Submitted by pete on November 6, 2005 - 18:34
It was a tough spot to be in as a team. The Falcons were playing their third game in three nights and their fourth without starting netminder Brian Eklund who was still up with the Lightning. Something had to give... I just had hoped it wouldn't be against a division opponent the Falcons were tied with in 1st in the division. But the dam finally broke in the third period. HFD-5 SPR-3 Rookie Gerald Coleman took the loss stopping 24 of 28 shots. The positives: Jason Jaspers continued the season of his lifetime with a goal and an assist and Zbynek Hrdel notched his first AHL point. Still, the hope has to be that by next weekend the callup situation will be resolved and possibly Eklund and one or two of the forwards will be back with the team. Game sheet from [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001185]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on November 6, 2005 - 12:33
Submitted by pete on November 5, 2005 - 22:22
I'm still a little sore about this losing streak we're on. Not even Jonathan Boutin's nearly ridiculous 50 save performance or Vasily Koshechkin's 6 shuouts in his last 9 games is fully cheering me up. Last time I felt low, Radek Smolenak's Gordie Howe hat trick picked me up. Tonight I'm going to the QMJHL for winger Stanislav Lascek who tonight had 1G 4A and earned the game's first star in a 5-2 victory over the Brad Richards owned PEI Rocket (sorry Brad). Stan now has 16 goals and 43 points in 20 games. Get ready Springfield. He's a Falcon next season.
Submitted by pete on November 5, 2005 - 22:00
Ironically, the last game the Lightning played pretty well until the 3rd. Tonight they didn't really seem to show up until the final frame. No, wait, that's not ironic. It just plain sucks. TB-3 TOR-5 Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020209.HTM]NHL.com.[/url] [b]Update 10:08 PM:[/b] In fairness, I should've put my disgust at the final outcome aside and mentioned Evgeny Artyukhin's first NHL goal and the 12:41 of ice time he played tonight. It appears to me R2 may be up to stay. 15:35 and +1 for Ranger, the only plus player on the night. 8 shifts for 5:42 for Tarnasky with his first NHL point, a helper on R2's goal.
Submitted by pete on November 5, 2005 - 21:55
This is just a bad team right now. WHE-4 JHN-2 No scoring by any Lightning prospects. David Currie's ordeal with Jonathan Boutin still in Springfield continues. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2327]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on November 5, 2005 - 21:40
To go into Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton and Hershey on back to back nights and steal 3 out of 4 points is outstanding. Period. SPR-2 HER-3 (SO) Jonathan Boutin stopped 50 of 52 shots faced. [b]50 saves[/b] in his AHL debut. That's not a typo. And he had an assist on top of that. That's not a typo either. Rightfully he earned #1 star of the game even in a shootout defeat. It's a shame he couldn't make that one more save late in the 3rd period or that the Falcons' final three shooters in the shootout couldn't get that one more talley for the rookie. The irony is that if this game was played under the NHL's shootout rules, Boutin wins. Ryan Vesce was outstanding again with two goals in regulation and he scored in the shootout for Springfield as well. The rookie now has 4 goals and 10 points in 10 games and it may well be time for the Lightning to consider purchasing his contract from the Falcons and making him officially a member of the Lightning family. Just my opinion. Game sheet can be found at [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001171]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on November 5, 2005 - 16:05
I apologize to all who tried to access the site over the last 36 hours while we were down. Last I heard from Tim, we were having some hardware issues in Bolt Prospects Tower, Nashville. So what'd we miss in the mean time? -The Lightning [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020194.HTM]took a road loss in Ottawa 4-2[/url] in a game where I thought they played a decent road game for 45 minutes only to come unraveled at the end. -Zbynek Hrdel [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2806.shtml]was recalled by the Falcons[/url] from Johnstown after Adam Henrich was benched for two periods in Springfield's Wednesday victory over Albany. In other news from Johnstown, Mike Egener was slated to play in Friday's game against Trenton after leaving the previous game against Toledo with an undisclosed injury. -Vasily Koshechkin notched another shutout Friday with a 2-0 victory over Dynamo, his 6th of the season. The shutout was Koshechkin's 6th in 9 games and improved his record to 7-2-1 since becoming the starter for Lada Togliatti. -Springfield [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001164]defeated Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton 4-3[/url] on the strength of a Doug O'Brien overtime winning goal. Marek Kvapil had 2 assists in the contest and Gerald Coleman stopped 37 of 40 for the win. -The Johnstown Chiefs are still looking for their first victory of the season after dropping [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2320]a shootout loss in Trenton 3-2.[/url]
Submitted by pete on November 3, 2005 - 15:41
Linkopings ran roughshod today defeating Leksands 5-2. Fredrik Norrena stopped 23 of 25 shots faced for the victory. The win runs his record to 10-3-2 on the season. Linkopings is currently 3rd in the Elitserien 5 points behind first place HV 71.
Blogging this one live via B2 Networks. It will be my first time to see Coleman this season. Tonight's starting lineup for the Falcons: Fritz/Jaspers/Craig O'Brien/H.Pratt Coleman Henrik Bergfors' brother Nicklas is starting for Albany. SPR-4 ALB-3 (3rd Period)
Submitted by pete on November 2, 2005 - 14:09
Given that both netminders have led the Russian Superleague in every statistical category over the past month, maybe it isn't surprising Vasily Koshechkin and Travis Scott's showdown today in Magnitogorsk ended the way it did. Lada and Metallurg battled to a 0-0 tie as Vasily Koshechkin secured his 5th shutout in his last 8 starts. His record is now 6-2-1 for the season. Meanwhile, in Omsk, Anton But snapped out of a slump with a huge third period as he notched 3 helpers as Lokomotiv trounced Avangard 5-1.