Karri Ramo, who lost his mojo somewhere on the flight between Ottawa and Springfield after his brief recall to the Lightning, stopped just 15 of 20 shots faced. Norm Milley and Andy Delmore had garbage time goals for the birds with helpers belonging to Eric Healey, Daniel Corso and Randy Rowe. The one positive to take from the game is that the Falcons did outshoot Norfolk a commanding 39-20, so they're edging closer to being ready for primetime. Still, if Norfolk is a good measuring stick for the team's progress, they have some work yet to do. Tomorrow is an even more critical divisional game, however, as the Falcons face the Atlantic Division topping Portland Pirates whom the birds trail by just 4 points in the standings now. I would expect the hot hand, Jonathan Boutin, to be in net for that key matchup.
NOR Bochenski, (19) (St. Pierre, Brouwer), 0:14
NOR Burish, (2) (Low, Hendry), 2:36
NOR Keith, (1) (Hendry), 3:58
NOR Nordqvist, (8) (St. Pierre, Bochenski), 8:53 (PP)
NOR St. Pierre, (9) (Barker, Bochenski), 11:35 (PP)
SPR Milley, (12) (Healey, Corso), 7:57 (PP)
SPR Delmore, (8)(Rowe), 15:57
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
1-0-1 against Cincinnati this weekend is pretty good considering how badly the Cyclones outplayed Johnstown.
Gerald Coleman stopped 10 of 10 shots he faced in the first period before leaving the game with 13 seconds left in the frame with what is being categorized as a "lower body injury". Morgan Cey entered the game and stopped 25 of 27 the rest of the way for the win. Adam Henrich led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist including the game winning overtime talley. Radek Smolenak and Doug Andress had the other Chiefs goals with individual helpers belonging to Andre Deveaux, Jean Desrochers, Ian MacLean and Geoff Waugh. Henrich now has 6 goals and 16 points in 14 games this season as he battles to earn a new contract for next season. He and Smolenak were first and second stars of the game, respectively.
JHN Smolenak, (8) (Deveaux, Henrich), 3:27
CIN Reynolds, (4) (Urquhart, Aubin), 10:54
JHN Andress, (7) (Desrochers, MacLean), 3:19 (PP)
CIN Deitsch, (12) (Aubin), 15:26
JHN Henrich, (6) (Waugh), 1:09
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and -1 in Northern Michigan's 5-4 OT win over the U.S. Under-18 team.
In 19 games this season, Collins has 2 goals and 2 assists with 12 PIM and a -2 rating.
My goodness, just get on the bus and get away from Cincinnati.
Gerald Coleman was the sacrificial lamb left to the slaughter as the Chiefs were outshot 46-26 in the game. Only goals by Radek Smolenak and Maxime Boisclair stood as speed bumps in Cincinnati's otherwise easy path to dominance. The Chiefs also got individual assists from Doug Andress, Adam Henrich and Eric Przepiorka. I'm going to make a bold prediction: no Chief is taking home Prospect of the Week.
CIN Urquhart, (14) (Daoust, Gajda), 6:56
JHN Smolenak, (7) (Andress), 9:23
CIN Ehgoetz, (4) (Reynolds), 14:16
CIN Ehgoetz, (5) (Bonneau, Macdonald), 7:13
CIN Bonneau, (2) (Deitsch, Starling), 10:58
CIN Deitsch, (11) (Stewart, Aubin), 6:06
JHN Boisclair, (11) (Henrich, Przepiorka), 8:19 (PP)
CIN Ftorek, (3) (Deitsch, Aubin), 9:46 (EN)
CIN Ftorek, (4) (Deitsch), 10:13 (EN)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Chris Lawrence had 1 goal and 1 assist in Mississauga's 5-3 win over his former team, Sault Ste Marie.
Kevin Beech stopped 29 of 30 shots faced in Sudbury's 4-1 win over Brampton.
Marek Bartanus was a scratch in Owen Sound's 4-2 loss to Sarnia.
Dane Crowley had a power play assist and 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current lost to Saskatoon 3-2.
Vladimir Mihalik was a scratch as Prince George dropped to Kamloops 3-1.
Both Bartanus and Mihalik are preparing with Team Slovakia for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships which are set to begin the day after Christmas in Sweden.
Good power play + solid goaltending= wins. Tampa could learn a thing or two from the way the Falcons are manufacturing victories.
Jonathan Boutin, AKA December's Hot Hand, AKA The Boutin Wall, stopped 21 of 22 shots faced for the win. Boutin has won 4 straight stars and has temporarily done the impossible and wrestled Steve Stirling's starting job away from wunderkind Karri Ramo. His 1.24 GAA in 6 appearances this month is, in a word, sick. Andy Delmore led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist, both on the power play. Wingers Justin Keller and Marek Kvapil also had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game. Randy Rowe had the Falcons' other goal with individual helpers belonging to Blair Jones, Doug O'Brien and Dan Cavanaugh.
After dropping their first two games last weekend and evoking memories of last season's mid-December collapse, Steve Stirling has managed to halt the slide quickly and now start a 2 game winning streak to get to 15-12-0 good for 30 points. If the season ended today, the Falcons would be tied for 7th place in the Eastern Conference and they're just 3 points behind Portland for the Atlantic Division lead. Tomorrow night's game against Eastern Division power Norfolk will be a real test of just how far the Falcons have come in the past couple of months. The Falcons were embarassed by the Admirals in Norfolk in an ugly back to back set on the team's first road trip of the season and were reeling for weeks after the experience. A solid win against Norfolk tomorrow night could bring this team full circle from its humble beginnings this season, and really set them up to break out after Christmas.
SYR Canzanello, (1) (Motzko), 17:06
SPR Kvapil, (5) (Delmore, Keller), 18:38 (PP)
SPR Delmore, (7) , 8:50 (PP)
SPR Keller, (9) (Jones, Kvapil), 13:17
SPR Rowe, (1) (O'Brien, Cavanaugh), 3:44
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Get Morgan Cey some combat pay.
Morgan Cey stopped 43 of 45 shots he faced in regulation and overtime to steal a point tonight for a Johnstown team which was outshot 45-19 in total. Eric Przepiorka and PJ Atherton had the Chiefs goals with individual helpers going to Maxime Boisclair, Jean Desrochers and Doug Andress. Unfortunately, the Chiefs went just 1 for 5 in the penalty shot with the lone goal being scored by Andre Deveaux and they ended up losing the shootout 2 to 1.
CIN Ftorek, (2) (Aubin, Gajda), 1:45
JHN Przepiorka, (2) (Boisclair), 8:23
JHN Atherton, (2) (Desrochers, Andress), 16:09 (PP)
CIN Deitsch, (10) (Stewart, Ftorek), 18:14
CIN- Daoust, Deitsch
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Chris Lawrence scored a hat trick and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes as Mississauga defeated Brampton 6-4. Lawrence was named first star of the game. The RW/C now has 20 goals and 40 points in 28 games this season. His previous best for a year was last season's 23 goals and 53 points in 67 games split between Sault Ste Marie and Mississauga.
There's nothing much to say. This team just seems to have the worst kind of karma right now.
The Lightning outshot Montreal 41-20 in the game, but Huet stood on his head allowing the Canadiens to stay in the game. They get a deflection goal in the third to tie and then a semi-soft shorthander later in the period (Denis must stop that one) and that's all she wrote. It's gotten into the realm of the absurd now.
Montreal 6:38, Maxim Lapierre 1 (Mike Komisarek, Garth Murray)
Montreal 13:34, Saku Koivu 11 (shorthanded) (Alexei Kovalev, Sheldon Souray)
Montreal 19:14, Saku Koivu 12 (empty net) (Mark Streit, Sheldon Souray)
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Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 2-1 shootout loss to Barrie. Since a 4 assist night against Oshawa on November 3rd which at the time marked the high point of Bartanus' season, the Slovakian winger has had just 1 goal and 2 points in his last 15 games. Bartanus is also -8 during that span and has not been a plus player in any of those 15 games.
Dane Crowley had a power play assist and 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current defeated Lethbridge 4-3 in a shootout to cap another come from behind victory. Crowley was also on the ice for the final shift of regulation where the Broncos scored with just 9 seconds left to force overtime and, eventually, the penalty shot session.