The Springfield Falcons today have announced the signing of left wing Jacob Micflikier to an amateur tryout contract. Mcflikier, 22, spent the past four seasons with New Hampshire of the Hockey East conference. While with the Wildcats, he earned a reputation as one of the team's best scorers with his career year of 20 goals and 44 points in 42 games set in his sophomore season. As a junior, Micflikier led his team in scoring with 16 goals and 42 points in 37 games. As a senior this year, the 5'8" 180 lbs. forward had 11 goals and 38 points in 35 games. Prior to attending New Hampshire, Micflikier starred for two seasons for Sioux Falls in the USHL compiling 55 goals and 111 points in 120 games. As a young rookie to junior in 2001-2002, Micflikier played with Buffalo's Thomas Vanek and current Johnstown Chief Eric Przepiorka.
According to an article in tomorrowâ€™s Virginian Pilot, the Norfolk Admirals will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday at which they are expected to announce that the Tampa Bay Lightning will be their new NHL affiliate.
The Lightning will fill the void created last Monday when the Chicago Blackhawks, the Admirals' NHL partner for the past seven years, announced a 10-year AHL agreement with Rockford, Ill., beginning with the 2007-08 season.
Tampa Bay and Springfield (Mass.), the Lightning's current AHL affiliate, exercised an "out" clause and mutually agreed to terminate their deal with two years remaining. Springfield promptly agreed to a three-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
For more information, see: Admirals Expected to Affiliate with NHLâ€™s Tampa Bay Lightning
There will be a news conference scheduled for 2:00 Thursday in Norfolk. Looks like we're getting married!
The Springfield Falcons have announced they have signed defenseman Justin Fletcher to an amateur tryout agreement. Fletcher, who will turn 24 this week, is a 5'11" 202 lbs. blueliner out of St. Cloud State in the WCHA. As a member of the Huskies, Fletcher led all St. Cloud defensemen in scoring during his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. This year, Fletcher had 5 goals and 23 points in 37 games, one year removed from his career season of 6 goals and 27 points in 40 games as a junior. Prior to his NCAA career, Fletcher spent three seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL scoring 12 goals and 43 points in 60 games in his final year of junior.
The Illinois native made his Falcons debut tonight against Manchester playing on the top pairing with Mike Egener. Fletcher was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the game.
Tonight was a make-up for a game that was snowed in a week or two ago.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 2 goals on 5 shots before being pulled for Kevin Beech who allowed 2 goals on 23 shots the rest of the way to take the loss in his first AHL game. Daniel Corso had 2 assists in the game with the Falcons' goals coming from Kyle Wanvig, Norm Milley and Justin Keller. David Spina, Eric Healey and Nick Kuiper added individual helpers. Wanvig was named third star of the game.
MCH Tukonen, (11) (Murray), 1:55
MCH Jackman, (15) (Werner, Moulson), 4:28
MCH Tukonen, (12) (Ryan, Werner), 8:14
SPR Wanvig, (16) (Spina, Healey), 13:32
SPR Milley, (24) (Corso), 16:52 (PP)
MCH Werner, (5) (Murray), 15:14
SPR Keller, (13) (Corso, Kuiper), 10:06
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.