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Falcons Acquire Brigley/Loan Out Harlan Pratt

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2916.shtml]have announced that the New York Islanders have assigned LW Travis Brigley to the Falcons.[/url] In exchange, the Falcons assigned defenseman Harlan Pratt, who had been previously assigned to Johnstown of the ECHL, to the Islanders' affilate in Bridgeport of the AHL. Brigley, a 6'1" 200 lb 27 year old, has had a journeyman professional career that included 55 games in the NHL as well as stints in the IHL, AHL, BISL (Great Britain) and ECHL. Drafted by Calgary in the 2nd round in 1996 out of the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, Brigley's best AHL season came in 1998-99 when he had 15 goals and 50 points in 74 games for the St. Johns Flames. Brigley has 7 goals and 17 points in 39 games this season for Bridgeport. Brigley is considered a good two way player with above average skating ability whose offensive game hasn't emerged as hoped since juniors.

But/Koshechkin Contribute to Victories

Anton But scored a goal today in Yaroslavl's 2-1 victory over Khimik. The goal was But's 15th of the season. In other Superleague action, Lada Togliatti and Vasily Koshechkin defeated Molot Perm 3-2. Koshechkin held Perm scoreless for over 50 minutes before his opponents broke through with a pair of goals in an unsuccessful comeback attempt. Koshechkin improves to 15-11-4 on the season.

Game Night 1/26: Devils at Lightning

Both this game and the Atlanta game were probably the team's two best of the season. The common denominator was John Grahame who just posted his second straight shutout. NJ-0 TB-1 (OT) Ruslan Fedotenko with the quick wrister from the right circle beat Martin Brodeur for the game winning goal. 20 saves on 20 shots faced for Grahame. Paul Ranger played 19:12 with one shot on goal. Ryan Craig played 15:23 with one blocked shot. Evgeny Artyukhin played a painfully sparing 3:50 with two hits. Norm Milley was a scratch. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020743.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Boutin Recalled to Springfield

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2915.shtml]have announced the recall of goaltender Jonathan Boutin from Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] The move comes less than 24 hours after Boutin's start in the 2005-06 ECHL All-Star Game in Fresno. No word as of yet on either Gerald Coleman or Brian Eklund going down to Johnstown to make room. (More on the flip.)

Ramo/Rask II

Today was the second installment of a budding rivalry between two of the best young goaltenders in Finland as HPK squared off against Ilves Tamperre. The match featured the second SM-liiga contest between Karri Ramo and Tuukka Rask. Rask, who beat Ramo for the starting job for the Finnish junior team at the World Junior Championships, carried the first matchup less than a month before the tournament. Today, however, was different. In a shootout, Karri Ramo defeated Tuukka Rask and Ilves 2-1. Ramo made a remarkable 40 saves on 41 shots including a remarkable 21/21 third period to be named third star of the game. Rask, for his part, was named the game's second star making 41 saves on 42 shots faced. The victory moves Karri Ramo's record to 7-5-3 on the season.
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