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Submitted by pete on November 21, 2005 - 20:06
The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2824.shtml]have announced the signing of veteran defenseman Anders Eriksson to a professional tryout contract.[/url] Eriksson is a replacement for veteran Brad Bombardir who was also on a PTO contract when he went down with a knee injury in the Falcons' opening game. Eriksson brings to the table 412 NHL games of experience. Last year during the lockout he played for HV 71 of the Swedish Elitserien where he had 1 goal, 10 points and 54 penalty minutes in 32 games. Eriksson spent the season prior with the Columbus Blue Jackets where he had a solid statistical season with 7 goals and 27 points in 66 games. In his last full season in the AHL in 2002-2003 with the St. John's Maple Leafs, Eriksson had 5 goals, 39 points and 133 penalty minutes in 72 games.
Submitted by chad on November 21, 2005 - 12:08
Mark Tobin and the Rimouski Oceanic won for just the fifth time in twenty-five games this season, beating the Victoriaville Tigres 5-2 in Rimouski. Tobin had an assist for Lâ€™Oceanic in the victory. Rimouski is six points behind expansion St. Johnâ€™s for second last place in the entire QMJHL. In other CHL action on Sundayâ€¦ The Good: Red Deer, after losing 11 straight games, has won 2 of their past 3. The Rebels beat Calgary 2-1 Sunday thanks to two third period goals. Vladimir Mihalik was minus-one for the game, however. The Bad: Chris Lawrence was minus-three for Sault Ste. Marie as the Greyhounds dropped a 6-3 decision in Oshawa and Marek Bartanus was scratched for the third straight game for Owen Sound. In the WHL, Kelowna lost 4-1 at Kamloops. Keller was minus-one.
Submitted by pete on November 20, 2005 - 21:45
Fran Sypek of the Springfield Republican [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1132494127253330.xml&coll=1]reports the reason for Jim Campbell's absence from the lineup this weekend is a minor knee injury.[/url] Also, Darren Reid was not in the lineup tonight for the Falcons as he was returning to Alberta to attend to personal matters with a death in his family. Condolences to Darren Reid and his family, and here's to hoping he'll be back soon.
Submitted by pete on November 20, 2005 - 21:25
Ahhhh the cries of the Carolina announcers whining that fatigue was a legitimate excuse for their team's play. Music to my ears. TB-5 CAR-2 I cannot overemphasize how important an early season win this was. The 4 point in division swing made this a very very key victory, even if it is November. A loss would've dropped the Lightning to 10 points behind in the division, so the Lightning did themselves a huge favor by taking the win tonight. And, tonight was the first of what I suspect will be quite a few multi-point games for Paul Ranger's career. 2 assists and a +1 in just a shade under 15 minutes of ice time. It may not be this year, but at some point expect the offense to really start to flow given how strong his skating and instincts are. Evgeny Artyukhin with 9:18 and an even rating. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020310.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on November 20, 2005 - 21:23
Brian Eklund deserved better: BNG-1 SPR-0 Eklund named the second star in a strong 31 save on 32 shot performance, his best in a couple of weeks. It's important for Eks to round back into form if Springfield is going to be successful in their run for the playoffs. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001260]TheAHL.com.[/url]