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ECHL Game Night 12/31: Storm at Chiefs

The Chiefs' offense seems to be warming up.

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Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 35 shots faced for the win. The game was Cey's 4th start in 5 nights and he finishes the marathon stretch in Gerald Coleman's absence at 2-2-0. Doug Andress continued his strong season with a pair of goals while Dimitri Tarabrin, PJ Atherton and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers. The other Falcons goals were scored by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliot and Adam Henrich. Andre Deveaux and Grant Jacobsen each had individual helpers. Andress, Tarabrin and Cey were the game's three stars.

First Period
TOL Sitko, (2) , 14:02

Second Period
JHN Andress, (8) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 0:22
JHN Andress, (9) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 7:07

Third Period
JHN Henrich, (8) (Jacobsen, Atherton), 1:02
TOL James, (2) (Burke, Blight), 3:01 (PP)
JHN Hrdel, (3) (Deveaux, Martens), 10:21
JHN Elliott, (6) (Martens, Atherton), 14:50 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/30: Chiefs at Nailers

Johnstown rides a third period explosion back to the .500 mark.

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Morgan Cey stopped 29 of 30 shots faced for the win as Gerald Coleman remains out with a groin strain. PJ Atherton lead the way offensively for the Chiefs with 1 goal and 2 assists as he continues a strong rookie pro campaign. Bryan Nathe had 2 goals while Dimitri Tarabrin and Andre Deveaux each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Radek Smolenak had a pair of helpers while Brandon Elliot and Eric Przepiorka notched the other Chiefs other goals. Finally, adding individual helpers were Zbynek Hrdel, Gus Katsuras and Jean Desrochers. Adam Henrich was tossed for unsportsmanlike conduct in a third period that saw the Chiefs outshoot Wheeling 24-4 and score six, SIX, consecutive power play goals to finish 6/8 on the night. Holy cow. Cey, Nathe and Smolenak were the game's three stars.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
WHE Cameron, (14) (Bissonnette, Patrick), 8:40
JHN Nathe, (2) (Hrdel, Smolenak), 12:51

Third Period
JHN Atherton, (4) (Martens, Smolenak), 0:40 (PP)
JHN Tarabrin, (1) (Desrochers, Martens), 3:12 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (5) (Atherton, Deveaux), 6:34 (PP)
JHN Deveaux, (3) (Atherton, Martens), 13:13 (PP)
JHN Nathe, (3) (Katsuras, Tarabrin), 13:47 (PP)
JHN Przepiorka, (3) , 17:21 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/29: Chiefs at Titans

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Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 33 in the loss. PJ Atherton had a power play goal from Andrew Martens and Zbynek Hrdel.

First Period
JHN Atherton, (3) (Martens, Hrdel), 5:41 (PP)

Second Period
TREN Pandolfo, (20) (Bertoli, Miller), 13:26
TREN Miller, (3) (Pandolfo, Manley), 13:56

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/27: Chiefs at Storm

If this keeps up, they're going to have to treat Cey for PTSD.

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Morgan Cey, fresh off of stopping 59 shots in Johnstown's last game, stopped 47 of 50 shots faced tonight for the loss. Radek Smolenak had both Chiefs goals with assists going to Zbynek Hrdel, Andrew Martens and Adam Henrich. Hrdel's assist snapped a 9 game long scoreless streak for the former Rimouski Oceanic. Andre Deveaux missed the game due to a one game suspension suspension stemming from his match penalty against Toledo on December 23rd. The Chiefs were outshot 51-23 on the night. Goaltender Gerald Coleman remains out due to a groin strain. Radek Smolenak's two goal effort extended his point streak to four games. The 2005 3rd rounder has 5 goals and 6 points over that span, stepping up in the absence of veteran Randy Rowe and rookie sensation Maxime Boisclair who are in Springfield on recall.

First Period
TOL Zultek, (9) (James, Martin), 9:26 (PP)
JHN Smolenak, (10) (Hrdel, Martens), 15:20 (PP)

Second Period
TOL Attard, (2) (Maunu, Magowan), 2:56 (PP)
JHN Smolenak, (11) (Henrich), 6:55

Third Period
TOL Burke, (3) (Tardif, Martin), 5:45 (PP)
TOL Attard, (3) (Watson, Martin), 19:52 (EN/PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/23: Chiefs at Storm

Finally, in a command performance as The Grinch, Morgan Cey.

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Morgan Cey stopped, get this, 59 of 61 shots in the game. Are you kidding me? Goaltender Gerald Coleman did not dress as the Chiefs signed emergency goaltender Chris Cuppett (AKA some guy from the rink) for this short pre-holiday road trip. Radek Smolenak led the Chiefs offense with 1 goal and 1 assist and now has 9 goals and 16 points in 21 games in the ECHL this season. One of the small organizational dramas to be played out in the second half of this season will be if and when Smolenak, as one of the organization's most important forward prospects, makes the transition up to the AHL. Adam Henrich, Jean Desrochers, Ryan Gibbons and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded, shawty) had the other Johnstown goals. Individual helpers went to Dimitri Tarabrin, Bryan Nathe, Doug Andress, Eric Przepiorka and Geoff Waugh. Cey and Smolenak were named first and second stars of the game. The Chiefs were outshot an eye popping 61-27 in the game.

Additionally, RW/C Andre Deveaux was tossed from the game in the first period after earning 31 minutes in penalties via a slashing minor, a roughing minor, a fighting major, an instigation minor, a match misconduct for intent to injure and another 10 minute misconduct just for good measure. Expect a suspension to be handed down. The Chiefs improve to one game over .500 at 12-11-3 with the win for 27 points putting them 3 points behind division leading Cincinnati in the brutal parity that is the ECHL American Conference North Division where 6 points seperate 1st and 6th place.

First Period
JHN Henrich, (7) (Smolenak), 15:08

Second Period
JHN Desrochers, (5) (Tarabrin, Nathe), 5:36
JHN Gibbons, (4) (Andress, Przepiorka), 10:16
JHN Smolenak, (9) (Waugh), 10:58
TOL Blight, (6) (Burke, Tardif), 13:57 (PP)
TOL Zultek, (8) (Blight, Parillo), 15:33 (PP)

Third Period
3. JHN Elliott, (4) , 18:18 (SH)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Maxime Boisclair Named ECHL All-Star

Forward Maxime Boisclair, currently on recall to Springfield of the AHL, has been named to the ECHL American Conference All-Star team. The right winger leads all ECHL rookies in scoring with 11 goals and 30 points in 25 games. Boisclair will serve as the Chiefs' lone representative in the game as defenseman Doug Andress, who is currently 4th among all ECHL defensemen in scoring, was snubbed.

Chiefs Sign Tarabrin

With the recalls of leading scorers Randy Rowe and Maxime Boisclair, the Chiefs today signed former Johnstown standout forward Dimitri Tarabrin. Tarabrin was second on the Chiefs in scoring last season with 21 goals and 50 points in 62 games. He had been playing in the UHL with Bloomington this season where he posted 4 goals and 5 points in 25 games before coming back to the ECHL.

Coleman Update, Greco in Trouble With the Law

Mike Mastovich reports in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat that the Chiefs will likely be without several players this weekend. On top of Maxime Boisclair's recall to Springfield of the AHL, the team may also be missing goaltender Gerald Coleman who left late in the first period of last Saturday's game. According to Mastovich, Coleman suffered a groin strain which may be serious enough to keep him out of the lineup through Christmas. The diagnosis may actually be a relief to some Chiefs fans as speculation from those who attended the game focused on Coleman's knees.

The matter of Brady Greco does not have any such silver lining. The second year pro defenseman was arrested last Sunday and charged with several crimes after fleeing the scene of an autmobile accident. Greco, it turns out, did not have a license nor did he have any proof of insurance. The incident is not be the first in Greco's career as he also was charged with a DUI and was rumored to be in an incident in which he assaulted another student that led to his transfer from Michigan Tech after his freshman season in college. Greco is in the final year of his entry level contract and has already had two major shoulder surgeries since turning pro. Reemerging questions with his personal character will only dampen what already looked like a bleak outlook for his re-signing.

ECHL Game Night 12/16: Cyclones at Chiefs

1-0-1 against Cincinnati this weekend is pretty good considering how badly the Cyclones outplayed Johnstown.

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Gerald Coleman stopped 10 of 10 shots he faced in the first period before leaving the game with 13 seconds left in the frame with what is being categorized as a "lower body injury". Morgan Cey entered the game and stopped 25 of 27 the rest of the way for the win. Adam Henrich led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist including the game winning overtime talley. Radek Smolenak and Doug Andress had the other Chiefs goals with individual helpers belonging to Andre Deveaux, Jean Desrochers, Ian MacLean and Geoff Waugh. Henrich now has 6 goals and 16 points in 14 games this season as he battles to earn a new contract for next season. He and Smolenak were first and second stars of the game, respectively.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
JHN Smolenak, (8) (Deveaux, Henrich), 3:27
CIN Reynolds, (4) (Urquhart, Aubin), 10:54

Third Period
JHN Andress, (7) (Desrochers, MacLean), 3:19 (PP)
CIN Deitsch, (12) (Aubin), 15:26

Overtime
JHN Henrich, (6) (Waugh), 1:09

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/15: Chiefs at Cyclones

My goodness, just get on the bus and get away from Cincinnati.

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Gerald Coleman was the sacrificial lamb left to the slaughter as the Chiefs were outshot 46-26 in the game. Only goals by Radek Smolenak and Maxime Boisclair stood as speed bumps in Cincinnati's otherwise easy path to dominance. The Chiefs also got individual assists from Doug Andress, Adam Henrich and Eric Przepiorka. I'm going to make a bold prediction: no Chief is taking home Prospect of the Week.

First Period
CIN Urquhart, (14) (Daoust, Gajda), 6:56
JHN Smolenak, (7) (Andress), 9:23
CIN Ehgoetz, (4) (Reynolds), 14:16

Second Period
CIN Ehgoetz, (5) (Bonneau, Macdonald), 7:13
CIN Bonneau, (2) (Deitsch, Starling), 10:58

Third Period
CIN Deitsch, (11) (Stewart, Aubin), 6:06
JHN Boisclair, (11) (Henrich, Przepiorka), 8:19 (PP)
CIN Ftorek, (3) (Deitsch, Aubin), 9:46 (EN)
CIN Ftorek, (4) (Deitsch), 10:13 (EN)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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