Good effort. They just can't score goals to save their lives.
Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in the loss. David Spina had the only Falcons goal (shorthanded) off assists from Dan Cavanaugh and Matt Smaby. At this point of the season, many of these non-contract players are playing for jobs and Spina, in his last 24 games, has 6 goals and 18 points. In my opinion, he's a guy that the organization needs to keep around on an AHL contract next season. Smaby, quietly, has posted 4 assists over the last 5 games. Ramo was named second star of the game.
Springfield outshot the Admirals 35 to 33 in the game. That's no small feat considering that the Admirals hold the best record in the Eastern Conference. It seems clear that the Falcons have picked up their play of late. What they really need now is one of the youngsters like Justin Keller or Marek Kvapil to start putting the puck in the net. Each were held to just 1 shot on goal tonight.
NOR Bolland, (11) (Parenteau, Hendry), 4:34
SPR Spina, (8) (Cavanaugh, Smaby), 19:44 (SH)
NOR Richmond, (10) (Versteeg, Corazzini), 2:59 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Salisbury School 3 - Hotchkiss School 0
Kevin Quick was scoreless and plus-2 as Salisbury beat Hotchkiss for the first time in three tries this season. The win gives the Knights at least a share of the Founders League regular season title. The winning streak now sits at 12 with the regular season concluding Saturday at home against Canterbury School out of New Milford, Conn.
Salisbury School 7 - Albany Academy 1
Kevin Quick picked up an assist as Salisbury (17-3-2) won their 11th straight. For the season Quick has one goal and nine assists, is a plus-20 with 4 PIM.
Salisbury takes on Hotchkiss School (14-4-3) tonight, a game with huge Founders League and New England Playoff ramifications. The two teams are involved in a three-way tie atop the standings with Avon Old Farms and the Knights have lost both matchups against the Bearcats this season, 1-0 on Dec. 6 and a double overtime loss in the Flood-Mar Tournament final 4-3.
Prince George 3 @ Everett 4 (Overtime)
Dane Crowley had two assists, including the primary assist on Everett's overtime winner, to help the Silvertips to a 4-3 win over visiting Vladimir Mihalik and Prince George Tuesday. Mihalik had a power play assist for the Cougars, who were outshot 40-13. Mihalik was minus-1 with a boarding minor, and Crowley had an even rating.
Got away with murder.
Marc Denis was just short of amazing in this game stopping 29 of 32 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 2 of 3 penalty shots for the shootout victory. We'll put the save he made on Jokinen up once it gets youtubed. Save of the year. Ryan Craig and Martin St. Louis had the Lightning's goals. Andreas Karlsson, Doug Janik, Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier had helpers. Richards and St. Louis scored in the shootout.
And the Lightning deserved squat tonight. They only showed up for about 15 of the 65 minutes of hockey played tonight and they're lucky, lucky, lucky that A.) Marc Denis looked like Patrick Roy redux tonight and B.) the Panthers are a Mickey Mouse Junior B team masquerading as an NHL franchise. Kudos to the Lightning for wounding Panthers color man Denis Potvin's inner child by stealing the 2 points tonight after Potvin practically gloated for 2 1/2 periods about the Panthers' play. All in favor of Potvin and Carolina color man Tripp Tracey getting rear ended while carpooling in a pre-recall 1978 Pinto, say aye.
Speaking of which, in Carolina, Atlanta defeated the defending champs 3-1 to keep pace with the Lightning at 71 points with Tampa holding a game in hand.
Tampa Bay 2:15, Ryan Craig 13 (Andreas Karlsson, Doug Janik)
Florida 5:30, Nathan Horton 20 (unassisted)
Florida 10:53, Nathan Horton 21 (Martin Gelinas, Bryan Allen)
Tampa Bay 7:43, Martin St. Louis 36 (power play) (Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay: Richards, St. Louis
Game sheet from NHL.com.