Johnstown gets a critical victory.
Morgan Cey only had to stop 14 shots in the game as Johnstown's defense had perhaps its best night of the season. Dimitri Tarabrin had a strong 2 goal and 2 assist night while Grant Jacobsen added 2 goals and 1 assist. Geoff Waugh had the other Chiefs goal and added an assist. Jean Desrochers and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers and Gus Katsuras and Maxime Boisclair chipped in individual assists.
The Johnstown win, coupled with a Toledo loss, puts the Chiefs just 1 point out of a playoff spot.
WHE Smyth, (5) (Patrick, Guenther), 7:32 (PP)
JHN Waugh, (1) (Jacobsen, Tarabrin), 8:06
JHN Jacobsen, (7) (Martens, Waugh), 12:47 (SH)
JHN Jacobsen, (8) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 19:55
WHE Havern, (11) , 8:40 (PP)
JHN Tarabrin, (14) (Desrochers, Martens), 9:07
JHN Tarabrin, (15) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 11:11
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
According to the University of Vermont Athletic Department, defenseman Art Femenella will be out for the remainder of his senior season as he was placed on the extended injury list. Vermont Head Athletic Trainer Allison Shepherd told the Burlington Free Press Femenella sustained a wrist injury that will require surgery.
Femenella, a 6',7" 255-pound native of Annandale, New Jersey, played in just 13 games this season, registering a goal and two assists to go along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. He missed all but eight games of his junior season injured and he battled injuries in both his freshman (27 games) and sophomore (21 games) years when he played both wing and defense.
A beast for Sioux City of the USHL known for his fighting skills, it was Femenella's hope to use hockey to gain a college education and he did just that. A public communication major, Femenella finishes his collegiate career at Vermont with two goals and two assists for four points in 69 regular season games. He also had 172 penalty minutes.
#19 Vermont won game one of their first round series in the Hockey East Tournament against #8 Boston University last night 3-2.
The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger is out indefinitely with a partially torn MCL in his left knee. Ranger was injured in last night's 3-1 Lightning win over the Edmonton Oilers when Raffi Torres fell on his knee. Filip Kuba was a healthy scratch last night in favor of Doug Janik, so expect Kuba to regain his spot in the lineup with Luke Richardson moving back into the No.7 spot.
Mississauga 3 @ Belleville 2
Chris Lawrence did not register a point, but Mississauga returned to their winning ways with a 3-2 win in Belleville. Lawrence had an even rating and a minor penalty, but also had an isolated 10 minute misconduct in the first period.
Back on track.
Marc Denis gave the Lightning just what they needed stopping 29 of 30 shots faced. Vincent Lecavalier led the way with a pair of goals while Vaclav Prospal had 1 goal and 1 assist. Martin St. Louis had a pair of helpers and Brad Richards, Dan Boyle and Doug Janik each had individual assists.
The Lightning climb back into a tie for the Southeast Division lead at 80 points with Atlanta holding a game in hand.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 14-1 defeat of Krylya Sovetov.
Albert Vishnyakov had 2 penalty minutes in Dynamo's 4-2 loss to Salavat Yulayev.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to CSKA.
Vasily Koshechkin got the night off as Mike Fountain threw a 24 save shutout in Togliatti's 3-0 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Circling the drain.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 35 shots before insult was piled upon injury and Mark Pandolfo added a shorthanded penalty shot goal with 3 seconds left in the third period. Bryan Nathe and Dimitri Tarabrin had Johnstown's goals. Individual assists went to Zbynek Hrdel, Maxime Boisclair and Jean Desrochers.
Trenton vaults into 3rd place in the North Division with the win while Johnstown remains 3 points out of a playoff spot with Toledo holding two games in hand.
JHN Nathe, (2) (Hrdel, Boisclair), 13:18
TREN Riddle, (22) (Bertoli, Henkel), 15:26
TREN Tremblay, (3) (Leblond, McLaughlin), 16:24
TREN Leblond, (3) (Manley, Tremblay), 16:35
JHN Tarabrin, (13) (Desrochers), 13:02
TREN Haggett, (17) (Ortmeyer), 19:11 (EN/SH)
TREN Pandolfo, (16) , 19:57 (PEN/SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
After starting the season with an undefeated run through their non-conference schedule and being ranked as high as #1 in the country, the Maine Black Bears (21-12-2), now ranked #14, struggled through the Hockey East schedule. The Black Bears finished fifth in the conference and failed to get home-ice advantage in the first round of the conference tournament, which opens this weekend with Maine against #15 Massachusetts.
Despite their rough road this season, defenseman Mike Lundin has continued his consistent play on the blue-line for the Black Bears, becoming a leader in the locker room. This has him optimistic about his future in hockey and with the Tampa Bay Lightning.