Johnstown Chiefs

Content regarding the Johnstown Chiefs organization.

ECHL Game Night 2/14: Chiefs at Titans

Not much love for Johnstown in Trenton tonight.

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TRE-5

Morgan Cey allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in the loss. Disconcertingly, Stanislav Lascek's scoreless streak has reached five games.

First Period
TREN Riddle, (18) (Henkel, Ruggeri), 6:33
TREN Bertoli, (11) (Pandolfo, Riddle), 13:35 (PP)

Second Period
TREN Pandolfo, (35) (Haggett, Pisellini), 13:32

Third Period
TREN Riddle, (19) , 5:53 (SH)
TREN Haggett, (14) (Ruggeri, Riddle), 19:35 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Day 2/11: Royals at Chiefs

No matter what the fate of the Chiefs is off the ice and in the financial ledger, Johnstown is absolutely kicking some tail right now.

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Ryan Munce stopped 24 of 26 shots faced for the win, his first in a Chiefs jersey. Johnstown's 5 goal third period was ignited by a thermonuclear 2 goal 2 assist effort by Adam Henrich, who is apparently POed that I wrote him off earlier this week. Memo to self: write off Marek Kvapil next week. Johnstown's other goals came from Maxime Boisclair, Gus Katsuras and Randy Rowe. Katsuras' goal was an auspicious reintroduction to the team after missing two months due to injury. Have mercy, the Chiefs are reloading for the stretch run. Bryan Nathe, Ryan Gibbons, Geoff Waugh, Grant Jacobsen, John Adams and Andrew Martens added individual helpers. Don't look now, but big Ryan Gibbons is riding a four game scoring streak. Henrich, Katsuras and Rowe were named the game's three stars.

Johnstown moves to within 1 point of 4th place Toledo as they burn a trail back into the playoff hunt.

First Period
REA Smith, (17) (Hogeboom, Zappala), 0:52

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
JHN Boisclair, (13) (Henrich, Martens), 4:22 (PP)
JHN Katsuras, (4) (Nathe, Jacobsen), 8:12
REA Hogeboom, (27) (Germain, Smith), 12:08 (SH)
JHN Rowe, (14) (Waugh, Henrich), 13:15
JHN Henrich, (10) (Adams, Gibbons), 15:01
JHN Henrich, (11) , 19:25 (EN)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Weber to Sell Chiefs?

I really hate to get involved in rumor mongering, especially when it comes to the business side of hockey. That's why I've avoided posting about the reported cuts coming in the Lightning's hockey operations budget that are slated to occur this summer. I do, however, think it's important to talk about yesterday's story by Erik Erlendsson in the Trib which suggests the Lightning may be looking to sell their stake in the Johnstown Chiefs. Faced with declining attendance, a small and aging arena and a market which doesn't boast much in the way of large corporate benefactors, I have little doubt that Johnstown is losing money at a relatively large rate for an ECHL franchise and that, as such, PS&E may very well be looking to divest themselves of their stake in the team. There is, after all, a healthy chance the Chiefs franchise may have to move in the near future and rumors are swirling that decision may have already been made. Then again, Erlendsson also points out the Lightning may choose to buy the Chiefs franchise outright and move the team to a larger market.

The fiscal uncertainty of the Chiefs franchise unfortunately comes in the first year of the Lightning's new approach toward actively operating the organization's developmental apparatus not only at the "AAA" level in the AHL but also at the "AA" level down in the ECHL. The project has had mixed results to this point, but I hope the Lightning don't abandon the idea altogether. The new philosophy, in my view, has a lot of merit and deserves more time even if the Lightning do have to sell their stake in the Chiefs and possibly sign on with a different ECHL affiliate.

ECHL Game Night 2/10: Nailers at Chiefs

.500 and moving on up.

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JHN-5

Morgan Cey, who has been awesome this year, stopped 39 of 41 shots faced for the win. The Chiefs were paced by veteran Jean Desrochers' 2 goals and Randy Rowe's 2 assists. Johnstown got their other goals from Eric Przepiorka (who in my mind has shaped up to be a keeper), Adam Henrich and John Adams. PJ Atherton, Ryan Gibbons, Maxime Boisclair, Dimitri Tarabrin and Geoff Waugh had individual helpers. Cey, Desrochers and Henrich were the game's three stars. Johnstown was actually outshot 41-21 in the contest.

The victory moves Johnstown back to .500 for the season at 20-20-4, 3 points back of 4th place Toledo.

First Period
JHN Przepiorka, (7) (Atherton, Gibbons), 4:47
JHN Desrochers, (8) (Boisclair, Rowe), 7:23 (PP)
JHN Henrich, (9) , 8:44

Second Period
JHN Desrochers, (9) (Tarabrin, Rowe), 0:42
WHE Foster, (8) (Moren), 18:53

Third Period
WHE Collins, (14) (Cameron, Bissonnette), 5:11 (PP)
JHN Adams, (2) (Waugh), 17:32 (EN)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Elliott Recalled to Springfield; Henrich Sent Down to Johnstown

Johnstown, PA (February 8, 2007) – The Johnstown Chiefs on Thursday announced that forward Brandon Elliott and defenseman Doug Andress have been recalled to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, and that Adam Henrich has been reassigned from Springfield to Johnstown.

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