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ECHL Game Night 2/23: Chiefs at Bombers

Every game now is a must win, and when you don't they put one more shovel full of dirt on your coffin.


Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 33 shots before being replaced by Ryan Munce who stopped all 5 shots he faced the rest of the way. Maxime Boisclair had the only Chiefs goal from Andrew Martens and Zbynek Hrdel. Hrdel now has a three game point streak. Johnstown remains six points out of a playoff spot with three games in hand on Reading.

First Period

Second Period
DAY Cullen, (10) (Walton, Reid), 2:57
JHN Boisclair, (16) (Martens, Hrdel), 9:53 (PP)
DAY Anderson, (1) (Konsorada, Ford), 18:59

Third Period
DAY Tifu, (26) (Reid), 5:09
DAY LeClair, (5) (Konsorada, Kelly), 10:13 (PP)

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ECHL Game Night 3/21: Chiefs at Titans

Johnstown shows a flicker of hope.


Morgan Cey stopped 34 of 37 shots faced for the win. Gus Katsuras led the way offensively with 1 goal and 2 assists while fellow rookie Maxime Boisclair had 1 goal and 1 assist. Dimitri Tarabrin and Zbynek Hrdel had the other Johnstown goals with Doug Andress, Jean Desrochers and Andrew Martens adding individual helpers.

The win moves Johnstown six points behind Reading for the final North Division playoff spot with three games in hand. And, with Radek Smolenak and PJ Atherton back in the fold, maybe the Chiefs aren't quite ready to die just yet. Every game is a must win from here on out.

First Period
JHN Hrdel, (9) (Katsuras, Andress), 1:02
JHN Boisclair, (15) (Katsuras), 12:02
TREN Mondou, (20) (Pandolfo), 17:07 (PP)

Second Period
TREN Haggett, (19) (Pandolfo, Mondou), 7:02
JHN Katsuras, (7) (Boisclair, Martens), 17:42

Third Period
JHN Tarabrin, (16) (Desrochers), 8:04
TREN Bertoli, (22) (Zancanaro, Haggett), 14:39

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Atherton, Smolenak Return to Johnstown

According to, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned rookie left wing Radek Smolenak and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League have reassigned rookie defenseman P.J. Atherton to Johnstown.

Smolenak has 25 points (13g-12a) and 31 penalty minutes in 32 games with Johnstown and one assist and eight penalty minutes in 20 games with Springfield.

Atherton has 26 points (4g-22a) and 46 penalty minutes in 49 games with Johnstown and two points (1g-1a) and two penalty minutes in seven games with Springfield.

ECHL Game Day 3/18: Titans at Chiefs

By all appearances, Johnstown is done.


Morgan Cey allowed 5 goals on 26 shots in the loss. Gus Katsuras and newcomer Rob Lehtinen had the Chiefs goals with individual assists belonging to Zbynek Hrdel, Maxime Boisclair, Jean Desrochers and Dimitri Tarabrin.

Johnstown now finds themselves 8 points behind 5th place Reading for the final playoff spot in the ECHL North Division and while the Chiefs still hold games in hand that could get them back in the hunt, the sad truth is that with Randy Rowe injured and Stanislav Lascek, Radek Smolenak and PJ Atherton up in Springfield, this Johnstown team is running on fumes and looks like it is going to limp to the finish line of the season. Obviously for the Lightning it is going to be a long offseason as they ponder why a season that started with so much promise for their minor league system went so wrong.

First Period
TREN Bertoli, (21) (Riddle), 14:55
TREN Mondou, (18) (Tremblay, Haggett), 16:48 (PP)
TREN Riddle, (25) (Bertoli), 17:32

Second Period
TREN Pandolfo, (17) , 8:44
JHN Katsuras, (6) (Hrdel, Boisclair), 14:50

Third Period
TREN Tremblay, (4) (Bertoli), 16:26
JHN Lehtinen, (1) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 18:57

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ECHL Game Night 3/17: Chiefs at Royals

The sun may be setting on the Chiefs' season.


Morgan Cey allowed 2 goals on 22 shots in the loss. Ian MacLean had the Chiefs goal off assists from Grant Jacobsen and Brandon Elliot. Johnstown is now 7 points behind Trenton for the final North Division playoff spot with just 1 game in hand and 8 points behind Reading with 3 games in hand.

First Period
REA Becker, (9) (Wing, Francisco), 8:03

Second Period
REA Christie, (4) (Cohen, Zappala), 1:45

Third Period
JHN MacLean, (2) (Jacobsen, Elliott), 15:00
REA Bala, (19) , 19:28 (EN)

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Chiefs Sign Lehtinen

According to, the Johnstown Chiefs have signed Northern Michigan left winger Rob Lehtinen. Lehtinen, who stands at 5'11" 195 lbs, played 41 games this season for the Wildcats scoring 4 goals and 16 points with 26 penalty minutes and a -4 rating. In his 156 game NCAA career, Lehtinen compiled 17 goals and 55 points. Prior to college, Lehtinen played two seasons in the USHL for the Waterloo Blackhawks where he compiled 17 goals and 49 points in 120 games. Lehtinen was a four year teammate at Northern Michigan of Lightning prospect Dusty Collins who recently signed an ATO contract with the Springfield Falcons.

ECHL Game Day 3/11: Storm at Chiefs

Chiefs fail to complete the comeback.


Ryan Munce allowed 3 goals on 22 shots before Toledo tacked on an empty net goal in the closing moments of the game. Maxime Boisclair had 2 assists with Johnstown's goals coming from Zbynek Hrdel and Ian MacLean. Gus Katsuras also had a helper in the game.

First Period
TOL Attard, (9) (Parillo, Zultek), 5:16 (PP)

Second Period
TOL Hall, (2) (Blight, Mulherin), 7:48
JHN Hrdel, (8) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 8:45
TOL Sakaluk, (2) (Zultek, Sullivan), 17:07
JHN MacLean, (1) (Boisclair), 18:14 (PP)

Third Period
TOL Parillo, (12) (Watson), 19:47 (EN)

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ECHL Game Night 3/10: Cyclones at Chiefs

One step forward, two steps back...


Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 24 shots in the loss. Grant Jacobsen stayed hot scoring the only Chiefs goal with an assist from Doug Andress. Johnstown remains two points behind Reading for the final playoff spot in the North Division due to Reading's loss to South Carolina.

First Period
CIN Wirll, (39) (Gallagher, Lisabeth), 9:06

Second Period
CIN Stewart, (7) (Ehgoetz, Wirll), 10:15
JHN Jacobsen, (9) (Andress), 10:55

Third Period
CIN Wirll, (40) (Ehgoetz, Lisabeth), 8:27 (PP)
CIN Daoust, (26) (Macdonald), 15:55

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ECHL Game Night 3/9: Nailer at Chiefs

Johnstown gets a critical victory.


Morgan Cey only had to stop 14 shots in the game as Johnstown's defense had perhaps its best night of the season. Dimitri Tarabrin had a strong 2 goal and 2 assist night while Grant Jacobsen added 2 goals and 1 assist. Geoff Waugh had the other Chiefs goal and added an assist. Jean Desrochers and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers and Gus Katsuras and Maxime Boisclair chipped in individual assists.

The Johnstown win, coupled with a Toledo loss, puts the Chiefs just 1 point out of a playoff spot.

First Period
WHE Smyth, (5) (Patrick, Guenther), 7:32 (PP)
JHN Waugh, (1) (Jacobsen, Tarabrin), 8:06
JHN Jacobsen, (7) (Martens, Waugh), 12:47 (SH)

Second Period
JHN Jacobsen, (8) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 19:55

Third Period
WHE Havern, (11) , 8:40 (PP)
JHN Tarabrin, (14) (Desrochers, Martens), 9:07
JHN Tarabrin, (15) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 11:11

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ECHL Game Night 3/7: Chiefs at Titans

Circling the drain.


Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 35 shots before insult was piled upon injury and Mark Pandolfo added a shorthanded penalty shot goal with 3 seconds left in the third period. Bryan Nathe and Dimitri Tarabrin had Johnstown's goals. Individual assists went to Zbynek Hrdel, Maxime Boisclair and Jean Desrochers.

Trenton vaults into 3rd place in the North Division with the win while Johnstown remains 3 points out of a playoff spot with Toledo holding two games in hand.

First Period
JHN Nathe, (2) (Hrdel, Boisclair), 13:18
TREN Riddle, (22) (Bertoli, Henkel), 15:26
TREN Tremblay, (3) (Leblond, McLaughlin), 16:24
TREN Leblond, (3) (Manley, Tremblay), 16:35

Second Period
JHN Tarabrin, (13) (Desrochers), 13:02

Third Period
TREN Haggett, (17) (Ortmeyer), 19:11 (EN/SH)
TREN Pandolfo, (16) , 19:57 (PEN/SH)

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