Falcons/Spina Make It Official

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2829.shtml]have signed forward Dave Spina to a full AHL contract.[/url] The former Boston College product was originally signed to a professional tryout contract out of the ECHL, and has performed superbly notching 5 points in 7 games including 4 goals earning a full ride.

Koshechkin Continues Win Streak

Vasily Koshechkin's winning ways continue unabated. Koshechkin stretched his record on the season to 11-3-1 today defeating Molot Perm 3-2. Koshechkin is a sterling 3-1 since the Karjala break even though Lada Togliatti dumped 3/4 of their payroll during the Euro Tour break. Dimitry Kazionov had his first goal as a member of the Dynamo today, a game winner, in a 2-1 victory over Nizhnekamsk. Kazionov now has 1 goal and 4 points in 17 games this season. Anton But had 2 assists and Yaroslavl knocked off Novokuznetsk 4-2.

Smolenak Nearly Defeats Ottawa by Himself

If Sunday's performance was any indication of how well Radek Smolenak plays against teams from Ottawa, the Lightning should sign him in time for their next match-up with the powerful Senators. Smolenak scored three times, including the overtime winner, and added a powerplay assist as Kingston topped Ottawa 5-4. Naturally, he was named first start of the game. Smolenak now has 15 goals and 15 assists in 24 games for the Frontenacs. He is on pace to easily break his career high of 32 goals and 60 points set last year.

And We're Back...

Apologies for the 72 hours or so the site was out of comission. We have plans to upgrade the software in the near future to prevent anymore interuptions. So what did we miss? [b]Friday[/b] -Vasily Koshechkin defeated CSKA 3-1. Koshechkin did not allow a goal until 2:52 left in the third period. -Anton But had an assist as Yaroslavl throttled Novosibirsk 6-1. -The Springfield Falcons defeated Lowell 4-3 on the strength of a highlight reel Marek Kvapil game winning goal. "Special K" was first star of the game with a helper on top of the goal. Zbynek Hrdel also had a goal and an assist to gain third star status on the game. Gerald Coleman stopped 35 of 38 in the victory. -The Johnstown Chiefs defeated Trenton 5-1 on the strength of 1 goal and 1 assist by forward Justin Kelly. Prospects Mike Egener and John Toffey had assists for the Chiefs. Goaltender Morgan Cey stopped 30 of 31 for the win. [b]Saturday[/b] -The Falcons fell 6-3 to Manchester. Goaltender Brian Eklund was shelled allowing 6 goals on 26 shots. Ryan Vesce, with a goal and an assist, was the game's second star. -The Chiefs defeated first place Wheeling 4-3 in Wheeling on the strength of an Adam Henrich overtime goal. Henrich had 1 goal and 1 assist on the game as did Justin Kelly. Prospects Gerard Dicaire and John Toffey added 2 assists and 1 assist respectively. Jonathan Boutin stopped 34 of 37 for the victory. [b]Sunday[/b] -In a key Elitserien matchup, Linkopings fell to Frolunda 3-2. Fredrik Norrena stopped 30 of 33 in defeat. -Johan Hagglund had a shorthanded assist as Oskarshamn fell to Nykoping 4-3. -The Portland Pirates defeated Springfield 5-4 in a tight see saw contest. With 2 goals and an assist, Jason Jaspers was the game's second star. Gerald Coleman stopped just 22 of 27 for the loss.

Linkopings Match Postponed

According to swehockey.se, [url=http://www.swehockey.se/t2.asp?p=65501&x=1&a=190840]today's Elitserien match between Linkopings and Sodertalje was postponed due to issues with the AXA Sports Arena.[/url] No rescheduled date has been announced as of yet.

Ramo Wins First Game Since Returning From Knee Surgery

There's no Thanksiving in Finland where Karri Ramo and HPK defeated KalPa today 4-2. The 19 year old netminder stopped 28 of 30 shots for the victory and was named second star of the game. Karri's back to back starts for HPK since returning from his knee injury seem to indicate he has retained his starting role for the club despite missing about a month rehabilitating. Ramo's record now improves to 3 wins, 1 loss and 3 shutout losses on the season.

Happy Thanksgiving From Bolt Prospects

Bolt Prospects would like to wish a safe and happy Thanksgiving to its readers. I'd like to also personally extend holiday thanks to Chad, Tim, Joe, Erik and the the rest of the Bolt Prospects staff.

Game Night 11/23: Chiefs at Titans

This is a tough one... JHN-1 TRN-2 Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the loss. Brady Greco assisted on the lone Chiefs goal by Joe Tallari. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2436]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/23: Lightning at Capitals

Now THAT is some exciting NHL action. TB-4 WSH-3 (SO) The Lightning reacted to falling behind 3-0 in a very positive way and charged back to tie the game 3-3 partly on the strength of two Dan Boyle goals and had numerous opportunities to win it in regulation and overtime. But, perhaps, this way is better as the Lightning finally got the shootout monkey off their backs thanks to John Grahame and shootout markers by Brad Richards and Vaclav Prospal. Amongst the rookies, I thought Paul Ranger quietly had an outstanding game at his end of the rink. He continues to surprise me with how poised he is defensively. The young man is very active with the stick and is very cool, calm and adept at spinning away from forecheckers and making the smart play to move the puck out of danger. 19:20 of even ice time tonight. Evgeny Artyukhin with 11:07 of ice time, 3 hits and 2 minor penalties. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020324.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/23: Lock Monsters at Falcons

Whew. Sometimes it feels like the Falcons are as inept at protecting leads as [url=http://www.answers.com/topic/yogi-bear]Ranger Smith was at protecting picnic baskets.[/url] LOW-3 SPR-4 The good news is that the Falcons charged out to a 4-0 lead in this game. The bad news is they almost coughed it up. Gerald Coleman made 34 saves on 37 shots to hold onto the win by a fingernail. Young Dave Spina got the game's first star with his first AHL goal and assist in this contest. O'Brien, Packard and Kvapil added goals as well and veteran Anders Eriksson had an assist on the power play in his first game for the Falcons. I can't believe Colin Forbes (Lowell) is still playing hockey. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001273]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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