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Saturday's Superleague Playoff Score

Alexei Glukhov and #9 Cherepovets' season ended by the slimmest of margins today as they fell 1-0 to #8 Khimik in the decisive Game Five of their opening round playoff series. Glukhov finishes the playoffs scoreless in 5 games with 4 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.

The next round of the Russian Superleague playoffs begins Tuesday. In series involving Lightning prospects:

#1 Kazan (Dimitri Kazionov)
vs.
#8 Khimik

#2 Omsk
vs.
#7 Yaroslavl (Evgeny Artyukhin)

AHL Game Night 3/17: Wolf Pack at Falcons

With the weight of the affiliation dissolving seemingly lifted off their shoulders, Springfield responds.

HFD-2
SPR-5

Jonathan Boutin stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win. Veteran Eric Healey led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while new Falcon Joe Rullier had a trifecta of assists. David Spina added 2 goals and the Falcons' other newcomer, Nick Kuiper, had two helpers. Stephen Baby had the other Falcons goal and Justin Keller, Dan Cavanaugh and Norm Milley had individual assists. ATO player Dusty Collins was -1 with 2 shots on goal in his professional debut.

Kyle Wanvig and Ryan Munce were not available for the game due to travel problems presumably because of the snowstorm that has enveloped the Northeast. Karri Ramo was not listed as a healthy scratch in Springfield's game recap, for those who need fuel for the speculation he has been recalled.

First Period
SPR Healey, (25) (Keller, Milley), 11:04
SPR Healey, (26) (Rullier, Kuiper), 18:33 (SH)

Second Period
HFD Bourret, (12) (Degon, Lampman), 4:27 (PP)
SPR Baby, (2) (Rullier, Healey), 16:25 (PP)
SPR Spina, (9) (Rullier), 19:44 (SH)

Third Period
HFD Olver, (1) , 8:34
SPR Spina, (10) (Cavanaugh, Kuiper), 17:57 (EN)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 3/17: Chiefs at Royals

The sun may be setting on the Chiefs' season.

JHN-1
REA-3

Morgan Cey allowed 2 goals on 22 shots in the loss. Ian MacLean had the Chiefs goal off assists from Grant Jacobsen and Brandon Elliot. Johnstown is now 7 points behind Trenton for the final North Division playoff spot with just 1 game in hand and 8 points behind Reading with 3 games in hand.

First Period
REA Becker, (9) (Wing, Francisco), 8:03

Second Period
REA Christie, (4) (Cohen, Zappala), 1:45

Third Period
JHN MacLean, (2) (Jacobsen, Elliott), 15:00
REA Bala, (19) , 19:28 (EN)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Smaby Recalled

The Springfield Falcons have announced that defenseman Matt Smaby has been recalled to Tampa Bay of the NHL. In addition, forward Kyle Wanvig has been returned to the Falcons and goaltender Ryan Munce has been recalled from Johnstown of the ECHL.

Update:
Jonathan Boutin is in net tonight being backed up by Bryon Lewis, an emergency goaltender who was signed yesterday by the Springfield Falcons. This points to either an injury to Karri Ramo or a recall to Tampa Bay. Munce is still with Johnstown, apparently, playing backup tonight against Reading.

Chiefs Sign Lehtinen

According to ECHL.com, the Johnstown Chiefs have signed Northern Michigan left winger Rob Lehtinen. Lehtinen, who stands at 5'11" 195 lbs, played 41 games this season for the Wildcats scoring 4 goals and 16 points with 26 penalty minutes and a -4 rating. In his 156 game NCAA career, Lehtinen compiled 17 goals and 55 points. Prior to college, Lehtinen played two seasons in the USHL for the Waterloo Blackhawks where he compiled 17 goals and 49 points in 120 games. Lehtinen was a four year teammate at Northern Michigan of Lightning prospect Dusty Collins who recently signed an ATO contract with the Springfield Falcons.

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