Andreas Holmqvist is playing like a man possessed.
Linkopings took a commanding 3-0 lead in their opening round Elitserien playoff series today defeating Lulea 2-1. Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist led the way scoring a goal on a 2-man power play advantage and adding a power play assist. Through three playoff games Holmqvist leads Linkopings in scoring with 2 goals, 5 points, 2 penalty minutes and a -1 rating. Game Four of the series is slated for Monday.
With Holmqvist playing so well, it's likely Holmqvist will earn a spot on the Swedish World Championships team and could see a considerable amount of ice time for a young Elitserien player. A good World Championships might very well clinch a contract with the Lightning who are not only short on offensive defensemen in the system but also short on right handed defensemen. The fit looks good and the time might be right to bring Andreas back to North America.
Mississauga 6 @ Toronto 5 (Shootout)
Chris Lawrence scored his 43rd goal of the season to help the Mississauga IceDogs to a 6-5 shootout win over the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Lawrence had an even rating for the game and did not participate in the shootout.
Plymouth 5 @ Erie 1
Kevin Beech watched from the bench as Justin Garay got the start for Erie, his second straight after relieving Beech in a game last weekend. The Otters were harpooned by the Whalers, 5-1. PETA is investigating.
Kamloops 1 @ Prince George 8
Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point and finished plus-2 in the Cougars 8-1 drubbing of the Kamloops Blazers Friday night.
Everett 3 @ Portland 0
Dane Crowley had an assist for Everett in the 'Tips 3-0 shutout win over last-place Portland. Crowley was plus-1. With Medicine Hat's overtime loss to Swift Current, the Silvertips now hold a 4 point lead (109-105) over the Tigers in the overall WHL standings. Everett has two games in hand on Medicine Hat.
UMass 3 - Maine 2
Game 1, HEast Tournament - Round 1
John Wessbecker's first goal of his collegiate career, scored when the sophomore jumped into the rush and finished off a 2 on 1, proved to be a huge one as he was credited with the game-winning goal in the first game of the best of three series with Maine. He finished a plus-1.
Black Bear's defenseman Mike Lundin recorded an assist in the game and finished even. Game two is tonight in Amherst.
Michigan 4 - Northern Michigan 1
Game 1, CCHA Tournament - Round 2
Dusty Collins was scoreless and a minus-1 in the opening game of the best of three series with the Wolverines. Game two is tonight in Ann Arbor.
In the final round of the Russian Superleague's regular season...
Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in Yaroslavl's 4-4 tie with Nizhnekamsk.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 5-3 win over Novosibirsk.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 2-0 loss to Salavat Yulayev.
Dimitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 3-1 loss to Amur.
Vasily Koshechkin made 22 saves in Togliatti's 2-1 overtime win against CSKA. Koshechkin finishes the regular season at the unofficial Bolt Prospects talley of 19-14-5.
Gerald Coleman gets some small measure of revenge.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in the loss. Daniel Corso and PJ Atherton had the Falcons goals. Individual assists belonged to Matt Smaby, Norm Milley, Dan Cavanaugh and Justin Keller. Tonight's game turned on a 5 minute high sticking penalty in the second period on Marek Kvapil which Portland cashed in on twice to assume a lead they never relenquished the rest of the way.
SPR Corso, (15) (Smaby, Milley), 6:53 (PP)
POR Carter, (11) (Salcido, Wilson), 7:06 (PP)
POR Salcido, (6) (Carter, Wilson), 8:52 (PP)
POR Keith, (10) (Hartigan, Weinrich), 9:45 (PP)
SPR Atherton, (2) (Cavanaugh, Keller), 7:37
POR Hartigan, (25) , 13:16
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Johnstown gets a critical victory.
Morgan Cey only had to stop 14 shots in the game as Johnstown's defense had perhaps its best night of the season. Dimitri Tarabrin had a strong 2 goal and 2 assist night while Grant Jacobsen added 2 goals and 1 assist. Geoff Waugh had the other Chiefs goal and added an assist. Jean Desrochers and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers and Gus Katsuras and Maxime Boisclair chipped in individual assists.
The Johnstown win, coupled with a Toledo loss, puts the Chiefs just 1 point out of a playoff spot.
WHE Smyth, (5) (Patrick, Guenther), 7:32 (PP)
JHN Waugh, (1) (Jacobsen, Tarabrin), 8:06
JHN Jacobsen, (7) (Martens, Waugh), 12:47 (SH)
JHN Jacobsen, (8) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 19:55
WHE Havern, (11) , 8:40 (PP)
JHN Tarabrin, (14) (Desrochers, Martens), 9:07
JHN Tarabrin, (15) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 11:11
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
According to the University of Vermont Athletic Department, defenseman Art Femenella will be out for the remainder of his senior season as he was placed on the extended injury list. Vermont Head Athletic Trainer Allison Shepherd told the Burlington Free Press Femenella sustained a wrist injury that will require surgery.
Femenella, a 6',7" 255-pound native of Annandale, New Jersey, played in just 13 games this season, registering a goal and two assists to go along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. He missed all but eight games of his junior season injured and he battled injuries in both his freshman (27 games) and sophomore (21 games) years when he played both wing and defense.
A beast for Sioux City of the USHL known for his fighting skills, it was Femenella's hope to use hockey to gain a college education and he did just that. A public communication major, Femenella finishes his collegiate career at Vermont with two goals and two assists for four points in 69 regular season games. He also had 172 penalty minutes.
#19 Vermont won game one of their first round series in the Hockey East Tournament against #8 Boston University last night 3-2.
The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger is out indefinitely with a partially torn MCL in his left knee. Ranger was injured in last night's 3-1 Lightning win over the Edmonton Oilers when Raffi Torres fell on his knee. Filip Kuba was a healthy scratch last night in favor of Doug Janik, so expect Kuba to regain his spot in the lineup with Luke Richardson moving back into the No.7 spot.
Mississauga 3 @ Belleville 2
Chris Lawrence did not register a point, but Mississauga returned to their winning ways with a 3-2 win in Belleville. Lawrence had an even rating and a minor penalty, but also had an isolated 10 minute misconduct in the first period.