Unfortunately, this Falcons team just doesn't have a second line to speak of, and it's very difficult for them to come from 2 goals down as a result.
Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Springfield got 1 goal and 1 assist from Daniel Corso and a pair of helpers from Eric Healey. The other Falcons goal came from a suddenly red hot Doug O'Brien who has had goals in three of the last four games. Norm Milley also chipped in an individual helper.
SPR O'Brien, (5) (Corso, Healey), 4:14 (PP)
MCH O'Sullivan, (17) (Murray, Jackman), 7:00
MCH Tukonen, (9) (Kemp, LaBarbera), 10:49
MCH Schmidt, (4) (Murray, O'Sullivan), 13:40 (SH)
SPR Corso, (10) (Milley, Healey), 12:01
MCH Gauthier, (9) , 19:11 (EN)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that goaltender Gerald Coleman has been cleared to play and will join a goaltending triad that includes himself, Morgan Cey and recently acquired Ryan Munce. Coleman has been slowed by a groin injury suffered two months ago and his only game action came in a brief appearance in Augusta on the Chiefs' recent southern road trip in which the former London goaltender was reinjured.
Dimitri Kazionov scored his 9th goal of the season in Kazan's 3-1 win over SKA. Anton But was scoreless for St. Petersburg.
Vasily Koshechkin found goal support in short supply as he allowed just 1 goal but still saw his Togliatti club fall to Omsk 2-0. Koshechkin slips to 14-11-4 this year with the loss.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 3-0 win over Magnitogorsk.
Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 4-3 win against Khimik
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 2-1 loss to Novosibirsk.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 7-1 dismantling of Salavat Yulayev.
The Eastern Conference YoungStars defeated their Western Conference counterparts 9-8 tonight. Lightning defenseman and Bolt Prospects alumni Paul Ranger did well in the game with 1 goal and 2 assists. Ranger was +1 with 1 shot on goal in 10:42 of ice time.
Chad gave it away...
Marek Bartanus's cold streak continued Sunday, as the winger failed to hit the scoresheet for Owen Sound in the Attack's 3-2 home win over Saginaw. Bartanus has not registered a point in nine straight games. Since his four assist game on November 3 (23 games ago), Bartanus has only one goal (11/22/06) and one assist (12/06/06). This, after he started the year with points in five straight games and in eight of his first ten.
The Erie Otters won for the second time in three games (a huge accomplishment for the Otters), beating the Storm in Guelph, 6-5 in a shootout. Kevin Beech was back in net for the Otters, stopping 47 of 52 shots in regulation and 1 of 2 shootout attempts. In six games with Erie, Beech has a 2-1-1 record with a GAA of 4.32 and a save percentage of .886.
The Everett Silvertips got the better of their rivals, the Vancouver Giants, for the fourth time this year, winning 6-5 in a shootout. Dane Crowley missed his second consecutive game for the Tips with the flu. Everett (36-7-0-2) is now 4-0 this season against Vancouver (30-10-3-5), the team that swept the Tips out of the playoffs last season. Though Everett is 4-0, two games were won in shootouts and one in overtime.
Surprising to see the highly skilled Chiefs get shutout.
Morgan Cey stopped 15 of 17 shots for the loss before leaving the game in the second period. Ryan Munce, making his Johnstown debut, stopped 20 of 21 the rest of the way. The Chiefs were outshot 38-24 in the contest.
TOL Tardif, (10) (Magowan, Attard), 13:37 (PP)
TOL Mulherin, (3) (Parillo, Walsh), 14:01
TOL Blight, (10) (McGrath), 17:08
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
If Ramo got shot at any more in this game, someone would've owed him a medal.
Karri Ramo stopped 53 of 55 shots faced in the loss as the Falcons were outshot 55-22 including 19-5 in the decisive final period. For his Herculean efforts, Ramo was named second star of the game. The lone Falcons goal came on the power play from Doug O'Brien off assists from Marek Kvapil and Blair Jones. As unholy as the shot totals were in the game, they were just one savvy play from the veteran line away from stealing a point which isn't bad for their third game in three nights.
The loss puts the Falcons 2 points back behind the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division at 22-22-1. The Falcons will face division leading Manchester on Wednesday and a struggling Philadelphia club on Saturday. From here on out every point matters.
SPR O'Brien, (4) (Kvapil, Jones), 10:46 (PP)
HFD Callahan, (26) (Immonen), 15:19
HFD Baranka, (3) (Dawes, Degon), 6:55 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.