Omsk/Kazan Game One

Today was the opening of the Russian Superleague finals between Avangard Omsk and Ak Bars Kazan. Avangard was crushed 6-1 by Kazan who jumped out to the early 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five matchup. Nikita Alexeev was scoreless in the game.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/11

[b]QMJHL[/b] Despite a 2 goal third period comeback by Chicoutimi, Gatineau defeated the Sangueneens 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] had his 4th goal of the playoffs but was -1 and on the ice for the Olympiques' winning marker. [b]OHL[/b] Sudbury didn't go down without a fight. Despite trailing 3-0 in the series the Wolves took Peterborough to overtime tonight before falling 4-3. Kevin Beech stopped 25 of 29 shots faced. Sudbury is eliminated by virtue of the Petes' 4-0 sweep of the series. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw defeated Calgary 4-2. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] had 3 assists and was +3 earning first star of the game honors. Moose Jaw now leads the series 2-1. Everett defeated Kelowna 2-0. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] was -1 with 4 penalty minutes. Everett leads the series 2-1.

Game Night 4/11: Thrashers at Lightning

Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. ATL-6 TB-2 Sean Burke allowed 5 goals on 14 shots before being replaced by John Grahame who allowed 1 goal on 10 shots faced. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] recorded his 12th assist of the season on Dimitry Afanasenkov's game opening goal. It was all downhill from there. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] was -2 in 18:37 with 1 blocked shot. Craig was +1 in 13:20 with 1 shot and 2 hits. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was -1 in 8:22 with 2 shots, 4 hits and 1 blocked shot. Post mortem at [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021174.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Playoff Game Night 4/11: Chiefs at Titans

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]

HPK/HIFK Game Four

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.

Falcons Sign Dartmouth Captain Mike Ouellette, UMass Goalie Gabe Winer to ATOs

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.

Playoff Game Night 4/10: Titans at Chiefs

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]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/10

[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.

Fritz Named AHL Man of the Year

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.

Boutin, Rosehill Sent to Johnstown for Playoffs

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.
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