Unfortunately, it looks like things might be getting a little worse in Johnstown before they get better.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 32 shots faced in his first start since returning from a groin injury. Randy Rowe scored the lone Chiefs goal off an assist from Jean Desrochers. Rowe was named the third star of the game.
One small editorial: where is Zbynek Hrdel? Other than the side of a milk carton? Hrdel is scoreless in his last 5 games and has just 1 assist in his last 7 at a level of hockey where he should be a consistent scoring line player. Hrdel has another year on his contract after this one, but he's quietly playing himself out of the organization, in my opinion, unless he starts to pick it up.
DAY Herneisen, (7) (Tifu, Maiser), 14:35
DAY Walton, (11) (Farynuk, Maiser), 2:13 (PP)
JHN Rowe, (11) (Desrochers), 6:13
DAY Cullen, (5) (Farynuk, Ford), 1:29 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Kazan.
Through 40 games, Artyukhin has 4 goals and 12 points with 161 penalty minutes and an even rating. He is currently second in the Superleague in penalty minutes well back of former Lightning tough guy Reid Simpson.
In 39 games with Kazan, the older Kazionov has 9 goals and 18 points with 20 penalty minutes and a +15 rating. His +/- is currently the 9th best in the Superleague.
Kevin Beech played just one period against the Kitchener Rangers tonight, stopping only 13 of 17 shots. He was pulled after the first period. The Rangers went on to beat Erie 8-1 in Erie.
The Rangers remain one point behind London in the Midwest Division thanks to London's 8-2 win over Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound in Owen Sound. Bartanus' pointless streak hit 11 games as he was scoreless. He was also minus-2, which extends his streak without finishing a game with a plus rating to 23.
In the WHL, Prince George fell to Tri-City for the second straight night, this time 4-2. Both games were played in Prince George. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point, but was plus-1 and had 2 PIM.
Dane Crowley and Everett made the short trip to Seattle and defeated the Thunderbirds 3-1. Crowley's four game point streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
Well, it's a fair sight better than getting killed 7-2 like the last time they played Augusta.
Morgan Cey stopped 22 of 26 shots through 40 minutes before giving way to Gerald Coleman who stopped just 3 of 5 shots faced to take the hard luck loss in relief. Brandon Elliot, amazingly, led the Chiefs offensively with 2 goals and 1 assist while Dimitri Tarabrin had 1 goal and 2 assists. Stanislav Lascek also had a multi-point night with 1 goal and 1 assist as well as a game high 9 shots on goal. Ben Wallace, Jean Desrochers, Grant Jacobsen and John Adams each had individual helpers. Elliot and Tarabrin were named the game's second and third stars.
JHN Tarabrin, (7) (Adams, Lascek), 4:53
AUG Tardy, (3) (Bembridge, Johnson), 6:35 (PP)
AUG Scuderi, (3) (Johnson, Bembridge), 13:06 (PP)
AUG Bembridge, (6) (Scuderi), 8:47
AUG Johnson, (13) , 13:53 (SH)
JHN Elliott, (7) (Tarabrin, Jacobsen), 19:07 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (8) (Wallace, Desrochers), 3:18
JHN Lascek, (7) (Tarabrin, Elliott), 7:00 (PP)
AUG Goulet, (19) (Lang), 11:46 (SH)
AUG Blanchard, (9) (Bembridge, Johnson), 17:46 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Unfortunately, I think this may go down as the weekend that killed any legitimate playoff hopes for the Falcons.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the loss but was named second star of the game. Andy Delmore had the only Falcons goal.
PHI Zingoni, (9) (Slaney, Ellison), 4:02 (PP)
PHI Ellison, (6) (Davis, Kane), 15:53
SPR Delmore, (12) , 14:10
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 3-2 overtime loss to Omsk.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 6-3 loss to Magnitogorsk.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 4-3 overtime loss to Novokuznetsk.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 4-1 win over Amur.
Vasily Koshechkin improved his record to 15-12-4 this season helping Togliatti defeat Salavat Yulayev 4-3.
Andreas Holmqvist had 1 assist and minor penalties for roughing and diving in Linkopings' 3-3 tie with Brynas today. The blueliner is now at a half a point a game with 5 goals and 21 points through 42 games this season. Last season Holmqvist had 6 goals and 22 points in 46 games with Linkopings. Andreas is the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks forward Michael Holmqvist.
Make it 10 games without a point for Marek Bartanus. Owen Sound and Kitchener combined for 91 shots on goal, yet the result was only a 4-2 game in favor of Kitchener. The game was played at The Aud in Kitchener. Bartanus was minus-1, his 22nd straight game without finishing with a plus rating. He is minus-11 during that time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chris Lawrence extended his goal scoring streak to five games with a goal and assist as Mississauga beat Sarnia 7-5 in Mississauga. Lawrence was also plus-2, had 2 PIM, and was named the game's second star.
Kevin Beech had another good effort for the usually over matched Erie Otters, this time stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 loss to Brampton in Erie. The Battalion added a late empty net goal.
In the WHL, Prince George lost at home to Tri-City 2-1. Vladimir Mihalik scored his fifth goal of the year for Prince George. He was also plus-1 and named the game's second star.
Everett crushed the Winter Hawks in Portland, 9-0. Dane Crowley saw his three game goal scoring streak end, but extended his point streak to four games with two assists. He was also an outstanding plus-5.
Well, the Lightning organization was 0-2 against the Devils organization tonight.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 24 shots faced in the loss. Martin Brodeur stood on his head at times during a brilliant 28 save shutout performance to get the win.
New Jersey 19:09, Brian Gionta 22 (Scott Gomez, Patrik Elias)
New Jersey 19:17, Jay Pandolfo 7 (empty net) (Sergei Brylin, John Madden)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
It makes me sick to my stomach to see the Falcons blow a 3-0 lead.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 27 shots in the loss and his season record (13-14-0) now falls under .500 for the first time since October. Norm Milley led the Falcons with 1 goal and 1 assist while Daniel Corso had 2 assists. Eric Healey and Andre Deveaux had the other Falcons goals and Doug O'Brien, Adam Henrich and Andy Delmore had individual helpers. Milley was named third star of the game.
Instead of leapfrogging Portland into 5th in the division and keeping pace 4 points back of the final Atlantic Division playoff spot, the Falcons have dropped 6 points out of the playoffs and just 1 point out of the Atlantic Division basement. Tonight's game was the first of a five game spot in the schedule where Springfield looked to have some winnable games, but the third period collapse against Lowell seems an ominous sign.
SPR Milley, (17) (Corso, O'Brien), 19:52
SPR Deveaux, (1) (Corso, Henrich), 12:03
SPR Healey, (20) (Milley, Delmore), 12:51
LOW Murphy, (8) (Greene, Mottau), 17:43 (PP)
LOW Marshall, (4) (Fraser, McGillis), 0:34
LOW Bergfors, (11) (Fahey, McGillis), 2:25
LOW Clarkson, (13) (Pihlman), 7:00
LOW Pihlman, (4) , 19:39 (EN)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.