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.
Chris Lawrence extended his goal scoring streak to four games, but the Mississauga IceDogs fell to the Petes in Peterborough, 5-2. Lawrence scored his 33rd goal of the year on the power play in the third period to cut Mississauga's deficit to 3-1, but it was too little too late. He was also minus-2 for the game.
The Springfield Falcons have announced the recall of LW/C Adam Henrich and RW/C Andre Deveaux from Johnstown of the ECHL. To make room, the Falcons also announced they have returned Maxime Boisclair to Johnstown and released Randy Rowe from his PTO and returned him to Johnstown as well.
In 26 games in the ECHL this season, Henrich has 8 goals and 22 points with 109 penalty minutes and a +8 rating. In 21 games with the Chiefs, Deveaux has 6 goals and 14 points with 51 penalty minutes and a -4 rating.
Boisclair, who still leads the Chiefs in scoring, had just 1 goal in his 17 game recall to Springfield with 6 penalty minutes and a -3 rating. Rowe was similarly ineffective scoring just 2 goals and 3 points in 17 games with a -2 rating.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 3-2 win over Khimik.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-3 win over Omsk.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-0 win over Togliatti. Vasily Koshechkin's season record fell to 14-12-4 for Lada with the loss.
Anton But had an assist as SKA annihilated Salavat Yulayev 6-0.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 3-2 win over Amur.
Break up the Otters.
Kevin Beech stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, then both of Guelph's shootout attempts to give the Erie Otters a 4-3 shootout win over the Storm. This is second straight victory (and third in the last four games) for the Otters, who improve to 12-32-1-2 on the season. Despite only being acquired 3 weeks ago, Beech now has one-quarter of the Otters wins on the year (3-1-1). This is the second straight shootout win for Erie over Guelph, who is 23-15-2-7 for the year.
Beech earned first star honors for the game, but it could be said he truly earned it in the third period, when the Otters were outshot 15-8, and overtime, when he turned aside 5 more shots. In all, the Otters were outshot 42-29 for the game.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley returned to the Everett lineup after missing two games with the flu and extended his goal-scoring streak to three games as Everett topped Portland 5-3 in Everett. Crowley scored the eventual game winner at the 14:32 mark of the third period. He was also plus-1 for the game. Crowley is 3-1-4 and plus-5 in 4 games with the WHL's top team, Everett. He was 4-15-19 and minus-2 in 33 games with Swift Current.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and even in Northern Michigan's 4-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth. In 28 games this season the senior has 2 goals and 2 assists, 14 PIM and a -7 rating.
The Wildcats are 11-15-2 overall and 8-11-1 in the CCHA sitting tied for 8th place with Lake Superior.
An incredible comeback from 3 goals down.
Ryan Munce struggled a bit in his first start for the Chiefs allowing 4 goals on 17 shots in two periods of work before being relieved by Morgan Cey. Cey went on to stop 7 of 7 shots faced in the third period and overtime and then stopped 7 of 9 penalty shots for the shootout win. Jean Desrochers led the way offensively with 3 assists while Dimitri Tarabrin lit the lamp twice. Andrew Martens had 1 goal and 1 assist and Doug Andress netted the other Chiefs goals. Individual helpers belonged to Ben Wallace, Geoff Waugh and John Adams. Adam Henrich, John Adams and PJ Atherton had the winning goals in the shootout. Atherton and Tarabrin were named first and second stars of the game.
TREN Henkel, (10) (Riddle, Haggett), 11:04
TREN Johnson, (12) (Bertoli, Ruggeri), 3:58 (PP)
TREN Manley, (2) (Leblond, Pisellini), 8:41
JHN Martens, (3) (Wallace, Desrochers), 16:40
TREN Riddle, (13) (Henkel, Haggett), 17:23
JHN Tarabrin, (5) (Desrochers, Waugh), 19:18
JHN Andress, (10) (Desrochers), 4:04
JHN Tarabrin, (6) (Adams, Martens), 7:41
JHN- Henrich, Adams, Atherton
TREN- Haggett, Pandolfo
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Unfortunately, this Falcons team just doesn't have a second line to speak of, and it's very difficult for them to come from 2 goals down as a result.
Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Springfield got 1 goal and 1 assist from Daniel Corso and a pair of helpers from Eric Healey. The other Falcons goal came from a suddenly red hot Doug O'Brien who has had goals in three of the last four games. Norm Milley also chipped in an individual helper.
SPR O'Brien, (5) (Corso, Healey), 4:14 (PP)
MCH O'Sullivan, (17) (Murray, Jackman), 7:00
MCH Tukonen, (9) (Kemp, LaBarbera), 10:49
MCH Schmidt, (4) (Murray, O'Sullivan), 13:40 (SH)
SPR Corso, (10) (Milley, Healey), 12:01
MCH Gauthier, (9) , 19:11 (EN)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that goaltender Gerald Coleman has been cleared to play and will join a goaltending triad that includes himself, Morgan Cey and recently acquired Ryan Munce. Coleman has been slowed by a groin injury suffered two months ago and his only game action came in a brief appearance in Augusta on the Chiefs' recent southern road trip in which the former London goaltender was reinjured.