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October 17, 2008

Szczechura Nets Two, Ramo Stops 39, Admirals Get Win #1

CLEVELAND, OH – Paul Szczechura netted two goals – including the game-winner in the third period – and Karri Ramo stopped 39 shots as the Norfolk Admirals (1-1-0-1) picked up their first win of the season over the Lake Erie Monsters (2-1-0-0) 4-2 on Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Monsters got on the board first with a Brian Willsie tally 1:24 into the opening period.

Norfolk answered back with a Szczechura power play goal under a minute later. Brandon Bochenski sent a pass from the right corner to Szczechura in the slot, and Szczechura one-timed the puck past Lake Erie netminder Tyler Weiman at 2:22.

Szczechura set up the go-ahead goal for the Admirals 14:39 into the second stanza. While stationed behind the Lake Erie net, Szczechura sent a pass toward the bottom of the left circle, where Radek Smolenak sent a chip shot over Weiman’s right shoulder for a 2-1 Norfolk lead.

The Monsters briefly tied the game at two goals apiece 3:11 into the final frame with a Philippe Dupuis goal.

However, Szczechura answered back just over two minutes later after he won a faceoff to Brandon Segal along the left wing. Segal skated to the left corner and gave the puck back to Szczechura, who sent a shot past Weiman from the left faceoff dot at 5:16.

Bochenski tacked on an insurance marker midway through the period, as his shot from the slot deflected off a defender and the post before denting the twine at 11:56.

Karri Ramo (41 shots, 39 saves) earned the win. Tyler Weiman (29 shots, 25 saves) got the loss.

Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Lake Erie was 0-5.

The Admirals will now head north of the border to face off against the Hamilton Bulldogs for the first time in franchise history. The game begins at 7:00 tomorrow evening.

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Three Stars:
1. Paul Szczechura – NOR
2. Karri Ramo – NOR
3. Brandon Bochenski – NOR

Notes … Paul Szczechura (4G, 2A) and Brandon Segal (1G, 3A) have points in each of Norfolk’s first three games of the season … Szczechura has goals in all three Admirals games this season and in his past four games with Norfolk overall (5G – including 2 GWG – since 4/12/08 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) … With two assists tonight, Segal now has points in his last eight games for the Admirals stretching back to the last five games of the 2007-08 season (4G, 6A since 4/4/08 vs. Albany) … Prior to tonight, Norfolk had not played against a Western Conference team since the Houston Aeros defeated the Admirals 3-1 at Scope on December 31, 2004 … The last time the Admirals played a game in Cleveland was a 2-1 win on January 2, 2003, against the Cleveland Barons … Healthy scratches: F Justin Keller, D Scott Jackson, D Daryl Boyle, F Brent Henley (immigration) … Injury scratch: F Pete Zingoni … Attendance: 7,169.
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