Congratulations to goaltender Gerald Coleman on his first professional shutout.
The game winning goal was netted by Jim Campbell, who has returned from an absence due to a knee sprain. The assist went to Ryan Craig. Campbell was given the first star of the game while Coleman, inexplicably, was relegated to the third stopping 26 of 26 shots faced.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings were handed a crushing defeat today by Djurgardens losing 5-2. Norrena stopped 21 of 25 shots faced before being lifted for the extra attacker. Norrena's record falls to 13-5-2 on the season.
Dimitry Kazionov scored Dynamo's lone goal today as his club fell 2-1 to SKA St. Petersburg. The goal is Kazionov's second in seven games since transferring from Lada Togliatti.
Checking the Superleague table, the following teams with Lightning prospects currently place at:
Omsk (Alexeev) 2nd
Yaroslavl (But) 3rd
Togliatti (Koshechkin) 6th
Khimik MO (Glukhov) 8th
Dynamo (Kazionov, Vishnyakov) 9th
Cherepovets (Polushin) 11th
The top 16 teams will make the Superleague playoffs this season and the bottom two clubs who do not make the postseason will not be subject to relegation.
Finally the shootout goes J-town's way.
Morgan Cey stopped 37 of 39 before defeating Fresno in the shootout session. Entering the day both Cey and Jonathan Boutin were in the top five in the ECHL in save percentage. John Toffey had an assist in the win and Justin Kelly scored the key tying goal on the power play early in the third period.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
The Falcons protected a lead in the 3rd period from start to finish.
Gerald Coleman and the Falcons held the fort for the final 20 minutes of the game protecting a tentative 1 goal lead for the duration of the final frame. If the Falcons learn to do this regularly, they will be dangerous. Coleman made 29 saves on 32 shots for the victory and a second star honor. Darren Reid's game winning goal propelled him to first star of the game. Very quietly Reid is having the kind of sophomore statistical bounce that the Falcons needed out of him.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Lada Togliatti's depleted roster finally caught up with them today as the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv crushed them 5-0 today. Anton But scored Loko's 4th goal of the game doing his part to hand netminder Vasily Koshechkin his most crushing defeat of the season. The goaltender's record now falls to 11-4-1 on the year.
From QMJHL website:
BOUCHERVILLE, Wednesday, November 2, 2005 (QMJHL) â€“ The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the winners of the offensive, defensive and rookie player of the month awards for November following a list of candidates submitted by the eighteen QMJHL teams. A League mandated committee is responsible for picking the monthly winners.
The offensive player of the month is Stanislav Lascek of the Chicoutimi SaguenÃ©ens. The winger had quite a showing in November, tallying 5 goals as well as 26 assists, good for 31 points in only twelve games. He presently leads the League in scoring with 67 points. Furthermore, he was a very healthy +15 (plus/minus). His offensive prowess enabled the SaguenÃ©ens to claim the top spot in the overall standings.
Radek Smolenak had two assists for Kingston Wednesday night, helping the Frontenacs to a 4-3 overtime win over East Division Rival Belleville. Smolenak's assists came in the first and second periods. With 32 points in 27 games, Kingston remains in second in the East, well back of Peterborough (41 in 24) and ahead of Ottawa (27 in 27). Belleville is fourth with 24 points in 26 games.
Alternate Captain Justin Keller and Team WHL made Team Russia's trip through Canada even more unpleasant Wednesday night, crushing the Russian select squad 9-2. Russia is now 0-5 in the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge and must face the powerful WHL squad again tonight in Regina, Saskatchewan. Despite piling up 9 goals against the Russians, including 8 in the first two periods, the WHL received no scoring from Keller. Keller started the game on a line with Dustin Boyd and fellow Kelowna Rocket Blake Comeau. The line combined for no points and all three had even ratings. The WHL outshot the Russians 41-19 for the game.