Chris Lawrence had 2 of Mississauga's 9 goals tonight as the Ice Dogs whipped Nikita Alexeev's alma mater, the Erie Otters, 9-2. Lawrence was also plus-1 and had a minor penalty. He earned the game's second star award for his efforts. Lawrence now has 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 34 games played. He's also plus-19. Travis Fuller, who participated in the Lightning's prospect camps this past summer, was third star for the Ice Dogs tonight. Fuller is 11-28-39 in 36 games.
In Sudbury, Kevin Beech stopped 26 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime but was beat on 2 of 3 shootout attempts as Barrie defeated the Wolves 2-1. This was a good showing for Beech, considering the overager was pulled in his last start and twice in the past few weeks.
Mississauga wasn't the only team to put up 9 Friday night as Dane Crowley and Swift Current destroyed Regina 9-0. Crowley scored his fourth goal of the year and was plus-2.
Mike Lundin had an assist in #5 Maine's 4-2 win over UMASS-Lowell. It was Lundin's 8th helper of the season and 11th point. The Black Bears improve to 13-3-2 and 6-3-1 in the HEast.
John Wessbecker was scoreless and -1 in UMASS' 2-1 loss to Merrimack. The Minutemen's winless streak now reaches 4, falling to 8-7-3 overall and 5-5-1 in the HEast.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and even in Northern Michigan's 4-1 win over Ferris State. The Wildcats now sit 8-12-2 overall and 5-9-1 in the CCHA.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 3-2 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 4-2 win over Khabarovsk.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 4-2 win over Salavat Yulayev.
Anton But had a pair of goals in SKA's 4-3 loss to Ufa.
Morgan Cey had to face 70 shots tonight between regulation, overtime and the shootout. 70.
Morgan Cey stopped 59 of 62 shots faced in overtime and regulation before allowing 2 of 8 penalty shot chances to take the shootout loss. Have mercy. Andre Deveaux led the Falcons with 2 goals and 1 assist while Radek Smolenak had 1 goal and 2 assists. Adam Henrich, Geoff Waugh and PJ Atherton had individual assists. Gwinnett tallied the tying goal on the power play with under 2 minutes to go in regulation to force overtime. Naturally, Gwinnett, being the organization and county in Georgia with the utmost of humility and class (that's sarcasm) did not give a single star in the game to a Johnstown player even though Deveaux and Smolenak had the game high in points and Cey stopped 59 shots. Considering the media pool for Gwinnett includes a certain massive Thrashers homer/online editor for HF, I'm not surprised.
Some good news from the night: Gerald Coleman is on the bus for this swing through the south and was in uniform as Cey's backup.
JHN Deveaux, (4) (Smolenak, Henrich), 15:24
GWT Awe, (16) (Schell, Mifsud), 5:57 (PP)
JHN Smolenak, (12) (Deveaux, Waugh), 15:13
GWT Painchaud, (9) (York, Contois), 3:43
JHN Deveaux, (5) (Smolenak, Atherton), 8:12
GWT Schell, (15) (Mifsud, Awe), 18:12 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Bolt Prospects will, hopefully, be wrapping up the game evaluation process for the Midterm Rankings and will continue that effort tonight live blogging the Falcons/Pirates game tonight via the B2 Networks feed. Springfield will be missing veterans Norm Milley, Randy Rowe and Dan Cavanaugh tonight, leaving a depleted Falcons squad in a tough spot. Zbynek Hrdel has been recalled to the Falcons as a consequence. As always, check between periods for regular intermission reflections and updates.
Tonight's Starting Lineup:
1. SPR- Corso, (unassisted)(SH)(PS)
2. POR- Wirtanen, (Salcido, Skinner)(PP)
3. SPR- Kvapil, (Healey, Lascek)
4. SPR- Corso, (Spina, Healey)
5. POR- Wirtanen, (Shannon, Bembridge)
6. SPR- Spina, (Delmore, Healey)(PP)
7. POR- Shannon, (Konopka, Durno)