Chris Lawrence continued his hot streak with a natural hattrick in Mississauga's 7-2 win over the Barrie Colts. Lawrence scored three straight goals in just over 7 minutes of the third period to break the game open, including his first two just 8 seconds apart. He was also plus-2 with 4 PIM. Lawrence now has 30 goals on the year. For the second consecutive game he was named the game's first star.
Kevin Beech won his first game with Erie, stopping 29 of 32 shots to help the Otters defeat Toronto St. Mike's 4-3. This was just the 10th win of the year for Erie.
Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack were shutout by Guelph 5-0. Bartanus was minus-1.
Vladimir Mihalik scored his fourth of the year to help Prince George to a 4-0 shutout win over Chilliwack. Mihalik was even in the game.
Dane Crowley and Everett shut down Vancouver 4-2 in Everett. Crowley scored his sixth goal of the year and now has a 2-game goal streak. He was also plus-1. Crowley was named the game's third star.
Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in #5 Maine's 3-0 loss to Providence.
Art Femenella was scorless and -1 in #14 Vermont's 3-2 win over #7 Boston College. Femenella also picked up 12 minutes in penalties, which included a 10-minute game misconduct when the second period ended. The senior has a total of 42 PIM in 11 games this season.
John Wessbecker was scoreless and -2 in UMASS' 5-1 loss to #2 New Hampshire.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and -1 in Northern Michigan's 4-1 win over Bowling Green.
What a disgusting collapse.
Morgan Cey allowed 6 goals on 38 shots including 4 third period goals in a period where Johnstown was outshot 13-4. Stanislav Lascek led the Chiefs attach with 1 goal and 2 assists while Dimitri Tarabrin chipped in 2 goals and 1 assist. John Adams, Jean Desrochers and PJ Atherton had individual assists. Lascek was named third star of the game.
JHN Tarabrin, (3) (Adams, Lascek), 0:35
DAY Tifu, (11) (Kelly, Manson), 6:13
JHN Lascek, (6) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 17:30
JHN Tarabrin, (4) (Atherton, Lascek), 7:59
DAY Herneisen, (6) (Tifu, Labenski), 18:12 (PP)
DAY Ford, (7) (Konsorada, Walton), 3:18 (PP)
DAY Walton, (10) , 5:17
DAY Tifu, (12) , 6:02
DAY Cullen, (4) (Walton), 16:07
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Norm Milley returns!
Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots faced for the shootout win. Doug O'Brien and Eric Healey scored the Falcons' goals with assists belonging to David Spina, Andy Rogers, Norm Milley and Andy Delmore. Daniel Corso and Healey also notched the winning markers in the shootout session.
The victory moves Springfield back to .500 at 21-21-1, 3 points back of Providence for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
SPR O'Brien, (3) (Spina, Rogers), 11:22
PRO Versteeg, (19) (Walter, Krejci), 15:54
PRO Kalus, (4) (Krejci, Versteeg), 17:33
SPR Healey, (18) (Milley, Delmore), 3:37
SPR- Corso, Healey
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-0 win over Podolsk. The older Kazionov has 8 goals and 17 points in 35 games this year with 16 penalty minutes and a +15 rating.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 3-2 loss to Omsk. In 24 games with Dynamo this season, Vishnyakov has 6 goals, 11 points, 32 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.
Anton But did not play in SKA's 5-1 loss to Magnitogorsk. But has 11 goals and 20 points in 38 games this season with 55 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.
Vasily Koshechkin's season record fell to 14-11-3 in Togliatti's 3-0 loss to Khimik.
Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal in Yaroslavl's 4-1 win over Novosibirsk. Artyukhin has 4 goals and 12 points in 36 games with 159 penalty minutes and a -2 rating.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Ufa. In 37 games, Glukhov has posted 1 goal and 11 points with 93 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 3-0 win against CSKA. The younger Kazionov is scoreless in 22 games this season with 8 penalty minutes and a -5 rating.
Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist and 2 penalty minutes in Lunkopings' 3-2 overtime loss to Djurgardens. Former Lightning forward Jimmie Olvestad had a power play goal and 2 penalty minutes in the match for DIF. Despite Linkopings' recent struggles in the past couple of weeks, Holmqvist has remained white hot offensively and now has 5 goals and 19 points in 38 games.
According to today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the ECHLâ€™s Johnstown Chiefs and AHLâ€™s Springfield Falcons rotated players, sending Stanislav Lascek to Johnstown and Radek Smolenak to Springfield.
Smolenak played in 30 games for the Chiefs. He had a team-high 12 goals and ranked fourth with 22 points. In two earlier games with Springfield, the 6-foot-3 native of Prague, Czech Republic, didnâ€™t score a point.
Lascek appeared in 26 games with the Falcons, netting two goals and four points. The native of Martin, Slovakia, began the season in Johnstown and was the teamâ€™s leading scorer when he was recalled in November. He had five goals and 15 points in 10 ECHL games.
Note: The newspaper also reports Falcons property Maxime Boisclair participated in the ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday and had two assists in the American Conferenceâ€™s 6-3 win over the National Conference at Qwest Arena.
Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and an assist Thursday night to lead the Mississauga IceDogs to a 5-1 road win over Toronto St. Mike's. Lawrence was also plus-2 and had 6 PIM. One of his goals was the game winner and the other was a power play marker. Anyone who had him in their stat-category-based OHL fantasy hockey league is probably patting themselves on the back for that performance. Lawrence was named the game's first star.
"The coaches have emphasized that I've got to drive the net more," Lawrence told the Mississauga News. "And if you work hard, the goals will come."
"When he's going to the net as hard as he did tonight, not too many people can handle him at this level," Coach Mike Kelly said of Lawrence's performance.
Note: This was Mississauga's last game in the old Toronto rink, St. Michael's College Arena, which has seen the likes of Red Kelly, Tim Horton, and Frank Mahovlich come through on their way to the pros. The Mississauga News reports the current Toronto club will likely play in Mississauga's Hershey Centre next year after the IceDogs move to Niagara Falls.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 of 28 in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 to stay perfect in shootout situations. Brad Richards had a pair of goals and the shootout winner while assists went to Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. Ranger, in particular, deserves plaudits for an incredible tape to tape pass from just above his own goal line to Richards at the Devils' blueline for the breakaway goal.
New Jersey 1:58, Jay Pandolfo 6 (John Madden, Sergei Brylin)
Tampa Bay 4:07, Brad Richards 17 (Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 19:56, Brad Richards 18 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
New Jersey 12:50, Paul Martin 1 (power play) (Zach Parise, Brian Rafalski)
Tampa Bay- Richards
New Jersey- NONE
Game sheet from NHL.com.