Bolt Prospects Prospect(s) of the Week: 11/27-12/3
There can be co-winners because it's my column and I make the rules...
There was a good degree of pessimism going into this weekend from Falcons fans over the recall of netminder Karri Ramo and what it would do to the team's chances in a grueling three game weekend set. Pessimism was replaced in the span of 72 hours with jubilation as the birds completed their first 3-0-0 weekend of the season thanks to the contributions of netminder Jonathan Boutin and Gerald Coleman. Boutin, who had only made one start going into the weekend with Sean Burke in Springfield, seized the opportunity presented to him this weekend going 2-0-0 with a 1.88 GAA and .939 save percentage. Boutin stopped 33 of 35 shots faced Friday night at Manchester to get the ball rolling as the Falcons knocked off the Monarchs 3-2 in overtime. Then, with nemesis Providence visiting the MassMutual Center, Boutin stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 6 of 8 penalty shots in a marathon shootout to improve his season record to 2-2-0.
Coleman's weekend began Friday night in Johnstown, PA where the Chiefs hosted the Trenton Titans. The netminder stopped 35 of 38 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 5 of 5 shooters in the shootout to secure the win. Less than 48 hours later, Coleman received a one game recall to the AHL and he caught a plane to Boston. Once there he was quickly limoed to the Falcons' afternoon game in Lowell like goaltending royalty, which is what he played like stopping 36 of 37 shots faced in a 3-1 victory that capped off an incredible weekend for Springfield hockey moving the team just 4 points out of first place in the Atlantic Division.
Boutin's Statistics 11/27-12/3
2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.88 GAA, .939 sv%
Coleman's Statistics 11/27-12/3
With Johnstown (ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .921 sv%
With Springfield (AHL): 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .973 sv%
Previous Prospects of the Week
11/20-11/26, G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)
11/13-11/19, G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)
11/6-11/12, RW Stanislav Lascek, Johnstown (ECHL)
10/30-11/5, LW Justin Keller, Springfield (AHL)
10/23-10/29, C Blair Jones, Springfield (AHL)
10/16-10/22, LW Norm Milley, Springfield (AHL)
10/9-10/15, RW Stanislav Lascek, Johnstown (ECHL)
10/2-10/8, C Dimitri Kazionov, Kazan (RUS)