Johnstown's season ends despite a valiant third period comeback attempt.
Morgan Cey allowed 7 goals on 35 shots in the game in what may be his last game under a Lightning contract. The Chiefs were paced by a pair of Zbynek Hrdel goals and 1 goal and 1 assist by rookie Gus Katsuras. Jean Desrochers and Maxime Boisclair each chipped in a pair of helpers. The other Johnstown goals were scored by Bryan Nathe and Marek Kvapil with individual assists from Dimitri Tarabrin, Grant Jacobsen and John Adams. The Chiefs entered the third period down by a 5-3 margin but battled back to tie the game on goals by Hrdel and Kvapil with 5:54 seconds remaining in regulation. 52 seconds later Cey surrendered the eventual game winning goal and the Chiefs' season was over in the blink of an eye. Hrdel was named the third star of the match.
JHN Katsuras, (1) (Boisclair, Adams), 11:13
TREN Henkel, (1) , 14:15 (SH)
JHN Nathe, (1) (Jacobsen, Desrochers), 10:18 (PP)
TREN Riddle, (1) (Pandolfo), 12:52 (SH)
TREN Mondou, (2) (Bertoli), 16:11
TREN Pandolfo, (2) (Ortmeyer, Pisellini), 16:32
JHN Hrdel, (1) , 18:09 (SH)
TREN Riddle, (2) (Tremblay, Bertoli), 19:45
JHN Hrdel, (2) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 7:22
JHN Kvapil, (1) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 14:06
TREN Morrison, (1) (Riddle, Bertoli), 14:58
TREN Pandolfo, (3) (Henkel), 18:24
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Back in early October, the BP staff made goalie prospect Karri Ramo the 2nd highest ranked prospect in the organization, with the caveat that it wouldn't be a stretch to think that this young Finnish netminder would be an NHL backup by the All-Star break.
Well... ok, maybe not the All-Star Break, but Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times is reporting in his blog that Bolt head coach John Tortorella has named Karri Ramo as Johan Holmqvist's backup for the playoffs. This is a huge opportunity for the young goalie, and sets up Ramo as the prospect mostly likely to make the Tampa squad out of training camp next season.
Trenton gets the best of the Chiefs in the third period of Game One.
Ryan Munce allowed 4 goals on 42 shots in the loss. Geoff Waugh and Jean Desrochers had the Johnstown goals. Grant Jacobsen, Dimitri Tarabrin and Marek Kvapil had assists. Johnstown battled back from a 2-0 first period hole to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes, but were unable to get a lead against the Titans. Trenton takes a 1-0 series lead.
TREN Mondou, (1) (Bertoli, Haggett), 10:22 (PP)
TREN Tremblay, (1) (Capraro, Haggett), 0:56
JHN Waugh, (1) (Jacobsen, Tarabrin), 7:32
JHN Desrochers, (1) (Kvapil), 8:49
TREN Bertoli, (1) (Mondou, Haggett), 2:50
TREN Pandolfo, (1) (Morrison), 12:08
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
With all due respect once again to Ryan Munce, who single handedly willed Johnstown into the playoffs this week with a 49 save performance in the season finale at Reading...
The Lightning organization's quietest success story of the season scores his third Bolt Prospects award of the season.
Johnstown got a little help from up Massachusetts way today for their first round playoff matchup against Trenton. According to ECHL.com the Chiefs were assigned D Nick Kuiper and LW Adam Henrich from Springfield of the AHL. The Chiefs also placed forwards Brandon Elliot and Eric Przepiorka on the 7 and 3 day injured reserves, respectively.
Kazan squared their Superleague final series at 1-1 defeating Magnitogorsk 5-1. Dimitri Kazionov scored Ak Bars' final goal in the match to cap off the victory. Game Three is scheduled for Tuesday.
Linkopings seized a critical Game Three victory today knocking off MODO 2-1 to take a 2-1 Elitserien final series lead. Lightning prospect defenseman Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist in the victory. The 2001 2nd round pick has 1 goal and 3 points in 3 final series games thus far.
There will be little time for the Johnstown Chiefs to celebrate as the ECHL has announced their first round playoff schedule. The Chiefs travel to Trenton to take on the Titans in Game One of their abbreviated playoff series at 7 pm. The match will be the first of three games in four nights as Tuesday night the Chiefs will face Trenton at home at 7 pm before going back on the road to Trenton for a potential deciding Game Three matchup, if needed, Thursday night at 7 pm.
Hard to say for sure, but I would guess Coach Frank Anzalone will rotate the goaltenders: Ryan Munce in Game One, Morgan Cey in Game Two and then perhaps back to Munce for Game Three. All subject to change, of course.
Prince George 2 @ Everett 3 (Overtime)
Everett leads best-of-7 series 2-0
Everett had a late third period goal to tie, then scored at 2:28 of overtime to take a commanding 2-0 lead over Prince George in their Western Conference Semifinals series. Prince George's Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and minus-1, being on the ice for Everett's tying goal. Everett broadcasters indicated Mihalik had a strong game and made several strong defensive plays with his "big stick." Dane Crowley of Everett was also scoreless, but had an even rating with 2 PIM. Crowley received significant ice time in the third period as Everett was attempting to tie the game. He set up several scoring chances by jumping into the play and getting shots on net. He also had a big pokecheck of Devin Setoguchi in the mid-third when Prince George was pressing.
Game 3 is Tuesday in Prince George.
Lightning limp into the playoffs after missing out on a chance to move into the 6 seed in the shootout.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 41 shots before allowing an uncustomary 3 shootout goals for his first career shootout loss. Vaclav Prospal and Filip Kuba had the Lightning goals. Kuba's 15 goals at season's end top Prospal's 14. Didn't see that one coming. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Tim Taylor added individual assists.
The shootout loss slots the Lightning in as the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference. They will face #2 seeded New Jersey in the first round. Considering the Lightning were 3-1-0 in the regular season against the Devils and have one of the best records against the Devils over the past three seasons of any Eastern Conference team, this is definitely a series that the Lightning can win. The question is: are they right mentally after collapsing against Florida and evaporating in the third period and overtime against Atlanta in the regular season's final two games with so much on the line? Time will tell.
Game sheet from NHL.com.