Johnstown's season finale in Reading will be with a playoff spot on the line.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 32 shots in the loss. Gus Katsuras had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Chiefs while Marek Kvapil and PJ Atherton added third period goals during a failed comeback bid. Maxime Boisclair, Dimitri Tarabrin, Bryan Nathe, Grant Jacobsen and Radek Smolenak added individual assists.
Wheeling's loss to Trenton tonight eliminates them from the playoffs. Reading leapfrogs Johnstown into the final North Division playoff spot with the win tonight with the Royals sitting at 71 points and the Chiefs at 70 points. Both teams are tied with 32 wins in the win column. So it comes down to tomorrow at 7:05 pm in Reading. Winner moves on. Loser hits the links.
REA Hogeboom, (30) (Zappala, Smith), 1:56
JHN Katsuras, (11) (Boisclair, Tarabrin), 16:53 (PP)
REA Becker, (10) (Werner, Hogeboom), 5:49 (PP)
REA Collymore, (15) (Zappala, Hogeboom), 10:31
REA Collymore, (16) (Saurette, Bala), 13:30
JHN Kvapil, (3) (Katsuras, Nathe), 10:13
JHN Atherton, (5) (Jacobsen, Smolenak), 18:54 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of forward Christian Gaudet out of Moncton of the QMJHL. Gaudet, a 6'1" 191 lbs. center, had 16 goals and 38 points in 63 games this season with the Wildcats. In four years of junior hockey the 20 year old has amassed 42 goals and 110 points in 258 games. His career year came in 2005-2006 when he scored 17 goals and 48 points in 70 games with Moncton.
Michigan State 4- Maine 2
Mike Lundin and Maine missed out on the chance for a national title as they fell to Michigan State in the first game of the Frozen Four. Lundin was scoreless and a plus-1 in the game.
Boston College beat North Dakota 6-4 in the other semi-final game, setting up Saturday's National Championship.
Although they only needed one of the following teams to lose, with losses tonight by both Montreal and Toronto the Lightning have clinched a spot in the 2007 playoffs. They've also clinched - at worst - the 7 seed, though their eyes are on Atlanta and the division.
In Game One of the Swedish Elitserien finals, Linkopings defeated MODO 5-1 to stake themselves to a 1-0 series lead. Lightning prospect defenseman Andreas Holmqvist rose to the occassion posting 1 goal and 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Friday.
Johnstown's winning streak stops at 4.
Johnstown holds a 2 point lead on Wheeling and a 3 point lead on Reading (with the Royals holding 1 game in hand) for the final playoff spot in the North Division.
Johnstown has two games remaining on their schedule, a home and home against Reading.
Wheeling has a home and home against Trenton remaining on their schedule.
Reading has one game at Trenton remaining before their home and home against the Chiefs.
TOL Smith, (5) , 7:52 (SH)
JHN Adams, (5) (Jacobsen, Kvapil), 14:34 (PP)
TOL Hall, (3) (Sullivan, Mulherin), 4:17
TOL Parillo, (14) (Walsh, Songin), 7:51 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Jonathan Boutin snapped out of a recent slump to stop 27 of 29 shots faced for the win. Veteran Kyle Wanvig led the way with a pair of goals while David Spina notched a pair of assists. ATO signee Jacob Micflikier scored the game winning goal while Adam Henrich, Joe Rullier, Eric Healey and Daniel Corso added helpers. Wanvig, Boutin and MicFlikier were named the game's three stars.
SPR Wanvig, (20) (Henrich, Spina), 14:08
SPR Wanvig, (21) (Spina, Rullier), 19:59
ALB Bayda, (28) (Willis, Aucoin), 1:55
ALB Cumiskey, (6) (Willis), 6:22 (PP)
SPR Micflikier, (2) (Healey, Corso), 16:41
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Thrashers lose 3-2 to the Caps at home in "Blue Land" (which also shares a border with "How Stupid Will You Feel If You Traded Three First Round Picks To Finish Second in the Division Land"). Atlanta wastes their game in hand and now, if the Lightning get just 1 point out of their next game against the Panthers it will set up an epic season finale with a championship banner on the line.
Enjoy your tee times "champs".
Johan Holmqvist (just win baby) stopped 22 of 24 shots faced for the win. The Lightning got goals from Eric Perrin, Vincent Lecavalier and the The Showman, Dan Boyle. With all due respect to Marty and Vinny, Dan Boyle is, was, and always will be the most entertaining player on this club to watch night in and night out. If you spliced the genes of Bobby Orr and PT Barnum, the end product would be Dan Boyle. He is the NHL's best kept secret. He is also one of only a dozen or so players in this league who are worth paying money to see just in of himself along with the Crosbys of the world. He's that good, and he's got 20 goals this season to prove it. It's a crying shame the NHL doesn't recognize just what sensational marquee caliber player he is. Jason Ward, Nolan Pratt and Vaclav Prospal added assists.
The Lightning pull within 1 point of Atlanta in the division with the Thrashers holding a game in hand. And, with the Smirkin' Chikins having a date with Washington coming up, you're about to witness one of the handful of awkward occassions in my life where I've had to utter the phrase "lets go Caps". The math is painfully simple from here on out. Atlanta has to leave at least a point on the ice against either Washington or Carolina before the Lightning and Thrashers meet up in "Blue Land" (and it's recently annexed protectorate "Mortgaged the Future of My Franchise to Try to Save My Job Land" where Don Waddell presides as Prime Minister). If they do, the division title will be in play when the Lightning take the ice in the season finale with the #3 seed, the home ice, the division title and a percentage of the proceeds from Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue's last shady land deal all up for grabs. Don't choke Atlanta.
Game sheet from NHL.com.