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CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/29

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi completes the sweep. Stan Lascek had 4 assists tonight as Chicoutimi beat Baie-Comeau 6-4 to win their opening round series 4-0. [b]OHL[/b] Owen Sound moved Kitchener to the brink of elimination defeating the Rangers 7-2 tonight to take a 3-1 series lead. Marek Bartanus was scoreless in the game. Radek Smolenak scored his first goal of the postseason but it was not enough as Sudbury defeated the Frontenacs 5-2. Kevin Beech stopped 33 of 35 in the win. Sudbury now leads the series 3-1. [b]WHL[/b] In a critical game four for the Rockets, Justin Keller scored 2 goals and added an assist with a +3 rating to help Kelowna defeat Kootenay 5-4. Keller was named 1st star of the game. With the win, the series is now knotted at 2-2.

Game Night 3/29: Chiefs at Titans

Snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. JHN-3 TRE-4 (SO) Trenton scored the tying goal to send the game to overtime with just 6 seconds left in regulation before winning in the shootout. Morgan Cey stopped 27 of 30 in his first game back from Springfield, but if there's one area of his game he's struggled at this season it has been in the shootouts. Adam Henrich stayed hot with an assist in the game. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3091] ECHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Three

Fredrik Norrena stopped 25 of 26 shots faced today as Linkopings defeated Frolunda 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their semifinal series. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist had the primary assist on Mikko Luoma's game winning, third period power play goal. Shane Willis also had an assist in the game.

Winer Goes Back To College

With his spring break over, [url=http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/pressreleases/2006/03mar/28.htm]goaltender Gabe Winer has returned to UMASS to finish up his degree.[/url] That leaves the Chiefs with Morgan Cey, Mike Betz and Josh Disher under contract between the pipes.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/28

[b]QMJHL[/b] Stanislav Lascek had 1 assist and was named 1st star of the game in Chicoutimi's 3-1 win over Baie-Comeau. The Sangueneens now hold a 3-0 series lead. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech had a 27 save shutout in a 2-1 Sudbury triumph over Kingston. Beech was named second star of the game for the Wolves. Radek Smolenak was -1 with 4 PIMs in the game. Sudbury leads the opening round series 2-1. [b]WHL[/b] Justin Keller was scoreless and even as Kelowna fell to Kootenay 4-3. Kelowna now trails their opening round series 2-1.

More Moves in Springfield

According to the [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2969.shtml]Springfield Falcons[/url], the team has sent goaltender Morgan Cey to their ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. The Falcons also announced they released defenseman Doug Andress from his Professional Tryout Agreement and he will also return to Johnstown, while Springfield has signed defenseman Jared Nightingale to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO). Cey was recalled from Johnstown on March 16 and played in two games for the Falcons posting a record of 1-0-0 with a 2.40 goals against average and .927 save percentage. Cey earned a shutout in his first AHL start on March 25 at Lowell making 37 saves earning the game’s first star. Cey has also played in 31 games for the Chiefs this season posting a record of 17-8-5 with a 2.74 goals against average and .922 save percentage. Cey currently leads all Johnstown goaltenders in games played and wins. Cey is in his first season of professional hockey after playing his collegiate hockey with Notre Dame from 2001-2005.

Lightning Recall Helbling

In the wake of defenseman Pavel Kubina's injury in last night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Lightning have recalled defenseman Timo Helbling. Helbling will join the Lightning in Tampa as they prepare to host the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night. Helbling has played in 60 games for the Falcons this season collecting seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points and 56 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound native of Basel, Switzerland started the season with the Lightning registering one assist in five games played. Helbling is currently second on the Falcons in scoring among defensemen.

HPK/Ilves Game Four: Ramo/Rask IV

Decision: Ramo. Karri Ramo threw a 23 save shutout today to defeat Tuukka Rask and Ilves 1-0. Ramo was named first star of the game in his first career SM-liiga playoff game. HPK eliminated Ilves with the victory, sweeping the series 4-0. HPK will likely face HIFK in the semifinal round.

Springfield Signs Atherton to ATO

The Springfield Falcons announced today that [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2969.shtml]they have signed defenseman P.J. Atherton to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO).[/url] Atherton is expected to practice with the Falcons this week and make his debut this weekend with Springfield. Atherton recently finished his collegiate career with the University of Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Edina, Minnesota native collected one goal and six assists for seven points in 41 games this year with the University of Minnesota. Atherton is a solid, stay-at-home defenseman known for his physical presence on the ice. Before going to Minnesota, he showed an offensive upside with Cedar Rapids of the USHL, where he scored 7 goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 54 games.
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