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.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/27

There were no Lightning CHL prospects in playoff action last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] Owen Sound took Kitchener close to the brink tonight before losing in double overtime 4-3. Owen Sound still leads the series 2-1. Marek Bartanus had a goal and was -1 in the game. [b]WHL[/b] Despite a Blair Jones goal, Moose Jaw dropped game three to Brandon 3-2. The Wheat Kings now lead their opening round series 2-1. Jones was named 2nd star of the game.

Game Night 3/27: Lightning at Hurricanes

Wasted a great effort by Grahame. TB-1 CAR-2 Grahame stopped 27 of 29 in the loss. Defenseman Pavel Kubina was injured on a Craig Adams hit leaving the Lightning with just four of their regular defensemen. Doug O'Brien played better in his third NHL game than in his previous callup, but is struggling still with the size/strength of the NHL, in my opinion. Paul Ranger played 26:13 of even hockey with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. As injuries have led to an increase in his ice time, Ranger has responded. Ryan Craig played 19:21 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 hit. O'Brien played 12:24 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin was even in 7:38 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021065.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Two

Linkopings pulled even in their semifinal series with Vastra Frolunda today winning 5-0. Fredrik Norrena threw a 29 save shutout while veteran Lightning property Shane Willis had a goal and an assist. The series is now tied 1-1.

HPK/Ilves Game Three

HPK is on the brink of moving on to the Finnish semifinals. Both Karri Ramo and Tuukka Rask rode the pine today as HPK defeated Ilves 4-2 with Miika Wiikman once again between the pipes. HPK leads the best of seven series 3-0.

Game Day 3/26: Chiefs at Nailers

Are the depleted Chiefs finally hitting the wall? JHN-2 WHE-5 Gabe Winer stopped 39 of 46 in the loss. Adam Henrich got his 18th goal of the season and added an assist. Andre Deveaux added a power play goal for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3082]ECHL.com.[/url]
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