AHL Game Night 12/2: Bruins at Falcons

When a player gets injured or called up, you hope someone takes advantage of the opportunity and steps up in their absence. That's how you build experience, depth and flexibility in your organization, and that someone the last two nights has been Jonathan Boutin.

PRO-2
SPR-3 (SO)

Boutin stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 6 og 8 shooters in the shootout for the win. The victory moves Boutin's record to .500 at 2-2-0 this year and he now has a 2.69 GAA and .910 save percentage on the season. Veteran Eric Healey had 2 assists while the Falcons goals came from Andy Delmore and Norm Milley. Individual helpers went to Daniel Corso and Matt Smaby as Corso's acquistion seems to have stabilized the top lines somewhat and drawn many of the Falcons' veteran scorers out of their November funks. Corso, David Spina and Zdenek Blatny scored goals for the birds in the shootout. Healey and Smaby were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

One of the pitfalls of Sean Burke's reassignment to Springfield has been that it limits the amount of playing time that can be given to Boutin who, although somewhat enigmatic, has as much pure natural athleticism and potential as just about anyone in this organization. Marc Denis' work visa fiasco has opened up a brief window of opportunity and Boutin has leapt through it with all the enthusiam and gusto of the Kool Aid man breaking through a kitchen wall. Oh yeah.

First Period
PRO Versteeg, (10) (Pelletier, Krejci), 1:11
PRO Trevelyan, (1) (Hoggan), 6:46
SPR Delmore, (6) (Corso, Healey), 7:17

Second Period
SPR Milley, (9) (Smaby, Healey), 7:33

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
PRO-Krejci, Thompson
SPR-Corso, Spina, Blatny

Center Blair Jones did dress for the Falcons and had two shots but Nick Tarnasky, who was sent down today in a paper transaction to make room for the acquisition of Andre Roy, did not. The Falcons are now 12-10-0 on the season and have moved into a three way tie for 8th in the Eastern Conference at 24 points.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Andre Roy Claimed on Re-Entry Waivers

The Lightning have claimed Andre Roy off of re-entry waivers per TSN.ca. This is bound to add fire to trade rumors even though Feaster and Torts made it clear that this move was made to increase morale in the locker room. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=186821&hubname=nhl

Saturday's Superleague Scores

Vasily Koshechkin improved his record to 10-5-3 today defeating Ufa 6-3. Koshechkin has won two straight starts since getting shelled in his first game after returning from a successful Karjala Cup.

Albert Vishnyakov had an assist in Dynamo's 4-3 loss to Tver.

NCAA Game Night: 12/1

Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in #3 Maine's 3-0 win over Providence. The Black Bears ended a 3-game winless streak.

John Wessbecker was +1 in UMASS' 6-2 win over Niagara.

Dusty Collins was even in Northern Michigan's 2-0 loss to Lake Superior State.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month: November

We'd like to thank the INS for making sure this month's winner got called up today in honor of winning the award.

CHL Game Night: 12/1

Marek Bartanus was -1 in Owen Sound's 5-3 loss to London.

Chris Lawrence was +1 in Mississauga's 5-2 win over Toronto.

Kevin Beech stopped 10 of 11 shots faced in 40 minutes of relief to get the win in Sudbury's 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Sarnia.

Dane Crowley was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in Swift Current's 6-2 loss to Moose Jaw.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in Prince George's 5-2 loss at Vancouver.

WHL-Russia Game Two

Last night in the final game of the CHL-Russia Challenge, Team WHL crushed the Russian selects 8-1 to complete the six game sweep for the CHL. Denis Kazionov was scoreless and -2 with 6 penalty minutes in the game. Kazionov finished the tour tied for third on the Russian team in scoring with 2 goals and 4 points, officially, with 10 penalty minutes which is a solid outing considering the low level of the teams Russia usually sends to this event and the high level of talent the CHL can conversely send into these games. Kazionov will now return to his club team Tver in the Russian Superleague.

ECHL Game Night 12/1: Titans at Chiefs

Gerald Coleman was strong in the shootout.

TRE-3
JHN-4 (SO)

Gerald Coleman stopped 35 of 38 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping all 5 Titans shooters in the shootout session to secure the win. Rookie Maxime Boisclair, who has been scorching hot over the past month, led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist. Radek Smolenak and Randy Rowe scored the other Chiefs markers while freshly signed Eric Przepiorka, Doug Andress and PJ Atherton chipped in individual helpers. Coleman and Boisclair were named first and third stars of the game, respectively.

First Period
TREN Pandolfo, (9) (Johnson, Domish), 15:51

Second Period
TREN Pandolfo, (10) (Riddle, Ruggeri), 8:22 (PP)
JHN Boisclair, (10) (Przepiorka, Andress), 9:21 (PP)

Third Period
TREN Pandolfo, (11) (Johnson), 7:05
JHN Smolenak, (6) , 10:13
JHN Rowe, (9) (Boisclair, Atherton), 15:50 (PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TRE-NONE
JHN-Katsuras

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/1: Falcons at Monarchs

Ramo may have been called up, but Springfield still has the Boutin Wall.

SPR-3
MAN-2 (OT)

In just his second start this season, Jonathan Boutin stopped 33 of 35 shots faced to secure his first win of the year and improve to 1-2-0. The Falcons offense was paced by veteran Norm Milley who had 1 goal and 1 assist including the overtime winner with 2:26 left in the extra session. Veteran defenseman Andy Delmore added 2 assists while rookie Justin Keller and veteran Eric Healey supplied the birds' other goals. Individual assists went to Dan Cavanaugh and Daniel Corso. Milley and Healey were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

The victory moves the Falcons to 11-10-0 this year which, despite placing the Falcons in sixth in the Atlantic Division, moves them just six points behind division leading Portland with a game in hand on the Pirates. In other words, the Falcons have played themselves right back into the thick of any potential playoff race.

First Period
SPR Keller, (6) (Cavanaugh, Delmore), 10:01
MCH Zeiler, (3) (Murphy, Clarke), 19:46 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SPR Healey, (8) (Corso, Milley), 0:36
MCH Giuliano, (2) (Kemp, Buckley), 18:26

Overtime
SPR Milley, (8) (Delmore), 2:34

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Friday's Superleague Scores

Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist in Yaroslavl's 3-0 blanking of CSKA.

Dimitri Kazionov scored the game's opening goal in Kazan's 5-1 win over Cherepovets. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Severstal in the match.

Anton But had an assist on the game winning third period goal as SKA topped Nizhnekamsk 2-1.

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