In today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, reporter Mike Mastovich states the future of Johnstown Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone, one of only four ECHL coaches with 300 wins (332), is in limbo.
â€œIâ€™ve been in Tampa. The hockey operations situation is in the hands of (Lightning GM) Jay Feaster,â€ Anzalone told the newspaper. Anzalone attended the Tampa Bay Lightningâ€™s playoff game against visiting New Jersey on Monday night after meeting with Feaster for his year-end evaluation. â€œI donâ€™t know 100 percent what they are or are not doing. Obviously I will be affected by hockey operations systems, whether I like it or not.â€
To read the full article, see the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.
In an April 14 article by Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown Chiefs President Jim Weber promised that changes are coming.
â€œLast year we went farther in the playoffs and Iâ€™m not happy that we took a step back,â€ Weber told the paper. â€œI gave this system two years. Iâ€™m starting a reassessment process, everything from top to bottom. Iâ€™m going to take into consideration some things the fans said and things people in the hockey operation said. In the end, Iâ€™m going to take full responsibility for doing what is right for the entertainment factor for the fans as well as the on-ice product.â€
Mastovich notes the Lightning handled personnel moves during a 33-33-6 fifth-place season and â€œitâ€™s no secret that without Tampa Bay assigning the majority of the players and offsetting many expenses associated with hockey operations, this team would be history in Johnstown.â€
He also states that the constant player movement between Johnstown and Springfield was detrimental to the team, leaving them embarrassingly short on players some nights, and fans â€œfrequently complained they were bored watching players attempt to execute [Tampa Bayâ€™s] system.â€
Head Coach Frank Anzalone told the newspaper fans should be proud of Chiefs players this year despite the teamâ€™s first round exit. However, he also stated: â€œYeah, everybody wants to quote-unquote go deep in the playoffs and win Kelly Cups. But you have to have a team built for that. This organization is built to develop hockey players.â€
Johnstown's season ends despite a valiant third period comeback attempt.
Morgan Cey allowed 7 goals on 35 shots in the game in what may be his last game under a Lightning contract. The Chiefs were paced by a pair of Zbynek Hrdel goals and 1 goal and 1 assist by rookie Gus Katsuras. Jean Desrochers and Maxime Boisclair each chipped in a pair of helpers. The other Johnstown goals were scored by Bryan Nathe and Marek Kvapil with individual assists from Dimitri Tarabrin, Grant Jacobsen and John Adams. The Chiefs entered the third period down by a 5-3 margin but battled back to tie the game on goals by Hrdel and Kvapil with 5:54 seconds remaining in regulation. 52 seconds later Cey surrendered the eventual game winning goal and the Chiefs' season was over in the blink of an eye. Hrdel was named the third star of the match.
JHN Katsuras, (1) (Boisclair, Adams), 11:13
TREN Henkel, (1) , 14:15 (SH)
JHN Nathe, (1) (Jacobsen, Desrochers), 10:18 (PP)
TREN Riddle, (1) (Pandolfo), 12:52 (SH)
TREN Mondou, (2) (Bertoli), 16:11
TREN Pandolfo, (2) (Ortmeyer, Pisellini), 16:32
JHN Hrdel, (1) , 18:09 (SH)
TREN Riddle, (2) (Tremblay, Bertoli), 19:45
JHN Hrdel, (2) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 7:22
JHN Kvapil, (1) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 14:06
TREN Morrison, (1) (Riddle, Bertoli), 14:58
TREN Pandolfo, (3) (Henkel), 18:24
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Trenton gets the best of the Chiefs in the third period of Game One.
Ryan Munce allowed 4 goals on 42 shots in the loss. Geoff Waugh and Jean Desrochers had the Johnstown goals. Grant Jacobsen, Dimitri Tarabrin and Marek Kvapil had assists. Johnstown battled back from a 2-0 first period hole to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes, but were unable to get a lead against the Titans. Trenton takes a 1-0 series lead.
TREN Mondou, (1) (Bertoli, Haggett), 10:22 (PP)
TREN Tremblay, (1) (Capraro, Haggett), 0:56
JHN Waugh, (1) (Jacobsen, Tarabrin), 7:32
JHN Desrochers, (1) (Kvapil), 8:49
TREN Bertoli, (1) (Mondou, Haggett), 2:50
TREN Pandolfo, (1) (Morrison), 12:08
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Johnstown got a little help from up Massachusetts way today for their first round playoff matchup against Trenton. According to ECHL.com the Chiefs were assigned D Nick Kuiper and LW Adam Henrich from Springfield of the AHL. The Chiefs also placed forwards Brandon Elliot and Eric Przepiorka on the 7 and 3 day injured reserves, respectively.