C/LW Johan Hagglund scored the game winning goal today for Oskarshamn as they defeated Bjorkloven 3-1 in Allsevenskan action. For the past month, despite modest offensive production in the role, Hagglund has been moved up from second line left wing to first line center for the club. His +9 rating this season is tied for the 9th best rating in the league. Oskarshamn currently sits at 8th in the league with a 7-5-5 record.
Jonathan Boutin was completely and unmercifully shelled allowing 7 goals on 30 shots faced largely a product of a truly ugly 5 goal Gulls second period. This, unfortunately, has been the story of Boutin's career to this point. He's capable of playing incredible hockey one game, like his 48 of 49 shot performance in his last start against Bakersfield, and then proceeding directly into the toilet the next. This is the first time this kind of fate has befallen him this season, but in the past such a defeat has greatly hurt Boutin's confidence and mental approach going forward in a season. Boutin possesses the raw natural ability of a 1st or 2nd round pick and was compared to JS Giguere when he started his junior career in Halifax. The Lightning should think about dispatching roving goaltending instructor Cory Schwab to Johnstown immediately when the Chiefs return from this west coast road trip to try and make sure Boutin doesn't get down on himself, stays positive and moves on past tonight's game. Having a very supportive and positive coach like Anzalone will also, no doubt, aid in that effort. Either way, the Lightning have a potentially outstanding young player here who, with some extra help and attention, has upside as good if not better than any goaltending prospect in this organization.
Gerard Dicaire had a power play goal with Justin Kelly adding an assist in garbage time as well.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Congratulations to goaltender Gerald Coleman on his first professional shutout.
The game winning goal was netted by Jim Campbell, who has returned from an absence due to a knee sprain. The assist went to Ryan Craig. Campbell was given the first star of the game while Coleman, inexplicably, was relegated to the third stopping 26 of 26 shots faced.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings were handed a crushing defeat today by Djurgardens losing 5-2. Norrena stopped 21 of 25 shots faced before being lifted for the extra attacker. Norrena's record falls to 13-5-2 on the season.
Dimitry Kazionov scored Dynamo's lone goal today as his club fell 2-1 to SKA St. Petersburg. The goal is Kazionov's second in seven games since transferring from Lada Togliatti.
Checking the Superleague table, the following teams with Lightning prospects currently place at:
Omsk (Alexeev) 2nd
Yaroslavl (But) 3rd
Togliatti (Koshechkin) 6th
Khimik MO (Glukhov) 8th
Dynamo (Kazionov, Vishnyakov) 9th
Cherepovets (Polushin) 11th
The top 16 teams will make the Superleague playoffs this season and the bottom two clubs who do not make the postseason will not be subject to relegation.