Johnstown's season finale in Reading will be with a playoff spot on the line.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 32 shots in the loss. Gus Katsuras had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Chiefs while Marek Kvapil and PJ Atherton added third period goals during a failed comeback bid. Maxime Boisclair, Dimitri Tarabrin, Bryan Nathe, Grant Jacobsen and Radek Smolenak added individual assists.
Wheeling's loss to Trenton tonight eliminates them from the playoffs. Reading leapfrogs Johnstown into the final North Division playoff spot with the win tonight with the Royals sitting at 71 points and the Chiefs at 70 points. Both teams are tied with 32 wins in the win column. So it comes down to tomorrow at 7:05 pm in Reading. Winner moves on. Loser hits the links.
REA Hogeboom, (30) (Zappala, Smith), 1:56
JHN Katsuras, (11) (Boisclair, Tarabrin), 16:53 (PP)
REA Becker, (10) (Werner, Hogeboom), 5:49 (PP)
REA Collymore, (15) (Zappala, Hogeboom), 10:31
REA Collymore, (16) (Saurette, Bala), 13:30
JHN Kvapil, (3) (Katsuras, Nathe), 10:13
JHN Atherton, (5) (Jacobsen, Smolenak), 18:54 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Michigan State 4- Maine 2
Mike Lundin and Maine missed out on the chance for a national title as they fell to Michigan State in the first game of the Frozen Four. Lundin was scoreless and a plus-1 in the game.
Boston College beat North Dakota 6-4 in the other semi-final game, setting up Saturday's National Championship.
In Game One of the Swedish Elitserien finals, Linkopings defeated MODO 5-1 to stake themselves to a 1-0 series lead. Lightning prospect defenseman Andreas Holmqvist rose to the occassion posting 1 goal and 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Friday.
Johnstown's winning streak stops at 4.
Johnstown holds a 2 point lead on Wheeling and a 3 point lead on Reading (with the Royals holding 1 game in hand) for the final playoff spot in the North Division.
Johnstown has two games remaining on their schedule, a home and home against Reading.
Wheeling has a home and home against Trenton remaining on their schedule.
Reading has one game at Trenton remaining before their home and home against the Chiefs.
TOL Smith, (5) , 7:52 (SH)
JHN Adams, (5) (Jacobsen, Kvapil), 14:34 (PP)
TOL Hall, (3) (Sullivan, Mulherin), 4:17
TOL Parillo, (14) (Walsh, Songin), 7:51 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Jonathan Boutin snapped out of a recent slump to stop 27 of 29 shots faced for the win. Veteran Kyle Wanvig led the way with a pair of goals while David Spina notched a pair of assists. ATO signee Jacob Micflikier scored the game winning goal while Adam Henrich, Joe Rullier, Eric Healey and Daniel Corso added helpers. Wanvig, Boutin and MicFlikier were named the game's three stars.
SPR Wanvig, (20) (Henrich, Spina), 14:08
SPR Wanvig, (21) (Spina, Rullier), 19:59
ALB Bayda, (28) (Willis, Aucoin), 1:55
ALB Cumiskey, (6) (Willis), 6:22 (PP)
SPR Micflikier, (2) (Healey, Corso), 16:41
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.