Norm Milley returns!
Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots faced for the shootout win. Doug O'Brien and Eric Healey scored the Falcons' goals with assists belonging to David Spina, Andy Rogers, Norm Milley and Andy Delmore. Daniel Corso and Healey also notched the winning markers in the shootout session.
The victory moves Springfield back to .500 at 21-21-1, 3 points back of Providence for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
SPR O'Brien, (3) (Spina, Rogers), 11:22
PRO Versteeg, (19) (Walter, Krejci), 15:54
PRO Kalus, (4) (Krejci, Versteeg), 17:33
SPR Healey, (18) (Milley, Delmore), 3:37
SPR- Corso, Healey
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist and 2 penalty minutes in Lunkopings' 3-2 overtime loss to Djurgardens. Former Lightning forward Jimmie Olvestad had a power play goal and 2 penalty minutes in the match for DIF. Despite Linkopings' recent struggles in the past couple of weeks, Holmqvist has remained white hot offensively and now has 5 goals and 19 points in 38 games.
Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and an assist Thursday night to lead the Mississauga IceDogs to a 5-1 road win over Toronto St. Mike's. Lawrence was also plus-2 and had 6 PIM. One of his goals was the game winner and the other was a power play marker. Anyone who had him in their stat-category-based OHL fantasy hockey league is probably patting themselves on the back for that performance. Lawrence was named the game's first star.
"The coaches have emphasized that I've got to drive the net more," Lawrence told the Mississauga News. "And if you work hard, the goals will come."
"When he's going to the net as hard as he did tonight, not too many people can handle him at this level," Coach Mike Kelly said of Lawrence's performance.
Note: This was Mississauga's last game in the old Toronto rink, St. Michael's College Arena, which has seen the likes of Red Kelly, Tim Horton, and Frank Mahovlich come through on their way to the pros. The Mississauga News reports the current Toronto club will likely play in Mississauga's Hershey Centre next year after the IceDogs move to Niagara Falls.
Vladimir Mihalik finally returned to the Prince George lineup and helped the Cougars to a 3-2 win over Kelowna Tuesday night. Mihalik was plus-1 for the game with two penalty minutes.
Also, while Dane Crowley and Everett were not in action Tuesday, Crowley is in the news in Washington as the Silvertips are counting on his addition to help them to a Memorial Cup appearance. Two articles on Crowley were released recently:
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 3-2 win over Nizhnekamsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-2 loss to Ufa.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 1-1 tie with CSKA.
Vasily Koshechkin threw his 2nd consecutive shutout, and 4th of the season, in helping Togliatti defeat 4th place Novosibirsk 2-0. Koshechkin is now 14-10-3 on the season.
Anton But had a goal in SKA's 5-3 loss to Khimik.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play as Dynamo was shutout by Magnitogorsk 1-0.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 1-1 tie with Chelyabinsk.