All hail Karri Ramo.
Karri Ramo won his third straight shootout decision to advance his record to 7-3-0 on the year stopping 30 of 32 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots in the shootout. Falcons goals were scored unassisted by David Spina, shorthanded, and Dan Cavanaugh. Adam Henrich and Daniel Corso scored the winning markers in the shootout as Henrich was given the privilige/responsibility by Coach Stirling to shoot first for the Falcons. Spina and Cavanaugh were the first and third stars of the game respectively.
With the win, Springfield pulls into Thanksgiving at 9-9-0, good for 18 points and 6th in the 7th team Atlantic Division just 1 point behind Bridgeport and Worcester for 8th in the Eastern Conference.
POR Wilson, (4) (Rome, Ferguson), 5:15
SPR Spina, (1) , 6:38 (SH)
POR Konopka, (6) (Miller), 17:00
SPR Cavanaugh, (1) , 3:15
SPR- Henrich, Corso
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 2-0 loss to Novosibirsk. Kazionov has been named to Russia's team for the annual CHL-Russia Challenge.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 4-3 loss to Novokuznetsk.
Apologies for the lateness of Wednesday's game posts. Holiday travel has gotten me behind a half a day.
Marek Bartanus had a goal and was -1 in Owen Sound's 8-4 thumping of Oshawa. He also had a double-minor for spearing. The Attack spotted the Generals a 4-0 lead, then scored 8 straight. The goal was Bartanus' fourth in 21 games this year. Last year, the winger had 7 goals in 49 games.
Dane Crowley and Swift Current shutout Portland 3-0. Crowley had an assist, two minor penalties, was even, and was named the game's Third Star.
Kind of glad I skipped watching this one.
Marc Denis allowed all 7 goals on the 13 shots he faced in the second period and faced 29 shots overall. Martin St. Louis scored both Lightning goals. Sarich, Prospal, Ranger and Lecavalier all had assists. Let the trade rumors recommence.
Tampa Bay 15:56, Martin St. Louis 12 (Cory Sarich, Vaclav Prospal)
Buffalo 1:14, Paul Gaustad 4 (power play) (Maxim Afinogenov, Teppo Numminen)
Buffalo 2:17, Jiri Novotny 4 (Daniel Paille, Adam Mair)
Buffalo 7:48, Thomas Vanek 14 (Nathan Paetsch, Maxim Afinogenov)
Buffalo 10:49, Paul Gaustad 5 (Daniel Paille, Dmitri Kalinin)
Buffalo 11:13, Jaroslav Spacek 3 (Michael Funk, Ales Kotalik)
Buffalo 14:02, Thomas Vanek 15 (power play) (Ales Kotalik, Paul Gaustad)
Buffalo 17:19, Chris Drury 12 (Ales Kotalik, Drew Stafford)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Hoek notes Blair Jones' first NHL game might've been a good reason to watch this one. Jones played 9:10 and was -1 with 1 shot and was 25% on draws. Uh, I think I'm still glad i skipped the 7 goal second period. Congratulations to Jones though. He's played well to move up to the first line in Springfield and he's earned the recall.