This one went right down to the wire with great weeks posted by Chris Lawrence (3 GP, 3-2-5), PJ Atherton (4 GP, 0-6-6) and Stanislav Lascek (3 GP, 1-4-5). However, the winner of Prospect of the Week honors is...
Mike Lundin had an assist in #1 Maine's 2-2 tie against #8 Boston University. It was Lundin's 3rd assist of the season, and 5th point. He finished a +1 with 3 shots in the game.
Art Femenella was even with 1 shot on goal in Vermont's 1-0 loss to #3 Boston College. The senior defensemen has 1 goal and no assists to go along with 16 PIM in 5 games this season for the Catamounts. Vermont is 2-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the HEAST.
Dusty Collins went scoreless with 2 PIM in Northern Michigan's 4-2 upset over #4 Miami-Ohio. The Wildcats moved to 2-2-0 in the CCHA.
UMASS completed the weekend sweep of Providence beating the Friars 3-2.
Kevin Beech did not dress today as Brampton topped Sudbury 5-4 in overtime.
Chris Lawrence was -1 with 4 PIMs in Mississauga's 6-4 loss to Toronto despite the Ice Dogs outshooting their opponents by a staggering 57-25 margin.
Dane Crowley was scoreless in Swift Current's 4-3 overtime loss to Moose Jaw.
What a big, big win to end a tough weekend set at 2-1-0.
Karri Ramo stopped 23 of 24 shots faced to improve to 3-2-0 on the season. Andy Delmore and rookie Justin Keller had the Falcons' goals, both on the power play, while assists went to Eric Healey, Norm Milley, Mike Egener and Doug O'Brien. The point was Egener's first of the season. Delmore and Keller were named first and second stars of the game respectively.
LOW Bergfors, (3) (Vrana, LaCouture), 9:54
SPR Delmore, (3) (Healey, Milley), 8:18 (PP)
SPR Keller, (2) (Egener, O'Brien), 8:51 (PP)
The win moves Springfield to 5-6-0 on the year with 10 points which puts them in 4th place in the AHL's Atlantic Division. Springfield faces the Portland Pirates next Friday night with an opportunity to improve to .500. Portland currently sits in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Morgan Cey must be punchy after this afternoon's game.
Cey stopped 41 of 45 shots faced in the loss as the Chiefs were outshot 45-28 overall. Veteran Randy Rowe posted both of Johnstown's goals with assists going to Adam Henrich and Maxime Boisclair. Wheeling dominated the third period outshooting the Chiefs 18-4 and outscoring Johnstown 2-0 in the frame to take the victory.
JHN Rowe, (4) (Henrich), 8:39
WHE Cheesman, (1) (Bissonnette, Jensen), 6:00 (PP)
WHE Foster, (1) (Cameron, Fernholm), 7:18
JHN Rowe, (5) (Boisclair), 8:06
WHE McLean, (5) (Collins, Bissonnette), 3:07
WHE McLean, (6) (Collins), 11:34 (SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Khimik defeated Salavat Yulayev today 4-2 in the final match before the Karjala Cup break. Alexander Polushin, who has been on IR because of knee surgery, has yet to play for Khimik this season. The Superleague now adjourns for ten days for the Finnish leg of the Euro Tour tournament series. Russia still has not announced their roster as of this posting for the event.
Marek Bartanus was -1 in Owen Sound's 5-4 loss to Kitchener.
Vladimir Mihalik had a power play assist and was -1 in Prince George's 4-2 loss to Kelowna. Mihalik also had 4 penalty minutes in the game.
Dane Crowley returned from injury tonight and had an assist and 2 penalty minutes in Swift Current's 5-4 loss to Medicine Hat.
The Lightning were hosed.
Marc Denis allowed 6 goals on 33 shots for the overtime loss. Denis is now 4-0-1 when the Lightning provide him 3 or more goals of support. Vincent Lecavalier led the Lightning attack with 4 assists and Martin St. Louis had 1 goal and 1 assist. Individual goals went to Afanasenkov, Alexeev, Fedotenko and Richards and individual assists went to Kuba, Prospal and Ranger.
If you ever needed proof the league office in Toronto favors their big market, northeastern traditional teams over their small market, southern expansion cousins, witness Zdeno Chara clearly knocking in the game tying goal with a high stick and after a full 10 minutes of review Toronto still blew the call. And, to add insult to injury, Filip Kuba was given a cross check to give Boston a 5-on-3 which they cashed in on in overtime to take the second point. Kudos to the otherwise attrocious Lightning penalty kill for managing to get out of regulation with a point despite being down two men. I won't sit here and say the Lightning played well (they didn't) in this game, but I do know the NHL robbed the team of a point tonight.
Boston 4:08, Marc Savard 3 (P.J. Axelsson, Glen Murray)
Tampa Bay 12:13, Ruslan Fedotenko 6 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 7:15, Brad Richards 3 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Boston 9:08, Marc Savard 4 (Glen Murray, Nathan Dempsey)
Boston 11:03, Phil Kessel 3 (Shean Donovan, Wayne Primeau)
Tampa Bay 11:13, Nikita Alexeev 5 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 15:38, Martin St. Louis 10 (Vincent Lecavalier, Paul Ranger)
Boston 17:47, P.J. Axelsson 4 (power play) (Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron)
Tampa Bay 18:14, Dmitry Afanasenkov 2 (unassisted)
Boston 19:13, Zdeno Chara 3 (power play) (Marc Savard, Paul Mara)
Boston 0:17, Glen Murray 6 (power play) (Paul Mara, Marc Savard)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
This team's not perfect, but it's skilled and it has some goaltending, and if you've got those elements you have a chance.
Johnstown got a very solid night from Gerald Coleman who stopped 35 of 37 shots faced for the win. The Chiefs were outshot 37-26 but still poured it on to move to .500 at 4-4-0 for the year. PJ Atherton paced the team with 3 power play assists while Gus Katsuras and Stanislav Lascek both poured in 1 goal and 1 assist each. Veteran Randy Rowe had 2 assists and newcomer David Spina, rookie Maxime Boisclair, and big Adam Henrich each had goals. Zbynek Hrdel and Andrew Martens each had individual assists.
Coleman, Atherton and Rowe were the game's three stars.
Lascek leads all ECHL rookies with 11 points in 7 games and is tied for sixth in the league in scoring. Atherton has 8 assists in 8 games and is first among all rookie defensemen in scoring and forth among all ECHL defensemen in scoring overall. I smell recalls, and for Atherton, sooner or later I smell Lightning contract.
WHE Collins, (4) (McLean, Cameron), 0:32
JHN Katsuras, (2) (Hrdel), 1:02
JHN Spina, (3) (Lascek, Atherton), 11:31 (PP)
JHN Lascek, (2) (Atherton, Katsuras), 8:10 (PP)
WHE McLean, (4) (Collins, Jensen), 15:25 (PP)
JHN Boisclair, (3) (Rowe, Martens), 11:47
JHN Henrich, (1) (Atherton, Rowe), 14:37 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.