Former Falcons Coach Potvin Dead at 38

Former Springfield Falcons head coach Marc Potvin [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2291450]was found dead tonight in Kalamazoo, MI just hours before his Adirondack Frostbite were to take the ice for a UHL game.[/url] Potvin coached two seasons in Springfield including the '01-'02 season which was the first of a joint affiliation the Falcons had with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Among the players Potvin coached were current Lightning players Dimitry Afanasenkov and Martin Cibak as well as current Falcons players Jason Jaspers and Harlan Pratt. While head coach of the Frostbite, Potvin also coached Chiefs center Justin Kelly. Bolt Prospects send condolences to Potvin's family.

Game Night 1/13: Royals at Chiefs

Another tough result against Reading... REA-4 JHN-3 The Chiefs coughed up a lead in the third period and once again were defeated by Reading despite the fact they once again outshot the Royals by a wide margin (41-26 tonight). Morgan Cey took the loss stopping just 22 of 26 shots faced. Gerard Dicaire continued to heat up offensively with 1G 2A in the contest. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2702]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/13: Blue Jackets at Lightning

Hopefully the ship is righting itself. CLB-2 TB-4 Sean Burke stopped 22 of 24 for the win while the Lightning outshot Columbus 39-24 for the game. It was a very balanced effort from the offense with goals coming from the checking line and both of the team's scoring lines. Ryan Craig and Evgeny Artyukhin had assists on Tim Taylor's opening goal. Craig played 13:54 tonight and was +1 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin, despite his helper, played just 4:45 and was +1 with 1 takeaway. Norm Milley played well in 4:28 of ice time with three shots on goal including an unsuccessful breakaway chance against Marc Denis. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time at 19:17 and was +1. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020653.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/13: Falcons at Senators

Now I'm angry. I realize Jay Feaster has had some things on his plate recently, but to allow the situation between the pipes in Springfield to continue to worsen is ridiculous. SPR-4 BIN-9 Gerald Coleman allowed 4 goals on 11 shots before being lifted. Brian Eklund didn't do any better allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. A transaction should've been made two weeks ago. Jonathan Boutin and Morgan Cey have played well in Johnstown and deserve the opportunity to try and do what Coleman and Eklund simply have not been doing for the past month. And while we're at it, why is this organization wasting time giving a PTO to John Adams (scratched tonight) while Gerard Dicaire and Mike Egener are down in Johnstown? The exhiled Chris Dingman scored his third goal as a Falcon tonight while Marek Kvapil, Zbynek Hrdel and Andre Deveaux added markers of their own. Doug O'Brien and Nick Tarnasky had helpers in the game. But it doesn't mean anything because the Falcons' goaltenders simply cannot keep the puck out of their net. Something must be done, and this should be a lesson to those who believe that having an experienced AHL starter is a waste of a roster spot. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001548]TheAHL.com.[/url]

CSS Midterms Are Out

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau [url=http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/01/252338.html]has released their Midterm Rankings for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. [/url] Three US based players top the North American rankings:

Linkopings Loses at the Last Second

Mike Watt scored the game winning goal with just 1 second remaining on the clock today as Leksands defeated Linkopings 3-2. Fredrik Norrena stopped 22 of 25 shots faced in the loss. His record drops to 16-8-5 on the season.

Lawrence Nets Game-Winner for Mississauga

Chris Lawrence scored a power play goal half-way through the third period to lead the Mississauga Ice Dogs to a 3-2 win over Erie Wednesday night. The goal was Lawrence's seventh of the year and was his 10th point in 11 games with the Ice Dogs since being traded from Sault Ste. Marie. Lawrence was named the game's first star.

Game Night 1/11: Bombers at Chiefs

The Chiefs marshalled an incredibly come from behind victory from three goals down tonight to complete a very successful four game set against the Dayton Bombers. DAY-3 JHN-4 Jonathan Boutin stopped 31 of 34 in the victory. Justin Kelly scored the final of four unanswered goals to secure the victory and added an assist in the rally. Dimitri Tarabrin led the charge with 2 goals while, among Lightning prospects, Brady Greco and Gerard Dicaire had helpers in the contest. Johnstown moves within 2 points of the Toledo Storm for 3rd place in the North Division. They claimed 7 of a possible 8 points against the Bombers within the last week. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2695]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/11: Bears at Falcons

Well, at least Coleman allowed less than four goals tonight. And that's something isn't it? Isn't it? HER-3 SPR-0 Gerald Coleman stopped 25 of 28 shots faced in the loss. In front of him tonight, the Falcons only managed a meager 22 shots on goal. Six of those shots came from Todd Rohloff (now wearing the "C") and Harlan Pratt. Callups have depleted the Falcons forward ranks and reduced them to, essentially, a one line team at this point, and Zbynek Hrdel's return to the lineup tonight did little to change that. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001545]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Vesce an All-Star

The AHL has announced that the Springfield Falcons' C Ryan Vesce [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2887.shtml]has been named to the "Planet USA" roster for the American Hockey League All-Star Game.[/url] Vesce has 10 goals and 33 points in 37 games thus far this year and currently ranks 5th in the AHL in rookie scoring. The AHL All-Star Game will take place February 1st in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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