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Fritz Named AHL Man of the Year

Springfield Falcons right winger Mitch Fritz [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2980.shtml]has been announced as the winner of the Yannick Dupre Trophy as AHL Man of the Year.[/url] The Dupre Trophy is awarded to the AHL player who contibutes most to his community. The 6'8" 254 lb enforcer has participated in a number of charities and programs in Springfield ranging from the Springfield Shriners Hospital to the Springfield Sliders sled hockey team. Congratulations to Fritz for upholding the proud tradition of community service that is a hallmark of the Lightning organization.

Boutin, Rosehill Sent to Johnstown for Playoffs

The Springfield Falcons have announced that goaltender Jonathan Boutin and defenseman Jay Rosehill will join the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL for the playoffs. The Chiefs begin their opening round series tonight vs. the Trenton Titans. Boutin has played in 19 games for the Chiefs this season posting a record of 8-9-2-0 with a 2.93 goals against average and .920 save percentage. He participated in the ECHL All-Star Game stopping eight of 10 shots on goal in 20 minutes of action on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 in Fresno, California.

Game Day 4/9: Lightning at Panthers

Regardless of the outcome, [url=http://www.refocus-now.com/Stock/Ideas/images/Lottery%20Balls,%]we know what the Panthers have awaiting them.[/url] TB-3 FLA-6 John Grahame stopped 42 of 47 in a game that saw a complete third period collapse by the Lightning. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021160.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Today: 4/9

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Lascek) and Gatineau did not play today. Their series is currently tied at 1-1. [b]OHL[/b] Sudbury (Beech) currently trails Peterborough in their series 2-0. They did not play today. Owen Sound (Bartanus) and London's series is tied 1-1. They did not play today. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw defeated Calgary 3-2 in overtime today to pull their playoff series to even at 1-1. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] scored the overtime winner and was +1. He was named 1st star of the game. Kelowna defeated Everett 3-2 to pull even in their second round playoff series at 1-1. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] was scoreless and even with 2 penalty minutes.

Game Day 4/9: Falcons at Bruins

What made the difference? Goaltending. SPR-1 PRO-6 [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] allowed 6 goals on 26 shots faced. After getting woefully outshot last night in front of [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url], the Falcons actually stayed even at 26 shots with the Bruins today. Conventional wisdom has said that Coleman holds an edge over Boutin going into the offseason due to the amount of experience he has racked up in the AHL and the two games of NHL experience he's gotten this season. However, Boutin's .899 rookie save percentage is 16 points higher than Coleman's and a 0.65 better GAA. Making the situation even more murky next year will be the probable signing of [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] into the organization. [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] scored his 18th goal of his rookie season today. Hopefully he can dig deep and get his 20th by season's end. [url=doug=obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] had a helper on the goal, his 32nd point of the year. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002068]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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