HPK Loses in OT to Tappara

Karri Ramo and HPK lost in overtime today to Tappara 4-3. Ramo stopped just 22 of 26 shots faced in the defeat. His record drops to 7-6-3 on the season.

Game Day 1/28: Lightning at Flyers

How satifying was that to watch? TB-6 PHI-0 Sean Burke made a 38 save shutout look all to easy. The Lightning were paced by a Fredrik Modin hat trick that included 2 deflection goals on the power play. Lightning youngsters Craig, Artyukhin and Ranger all pointed. Artyukhin drove to the net off a Ryan Craig breakout pass using his speed around the corner to generate an easy rebound chance for a Dan Boyle goal. Craig later added a quick snap shot goal off the wing from the left circle in the third period with the secondary assist going to Paul Ranger. With Darryl Sydor leaving the game in the second period after taking a puck to the chin, Ranger was forced to play 21:38 in the game. He played well defensively turning in a +2 performance with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. Ryan Craig was also +2 in 11:11 of ice time with 3 shots on goal in third period garbage time. Evgeny Artyukhin again played a sparing 4:19 with just 7 shifts on the game and 2 shots on goal. His role in setting up Dan Boyle's opening goal, however, was indispensible. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020753.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Coach Anzalone: Falcons Will Trade One of Their Goaltenders, Greco Out For Season

In an interview with Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat published Friday, Chiefs Head Coach Frank Anzalone [url=http://www.tribune-democrat.com/prosports/local_story_026234118.html]dropped the bombshell that Jonathan Boutin's recall is due to the impending trade of one of Springfield's goaltenders.[/url] Anzalone goes on to point out that the Chiefs only had 14 players on their roster as of Thursday night and that Lightning prospect Brady Greco will be gone for the rest of the season with shoulder surgery. Anzalone speculates that the many callups Springfield has made recently will be in the AHL to stay and that the Lightning organization feels that Boutin is ready for the AHL level for good. In order to fill their need for a netminder before Friday's game against Dayton, the Chiefs signed emergency backup Craig Rehodge.

Game Night 1/27: Chiefs at Bombers

As best as the Chiefs tried to blow this game, Dayton's utter incompetence carried the day. JHN-8 DAY-6 Morgan Cey made 44 saves on 50 shots faced. JB Bittner poured in a goal and four assists. Justin Kelly added 1 goal and 3 helpers. Lightning prospect Brandon Elliot had 1 assist in the game. Of concern: the Chiefs were outshot by 50-19 by one of the worst clubs in the league. Doug Andress returned from a very short recall to Omaha of the AHL in the game. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2738]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/27: Falcons at Pirates

The first night of the Jonathan Boutin audition finished in dramatically positive fashion. SPR-4 POR-3 (OT) Boutin made 21 saves on 24 shots faced in the victory, his first AHL win. Gerard Dicaire had a pair of power play assists to extend his point streak to four. Chris Dingman had a goal and added a pair of helpers. Jason Jaspers had a pair of goals including the game winning overtime goal. New acquisition Travis Brigley did not suit up for the game. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001639]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Falcons Acquire Brigley/Loan Out Harlan Pratt

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2916.shtml]have announced that the New York Islanders have assigned LW Travis Brigley to the Falcons.[/url] In exchange, the Falcons assigned defenseman Harlan Pratt, who had been previously assigned to Johnstown of the ECHL, to the Islanders' affilate in Bridgeport of the AHL. Brigley, a 6'1" 200 lb 27 year old, has had a journeyman professional career that included 55 games in the NHL as well as stints in the IHL, AHL, BISL (Great Britain) and ECHL. Drafted by Calgary in the 2nd round in 1996 out of the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, Brigley's best AHL season came in 1998-99 when he had 15 goals and 50 points in 74 games for the St. Johns Flames. Brigley has 7 goals and 17 points in 39 games this season for Bridgeport. Brigley is considered a good two way player with above average skating ability whose offensive game hasn't emerged as hoped since juniors.

But/Koshechkin Contribute to Victories

Anton But scored a goal today in Yaroslavl's 2-1 victory over Khimik. The goal was But's 15th of the season. In other Superleague action, Lada Togliatti and Vasily Koshechkin defeated Molot Perm 3-2. Koshechkin held Perm scoreless for over 50 minutes before his opponents broke through with a pair of goals in an unsuccessful comeback attempt. Koshechkin improves to 15-11-4 on the season.

Game Night 1/26: Devils at Lightning

Both this game and the Atlanta game were probably the team's two best of the season. The common denominator was John Grahame who just posted his second straight shutout. NJ-0 TB-1 (OT) Ruslan Fedotenko with the quick wrister from the right circle beat Martin Brodeur for the game winning goal. 20 saves on 20 shots faced for Grahame. Paul Ranger played 19:12 with one shot on goal. Ryan Craig played 15:23 with one blocked shot. Evgeny Artyukhin played a painfully sparing 3:50 with two hits. Norm Milley was a scratch. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020743.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Boutin Recalled to Springfield

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2915.shtml]have announced the recall of goaltender Jonathan Boutin from Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] The move comes less than 24 hours after Boutin's start in the 2005-06 ECHL All-Star Game in Fresno. No word as of yet on either Gerald Coleman or Brian Eklund going down to Johnstown to make room. (More on the flip.)

Ramo/Rask II

Today was the second installment of a budding rivalry between two of the best young goaltenders in Finland as HPK squared off against Ilves Tamperre. The match featured the second SM-liiga contest between Karri Ramo and Tuukka Rask. Rask, who beat Ramo for the starting job for the Finnish junior team at the World Junior Championships, carried the first matchup less than a month before the tournament. Today, however, was different. In a shootout, Karri Ramo defeated Tuukka Rask and Ilves 2-1. Ramo made a remarkable 40 saves on 41 shots including a remarkable 21/21 third period to be named third star of the game. Rask, for his part, was named the game's second star making 41 saves on 42 shots faced. The victory moves Karri Ramo's record to 7-5-3 on the season.
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