In their opening match of the Elitserien playoffs, #4 Linkopings easily knocked off #7 ranked Lulea 6-1. Lightning blueline prospect and Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week Andreas Holmqvist had a pair of power play assists in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday.
In other games on the schedule, #1 Farjestads shut out #8 Mora 4-0, #6 Brynas defeated #2 HV71 4-3 and #5 Timra beat #3 MODO 2-1.
Albert Vishnyakov scored the opening goal in Dynamo's 4-2 loss to CSKA.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 6-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Northern Michigan 3 - Ohio State 2
CCHA Tournament - Round 1, Game 3
The No. 10 seed in the CCHA tournament is providing some excitement as the Wildcats knocked off No. 7 seed Ohio State two games to one. Lightning prospect Dusty Collins was scoreless in game three and minus-1 with 2 shots. It was his overtime goal in game two that saved off elimination for Northern.
The Wildcats scored two shorthanded goals in the win but the story of the series was Northern's backup goaltender Brian Stewert of Burnaby, B.C. Only a freshman with a season save percentage of .890, he made 34 saves in the game for the win. Stewert replaced starter Bill Zaniboni midway through the second period of game one and stayed in net the rest of the series.
With Alaska's upset win over Western Michigan in three games, Northern was the second lowest seed to move on and will travel to No. 2 seed Michigan in the second round for a best of three series. Alaska, seeded No. 11 plays No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
Mississauga 2 @ Saginaw 8
Despite a win earlier this week, the IceDogs continue to struggle, this time getting crushed 8-2 in Saginaw. Chris Lawrence had an assist for Mississauga, who was only down 3-2 entering the third period. Lawrence was minus-1 with 4 PIM.
Oshawa 5 @ Erie 6 (Shootout)
The Otters snapped an 11-game losing streak and 7-game home losing streak with a 6-5 shootout win over super-prospect John Tavares and the Oshawa Generals Saturday night. Tavares had 1 first period goals against Lightning prospect Kevin Beech - Tavares' 60th and 61st goals of the year. Beech gave up 4 first period goals on 19 shots and did not see the ice for the remainder of the game. Justin Garay had 28 saves for the win for Erie.
Peterborough 3 @ Owen Sound 4
Marek Bartanus was scoreless with an even rating as the Owen Sound Attack registered a 4-3 home win over the Petes.
Kelowna 4 @ Prince George 7
The Cougars got revenge on last-place Kelowna with a 7-4 win Saturday night. Vladimir Mihalik scored his 7th goal of the year on the power play to pace Prince George. He was plus-1.
Spokane 0 @ Everett 3
Dane Crowley was scoreless and plus-1 in the Silvertips 3-0 shutout win over Spokane.
Mississauga 2 @ Plymouth 8
The IceDogs finished their trip to Michigan with an 8-2 loss to the Whalers. That's 16 goals against in two games against Saginaw and Plymouth for Mississauga. Chris Lawrence was scoreless, minus-1, and had 4 PIM.
Erie 5 @ Toronto 4 (Overtime)
The Otters won their second game in as many days, beating Toronto St. Mike's 5-4 in overtime. Kevin Beech watched from the bench as Justin Garay stayed in net for Erie after beating Oshawa the night before.
The streak is over. Falcons win.
Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 8 of 8 penalty shots for the shootout victory. For Ramo, who went 0 for February in the win department, it was his first victory since January 19th at Providence. David Spina had a pair of assists in the game while Adam Henrich and PJ Atherton (slipping nicely through a Clear Day loophole) scored Springfield's goals. Matt Smaby and Andy Rogers, freshly dried from a dip in Springfield Republican beat writer Fran Sypek's vitriol, each had primary assists in the game. Daniel Corso, who scored the winning shootout goal, was named first star of the game while Spina took third star honors.
The win breaks the Falcons' 8 game winless streak. Interesting takeaway stats from the game: the Falcons outshot the Sharks 31-27 partly on the strength of Atherton's team high 5 shots on goal. I know someone who wants a contract.
Newly acquired Nick Kuiper was +1 in the game. Joe Rullier did not suit up for the Falcons.
SPR Henrich, (3) (Smaby, Spina), 7:22
WOR Mink, (19) (Prudden, Cavanagh), 7:37
WOR Rome, (7) , 1:14
SPR Atherton, (1) (Rogers, Spina), 6:20 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.