Karri Ramo is only just barely 20 years old and he's already this good. Wrap your mind around that.
Ramo stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in regulation/overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots to lift Springfield to a 3-2 shootout victory. Ramo improves to 5-3-0 this season and has won 3 of his last 4 starts. The Falcons were outshot 39-24, but Ramo made up the difference.
Justin Keller and Andy Delmore had the Falcons' goals. Daniel Corso, Matt Smaby and, yes, Ramo himself had assists. Corso and David Spina were Springfield's two scorers in the shootout. Ramo was named first star and Delmore third star of the game.
SPR Keller, (5) (Corso, Smaby), 16:52
HER Hendricks, (6) (Arsene), 9:14
HER Giroux, (7) (Hendricks, Fehr), 13:43
SPR Delmore, (4) (Ramo), 16:05
With tonight's win, Springfield moves to a game under .500 for the fourth time this season. Springfield faces the Toronto Marlies on Friday night at home with the opportunity to get back to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Despite facing scrutiny from the IIHF for a knee to knee hit which led to his ejection from the Karjala Cup, Evgeny Artyukhin was in the lineup today in Yaroslavl's 5-3 win over Khaborovsk. Artyukhin was scoreless in the match.
Vasily Koshechkin fell to 8-5-3 as he was chased today in Togliatti's 6-4 loss to Omsk.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 3-2 loss to CSKA.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 5-3 win over Chekhov.
Alexei Glukhov scored his first goal of the season as Cherepovets beat Novosibirsk 5-3.
Falcons Recall Spina, Adams, and Lascek
Deveaux, Greco Demoted
Aulin Released from PTO
(Springfield Falcons Release)
The Springfield Falcons announced today that forwards David Spina, Stanislav Lascek, and defenseman John Adams have been recalled from their ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. All three players are expected to join the Falcons for their game Wednesday when they host the Hershey Bears at the MassMutual Center.
Lascek currently leads the Chiefs in scoring with five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 10 games. Lascek, who attended Falcons training camp this year, is also tied for the Johnstown lead in assists. The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Martin, Slovakia is in his first season of professional hockey after leading Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring last year with 47 goals and 88 assists for 135 points in 64 games.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation before stopping 2 of 3 penalty shots to lift Russia to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Czech Republic to win the Karjala Cup. Koshechkin finishes the tournament with a record of 2-0-0 with a 1.92 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Chris Lawrence had an assist and was +1 with 2 PIMs in Mississauga's 6-3 win over Ottawa.
Kevin Beech stopped 35 of 38 shots in Sudbury's 3-2 loss to Toronto.
Dane Crowley was +1 with 4 PIMs in Swift Current's 3-0 victory over Saskatoon.
Lightning CHL Prospect Statistics Through 11/12:
Chris Lawrence, Mississauga (OHL), 16 GP, 11-11-22, 34 PIM, +4
Marek Bartanus, Owen Sound (OHL), 19 GP, 3-11-14, 23 PIM, +3
Vladimir Mihalik, Prince George (WHL), 11 GP, 3-4-7, 19 PIM, -2
Dane Crowley, Swift Current (WHL), 15 GP, 0-5-5, 41 PIM, -4
Kevin Beech, Sudbury (OHL), 19 GP, 8-8-1, 1 SO, 3.44 GAA, .883 sv%
A good end to an otherwise abysmal weekend for the Falcons.
Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win to move his record to 4-3-0. Justin Keller led the way for the Falcons with 2 goals and 1 assist while Marek Kvapil and Daniel Corso each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Veteran Zdenek Blatny had 2 assists while Andy Delmore and Andre Deveaux each had individual helpers.
Keller, Kvapil and Delmore were the game's three stars.
POR Konopka, (4) (Salcido, Genoway), 2:58 (PP)
SPR Kvapil, (2) (Deveaux), 11:18
SPR Keller, (3) (Blatny, Delmore), 4:26 (PP)
SPR Corso, (3) (Keller, Kvapil), 7:09 (PP)
SPR Keller, (4) (Corso, Blatny), 4:41
POR Wilson, (3) (Melin, Konopka), 18:44
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Frank Anzalone's message seems to have worked.
Frank Anzalone followed through on his threat to leave some forwards in Johnstown as the Chiefs only iced 9 men up front tonight leaving Zbynek Hrdel and Adam Henrich out of the lineup. Gerald Coleman allowed 3 goals on 35 shots faced, including 1 goal which came on a penalty shot by Greg Hoogeboom, and got the win. Stanislav Lascek had 2 goals and 1 assist in the game. Radek Smolenak, who was a disciplinary scratch in last night's game, returned to the lineup today and notched a pair of assists. Gus Katsuras, David Spina and Maxime Boisclair (empty net) scored the Chiefs' other goals. Andrew Martens, Doug Andress and PJ Atherton added individual helpers.
Lascek and Coleman were the first and second stars of the game respectively.
JHN Katsuras, (3) (Lascek, Smolenak), 11:44
JHN Lascek, (4) (Smolenak), 14:24
JHN Lascek, (5) (Martens), 19:16 (PP)
REA Mihaly, (11) (Bala, Collymore), 19:20 (PP)
REA Hogeboom, (4) , 5:18 (SH/PS)
REA Hogeboom, (5) (Collymore), 15:01
JHN Spina, (4) (Andress), 16:12
JHN Boisclair, (4) (Atherton), 19:59 (EN)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Defensemen, Mike Lundin had two assists in #1 Maine's 8-2 loss to #13 New Hampshire. Both helpers came on the PP in the second period. He also had 3 shots in the game and finished -2.
It was the Black Bears first loss of the season, they move to 8-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the HEAST.
Lundin now has 2 goals and 5 assists on the season with a +5 rating in 10 GP.
Dusty Collins was even with no shots in Northern Michigan's 3-2 win over Alaska.
In 12 GP, Collins has 1 goal and 1 assist with a -2 rating and 8 PIM. The Wildcats are 6-4-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the CCHA, sitting in a 4-way tie for 4th place in the division with Notre Dame, Michigan State and Western Michigan.