The Springfield Falcons have announced they have sent defenseman Geoff Waugh down to Johnstown of the ECHL. The move likely signals the return of defenseman Doug O'Brien who has missed the past seven games for the Falcons due to head and facial injuries caused by an illegal hit from Manchester's Peter Kanko.
John Wessbecker was scoreless with an even rating and 2 PIM in UMASS' 2-2 tie with #9 Boston University. UMASS is 6-3-2 overall and tied for 4th in the HEAST.
Defensemen Art Femenella was scoreless with 4 PIM in Vermont's 2-1 win over Harvard in OT tonight.
Femenella came back in Saturday night's 3-2 win over #3 Maine after missing 4 games due to injury. He assisted on a 1st period goal and finished a +1 with 2 PIM.
The senior has 1 goal and 1 assist and 22 PIM in 7 games this season. Vermont is 8-4-1 overall and 2nd in the HEAST.
What a bizarre game with a disconcerting outcome.
Johan Holmqvist stopped just 10 of 13 shots he faced for the loss before giving way to Marc Denis who stopped 5 of 6 before Washington tacked on an empty net goal. The Lightning outshot the Caps by a stunning 50-20 margin including a 16 shot first period and a mind blowing 25 shot third period. Olaf Kolzig, however, was up to the task. Dan Boyle had 2 assists to lead the Lightning attack. Nick Tarnasky and Vincent Lecavalier scored the Lightning goals. For Tarnasky, it was his first in the NHL with Blair Jones and Ryan Craig getting individual assists in the game.
The downside of the night's outcome is the team squandered an opportunity to move into a tie for second in the division with Carolina and to pick up a point against Atlanta. On paper, the Lightning's schedule in December and January looks potentially brutal so the Lightning must get points when they play lesser opponents like Washington. You can't necessarily fault their effort tonight against the Caps, but the points left on the table still hurt.
Washington 14:12, Kris Beech 2 (Matt Pettinger, Alexander Semin)
Washington 1:53, Boyd Gordon 2 (shorthanded) (Matt Pettinger)
Washington 16:29, Alexander Semin 9 (Brian Sutherby, Steve Eminger)
Washington 18:30, Chris Clark 6 (Alexander Ovechkin, John Erskine)
Tampa Bay 5:10, Nick Tarnasky 1 (Blair Jones, Dan Boyle)
Tampa Bay 10:03, Vincent Lecavalier 11 (Ryan Craig, Dan Boyle)
Washington 18:51, Alexander Ovechkin 16 (empty net) (unassisted)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Denis Kazionov scored his first goal of the CHL-Russia Challenge tonight to go along with 2 penalty minutes, but it wasn't enough as the Russians fell to Team OHL 4-3. Kazionov has enjoyed a strong tour of North America thus far picking up points in 3 of the 4 games he has played thus far against select teams from the QMJHL and OHL. Through four games, Kazionov has 1 goal and 4 points. Denis plays his hockey in the Russian Superleague, the top men's league in Russia, despite the fact he won't turn 19 until December 8th. The young winger plays primarily a fourth line role for the club team Tver.
Vasily Koshechkin was again out of the lineup as Mike Fountain and Togliatti fell to Khabarovsk 4-3.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 2-1 loss to Magnitogorsk.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless as Kazan smoked Novokuznetsk 7-0.
Holy cow. Who'd have thought the Lightning could do THAT in the same week and a half they took a 7-2 beat down from Buffalo?
Johan Holmqvist continued his iron fisted hold on the starting goaltending gig stopping 22 of 23 shots faced. Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Eric Perrin, Paul Ranger and Dan Boyle each had individual assists in the game. Don't look know, but quiet like a thief in the night Kuba is on a pace for 10 goals and about 55 points. Pavel who? Dollar for dollar, you can make an argument Filip was one of the best free agent signings in the NHL last summer.
Ottawa 3:34, Jason Spezza 11 (Dany Heatley, Andrej Meszaros)
Tampa Bay 10:28, Filip Kuba 3 (Eric Perrin, Brad Richards)
Tampa Bay 11:04, Brad Richards 9 (Filip Kuba, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 18:42, Martin St. Louis 15 (power play) (Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle)
Game sheet from NHL.com.