Holmqvist En Fuego

With Linkopings having to provide more goal support with Fredrik Norrena out of the lineup, defenseman Andreas Holmqvist is starting to emerge as one of the premiere power play weapons in the Elitserien. Today, Holmqvist chipped in a goal and two power play assists as Linkopings squeaked by HV 71 5-4. The victory was a triumph considering HV 71 is currently the top team in the Elitserien and Linkopings is missing their star goaltender. Holmqvist is suddenly with in a eyelash of the half a point a game plateau with 20 points in 41 games.

Game Night 2/3: Chiefs at Bombers

Johnstown left a point on the table tonight. With Toledo holding seven games in hand on them, they cannot afford anything less than two against bottomfeeders like Dayton. JHN-2 DAY-3 (SO) Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 33 before falling in the shootout. Dimitri Tarabrin scored both goals for Johnstown on the power play. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2781]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 2/3: Falcons at Monarchs

For the record, I believe Jonathan Boutin should be named the Falcons' starter and play 2 out of 3 in all these weekend sets until he proves he can't handle it. SPR-2 MCH-4 Gerald Coleman stopped just 19 of 24 shots faced in the loss. Timo Helbling extended his point streak to six games scoring a first period power play goal. Chris Dingman also lit the lamp to help dig the Falcons out of an early 2-0 hole, but they were unable to match Manchester in the final two frames. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001669]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Eklund Reassigned to Johnstown

Goaltender Brian Eklund has been reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL. The decision comes after the Lightning made the decision to promote Jonathan Boutin to Springfield of the AHL. Rumors of a trade involving Eklund have apparently fallen through, necessitating the goaltender's demotion.

Holmqvist Continues to Produce With Norrena Out

Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist and the Linkopings offense have been forced to step up in the absence of netminder Fredrik Norrena. They did so again today in a 4-1 victory over Sodertalje. Holmqvist assisted on a 2nd period Tony Martensson power play goal to open the game's scoring en route to the victory. Holmqvist now has 17 points in 40 games this season.

Another Tie for Lada/Koshechkin

Lada Togliatti tied Ak Bars Kazan 2-2 today. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin's record moved to 15-11-6 in the sister kisser. Elsewhere, Lightning prospect Alex Polushin was a scratch in Cherepovets' 3-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.

Ramo Leaves Game Early Against SaiPa

Goaltender Karri Ramo left after the first period of his club's game today against SaiPa. Ramo had helped to stake HPK to a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes making 10 saves before giving way to backup Miika Wiikman. HPK went on to lose the match 5-2. Bolt Prospects is attempting ro ascertain Ramo's condition and will post updates when they become available.

AHL All-Star Game

Planet USA [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002114]got pummelled by the Canadian AHLers tonight 9-4.[/url] Falcons center Ryan Vesce, who played for Planet USA, assisted on Patrick O'Sullivan's game opening goal. It was all downhill from there, however. Vesce finished -2 with three shots on goal.

Game Night 2/1: Titans at Chiefs

Morgan Cey slams the door in a critical division game. TRE-0 JHN-5 Morgan Cey stopped 28 of 28 shots faced for his first professional shutout. Entering the night Johnstown and Trenton were tied with 42 points for 4th in the division just one point back of 3rd place Toledo. Granted, I don't have the advanced degree in physics necessary to fully understand this year's ECHL playoff format, but as I understand it the 4th and 5th place teams in the division have to play a short play-in round, so it behooves the Chiefs to make a run and grab the #3 spot in the North. The Chiefs will face Trenton three more times in the month of February and division patsy Dayton five times, so the Chiefs are in good position to move up quickly in the standings if they can master Trenton and continue to win games against Dayton. JB Bittner and Doug Andress each had a goal and an assist while Brett Peterson had a pair of helpers. For the Lightning prospects, John Toffey scored his 4th goal of the season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2769]ECHL.com.[/url]

O'Brien Returned to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2920.shtml]have returned defenseman Doug O'Brien to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The blueliner was recalled and played in two games after veteran Darryl Sydor was struck in the face with a puck in the team's 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. O'Brien returns to a depleted Falcons blueline which was forced to play five defensemen in their last two games.
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