CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/6

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Everett leads best-of-7 series 1-0

The Cougars' Vladimir Mihalik, fresh off signing a professional contract with the Lightning, was credited with his first career playoff goal, but it wasn't enough as Prince George fell to Dane Crowley and Everett 3-2 in Everett. The Silvertips used a 3-goal second period to take a 3-0 lead and hold on for a 1-0 series lead in the clubs' WHL Western Conference Semifinal matchup. Mihalik was credited with a goal when his shot bounced in off a Silvertips player. He also had 2 PIM and an even rating. Crowley was scoreless and even. Game 2 is tonight (Saturday) in Everett.

Friday's Elitserien Playoff Score

In Game Two of their Elitserien final series, MODO struck back to even defeating Linkopings 3-2. Lightning prospect defenseman Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in the game. Former Springfield Falcon Zdenek Blatny had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in the match for MODO. The series is now tied at 1-1. Game Three is slated for Sunday.

Lightning Choke Harder

Most embarassing game in Lightning history. Ever.

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Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 12 shots before being pulled for Marc Denis who allowed 3 goals on 19 shots the rest of the way. Both were attrocious and I'm sure John Tortorella wished he had dressed Karri Ramo tonight instead. Jason Ward and Nick Tarnasky had goals in garbage time. Brad Richards, Shane O'Brien, Nolan Pratt and Ruslan Fedotenko got garbage tome assists.

The Lightning loss coupled with Atlanta's win tonight in Carolina makes the Thrashers the division champions. The Lightning's complete inability to secure winnable games against Florida in the final month of the season is the cause, and the Lightning have absolutely no one but themselves to blame. They should have been the 2006-2007 Southeast Division champions. They gave the banner away.

Tomorrow's game in Atlanta takes on diminished meaning. The Lightning will either finish with the #6 or #7 seed depending on what they and the Rangers do in their final games. A Lightning win and Rangers regulation loss gives Tampa a first round series with Atlanta. Any other set of results gives the Lightning a first round matchup with New Jersey. More importantly, Saturday's game will be a key opportunity to rebound psychologically from tonight's collapse. No one in their right mind would want to limp into New Jersey with a couple of season ending losses under these circumstances and try to upset such a battle tested franchise.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 4/6: Royals at Chiefs

Johnstown's season finale in Reading will be with a playoff spot on the line.

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Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 32 shots in the loss. Gus Katsuras had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Chiefs while Marek Kvapil and PJ Atherton added third period goals during a failed comeback bid. Maxime Boisclair, Dimitri Tarabrin, Bryan Nathe, Grant Jacobsen and Radek Smolenak added individual assists.

Wheeling's loss to Trenton tonight eliminates them from the playoffs. Reading leapfrogs Johnstown into the final North Division playoff spot with the win tonight with the Royals sitting at 71 points and the Chiefs at 70 points. Both teams are tied with 32 wins in the win column. So it comes down to tomorrow at 7:05 pm in Reading. Winner moves on. Loser hits the links.

First Period
REA Hogeboom, (30) (Zappala, Smith), 1:56
JHN Katsuras, (11) (Boisclair, Tarabrin), 16:53 (PP)

Second Period
REA Becker, (10) (Werner, Hogeboom), 5:49 (PP)
REA Collymore, (15) (Zappala, Hogeboom), 10:31
REA Collymore, (16) (Saurette, Bala), 13:30

Third Period
JHN Kvapil, (3) (Katsuras, Nathe), 10:13
JHN Atherton, (5) (Jacobsen, Smolenak), 18:54 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Falcons Sign Gaudet to ATO

The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of forward Christian Gaudet out of Moncton of the QMJHL. Gaudet, a 6'1" 191 lbs. center, had 16 goals and 38 points in 63 games this season with the Wildcats. In four years of junior hockey the 20 year old has amassed 42 goals and 110 points in 258 games. His career year came in 2005-2006 when he scored 17 goals and 48 points in 70 games with Moncton.

Vladimir Mihalik signed to 3 year deal

Just saw this headline on Yahoo's ticker..

Lightning sign 2005 first-round pick Mihalik

Financial terms not disclosed yet.

NCAA Game Night: 4/5

Michigan State 4- Maine 2
NCAA semi-finals

Mike Lundin and Maine missed out on the chance for a national title as they fell to Michigan State in the first game of the Frozen Four. Lundin was scoreless and a plus-1 in the game.

Boston College beat North Dakota 6-4 in the other semi-final game, setting up Saturday's National Championship.

We're In!

Although they only needed one of the following teams to lose, with losses tonight by both Montreal and Toronto the Lightning have clinched a spot in the 2007 playoffs. They've also clinched - at worst - the 7 seed, though their eyes are on Atlanta and the division.

Wednesday's Elitserien Playoff Score

In Game One of the Swedish Elitserien finals, Linkopings defeated MODO 5-1 to stake themselves to a 1-0 series lead. Lightning prospect defenseman Andreas Holmqvist rose to the occassion posting 1 goal and 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Friday.

ECHL Game Night 4/4: Chiefs at Storm

Johnstown's winning streak stops at 4.

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Morgan Cey stopped 27 of 30 shots faced in the loss. John Adams had the only Chiefs goal, on the power play, off assists from Grant Jacobsen and Marek Kvapil.

Johnstown holds a 2 point lead on Wheeling and a 3 point lead on Reading (with the Royals holding 1 game in hand) for the final playoff spot in the North Division.

Johnstown has two games remaining on their schedule, a home and home against Reading.

Wheeling has a home and home against Trenton remaining on their schedule.

Reading has one game at Trenton remaining before their home and home against the Chiefs.

First Period
TOL Smith, (5) , 7:52 (SH)
JHN Adams, (5) (Jacobsen, Kvapil), 14:34 (PP)

Second Period
TOL Hall, (3) (Sullivan, Mulherin), 4:17
TOL Parillo, (14) (Walsh, Songin), 7:51 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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