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AHL Game Night 3/30: Falcons at Bruins

One thing I won't miss in Norfolk: getting annihilated for what seems like two dozen games a year by Providence.

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Jonathan Boutin, whose save percentage is sinking faster than a submarine with a screen door, allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss before being pulled for Kevin Beech who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots. Eric Healey and ATO signee Jacob Micflikier had the Falcons goals. Jay Rosehill and Norm Milley added assists.

First Period
PRO Walter, (23) (Trevelyan, Bentivoglio), 13:21
PRO Walter, (24) (Krejci, Pelletier), 16:37 (PP)
PRO Krejci, (28) (Glenn, Trevelyan), 17:05 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Healey, (27) (Rosehill, Milley), 14:15
PRO Bentivoglio, (2) (Trevelyan, Walter), 18:20 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Micflikier, (1) , 11:21
PRO Trevelyan, (23) (Glenn), 17:44 (PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 3/30: Storm at Chiefs

All of a sudden, with Special K as the spark, the playoff math is starting to favor the Chiefs.

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Ryan Munce made 24 stops for the win. The former Kings draft pick has won 3 of his last 4 starts. Radek Smolenak posted a 1 goal and 3 assist night to pace the Chiefs. Marek Kvapil added 3 assists and Gus Katsuras chipped in a pair of goals. Zbynek Hrdel had 1 goal and 1 assist and PJ Atherton had 2 assists to complete the list of 5 Chiefs players who posted multi-point nights. Defensemen John Adams and Ian MacLean had the team's other goals. Maxime Boisclair and Andrew Martens added individual helpers. Smolenak, Katsuras and Kvapil were named the game's three stars.

And just like that Johnstown is just 1 point out of a playoff spot with 2 games in hand on the Reading Royals.

First Period
JHN Katsuras, (8) (Boisclair, Hrdel), 2:10
TOL Martin, (11) (Walsh, Blight), 6:40
JHN Hrdel, (11) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 14:46 (PP)
JHN Adams, (3) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 18:22 (PP)

Second Period
JHN MacLean, (3) (Smolenak, Kvapil), 5:07
JHN Smolenak, (15) (Atherton, Martens), 8:20
JHN Katsuras, (9) (Atherton), 19:10 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/29

London 8 @ Owen Sound 5
London wins best-of-7 series 4-0

Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound saw their season come to an end tonight as London defeated the Attack 8-5. The Attack outshot the Knights by a significant margin in all four games, including 47-19 tonight. Anthony Guadagnolo stopped only 8 of 14 shots for Owen Sound before being pulled this evening. The undrafted goaltender finished the series with an .804 save percentage and a 5.09 GAA. Bartanus finished the playoffs with one assist and a plus-1 rating in the four games. It is unlikely he'll be brought back as an overager by Owen Sound and he is a longshot for a professional contract after registering only 20 points in 57 games in this, his second year in the OHL. This may have been the last we'll see of Bartanus in North America.

Mississauga 3 @ Sudbury 6
Sudbury leads best-of-7 series 3-1

Thanks to a five-goal second period, the upset-minded Sudbury Wolves put the Mississauga IceDogs on the brink of elimination with a 6-3 win tonight. Chris Lawrence had a power play goal early in the game to tie the contest at one, but it wasn't enough for the IceDogs. He also had six minutes in penalties. He finished minus-3. Game 5 is back in Mississauga on Sunday.

Thursday's Elitserien Playoff Score

Linkopings is going to the Elitserien finals.

The club completed a five game upset of top seeded Farjestads today bumping off the regular season's best team 6-2. Lightning defenseman prospect Andreas Holmqvist did not suit up for Linkopings. The club now awaits the winner of the ongoing MODO/HV71 series.

Admirals, Lightning Announce 5-year Affiliation Deal

The Virginian Pilot reports the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League announced today they have signed a five-year affiliation deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Pilot reports Tampa Bay executive vice president and general manager Jay Feaster said at the press conference that the Lightning was not happy with the on-ice results at Springfield and vowed to put a winning team in Norfolk.

Norfolk has never missed the AHL playoffs.

Current Springfield head coach Steve Stirling and assistant coach Darren Rumble will remain under contract to the Lightning and will coach the Admirals next season.

Tampa Bay will provide the Admirals with the full roster of players.

In the Lightning's official press release, Feaster said:

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“We are very excited by the opportunity to partner with such an outstanding organization as Norfolk and such a committed owner in Ken Young. Throughout our discussions and negotiations Ken’s passion for and commitment to his team, the organization and the wonderful fans of the Admirals has been abundantly evident and we look forward to working with him for a very long time.

“While the development of players has always been important to the Lightning organization, the need to develop players is even more critical as a result of the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement. We are committed to the ongoing development of our players and we remain convinced that our players will develop faster and more completely in a winning organization.”

Young added the following:

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“I could not be happier to have the Admirals affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning. We are thrilled to be able to partner with such a successful and first-class organization for the next several years. Personally, I have watched the Lightning from their inception and through winning the Stanley Cup. I am confident that our fans in Hampton Roads will continue to see winning hockey at the highest level.”

For more information on Young and the affiliation history of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hampton Roads, Virginia, see tampabaylightning.com.

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