PHILADELPHIA, PA – Karri Ramo made 30 saves in regulation and stopped all four shooters in the shootout as the Norfolk Admirals (12-16-1-4) defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms (19-11-0-1) 3-2 on Saturday night at the Wachovia Spectrum. The victory was Norfolk’s third in a row.
Radek Smolenak tallied his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 14:35 of the first period when he netted a power play goal on assists from Brandon Segal and Blair Jones.
The Phantoms leveled the score at 1-1 at 12:48 of the second period when Jared Ross netted an even strength marker.
However, another power play goal less than five minutes later restored Norfolk’s lead. This time, Jason Ward netted his second goal of the season with assists from Steve Downie and Jones. With the assist, Downie stretched his point streak to seven games with the Admirals.
The Phantoms out-shot Norfolk 15-5 in the third period and tied the game at two goals apiece at 14:17 with a Claude Giroux goal.
Brandon Bochenski and Chris Gratton converted Norfolk’s first two shootout attempts and Ramo stopped Patrick Maroon, Ross, Giroux and David Laliberte to give Norfolk the victory.
Karri Ramo (32 shots, 30 saves) earned the win. Scott Munroe (35 shots, 33 saves) shouldered the loss.
Norfolk was 2-3 on the power play. Philadelphia was 0-3.
In their next contest, the Admirals will once again square off against the Phantoms. The puck drops on Saturday, December 27 at Scope at 7:15 p.m. The first 500 kids 12 years of age and younger will receive a Chris Gratton mini-bobblehead doll courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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. Brandon Bochenski – NOR
2. Claude Giroux – PHI
3. Karri Ramo – NOR
Notes … Norfolk has allowed two or less goals in four of its last five games … The Admirals have now killed 25 consecutive opponent power plays and 29 of the last 30 overall … With an assist tonight, Steve Downie stretched his point streak to seven games (2G, 10A) – the longest point streak for Norfolk this season ... Norfolk recorded its first shootout win of the season and the first such victory since February 22, 2008 at Manchester … Scratches: F Pete Zingoni, F Juraj Simek, F Brent Henley, F Grant Potulny, D Scott Jackson, D Andy Rogers, F Zenon Konopka … Attendance: 4,501.