Rare is the time you only manage 19 shots on goal and still win a hockey game, but Springfield found a way tonight.
Gerald Coleman wins his first game as a professional stopping 24 of 26 shots faced. Multi-point nights for Ryan Craig (first star), Ryan Vesce (second star and GWG) and Jason Jaspers. Todd Rohloff finally returned from injury and made a huge difference for the team defensively as he was paired with rookie Jay Rosehill. Both players received praise from Assistant Coach Russell after the game. No doubt the Falcons needed this win as they move into a more road game laiden portion of their schedule.
Game sheet available via TheAHL.com.
With Brian Eklund in Tampa and Morgan Cey apparently still trying to shake off the effects of a groin injury, goaltender Jonathan Boutin has been recalled from Johnstown of the ECHL. Through 3 games "Boots" had a 0-2-0-1 record in Johnstown with a 3.29 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
It wasn't a shutout today for Vasily Koshechkin, but it was another victory as Togliatti defeated KHK MVD 3-2 in overtime. It was just the second time in his six seven starts since assuming the top spot in Lada that Koshechkin has allowed more than one goal in a game. Koshechkin improved his record to 6-2 as a starter allowing just 7 goals overall in the role.
Last night J.F. Soucy had two helpers as Phoenix crushed San Diego 7-1 in ECHL action. Through five games Soucy has 1 goal and 5 points.
The morning after edition...
Jonathan Boutin stopped 35 of 40 shots faced before being pulled for the extra attacker which led to Toledo tacking on an empty net goal. Zbynek Hrdel had a power play goal as did John Toffey, his first as a pro. Brandon Elliot tacked on an assist on Toffey's talley. Brady Greco played a very chippy game with penalties that included a double minor for elbowing, fighting, instigation and high sticking.
Game sheet available from ECHL.com.
We normally don't do updates in game on Bolt Prospects unless we're live blogging the event while we watch it, but here's a nice piece of news. Vladamir Mihalik has scored his first WHL goal tonight for Red Deer. The Rebels are down 3-1 to Lethbridge at home after two periods. The goal in Mihalik's 4th point in 16 games this season.
In-Exhile Soucy scored his first goal of the season Friday night in Phoenix's 4-2 victory over San Diego. It's a shame he couldn't play well with others in Johnstown because the Chiefs could certainly use his newly rediscovered scoring touch.
Winning these 4 point games inside the division early in the season is always a beautiful thing.
Paul Ranger got 17:17 of ice time, which I believe is the most he's gotten as a member of the Lightning. His only minus was on a 3-on-2 where he couldn't quite block the shot for Grahame. Atlanta was taking runs at the rookie all game long and at some point he's going to have to stick up for himself physically. He had some scary moments defensively in the third but the good thing about Ranger so far is that even when he has made mistakes he has found a way to hustle and recover. Tonight it was a desperate sweeping stick check after his indecisiveness in the neutral zone nearly gave Marc Savard a breakaway.
Evgeny Artyukhin's 8:28 of ice time tonight included a shift on Lecavalier's line. R2 looked like a deer in headlights playing with that much star power. Still, he had 2 shots on goal and threw some hits. Tarnasky had just 4:57 of ice time.
Game sheet as always from NHL.com.
Goaltender Brian Eklund has been recalled by the Lightning from Springfield of the AHL. The move was apparently prompted by Sean Burke straining his groin muscle in today's morning skate.