Johnstown Chiefs

Content regarding the Johnstown Chiefs organization.

ECHL Playoffs Start Monday

There will be little time for the Johnstown Chiefs to celebrate as the ECHL has announced their first round playoff schedule. The Chiefs travel to Trenton to take on the Titans in Game One of their abbreviated playoff series at 7 pm. The match will be the first of three games in four nights as Tuesday night the Chiefs will face Trenton at home at 7 pm before going back on the road to Trenton for a potential deciding Game Three matchup, if needed, Thursday night at 7 pm.

Hard to say for sure, but I would guess Coach Frank Anzalone will rotate the goaltenders: Ryan Munce in Game One, Morgan Cey in Game Two and then perhaps back to Munce for Game Three. All subject to change, of course.

Johnstown is In

Ryan Munce and Marek Kvapil save Johnstown's season by the barest of margins.

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Ryan Munce made a remarkable 49 saves on 52 shots in hostile territory on the road in an elimination game on the last day of the season. Have mercy. He took some guff from some of the BP users after being traded from the Kings organization, but you can't do anything but applaud what he's done in the last couple of weeks. Jean Desrochers potted a critical hat trick to lead the way offensively for the Chiefs. Gus Katsuras and Zbynek Hrdel added 1 goal and 1 assist while the other J-town goal came from Andrew Martens. Marek Kvapil, Johnstown's other savior, had 2 assists and Radek Smolenak and Ben Wallace had individual assists.

Wow. Johnstown was outshot 52-30 in the game but it didn't matter. Johnstown at 72 points finishes the season at .500 at 33-33-7 just 1 point ahead of Reading for the final North Division playoff spot. Johnstown now will face 4th place Trenton in an abbreviated first round series. Desrochers and Munce were named 1st and 2nd stars of the game.

First Period
REA Roussin, (8) (LaLonde), 1:31
JHN Desrochers, (15) (Wallace, Kvapil), 7:47
JHN Martens, (6) (Katsuras), 9:07
JHN Desrochers, (16) (Smolenak, Kvapil), 12:07 (PP)
JHN Katsuras, (12) (Hrdel), 13:28

Second Period
REA Zappala, (22) (Hogeboom, Werner), 4:02 (PP)
REA Zappala, (23) (Smith), 9:49

Third Period
JHN Desrochers, (17) , 18:30 (EN)
JHN Hrdel, (13) , 18:46

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 4/6: Royals at Chiefs

Johnstown's season finale in Reading will be with a playoff spot on the line.

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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.

First Period
REA Hogeboom, (30) (Zappala, Smith), 1:56
JHN Katsuras, (11) (Boisclair, Tarabrin), 16:53 (PP)

Second Period
REA Becker, (10) (Werner, Hogeboom), 5:49 (PP)
REA Collymore, (15) (Zappala, Hogeboom), 10:31
REA Collymore, (16) (Saurette, Bala), 13:30

Third Period
JHN Kvapil, (3) (Katsuras, Nathe), 10:13
JHN Atherton, (5) (Jacobsen, Smolenak), 18:54 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 4/4: Chiefs at Storm

Johnstown's winning streak stops at 4.

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Morgan Cey stopped 27 of 30 shots faced in the loss. John Adams had the only Chiefs goal, on the power play, off assists from Grant Jacobsen and Marek Kvapil.

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.

First Period
TOL Smith, (5) , 7:52 (SH)
JHN Adams, (5) (Jacobsen, Kvapil), 14:34 (PP)

Second Period
TOL Hall, (3) (Sullivan, Mulherin), 4:17
TOL Parillo, (14) (Walsh, Songin), 7:51 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Day 4/1: Cyclones at Chiefs

Johnstown gains two more points on Reading and Wheeling. Playoffs look within their reach.

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Ryan Munce stopped 23 of 24 shots faced for the win. Zbynek Hrdel and Gus Katsuras each had 1 goal and 1 assist with Katsuras potting the overtime game winner. Ian MacLean and Bryan Nathe added assists. Rookie star Maxime Boisclair was kicked out of the game midway through the first period with a slashing major. Katsuras, Munce and Hrdel were the game's three stars. Munce is 4-1-0 in his last 5 starts.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
JHN Hrdel, (12) (MacLean, Katsuras), 8:33

Third Period
CIN Daoust, (31) (Rawlyk, Stewart), 7:22

Overtime
JHN Katsuras, (10) (Nathe, Hrdel), 0:06 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 3/31: Bombers at Chiefs

If the playoffs started tonight, Johnstown would be in.

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Morgan Cey stopped 35 of 35 shots faced for the shutout. ATO Rob Lehtinen led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist while red hot Radek Smolenak had a pair of assists. John Adams had the other Chiefs goal and Marek Kvapil also stayed hot with an assist. Cey, Lehtinen and Adams were the game's three stars.

The win moves Johnstown back to .500 for the season at 31-31-6 and moves one point ahead of Reading into the final playoff spot in the ECHL North Division while still holding a game in hand. With Wheeling losing tonight to Cincinnati, Johnstown should have a 2 point lead on the Nailers as well at night's end. Johnstown controls their destiny and is now riding a three game winning streak in which they have beaten Cincinatti (#2 in the North Division), Toledo (#3 in the North Division) and Dayton (#1 in the North Division). Kvapil= season changer.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
JHN Adams, (4) (Lehtinen, Smolenak), 4:14 (PP)
JHN Lehtinen, (2) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 8:34

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 3/30: Storm at Chiefs

All of a sudden, with Special K as the spark, the playoff math is starting to favor the Chiefs.

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Ryan Munce made 24 stops for the win. The former Kings draft pick has won 3 of his last 4 starts. Radek Smolenak posted a 1 goal and 3 assist night to pace the Chiefs. Marek Kvapil added 3 assists and Gus Katsuras chipped in a pair of goals. Zbynek Hrdel had 1 goal and 1 assist and PJ Atherton had 2 assists to complete the list of 5 Chiefs players who posted multi-point nights. Defensemen John Adams and Ian MacLean had the team's other goals. Maxime Boisclair and Andrew Martens added individual helpers. Smolenak, Katsuras and Kvapil were named the game's three stars.

And just like that Johnstown is just 1 point out of a playoff spot with 2 games in hand on the Reading Royals.

First Period
JHN Katsuras, (8) (Boisclair, Hrdel), 2:10
TOL Martin, (11) (Walsh, Blight), 6:40
JHN Hrdel, (11) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 14:46 (PP)
JHN Adams, (3) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 18:22 (PP)

Second Period
JHN MacLean, (3) (Smolenak, Kvapil), 5:07
JHN Smolenak, (15) (Atherton, Martens), 8:20
JHN Katsuras, (9) (Atherton), 19:10 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Day 3/27: Chiefs at Cyclones

In a bizarre 10:30 AM start in Cincinatti, Special K strikes.

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Ryan Munce allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the win. Marek Kvapil had 2 goals and 1 assist in his first game down with the Chiefs. Zbynek Hrdel had the other Chiefs goal and Radek Smolenak added an individual assist. Kvapil, Munce and Hrdel were named the game's three stars.

Johnstown is now 3 points behind Reading for the final North Division playoff spot with 2 games in hand.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
JHN Hrdel, (10) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 2:18 (PP)
CIN Lisabeth, (18) (Ehgoetz, Gleed), 12:09
JHN Kvapil, (1) , 13:37
JHN Kvapil, (2) , 19:05 (EN)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Day 3/25: Bombers at Chiefs

That's a gut punch.

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Ryan Munce allowed 3 goals on 30 shots in the loss. Johnstown got a pair of goals from Jean Desrochers and assists from Dimitri Tararbrin and Grant Jacobsen. Desrochers also failed to convert on a penalty shot early in the third period.

Johnstown now is 5 points out of a playoff spot with 2 games in hand on 5th place Reading.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
DAY Kelly, (21) (Labenski, Anderson), 2:36 (PP)
DAY Hendrikx, (4) (Cullen, Walton), 7:52
JHN Desrochers, (13) , 19:50

Third Period
DAY Anderson, (2) (Kelly, Konsorada), 8:23
JHN Desrochers, (14) (Tarabrin, Jacobsen), 16:58

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 2/24: Chiefs at Bombers

Big win. They're all big at this point.

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Ryan Munce stopped 45 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping all six Dayton attempts he faced in the shootout. Maxime Boisclair and Radek Smolenak had the Johnstown goals while Gus Katsuras, Geoff Waugh, Rob Lehtinen and Eric Przepiorka added assists. Zbynek Hrdel scored the lone goal of the shootout session. Hrdel and Smolenak were named first and third stars of the game.

Johnstown's win temporarily moved them within 5 points of a playoff spot, pending the final outcome of Reading's game which is in overtime. Johnstown will hold 3 games in hand on the Royals at night's end.

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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