The Chiefs get another key win inside the division.
The victory allows the Chiefs to stay in fourth place in the division. Morgan Cey stopped 39 of 42 shots faced for the win. Dimitri Tarabrin scored twice, both times on assists from Adam Henrich. Lightning prospect Brandon Elliot also had a helper in the game.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
A satisfying and sound butt whipping was handed out by the new look Falcons.
Jonathan Boutin had to stop just 12 of 14 shots faced to get the win. It won't help the old save percentage getting that little work, but I'm sure Boutin will take the kind of support he got tonight every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Springfield outshoot Bridgeport 37-14 for the game.
The Falcons' attack was led by the new number one line of Zdenek Blatny, Jason Jaspers and Marek Kvapil. Jaspers led the way with three assists in the game, Blatny chipped in two helpers and Kvapil had the game's capping goal. Andre Deveaux, Doug O'Brien, Timo Helbling and Ryan Vesce also had goals in the victory.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Winger Zbynek Hrdel has been reassigned from Springfield to Johnstown of the ECHL. Hrdel scored 4 goals and 12 points in 32 games with the Falcons since his original recall but saw his roster spot disappear when right wing Darren Reid returned from injury last weekend.
Finland crushed happless Italy today 6-0 in round robin pool play as Fredrik Norrena won his first start in the Olympics. Norrena stopped all 16 shots he faced in the victory.
The following Lightning prospects are currently playing in the NCAA. Stats are as of February 12, 2006.
Mike Lundin, D, U of Maine (Jr.): 28GP, 2-11-13, 4PIM, (-2), 1 PPG
Matt Smaby, D, U of North Dakoka (Jr.): 32GP, 3-5-8, 91PIM (3 majors), (+6), 2 PPG
Dusty Collins, RW, U of Northern Michigan (Jr.): 26GP, 3-4-7, 35 PIM, (+1), 1 PPG
P.J. Atherton, D, U of Minnesota (Sr.): 30GP, 1-3-4, 45PIM (1 major), (+3)
John Wessbecker, D, U of Massachusetts (Fr.): 28GP, 0-2-2, 30PIM, (-11)
Arthur Femenella, D, U of Vermont (Jr.): 8GP, 0-0-0, 31PIM
Joe Pearce, G, Boston College (Jr.): 3GP, 2-0-1, 2.28 GAA, .903 sv%
Tonight's game in Philadelphia between the Falcons and Phantoms was postponed due to the snow storm gripping the Northeast and Midwest. No make up date has been announced.
After a disasterous start to his North American junior career, Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus looks to have turned the corner. Tonight the young winger had a goal and two assists as Owen Sound beat Sault Ste. Marie 6-3. Bartanus had a paltry 4 points in his 31 games prior to playing for Slovakia for the U20 World Junior Championships. Since returning to Owen Sound, Bartanus now has 8 points in 11 games finally showing glimpses of the potential that made him a 4th round pick.
Also, in Brandon, center Blair Jones had a hat trick tonight and two helpers as Moose Jaw beat the Wheat Kings 6-3. Jones now moves into a tie with Kootenay's Ryan Russell for 8th in the WHL in points with 63 in 55 games. With the three goals, Jones now has potted 28 this season. In his previous three seasons of junior he had just 26 goals in total.
The points left on the table against Dayton will inevitably come back to hurt the Chiefs.
Mike Betz made his debut for the Chiefs and stopped 43 of 47 shots faced. Adam Henrich scored 2 goals including a talley with 8 seconds left in regulation to get the Chiefs a point. Doug Andress had 3 assists.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.