After winning 7 straight on the road, I suppose they were due for a stinker.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 16 shots before being pulled in the loss. It wasn't under the best of circumstances, obviously, but tonight was Holmqvist's 30th decision of the season which graduated him by site criteria. Holmqvist has been moved to the Bolt Prospects Alumni section on the Prospects page.
Kudos to Ryan Craig for defending Blair Jones after Ryan Hollweg decided to try to knee the rookie. Craig is a man. The Lightning fail to keep pace with Atlanta and are now 7 points behind Atlanta, but still hold a game in hand.
NY Rangers 4:28, Colton Orr 1 (Fedor Tyutin, Blair Betts)
NY Rangers 11:32, Marcel Hossa 4 (Michal Rozsival, Martin Straka)
NY Rangers 8:28, Ryan Hollweg 1 (Jaromir Jagr)
NY Rangers 14:25, Sean Avery 11 (Michael Nylander, Brendan Shanahan)
NY Rangers 3:32, Jaromir Jagr 21 (Martin Straka)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Two streaks are over; one remains.
After 14 games, Marek Bartanus finally registered a point. Granted, it was "just" an assist, but considering how much Bartanus has struggled to hit the scoresheet lately, it's to be cheered.
Well, maybe not loudly.
The assist came with under 30 seconds left in a game that was already out of reach for Windsor. Owen Sound led 7-4 before Bartanus got a second assist on the Attack's eighth marker.
While that was cutting it close, he did finish a plus-3, breaking his 26 game streak without finishing a game on the plus side of his plus/minus rating. The last time he finished a game with a plus was November 3 when he was plus-3 and had 4 assists in a game against Oshawa.
Bartanus' streak of games without a goal is now at 21, however. He last scored just before the American Thanksgiving, 11-22-06, also in a game against Oshawa.
Bartanus has 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 42 games this year. He had 19 points (7 goals) in 49 games last season.
Dane Crowley and Everett shutout their rival, Try-City, 5-0 in another fight filled third period between the two. Crowley was scoreless and plus-1 and got into the fisticuffs with 9 penalty minutes. Crowley fought 6-0, 194-pound center Joel Broda. He had a roughing penalty tacked onto his fighting major and a boarding penalty earlier in the game.
Meanwhile, Prince George and Vladimir Mihalik dropped their second in a row, 3-2 in Vancouver. Mihalik was minus-2 with a minor penalty. The Cougars managed just 16 shots on goal.
Kevin Quick was scoreless but played a key defensive role in the game, finishing a +1 in Salisbury School's 1-0 win over Taft School. The defensemen also picked up 2 PIM.
The win marked the 8th in a row for the Knights (14-3-2, 6-3-1) who sit in second in the Founders League one point behind first place Avon Old Farms. The Knights host Loomis Chaffee School (4-13-0, 1-8-0) from Windsor, CT. on Saturday.
Now THAT'S an impressive win.
Morgan Cey stopped 23 of 24 shots faced in the win. Someone break up Johnstown's checking line. Eric Przepiorka led the Chiefs attack tonight with 1 goal and 1 assist while Ryan Gibbons had a pair of assists. Brandon Elliot stayed hot scoring his 10th goal of the season while Randy Rowe and Maxime Boisclair had the other Chiefs goals. Andrew Martens and John Adams had individual helpers.
A convincing win on the road against the first place team in the North Division is a strong strong signal the Chiefs have righted their ship and are ready to make a run toward the playoffs. Johnstown improves to 1 game under .500 and are 5 points back of 4th place Toledo. The Chiefs have won three straight games.
JHN Boisclair, (12) (Martens), 2:54 (PP)
JHN Przepiorka, (6) (Gibbons, Adams), 3:10
CIN Stewart, (6) (Starling, Aubin), 7:07
JHN Elliott, (10) (Przepiorka, Gibbons), 7:56
JHN Rowe, (13) , 14:03
Game sheet from ECHL.com.