HPK made sure their young netminder Karri Ramo's return to the lineup after being gone for a month for the Rosno Cup break and World Junior Championships would be an easy one today. His club scored 6 goals in the second period en route to destroying Jokerit 10-2. Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced for the victory. His record improves to 5-3-3 on the season. Ramo currently ranks 4th in the SM-liiga with a 1.79 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Former Springfield Falcons head coach Marc Potvin was found dead tonight in Kalamazoo, MI just hours before his Adirondack Frostbite were to take the ice for a UHL game. Potvin coached two seasons in Springfield including the '01-'02 season which was the first of a joint affiliation the Falcons had with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Among the players Potvin coached were current Lightning players Dimitry Afanasenkov and Martin Cibak as well as current Falcons players Jason Jaspers and Harlan Pratt. While head coach of the Frostbite, Potvin also coached Chiefs center Justin Kelly. Bolt Prospects send condolences to Potvin's family.
Another tough result against Reading...
The Chiefs coughed up a lead in the third period and once again were defeated by Reading despite the fact they once again outshot the Royals by a wide margin (41-26 tonight). Morgan Cey took the loss stopping just 22 of 26 shots faced. Gerard Dicaire continued to heat up offensively with 1G 2A in the contest.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Hopefully the ship is righting itself.
Sean Burke stopped 22 of 24 for the win while the Lightning outshot Columbus 39-24 for the game. It was a very balanced effort from the offense with goals coming from the checking line and both of the team's scoring lines. Ryan Craig and Evgeny Artyukhin had assists on Tim Taylor's opening goal. Craig played 13:54 tonight and was +1 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin, despite his helper, played just 4:45 and was +1 with 1 takeaway. Norm Milley played well in 4:28 of ice time with three shots on goal including an unsuccessful breakaway chance against Marc Denis. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time at 19:17 and was +1.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Now I'm angry. I realize Jay Feaster has had some things on his plate recently, but to allow the situation between the pipes in Springfield to continue to worsen is ridiculous.
Gerald Coleman allowed 4 goals on 11 shots before being lifted. Brian Eklund didn't do any better allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. A transaction should've been made two weeks ago. Jonathan Boutin and Morgan Cey have played well in Johnstown and deserve the opportunity to try and do what Coleman and Eklund simply have not been doing for the past month. And while we're at it, why is this organization wasting time giving a PTO to John Adams (scratched tonight) while Gerard Dicaire and Mike Egener are down in Johnstown?
The exhiled Chris Dingman scored his third goal as a Falcon tonight while Marek Kvapil, Zbynek Hrdel and Andre Deveaux added markers of their own. Doug O'Brien and Nick Tarnasky had helpers in the game. But it doesn't mean anything because the Falcons' goaltenders simply cannot keep the puck out of their net. Something must be done, and this should be a lesson to those who believe that having an experienced AHL starter is a waste of a roster spot.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.