Northern Michigan 3 - Ohio State 2
CCHA Tournament - Round 1, Game 3
The No. 10 seed in the CCHA tournament is providing some excitement as the Wildcats knocked off No. 7 seed Ohio State two games to one. Lightning prospect Dusty Collins was scoreless in game three and minus-1 with 2 shots. It was his overtime goal in game two that saved off elimination for Northern.
The Wildcats scored two shorthanded goals in the win but the story of the series was Northern's backup goaltender Brian Stewert of Burnaby, B.C. Only a freshman with a season save percentage of .890, he made 34 saves in the game for the win. Stewert replaced starter Bill Zaniboni midway through the second period of game one and stayed in net the rest of the series.
With Alaska's upset win over Western Michigan in three games, Northern was the second lowest seed to move on and will travel to No. 2 seed Michigan in the second round for a best of three series. Alaska, seeded No. 11 plays No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
Mississauga 2 @ Saginaw 8
Despite a win earlier this week, the IceDogs continue to struggle, this time getting crushed 8-2 in Saginaw. Chris Lawrence had an assist for Mississauga, who was only down 3-2 entering the third period. Lawrence was minus-1 with 4 PIM.
Oshawa 5 @ Erie 6 (Shootout)
The Otters snapped an 11-game losing streak and 7-game home losing streak with a 6-5 shootout win over super-prospect John Tavares and the Oshawa Generals Saturday night. Tavares had 1 first period goals against Lightning prospect Kevin Beech - Tavares' 60th and 61st goals of the year. Beech gave up 4 first period goals on 19 shots and did not see the ice for the remainder of the game. Justin Garay had 28 saves for the win for Erie.
Peterborough 3 @ Owen Sound 4
Marek Bartanus was scoreless with an even rating as the Owen Sound Attack registered a 4-3 home win over the Petes.
Kelowna 4 @ Prince George 7
The Cougars got revenge on last-place Kelowna with a 7-4 win Saturday night. Vladimir Mihalik scored his 7th goal of the year on the power play to pace Prince George. He was plus-1.
Spokane 0 @ Everett 3
Dane Crowley was scoreless and plus-1 in the Silvertips 3-0 shutout win over Spokane.
Mississauga 2 @ Plymouth 8
The IceDogs finished their trip to Michigan with an 8-2 loss to the Whalers. That's 16 goals against in two games against Saginaw and Plymouth for Mississauga. Chris Lawrence was scoreless, minus-1, and had 4 PIM.
Erie 5 @ Toronto 4 (Overtime)
The Otters won their second game in as many days, beating Toronto St. Mike's 5-4 in overtime. Kevin Beech watched from the bench as Justin Garay stayed in net for Erie after beating Oshawa the night before.
According to Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown Chiefs owner Jim Weber has received a new concessions revenue sharing plan from the Cambria County government which should allow the Chiefs to stay in Johnstown through the 2007-2008 season. Beyond 2007-2008 remains up in the air. A split of concessions may be enough for Weber to keep the team in Johnstown into the near future, but other scenarios could see the sale of the team to one of two NHL teams. Mastovich hints one of those teams would buy the team and move it in 2008-2009 to a new city where another rink is currently being built (speculated in internet rumors to be to suburban Philadelphia by the Flyers), while the other would try to keep the team in Johnstown and reevaluate after one year (presumably the Lightning).
The streak is over. Falcons win.
Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 8 of 8 penalty shots for the shootout victory. For Ramo, who went 0 for February in the win department, it was his first victory since January 19th at Providence. David Spina had a pair of assists in the game while Adam Henrich and PJ Atherton (slipping nicely through a Clear Day loophole) scored Springfield's goals. Matt Smaby and Andy Rogers, freshly dried from a dip in Springfield Republican beat writer Fran Sypek's vitriol, each had primary assists in the game. Daniel Corso, who scored the winning shootout goal, was named first star of the game while Spina took third star honors.
The win breaks the Falcons' 8 game winless streak. Interesting takeaway stats from the game: the Falcons outshot the Sharks 31-27 partly on the strength of Atherton's team high 5 shots on goal. I know someone who wants a contract.
Newly acquired Nick Kuiper was +1 in the game. Joe Rullier did not suit up for the Falcons.
SPR Henrich, (3) (Smaby, Spina), 7:22
WOR Mink, (19) (Prudden, Cavanagh), 7:37
WOR Rome, (7) , 1:14
SPR Atherton, (1) (Rogers, Spina), 6:20 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Johnstown finds a little redemption at the end of a hard weekend.
Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in the win. Forwards Maxime Boisclair and Zbynek Hrdel led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist. Eric Przepiorka had the other Chiefs goal. Gus Katsuras, Andrew Martens, Ryan Gibbons and Brandon Elliot posted individual assists. Cey, Boisclair and Katsuras were named the game's three stars. Cey carried a shutout into the final two minutes of the game only to surrender a late power play goal.
JHN Hrdel, (7) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 3:17
JHN Boisclair, (14) (Martens, Hrdel), 3:27
JHN Przepiorka, (8) (Gibbons, Elliott), 0:27
TOL Walsh, (14) (Watson, Attard), 18:48 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Northern Michigan 3 - Ohio State 2 (OT) - Game 2
Dusty Collins scored the game-winner in overtime to force a Game 3 tonight. The goal came just 3:15 into the extra period. For Collins, it was his forth goal of the season.
#16 UMASS 5 - #11 Maine 3
UMASS completed the weekend sweep of Maine to clinch home ice in the first round of the HEast tournament. The Minutemen claimed forth in the division while Maine finished in fifth. The two teams will face each other next weekend in the first round of the tournament.
Art Femenella and Vermont finished in fifth and will take on #5 Boston University in the first round of the HEast tournament.
The AHL released Clear Day rosters for every team in the league today. The Clear Day roster sets the 22 players who are elligible to play for a team the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Exceptions can only be made on an emergency basis in the case of injuries or recalls. These rosters don't prohibit amateur tryout signings or the addition of junior or college prospects once they complete their respective seasons.
Absent from the list is defenseman PJ Atherton.
Why do I get the feeling every time the Lightning play Florida it's their Stanley Cup?
Johan Holmqvist allowed 2 goals on 2 shots before being pulled for Marc Denis who took the back door loss allowing 4 goals on 34 shots faced. Nolan Pratt and Vaclav Prospal had the Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Eric Perrin and Dan Boyle added assists. The Lightning now must regroup on the long flight out to a Western Canada swing which could make or break the team's division title ambitions. The Lightning's loss gives Atlanta a game in hand and the Thrashers loom large just two points behind.
Florida 5:03, Nathan Horton 23 (Martin Gelinas)
Florida 5:25, Olli Jokinen 30 (Jozef Stumpel, Rostislav Olesz)
Tampa Bay 8:16, Nolan Pratt 1 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Florida 11:11, Stephen Weiss 15 (Bryan Allen)
Florida 15:38, Stephen Weiss 16 (power play) (Martin Gelinas, Alexei Semenov)
Florida 7:54, Ville Peltonen 12 (penalty shot)
Florida 8:27, Nathan Horton 24 (Alexei Semenov, Jay Bouwmeester)
Tampa Bay 17:20, Vaclav Prospal 11 (Eric Perrin, Dan Boyle)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Even taking a point feels painful right now for this team.
Morgan Cey stopped 49 of 51 shots faced in regulation and overtime including a penalty shot before taking the shootout loss by allowing 3 goals on 5 shooters faced. The Chiefs were outshot 51-37 in the game. Grant Jacobsen and Brandon Elliot had the Johnstown goals. Ryan Gibbons, Geoff Waugh, Dimitri Tarabrin and Gus Katsuras had individual assists. Katsuras and Jacobsen also scored in Johnstown's unsuccessful shootout bid.
JHN Jacobsen, (6) (Gibbons, Waugh), 2:44
WHE Mitchell, (1) (Hellemeyer, Sonnenberg), 13:50
WHE Blanshan, (3) (Havern, Edinger), 15:56 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (11) (Tarabrin, Katsuras), 14:27
JHN- Katsuras, Jacobsen
WHE- Havern, Hellemeyer, Guenther
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Ohio State 6 - Northern Michigan 2
The Wildcats dropped game 1 of the best of three series to open the first found of the CCHA Tournament. Dusty Collins was scoreless and plus-1 for the game. Game 2 is tonight at Ohio State.
#16 Massachuetts 3 - #11 Maine 1
Both teams entered the weekend tied for forth in the Heast standings. UMASS pulls two points ahead with the win while Maine hopes to even it up tonight and stay ahead of Vermont. Maine's Mike Lundin was scoreless and plus-1 while UMASS defensemen John Wessbecker was scoreless and even.
The Black Bears are one point ahead of #15 Vermont who dropped their game to UMASS-Lowell last night 2-1, Lightning prospect Art Femenella did not play.