Dane Crowley was even with 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current caught a beat down from Kootenay 7-3.
Vladimir Mihalik had a power play assist and was even as Prince George fell to expansion Chilliwack 4-3.
Their bus may have had trouble getting to the rink, but the Chiefs had no problem once they got there.
Gerald Coleman stopped 23 of 24 for the win in a game which was delayed because the Chiefs had bus problems on their way to the game. Veteran Randy Rowe led the way for Johnstown with 1 goal and 2 assists, Doug Andress had 1 goal and 1 assist and Adam Henrich chipped in 2 helpers. Maxime Boisclair scored the other Chiefs goal while Ian MacLean chipped in an individual assist. Rowe and Coleman were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively. Amazingly, Johnstown has rebounded quickly from the loss of Stanislav Lascek to recall and has now gotten back to .500 at 7-7-1 which is good for a tenuous 1 point lead for first place in the North Division, although it should be noted the Chiefs have played 5 more games than second place Trenton.
JHN Boisclair, (5) (Rowe, Henrich), 1:02
JHN Rowe, (8) (MacLean, Andress), 9:07 (PP)
DAY Baum, (2) (Kelly, Hendrikx), 14:16
JHN Andress, (4) (Rowe, Henrich), 0:24
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 12 of 17 shots faced in the first and third periods to take the loss. Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 19 shots in the middle stanza in relief. The Falcons drop back to 1 game below .500.
ROC Ryan, (8) (MacArthur, Sekera), 8:38 (PP)
ROC Jacina, (5) (Paille, Zagrapan), 9:26
ROC Kreps, (3) (Smith), 19:30 (PP)
ROC Jacina, (6) (Ryan, Smith), 1:06
ROC Mancari, (3) (Kreps, Booth), 6:07
ROC Mancari, (4) (Kreps, Smith), 13:18 (PP)
ROC Ryan, (9) (Jacina), 1:38
ROC MacArthur, (9) (Mancari, Smith), 5:17 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Marek Bartanus was a scratch in Owen Sound's 2-1 win at Kitchener.
Chris Lawrence had an assist and was +1 in Mississauga's 3-2 loss to Brampton.
Kevin Beech took the loss as Sudbury fell to Guelph 5-2.
Dane Crowley was -2 and had a fight as Swift Current fell at Medicine Hat 4-1.
Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes as Prince George lost at Everett 3-1.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in regulation/overtime before stopping 7 of 7 penalty shots in the shootout to outduel Rick Dipietro. Holmqvist is a perfect 5-0-0 in his last 5 starts and is now 5-2-0 on the season. Nikita Alexeev and Brad Richards had the Lightning's goals in regulation, but it took Dimitry Afanasenkov's shootout goal to secure the second point. Vincent Lecavalier had 2 assists and Filip Kuba chipped in an individual helper. Richards and Lecavalier were first and third stars of the game respectively. Holmer was robbed.
Tampa Bay 2:32, Nikita Alexeev 7 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 5:08, Brad Richards 6 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
NY Islanders 8:00, Radek Martinek 1 (unassisted)
NY Islanders 19:21, Mike York 5 (Viktor Kozlov)
NY Islanders NONE
Tampa Bay Dimitry Afanasenkov
Doug Janik was +1 in 8:25 with 1 shot on goal. Eric Perrin was -1 in 13:01 with 3 shots and 1 hit and he was 4/4 on draws. Nick Tarnasky received just 2 shifts in the game for 54 seconds of ice time with 1 hit with Tim Taylor out due to injury. The Lightning continue to follow the policy that they just won't give Tarnasky ice time unless it is the third period of a blowout.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Karri Ramo is my hero.
For the second game in a row Ramo stole two points stopping 33 of 35 shots faced in regulation/overtime before stopping 5 of 6 penalty shots in the shootout. Ramo has won 4 of his last 5 starts and is now 6-3-0 on the season. Ramo's feats were even more incredible tonight considering the Falcons were again badly outshot 35-18. Andy Delmore and Stanislav Lascek scored the Falcons goals. Lascek's talley was his first goal and point in the AHL. Helpers went to Matt Smaby, Dan Cavanaugh, Jean Desrochers and Marek Kvapil. Zdenek Blatny and Eric Healey converted in the shootout session to secure the win. Ramo and Lascek were the first and third stars of the game, respectively.
SPR Delmore, (5) (Smaby, Cavanaugh), 19:48 (PP)
SPR Lascek, (1) (Desrochers, Kvapil), 2:59
TOR Mitchell, (1) (Earl, Corey), 16:16
TOR Ondrus, (1) (Earl, Newbury), 14:23
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Coleman stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win. Since returning from an injury suffered in October, Coleman is 3-0-1 with a 2.75 GAA and .920 save percentage. Veteran Randy Rowe and Adam Henrich led the offense with 1 goal and 1 assist each. In his last three games Henrich has 3 goals and 6 points with 9 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. The other Chiefs goals were scored by Ryan Gibbons and Zbynek Hrdel. Individual assists belonged to Ian MacLean, Maxime Boisclair, Andre Deveaux and Radek Smolenak. MacLean was reacquired off of waivers after experiencing visa issues when he was originally taken off waivers earlier this month by Wheeling. Rowe, Henrich and Coleman were the three stars of the game.
JHN Gibbons, (2) (MacLean), 2:12
WHE Wallace, (2) (Collins, McLean), 19:59 (PP)
JHN Henrich, (4) (Boisclair, Rowe), 0:20
JHN Rowe, (7) (Henrich), 6:07
JHN Hrdel, (2) (Deveaux, Smolenak), 12:26 (PP)
WHE Cameron, (6) (McLean, Collins), 19:21
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin assisted on 2 of former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov's 3 goals as Yaroslavl dismantled Salavat Yulayev 6-2. Artyukhin now has 1 goal and 6 points in 22 games this year to go along with 121 penalty minutes.
Vasily Koshechkin got the day off in Togliatti's 4-3 loss to Khimik.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 2-1 overtime loss to Chekhov.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 3-1 loss to CSKA.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 win over Novokuznetsk.
Anton But had an assist in SKA's 2-2 tie with Novosibirsk.