Ramo may have been called up, but Springfield still has the Boutin Wall.
In just his second start this season, Jonathan Boutin stopped 33 of 35 shots faced to secure his first win of the year and improve to 1-2-0. The Falcons offense was paced by veteran Norm Milley who had 1 goal and 1 assist including the overtime winner with 2:26 left in the extra session. Veteran defenseman Andy Delmore added 2 assists while rookie Justin Keller and veteran Eric Healey supplied the birds' other goals. Individual assists went to Dan Cavanaugh and Daniel Corso. Milley and Healey were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.
The victory moves the Falcons to 11-10-0 this year which, despite placing the Falcons in sixth in the Atlantic Division, moves them just six points behind division leading Portland with a game in hand on the Pirates. In other words, the Falcons have played themselves right back into the thick of any potential playoff race.
SPR Keller, (6) (Cavanaugh, Delmore), 10:01
MCH Zeiler, (3) (Murphy, Clarke), 19:46 (PP)
SPR Healey, (8) (Corso, Milley), 0:36
MCH Giuliano, (2) (Kemp, Buckley), 18:26
SPR Milley, (8) (Delmore), 2:34
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist in Yaroslavl's 3-0 blanking of CSKA.
Dimitri Kazionov scored the game's opening goal in Kazan's 5-1 win over Cherepovets. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Severstal in the match.
Anton But had an assist on the game winning third period goal as SKA topped Nizhnekamsk 2-1.
620 WDAE is reporting that the Lightning have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from Springfield of the AHL. Ramo, a 20 year old 6th round pick from the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is 8-3-0 this season with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage with the Falcons. The netminder has won Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week honors for the past two weeks going undefeated in four starts over that span.
Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports center Blair Jones has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. He also sources Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen as saying 2006 first round pick Riku Helenius could return to Ilves in February. Helenius underwent shoulder surgery recently and was thought to be out for the year.
According to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, forward Eric Przepiorka has been attending Chiefs practices and the team is pondering whether to sign him to a contract. The 5'9" 181 lb left winger was a top scorer for Dartmouth in the ECACHL for four years amassing 39 goals and 102 points in 132 games before making his pro debut last year in an ATO with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Przepiorka started this season with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL and in 20 career games in the league he has 1 goal, 3 points and 10 penalty minutes.