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HPK/HIFK Game Two

With Miika Wiikman getting shelled in game one of the series, HPK turned to Karri Ramo and the 19 year old phenom did not disappoint. Ramo followed up his shutout in game four of the Ilves series with a 2-1 overtime victory over HIFK to even up their semifinal series at 1-1. Ramo stopped 29 of 30 shots faced in 72:37 of play and was named third star of the game.

Hrdel Sent to Johnstown

Yesterday the Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=7541]announced that left winger Zbynek Hrdel has been reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL. [/url] In 46 games with the Falcons this year, Hrdel has 5 goals and 10 assists for 15 points. He has also played 13 games for Johnstown, collecting 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points.

Smaby Unsure of Future

Fresh off a disappointing Frozen Four National Semi-Final loss to Boston College, University of North Dakota captain and defenseman Matt Smaby is unsure if he'll be back with the Sioux next year, or choose to sign with the Lightning. Smaby told the [i]Grand Forks Herald[/i] that he hasn't thought through the decision just yet. "My thoughts have been focused on other things," said Smaby, who was voted team captain before the season. Smaby and Buffalo draft pick and fellow junior Drew Stafford are drawing the most interest from Sioux fans already saying "Wait 'til next year."

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/6

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi and Gatineau begin their series Friday night. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech put forth a heroic effort, stopping 34 of 37 shots, but it wasn't enough as Sudbury fell to Peterborough 3-1. Beech was named the game's Third Star. The Petes lead the series 1-0. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw and Calgary get underway Saturday night. Kelowna hosts Everett in Game 1 of their series starting Friday night.

Game Night 4/6: Thrashers at Lightning

The Lightning had an opportunity to put the stake completely through the Thrashers' heart tonight. They only managed to drive the stake halfway through. ATL-2 TB-3 (SO) It was Sean Burke versus Mike Dunham in a matchup of the two slowest goaltenders in the league. Burke stopped 29 of 31 before stopping 2 of 3 in penalty shots. This I know for certain: Brad Richards is money in shootouts. Ryan Craig scored the 15th goal of his rookie season on the power play. Pavel Kubina's return tonight pushes Timo Helbling out of the lineup. Paul Ranger played 18:41 with 1 shot and 4 blocked shots. Craig was -1 in 15:37 with 4 shots and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin played 5:19 with 1 hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021136.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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