It has been brought to my attention in the last couple of days by BP reader Freadrich43 that my understanding of the August 15th signing deadline for NCAA players has been incorrect. I had been operating under the impression that NCAA players leaving school did not have to be signed until August 15th of the year after they graduated. This, as it turns out, was incorrect and I thank Freadrich43 for bringing it to my attention. An NCAA prospect must be signed by August 15th of the summer following their graduation for their rights to be retained by the NHL club.
Site rules are that only players whose rights are held by the Lightning can be included on the Prospects page. That means that for the last year PJ Atherton was incorrectly included on the page. While this wasn't necessarily a catastrophic oversight considering Atherton played last season inside the organization under a minor league contract, we still strive for 100% accuracy. So, I apologize. The fault was mine.
The rule also will effect three other prospects who have been included on the Prospects page: Dustin Collins, Arthur Femenella, and Joseph Pearce. With Collins and Femenella both slated to appear for the Lightning in Traverse City at the start of September and likely to attend Norfolk Admirals camp later on in the Fall, I have been forced to decide what to do with them until their participation in those events are complete. The decision I've reached is to remove Pearce, who was not invited to Traverse City, from the page immediately and leave Collins and Femenella on until Bolt Prospects releases its Preliminary Rankings in early October. If neither receives an NHL contract by that time, they will be removed from the page as well.
Just to reiterate, I'm sorry. While it's not a huge mistake in the grand scheme of things, I know that our readers expect and deserve nothing less than complete accuracy. For the future, now that we have clarification on how the rule works, we will be sure to promptly and correctly update the Prospects page after an NCAA player graduates.
With the weight of the affiliation dissolving seemingly lifted off their shoulders, Springfield responds.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win. Veteran Eric Healey led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while new Falcon Joe Rullier had a trifecta of assists. David Spina added 2 goals and the Falcons' other newcomer, Nick Kuiper, had two helpers. Stephen Baby had the other Falcons goal and Justin Keller, Dan Cavanaugh and Norm Milley had individual assists. ATO player Dusty Collins was -1 with 2 shots on goal in his professional debut.
Kyle Wanvig and Ryan Munce were not available for the game due to travel problems presumably because of the snowstorm that has enveloped the Northeast. Karri Ramo was not listed as a healthy scratch in Springfield's game recap, for those who need fuel for the speculation he has been recalled.
SPR Healey, (25) (Keller, Milley), 11:04
SPR Healey, (26) (Rullier, Kuiper), 18:33 (SH)
HFD Bourret, (12) (Degon, Lampman), 4:27 (PP)
SPR Baby, (2) (Rullier, Healey), 16:25 (PP)
SPR Spina, (9) (Rullier), 19:44 (SH)
HFD Olver, (1) , 8:34
SPR Spina, (10) (Cavanaugh, Kuiper), 17:57 (EN)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
According to the Springfield Falcons website, Center Dusty Collins has been signed to a standard Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Falcons. Collins just finished his senior season at Northern Michigan. In his four years at Northern he scored 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 137 games. He also registered 135 PIM.
UMass 5 - Maine 2
Game 2, Hockey East Tournament - First Round
UMass wins series 2-0
Mike Lundin could very well have played his last college game last night as Massachusetts knocked out the Black Bears from the Hockey East Tournament. Maine now sits on the bubble and hopes for a selection into the NCAA Tournament.
Lundin had an assist in the game, his second in as many nights, and finished a minus-1. UMass sophomore defenseman, John Wessbecker was scoreless and even in the game. UMass now plays No. 1 seed New Hampshire in the semi-finals, in a best-of-three series. The Minutemen have won six straight.
Michigan 8 - Northern Michigan 3
Game 2, CCHA Tournament - Quarterfinals
Michigan wins series 2-0
Senior, Dusty Collins more than likely played his last collegiate game last night as Michigan knocked out Northern Michigan from the CCHA Tournament. Collins was scoreless and even in the game with 2 PIM. Michigan moves on to the semi-finals against Michigan State.
UMass 3 - Maine 2
Game 1, HEast Tournament - Round 1
John Wessbecker's first goal of his collegiate career, scored when the sophomore jumped into the rush and finished off a 2 on 1, proved to be a huge one as he was credited with the game-winning goal in the first game of the best of three series with Maine. He finished a plus-1.
Black Bear's defenseman Mike Lundin recorded an assist in the game and finished even. Game two is tonight in Amherst.
Michigan 4 - Northern Michigan 1
Game 1, CCHA Tournament - Round 2
Dusty Collins was scoreless and a minus-1 in the opening game of the best of three series with the Wolverines. Game two is tonight in Ann Arbor.
Northern Michigan 3 - Ohio State 2
CCHA Tournament - Round 1, Game 3
The No. 10 seed in the CCHA tournament is providing some excitement as the Wildcats knocked off No. 7 seed Ohio State two games to one. Lightning prospect Dusty Collins was scoreless in game three and minus-1 with 2 shots. It was his overtime goal in game two that saved off elimination for Northern.
The Wildcats scored two shorthanded goals in the win but the story of the series was Northern's backup goaltender Brian Stewert of Burnaby, B.C. Only a freshman with a season save percentage of .890, he made 34 saves in the game for the win. Stewert replaced starter Bill Zaniboni midway through the second period of game one and stayed in net the rest of the series.
With Alaska's upset win over Western Michigan in three games, Northern was the second lowest seed to move on and will travel to No. 2 seed Michigan in the second round for a best of three series. Alaska, seeded No. 11 plays No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
Northern Michigan 3 - Ohio State 2 (OT) - Game 2
Dusty Collins scored the game-winner in overtime to force a Game 3 tonight. The goal came just 3:15 into the extra period. For Collins, it was his forth goal of the season.
#16 UMASS 5 - #11 Maine 3
UMASS completed the weekend sweep of Maine to clinch home ice in the first round of the HEast tournament. The Minutemen claimed forth in the division while Maine finished in fifth. The two teams will face each other next weekend in the first round of the tournament.
Art Femenella and Vermont finished in fifth and will take on #5 Boston University in the first round of the HEast tournament.
Ohio State 6 - Northern Michigan 2
The Wildcats dropped game 1 of the best of three series to open the first found of the CCHA Tournament. Dusty Collins was scoreless and plus-1 for the game. Game 2 is tonight at Ohio State.
#16 Massachuetts 3 - #11 Maine 1
Both teams entered the weekend tied for forth in the Heast standings. UMASS pulls two points ahead with the win while Maine hopes to even it up tonight and stay ahead of Vermont. Maine's Mike Lundin was scoreless and plus-1 while UMASS defensemen John Wessbecker was scoreless and even.
The Black Bears are one point ahead of #15 Vermont who dropped their game to UMASS-Lowell last night 2-1, Lightning prospect Art Femenella did not play.
Northern Michigan 4 - #9 Miami 1
Dusty Collins and the Wildcats finished off their up and down season with an impressive win over a ranked team. Collins scored his third goal of the season in the win which turned out to be the game winner. He finished the regular season with three goals and two assists in 36 games played. He also recorded 30 PIM and was a minus-9. Northern Michigan takes on Ohio State in the first round of the CCHA tournament next weekend.
#12 Maine 5 - Merrimack 1
Maine completed the weekend sweep over Merrimack with Saturday's win. Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in both games. Maine concludes their regualr season next weekend with two games at Massachuetts.
#12 Maine 3 - Merrimack 0
Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in the game. The defensemen recorded 4 shots in the game.
#18 Massachuetts 2 - Northeastern 0
Defensemen John Wessbecker finished scoreless and even in the game.
#9 Miami 4 - Northern Michigan 1
Center Dusty Collins was scoreless and a minus-2 for the game. The Wildcats conclude their regular season tomorrow night against the Redhawks.