Submitted by pete on April 11, 2006 - 20:39
Pure heart keys the comeback and the finishing of a two game sweep in the three game play-in series. JHN-4 TRE-3 [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] was in net tonight for Johnstown and midway through the game the Chiefs found themselves down 3-0. Boutin would not allow another goal the rest of the way, stopping 37 of 40 shots faced, and the Chiefs poured in four unanswered goal, including three in the final frame, to topple the Titans. [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux[/url] started the comeback with a goal from [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] late in the second period. Randy Rowe continued the comeback with an unassisted talley at 4:01 of the third which was followed by [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel's[/url] first goal of the playoffs with 4 minutes left to play off an assist by Henrich. Jean Desrochers then booked the Chiefs for the next round of the playoffs scoring the game winner with just 7 seconds left in regulation. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3163]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 11, 2006 - 13:51
Miika Wiikman was back in net today for HPK in their game four matchup with HIFK. Wiikman was second star of the game after shutting out HIFK 4-0. The goaltender stopped all 22 shots he faced in helping his club tie the series at 2-2. Lightning prospect [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] did not play after losing in overtime to HIFK 5-4 in game three.
Submitted by chad on April 11, 2006 - 13:49
The Springfield Falcons announced today that they have signed two ex-collegiate players to Amateur Tryout Agreements (ATO). First, in response to the club sending Jonathan Boutin to ECHL Johnstown for the Chiefs' playoff run, the Falcons signed former Chief and University of Massachusetts-Amherst goaltender Gabe Winer to an ATO. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Stoughton, Massachusetts native posted a 2.48 goals against average and a .920 save percetange in 23 games this year with UMass, finishing with a 9-11-1 record. Since finishing the season with UMass, Winer has played in seven games with the Chiefs, earning a 3.66 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. He went 2-2-1 with Johnstown.
Submitted by pete on April 10, 2006 - 22:07
Johnstown now leads their best-of-three play-in series 1-0. TRE-1 JHN-2 (OT) [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] backstopped the Chiefs to his first professional playoff victory. Johnstown's size proved the deciding factor. The Chiefs scored early in the third on a goal by big Jean Desrochers assisted by even bigger winger [url=dennis-packard]Dennis Packard.[/url] And, in overtime, the hero was [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] off an assist from [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux.[/url] Prior to the game, Lightning prospect John Toffey [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=7575]was placed on the 7-day IR.[/url] Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3184]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 10, 2006 - 21:17
[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Lascek) and Gatineau's game three will occur tomorrow night. The series is currently tied at 1-1. [b]OHL[/b] Marek Bartanus had an assist and was even in Cinderella Owen Sound's 4-2 win over London. The Attack now hold a 2-1 series lead. Kevin Beech allowed 4 goals on just 17 shots faced as Sudbury was beaten by Peterborough 4-2. The Petes now lead the series 3-0 and have the Wolves on the brink of elimination. [b]WHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the WHL tonight.
Submitted by pete on April 10, 2006 - 15:45
Springfield Falcons right winger Mitch Fritz [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2980.shtml]has been announced as the winner of the Yannick Dupre Trophy as AHL Man of the Year.[/url] The Dupre Trophy is awarded to the AHL player who contibutes most to his community. The 6'8" 254 lb enforcer has participated in a number of charities and programs in Springfield ranging from the Springfield Shriners Hospital to the Springfield Sliders sled hockey team. Congratulations to Fritz for upholding the proud tradition of community service that is a hallmark of the Lightning organization.
Submitted by chad on April 10, 2006 - 11:30
The Springfield Falcons have announced that goaltender Jonathan Boutin and defenseman Jay Rosehill will join the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL for the playoffs. The Chiefs begin their opening round series tonight vs. the Trenton Titans. Boutin has played in 19 games for the Chiefs this season posting a record of 8-9-2-0 with a 2.93 goals against average and .920 save percentage. He participated in the ECHL All-Star Game stopping eight of 10 shots on goal in 20 minutes of action on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 in Fresno, California.
Submitted by pete on April 9, 2006 - 18:33
Regardless of the outcome, [url=http://www.refocus-now.com/Stock/Ideas/images/Lottery%20Balls,%]we know what the Panthers have awaiting them.[/url] TB-3 FLA-6 John Grahame stopped 42 of 47 in a game that saw a complete third period collapse by the Lightning. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021160.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 9, 2006 - 18:00
[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Lascek) and Gatineau did not play today. Their series is currently tied at 1-1. [b]OHL[/b] Sudbury (Beech) currently trails Peterborough in their series 2-0. They did not play today. Owen Sound (Bartanus) and London's series is tied 1-1. They did not play today. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw defeated Calgary 3-2 in overtime today to pull their playoff series to even at 1-1. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] scored the overtime winner and was +1. He was named 1st star of the game. Kelowna defeated Everett 3-2 to pull even in their second round playoff series at 1-1. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] was scoreless and even with 2 penalty minutes.
Submitted by pete on April 9, 2006 - 17:44
What made the difference? Goaltending. SPR-1 PRO-6 [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] allowed 6 goals on 26 shots faced. After getting woefully outshot last night in front of [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url], the Falcons actually stayed even at 26 shots with the Bruins today. Conventional wisdom has said that Coleman holds an edge over Boutin going into the offseason due to the amount of experience he has racked up in the AHL and the two games of NHL experience he's gotten this season. However, Boutin's .899 rookie save percentage is 16 points higher than Coleman's and a 0.65 better GAA. Making the situation even more murky next year will be the probable signing of [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] into the organization. [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] scored his 18th goal of his rookie season today. Hopefully he can dig deep and get his 20th by season's end. [url=doug=obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] had a helper on the goal, his 32nd point of the year. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002068]TheAHL.com.[/url]