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.
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.
PRO Versteeg, (10) (Pelletier, Krejci), 1:11
PRO Trevelyan, (1) (Hoggan), 6:46
SPR Delmore, (6) (Corso, Healey), 7:17
SPR Milley, (9) (Smaby, Healey), 7:33
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.
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
We'd like to thank the INS for making sure this month's winner got called up today in honor of winning the award.
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.
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.
Gerald Coleman was strong in the shootout.
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.
TREN Pandolfo, (9) (Johnson, Domish), 15:51
TREN Pandolfo, (10) (Riddle, Ruggeri), 8:22 (PP)
JHN Boisclair, (10) (Przepiorka, Andress), 9:21 (PP)
TREN Pandolfo, (11) (Johnson), 7:05
JHN Smolenak, (6) , 10:13
JHN Rowe, (9) (Boisclair, Atherton), 15:50 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Ramo may have been called up, but Springfield still has the Boutin Wall.
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.
SPR Keller, (6) (Cavanaugh, Delmore), 10:01
MCH Zeiler, (3) (Murphy, Clarke), 19:46 (PP)
SPR Healey, (8) (Corso, Milley), 0:36
MCH Giuliano, (2) (Kemp, Buckley), 18:26
SPR Milley, (8) (Delmore), 2:34
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
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.