Game Night 9/30: Bruins at Falcons (Exhibition)

PRO-2 SPR-5 The Falcons [url=http://www.providencebruins.com/press_releases/index.php?id=272]waffled the Providence Bruins tonight[/url] in their first official preseason game 5-2. Falcons goal scorers were Norm Milley, shorthanded, Marek Kvapil, Jim Campbell, Dennis Packard and Brandon Elliot. Brian Eklund stopped 17 of 19 through two periods before giving way to Morgan Cey who went a perfect 6 for 6 in the final frame to seal the victory. [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/112813440270630.xml&coll=1]Fran Sypek's write up of the game[/url] praises last year's rookie Falcons like Andre Deveaux. Second year pros Deveaux and Henrich notched one assist each while Paul Ranger had 2 assists. Norm Milley (1G 1A) and Ryan Vesce (2A) also had multi-point nights. Vesce was originally credited with the Falcons' fifth goal which was awarded to Elliot. Henrich and Darren Reid led the team in shots on goal. The Falcons' final preseason game is Sunday.

Somervuori Scores 2nd of Season

In Switzerland, Eero Somervuori [url=http://www.sehv.ch/mandant/apps/results/details/spiel_details_1001039.htm]scored his second goal of the season as Ambri-Piotta tied Fribourg-Gotteron 2-2[/url]. Eric Perrin and Shane Willis went scoreless in their respective games tonight.

Game Night 9/30: Hurricanes at Lightning (Exhibition)

The Lightning attempt to sharpen up the rough edges with two preseason games left to go. 19 of 20 roster spots appear set as Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling enter the final rounds of their bout to make the team. Rogers' chance to impress occurs tonight. CAR-5 TB-2 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Carolina- Cullen, (Commodore, Cole) 2. Tampa Bay- Fedonteko, (Kubina, Sydor) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Carolina- Nordgren, (Brind'Amour) (SH) 4. Kubina, (Sydor, Fedotenko) (PP) [b]3rd Period[/b] 5. Carolina- Brind'Amour, (Hutchinson, Cole) (PP) 6. Carolina- Vasicek, (Stillman, Staal) 7. Carolina- Vasicek, (Stillman, Tverdovsky)

Beech Shelled in Blowout Loss to Barrie

Sudbury goaltender Kevin Beech allowed a total of 6 goals on 27 shots as the Wolves fell to 0-3 after a 9-3 loss to Barrie Thursday night. Beech started the game for Sudbury, but was pulled 17 minutes into the first period after giving up 4 goals on 13 shots. After backup Chris Abbey allowed his third goal a minute into the third period, Beech returned to the ice to allow 2 more goals on 14 shots. Beech is now 0-3 with a 5.77 goals against average and an .828 save percentage. Wolves coach/GM Mike Foligno told the Sudbury Star, “I felt we needed better goaltending tonight and we just didn’t get it. That's real unfortunate.” In other action Wednesday and Thursday…

Norrena/Linkopings 2-0

Fredrik Norrena stayed undefeated today as he stopped 26 of 28 in a 4-2 Linkopings victory over Timra. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist again played sparingly for Linkopings on the fourth pairing.

HPK/Ramo Fall Short in Comeback Bid

HIFK's Janne Hauhtonen scored a power play goal with 4:41 left in the third period today to thwart HPK's comeback bid by a score of 4-3. Lightning prospect Karri Ramo took the loss in relief. Ramo, who entered the game at 8:09 of the first period down 3-1, held HIFK in check until HPK could knot the score at 3-3 midway through the second period. HPK pressed hard in the final frame logging 14 shots on goal, but it was not to be. Ramo stopped 16 of 17 in the defeat. His record now falls to 1-1 with a 1.09 GAA and a .957 save percentage.

Falcons Assign 10 to Johnstown

The Springfield Falcons made their [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2781.shtml]first cuts[/url] yesterday assigning 10 players to Johnstown of the ECHL. None of the players cut were Lightning prospects. The Falcons' roster now stands at 32 heading into their first official preseason game.

Dicaire Assigned to Springfield

Defenseman Gerard Dicaire [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBIX0AD6EE.html]has been medically cleared to play and has been sent to Springfield[/url] to participate in Falcons' training camp. Dicaire was being treated for a neurological disorder which caused his nervous system to improperly regulate his blood pressure.

Zero Fans See Falcons Drop 7-2 Decision to Lowell

The 2005-06 Springfield Falcons looked a lot like the dreaded 2004-05 Falcons as Lowell broke open a 2-2 second period tie to beat Springfield 7-2 Tuesday night. The game, which was added late to the exhibition schedule, [url=http://www.masslive.com/springfield/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1127894318249930.xml&coll=1] was played in an empty MassMutual Center[/url] and was described by Brandon Elliott as basically a scrimmage. Scoring for the Falcons, who dressed several tryout players, was Lightning prospect Zbynek Hrdel and tryout defenseman and former Ohio State Buckeye Doug Andress. Gerald Coleman and Jonathan Boutin continued their battle for depth chart supremacy with Coleman widening his lead by allowing two goals in his 30 minutes of action. Boutin allowed five to take the loss.

Rachunek Scores First Goal of the Season

Ivan Rachunek scored an unassisted 1st period goal today as Zlin defeated HC Chemopetrol 4-1 today in Czech Extraliga action. The point was the first of the season for Rachunek, a 2000 draft pick of the Lightning. Rachunek is also even in plus/minus rating with 14 penalty minutes through 8 games. Also in the Czech Republic, 2004 draft pick Jan Zapletal is scoreless through 3 games for Vsetin of the Extraliga. The former Regina Pat has an even rating with no penalty minutes thus far.
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