Game Night 12/30: Monarchs at Falcons

Like quicksand... MAN-4 SPR-0 Gerald Coleman stopped just 22 of 26 shots faced in the loss. Hard to place blame on the goaltenders though when the Falcons have been shut out in two straight contests. John Adams was -2 in his debut. Welcome to the AHL young man. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001485]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/30: Chiefs at Titans

In case you didn't know why Jonathan Boutin is an all-star... JHN-2 TRE-1 Jonathan Boutin made a brilliant 42 saves on 43 shots faced to carry Johnstown to the victory. Only a late Scott Bertoli goal with under three minutes left in the game managed to beat the ex-Quebec Rampart netminder. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2621]ECHL.com.[/url]

Boutin An All-Star

Lightning goaltending prospect Jonathan Boutin [url=http://www.echl.com/upload_images/2006AmericanConferenceRoster.pdf]has been named to the ECHL's American Conference All-Star team.[/url] The rookie netminder has been amongst the league leaders in save percentage and shutouts throughout the season, showing the promise that prompted the Tampa Bay Lightning to select him in the 3rd round of the 2003 Entry Draft. Boutin was the lone Johnstown Chief named to the team. The ECHL All-Star Game will take place January 25th in Fresno, CA.

Canda Cruises Into Spengler Cup Final

Canada crushed Czech Extraliga club Sparta Praha today to secure a spot in the tournament final tomorrow. Led by former Lightning player Glen Metropolit's four assists, Canada easily won 8-2. Andy Chiodo was in net for the Canadians. Former Springfield Falcon Jean-Guy Trudel was named Canada's best player for the round-robin portion of the tournament. For Lightning prospect Morgan Cey, his mop up duty against Elsbaren Berlin looks like it may have been his only playing time in the tournament.

Falcons Sign Adams to PTO, Reassign Henrich to Johnstown

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2862.shtml]announced the signing today of defenseman John Adams to a professional tryout contract.[/url] Adams, who turned 23 on December 21st, is a former 3rd round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres who went unsigned out of Hockey East's Boston College before joining the Florida Everblades of the ECHL in this, his rookie, season. A 6'2" 195 pound stay-at-home blueliner, Adams' best college season came as a junior when he posted 3 goals and 10 points in 42 games for the Eagles. With the Everblades, Adams had 1 goals and 7 points in 22 games before signing his PTO contract today. Adams will assume the spot vacated by Anders Eriksson who left Springfield for Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague. To make roster room, the Falcons reassigned LW/C Adam Henrich to Johnstown of the ECHL.

Linkopings Loses in OT to Lulea

Fredrik Norrena was unable to protect a one goal Linkopings lead with under a minute to go as Lulea rallied to tie and then defeat them 3-2 in overtime. Norrena stopped 26 of 29 shots faced in the loss. The defeat drops Norrena to 15-6-4 on the season.

Spengler Cup Day Three: Canada Crushes Elsbaren Berlin

Today, in their third match of the Spengler Cup tournament, Team Canada crushed German DEL club Elsbaren Berlin 6-1. Dale McTavish led the way for the Canadians with 2 goals. Andy Chiodo won for Canada to improve their record to 2-1 for the tournament while Lightning prospect Morgan Cey allowed no goals in late mop up duty.

Novosibirsk Shuts Out Togliatti

Novosibirsk defeated Lada Togliatti hadily today by the score of 3-0. The loss drops Vasily Koshechkin to 14-6-3 on the season. Also, this week, goaltender Travis Scott of Metallurg Magnitogorsk finally moved past Koshechkin into first in the Russian Suerleague in save percentage. Anton But also had a helper today as Yarolslavl tied Chekov 3-3. But continue to lead all Lightning prospects in Russia in scoring.

Reid Reassigned to Springfield

[url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBDQXGKSHE.html]According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib[/url], RW Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. Also, veteran Chris Dingman has been placed on waivers and will be reassigned to Springfield on Friday if there are no takers. Also, defenseman Andy Rogers is in town from Prince George of the WHL to have his ailing ankle examined by team doctors. Rogers has been hobbled all season, which partly explains the lack of offensive development in his game after a Traverse City tournament where he led all Lightning prospects in scoring.

Game Night 12/28: Canadiens at Lightning

Good news/bad news... MTL-4 TB-3 The good news is that the Lightning are finally getting pucks on net. They outshot Montreal 44-24 in Wednesday night's game. The bad news is that they're still losing hockey games. Paul Ranger notched his 7th assist of the season on Vincent Lecavalier's second period goal. Ranger played 14:33 and was +2 in the game. Ryan Craig was +1 in 10:20 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 10:24 of ice time with 1 shot on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020546.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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