ECHL Game Day 12/10: Condors at Chiefs

Coleman's seen more shots in the last week and a half than the Lightning's goaltenders see in a month.

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Gerald Coleman stopped 34 of 37 shots faced in a game where the Chiefs were outshot 37-24 for the loss. Doug Andress (powerplay) and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded) had the Johnstown goals. Maxime Boisclair, Randy Rowe, Grant Jacobsen and Geoff Waugh had individual assists.

First Period
BAK Hofstrand, (2) (Rodberg, Lutes), 4:45 (PP)
BAK Venedam, (10) (Irving), 10:03
BAK Ianiero, (6) (Irving, Scott), 16:13 (PP)

Second Period
JHN Andress, (6) (Boisclair, Rowe), 2:16 (PP)

Third Period
JHN Elliott, (3) (Jacobsen, Waugh), 8:29 (SH)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 12/9

Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 3-2 shootout win against Guelph. Bartanus was also unsuccessful as the Attack's sixth shooter in the penalty shot session.

Dane Crowley assisted on the game tying goal with 7 second left in regulation and then scored the overtime winning goal to lift Swift Current to a 2-1 victory over Brandon. He was named third star of the game and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes. Crowley has 2 goals and 6 points in 6 games this month.

NHL Game Night 12/9: Ducks at Lightning

You can't afford to spot a team like the Ducks any soft goals, and the one Denis allowed tonight cost the Lightning at least a point.

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Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots and Chris Kunitz's shot from behind the net riccocheting off Denis' left skate and in as the netminder left his post to early on a rush in the third period proved to be the Lightning's death knell. Martin St. Louis had 2 assists while goals were scored by Eric Perrin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards. Vincent Lecavalier and Paul Ranger added individual assists, but it was a sputtering power play that went 0-for-5 including a squandered long 5-on-3 power play in the third period with the Lightning chasing the tying goal that was the real story offensively. Atlanta picks up a point in the standings and now has an 11 point lead on the Lightning in the division.

First Period
Anaheim 3:07, Dustin Penner 11 (Todd Marchant, Shawn Thornton)
Tampa Bay 10:20, Eric Perrin 8 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)

Second Period
Anaheim 10:58, Dustin Penner 12 (power play) (Shawn Thornton, Francois Beauchemin)
Anaheim 12:48, Teemu Selanne 17 (Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz)
Tampa Bay 17:25, Ruslan Fedotenko 8 (Vincent Lecavalier)

Third Period
Anaheim 2:26, Chris Kunitz 16 (Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer)
Tampa Bay 10:10, Brad Richards 11 (Martin St. Louis)

The moral victory is the Lightning proved they can go toe to toe with the second best team in the NHL and certainly hold their own. But moral victories don't count in the standings and the brutal December schedule rolls on as this Lightning team is still trying to hit its stride.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/9: Falcons at Sharks

First, a stat correction last night. The AHL website originally had both Karri Ramo and Jonathan Boutin allowing 2 goals last night against Albany. The corrected sheet has Ramo allowing 3 goals on 14 shots while Boutin allowed 1 goal on 16 shots faced, which is relevant because of what Boutin did tonight.

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Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 32 shots faced tonight and was the proverbial stopper getting the win to break the team's 2 game losing streak and the shutout which was his first of the season and second of his AHL career. Boutin's night included a crucial third period where the Falcons were outshot 12-4 but Boutin stood up to the test. Justin Keller scored Springfield's first goal on a 5-on-3 power play and Norm Milley added an insurance marker on a 5-on-4 power play before Marek Kvapil sealed the win with an empty net goal. Eric Healey had 2 assists while individual assists went to Daniel Corso and Eric Healey.

First Period
SPR Keller, (8) (Corso, Healey), 11:56 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Milley, (11) (Delmore), 0:30 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Kvapil, (4) (Healey), 19:45 (EN)

Don't look now, but Jonathan Boutin is 3-0-0 in December with 1 shutout, a 1.30 GAA and a .958 save percentage in 5 games this month. Coach Stirling has become confident in Boutin's ability and now has two talented, athletic young goaltenders in his arsenal, and until Springfield learns to put in a full 60 minute effort, they'll rely heavily on their goaltenders to weather surges and get wins. The Falcons are now 14-12-0 with 28 points, just 3 points behind division leading Portland with the Pirates holding a game in hand.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/9: Royals at Chiefs

Johnstown gets a point at least.

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Morgan Cey allowed 3 goals on 25 shots faced in the game for the OT loss. Randy Rowe led the way for the Chiefs with an assist on the opening goal and the key tying goal to send the contest to overtime with 59 seconds left in the third period. Adam Henrich had the other Johnstown goal with assists going to Doug Andress, Maxime Boisclair and Andrew Martens. Rowe and Henrich were named second and third stars of the game. The Chiefs outshot Reading 29-28.

First Period
REA Zappala, (4) (Becker), 6:09
JHN Henrich, (5) (Andress, Rowe), 11:55 (PP)
REA Hogeboom, (12) (Hiebert, Germain), 13:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
JHN Rowe, (10) (Boisclair, Martens), 19:09

Overtime
REA Hiebert, (8) (Christie), 2:13 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Saturday's Superleague Score

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Khimik. Alexander Polushin still has yet to play a game for Khimik this season. Khimik currently sits in 3rd on the league table, Cherepovets in 11th.

CHL Game Night: 12/8

Marek Bartanus was -1 in Owen Sound's 4-2 loss to Guelph.

Kevin Beech allowed 4 goals on 37 shots for the loss as Sudbury fell 5-3 to Plymouth.

Chris Lawrence assisted on the game winning goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes as Mississauga knocked off London 5-4.

Dane Crowley was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in Swift Current's 5-2 loss to Moose Jaw.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in Prince George's 3-2 shootout win against Red Deer.

NCAA Game Night: 12/8

Dusty Collins was scoreless with an even rating in Northern Michigan's 3-2 loss to Michigan State. Collins also had 2 PIM in the loss.

Defensemen John Wessbecker was scoreless and even in UMASS' 2-1 win over Boston College.

AHL Game Night 12/8: Falcons at River Rats

"Oh no. We suck again!"

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Karri Ramo stopped 15 of 17 for the loss before giving way to Jonathan Boutin who fared no better stopping 11 of 13. Right about this time last year the Falcons plummeted from playoff contention deep into the division basement. The team has now fallen to just 1 game over .500 and desperately needs to stop the bleeding tomorrow night at Worcester. The Falcons seem to have reached a fork in the road this season. We'll see what path they choose as a team.

First Period
ALB Dwyer, (7) (McCormick, Flood), 13:45

Second Period
ALB McCormick, (1) (Guite), 5:44
ALB Boychuk, (1) (Estrada, Peters), 11:32

Third Period
ALB Finger, (2) , 3:00

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/8: Chiefs at Bombers

You have got to be kidding. The Chiefs were outshot 40-15.

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Gerald Coleman probably deserves a medal for stopping 37 of 40 shots faced in the game. Andrew Martens scored the lone Chiefs goal off assists from Maxime Boisclair and Adam Henrich. 40-15? Mercy. Whatever the team meal was, never have it again.

First Period
DAY Maiser, (4) (Cullen), 17:27 (SH)

Second Period
DAY Ford, (3) (Cullen, Labenski), 1:11 (PP)
JHN Martens, (1) (Henrich, Boisclair), 12:53

Third Period
DAY Walton, (3) , 14:19

It should be noted, the game marked the return of defenseman Brady Greco who had missed the first 2+ months of the season and Lightning camp with shoulder surgery. Greco was even with 2 penalty minutes in tonight's game.

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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