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Egener, Dicaire, Henrich Recalled By Springfield

Mired in a month long winless streak the Springfield Falcons finally opted to make wholesale changes today recalling a trio of Lightning prospects from Johnstown of the ECHL. [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6695]According to ECHL.com[/url], the Falcons have recalled defensemen Mike Egener and Gerard Dicaire as well as left wing Adam Henrich. No word as yet on any roster moves in Springfield which might involve Randy Rowe and John Adams amongst others.

Game Night 1/14: Falcons at Crunch

The Falcons' winless streak is now at 13 games. SPR-3 SYR-5 Brian Eklund stopped just 25 of 29 shots before Syracuse added an empty net goal at game's end. Once again, Springfield's goaltending allowed 4 or more goals despite the defense allowing under 30 shots against. Defensemen Ray Schultz and Timo Helbling both scored their first goals in a Falcons uniform. Schultz also tacked on an assist in his second game with the Falcons. Nick Tarnasky also potted a goal for Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001570]TheAHL.com. [/url]

Game Night 1/13: Falcons at Senators

Now I'm angry. I realize Jay Feaster has had some things on his plate recently, but to allow the situation between the pipes in Springfield to continue to worsen is ridiculous. SPR-4 BIN-9 Gerald Coleman allowed 4 goals on 11 shots before being lifted. Brian Eklund didn't do any better allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. A transaction should've been made two weeks ago. Jonathan Boutin and Morgan Cey have played well in Johnstown and deserve the opportunity to try and do what Coleman and Eklund simply have not been doing for the past month. And while we're at it, why is this organization wasting time giving a PTO to John Adams (scratched tonight) while Gerard Dicaire and Mike Egener are down in Johnstown? The exhiled Chris Dingman scored his third goal as a Falcon tonight while Marek Kvapil, Zbynek Hrdel and Andre Deveaux added markers of their own. Doug O'Brien and Nick Tarnasky had helpers in the game. But it doesn't mean anything because the Falcons' goaltenders simply cannot keep the puck out of their net. Something must be done, and this should be a lesson to those who believe that having an experienced AHL starter is a waste of a roster spot. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001548]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/11: Bears at Falcons

Well, at least Coleman allowed less than four goals tonight. And that's something isn't it? Isn't it? HER-3 SPR-0 Gerald Coleman stopped 25 of 28 shots faced in the loss. In front of him tonight, the Falcons only managed a meager 22 shots on goal. Six of those shots came from Todd Rohloff (now wearing the "C") and Harlan Pratt. Callups have depleted the Falcons forward ranks and reduced them to, essentially, a one line team at this point, and Zbynek Hrdel's return to the lineup tonight did little to change that. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001545]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Vesce an All-Star

The AHL has announced that the Springfield Falcons' C Ryan Vesce [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2887.shtml]has been named to the "Planet USA" roster for the American Hockey League All-Star Game.[/url] Vesce has 10 goals and 33 points in 37 games thus far this year and currently ranks 5th in the AHL in rookie scoring. The AHL All-Star Game will take place February 1st in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Bolt Prospects Announces Its 2005-2006 Midterm Rankings

Yesterday, we updated the Bolt Prospects.com prospects section to reflect our updated Midterm Rankings for the 2005-2006 season. Before the season our staff agreed that using the NHL Central Scouting Service's methodology of using tri-annual updated would offer our readers a far more up-to-date and precise accounting of the team's prospects' standing in the organization than the once-annual offerings of publications like The Hockey News and websites like Hockey's Future. On October 29th, 2005 we posted our Preliminary Rankings. The number in parentheses after each prospect listed in the Top-25 reflects their change in the rankings between then and now. Regarding our criteria for deciding what constitutes a "prospect", any player under Lightning contract under 24 years of age at the start of the season who has played less than 41 games in any given NHL season to this point in his career is a prospect. Any prospect over 24 years of age who has played less than 41 NHL games in his career will be listed by Bolt Prospects as an "overage prospect". Among the players we currently list as overage prospects are, for instance, G Brian Eklund, RW Norm Milley and G Fredrik Norrena. With that out of the way, here are Bolt Prospects 2005-2006 Midterm Rankings:

Falcons Trade Tiley/Acquire Schultz

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2882.shtml]have announced a pair of shake up deals along their blue line.[/url] First, veteran Brad Tiley has been traded to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for future considerations. In return, the Rampage's parent club, the Phoenix Coyotes, have loaned the Falcons veteran defenseman Ray Schultz. The 29 year old blueliner brings to the table 45 games of NHL experience along with 422 career games of AHL experience. In his last full season of professional hockey in 2004-2005 with the Albany River Rats of the AHL, Schultz notched 5 goals, 19 points and 227 penalty minutes.

Kelly Returned to Johnstown

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2881.shtml]have returned center Justin Kelly to Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] He had zero points in five games with the Falcons. Kelly still leads Johnstown in scoring with 28 points in 21 games despite his time up in Springfield.

Game Day 1/8: Falcons at Monarchs

I believe that's 12 straight games now where the Falcons have allowed 4 or more goals. And the winless streak continues. SPR-3 MAN-5 Gerald Coleman made 20 saves on 24 shots faced in the loss. Through two periods he had allowed 3 goals on just 8 shots putting the Falcons in a situation where their 29-8 shot superiority was all for naught fighting a 3-2 deficit. At this pont Dirk Graham seems to have zero faith in Brian Eklund while Coleman, a rookie who was never a full time starter in junior, is watching his season start to circle the drain. As it stands right now his save percentage is a terrible .889. How long are the Lightning/Falcons going to continue to run this young man through the meat grinder before they make a move? It's been clear for at least a half a month now what the organization needs to do: either acquire a veteran goaltender or give your ECHL All-Star Jonathan Boutin or your Spengler Cup team member Morgan Cey the opportunity to do what [i]neither[/i] of these goaltenders seem capable of doing right now: stop 90% of the pucks they see. Marek Kvapil led the way offensively with 1G 1A while Nick Tarnasky had a tally of his own and Lightning prospect Dennis Packard had an assist and Lightning exhile Chris Dingman had a helper of his own. None of that amounts to a hill of beans however if this team's goaltenders continue to allow 4 or 5 goals every night out. The Falcons [i]cannot[/i] win consistently with that kind of performance between the pipes. Period. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001536]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/7: Crunch at Falcons

The Falcons dug deep and made sure they'd match the Lightning by wasting a 2 goal lead of their own. SYR-5 SPR-4 (SO) At least they got the point. Still, the goaltending in Springfield continues to allow 4 goals or more a game. Tonight, Coleman allowed 4 on 33 shots faced before the shootout loss. On the positive side, the Falcons' offense is showing significant signs of life. Jim Campbell returned to town with 1G and 2A while Lightning exhile Chris Dingman chipped in a pair of goals. Doug O'Brien had 2 assists and Jay Rosehill got his first AHL point with a helper. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/player.php?id=773]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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