rochester, 01/27/06 vs. Hershey and tonight) … Prior to tonight’s game, Hamilton was the only team Norfolk had not played that was in the AHL when Norfolk joined the league for the 2000-01 season … The last time Norfolk had played a game in Canada was on March 1, 2002, when they fell to the Saint John Flames 3-1… Healthy scratches: F Justin Keller, D Scott Jackson, D Daryl Boyle, F Brent Henley (immigration) … Injury scratch: F Pete Zingoni … Attendance: 3,043.
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