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Slovakia Drops to 0-2 at WJC

Slovakia allowed three unanswered third period goals today falling to Sweden 6-3. Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik had 1 goal in the game and was +1 with 1 shot on goal. Marek Bartanus was scoreless with no shots on goal in the loss. Now at 0-2, Slovakia's medal round chances are on life support heading into a matchup Saturday against Team USA. The Americans were mentioned among the pre-tournament favorites but have also fallen to 0-2 early in the tournament and will be just as desperate as the Slovaks to get a victory to try and salvage their medal round hopes.

Wednesday's Superleague Scores

Vasily Koshechkin improved his record to 13-8-3 helping Togliatti defeat Novokuznetsk 4-1.

Anton But was scoreless as Khabarovsk shut out SKA 2-0.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Salavat Yulayev.

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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TOL-4

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.

AHL Game Night 12/27: Wolf Pack at Falcons

Karri Ramo y'all.

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Ramo stopped 43 of 44 shots faced in the game for the win as the Falcons were outshot 44-24 in a far cry from the birds last game against Hartford. Norm Milley had a pair of goals for Springfield, both coming off helpers from Eric Healey. Marek Kvapil had 1 goal (empty net) and 1 assist with individual helpers coming from Daniel Corso and Matt Smaby. Ramo and Milley were named first and second stars of the game.

Marek Kvapil has extended his points streak to 4 games and has 6 goals and 10 points in his last 10 games. Defenseman Mike Egener returned to the lineup after missing time with an undisclosed upper body injury. The Falcons dressed 7 defensemen and scratched enforcer Mitch Fritz. Who does Coach Stirling trust in the final minute of a one goal game? Kvapil, Healey and Smaby were joined by Dan Cavanaugh and Andy Delmore as the Falcons held off Hartford with the extra attacker.

The victory leapfrogs Springfield into 3rd in the Atlantic Division just 4 points back of division leading Manchester and 6th in the Eastern Conference. The Falcons also hold a game in hand on the Monarchs in their chase for the division title. Springfield plays second place Portland on Friday and Bridgeport on Saturday.

First Period
HFD Callahan, (20) (Isbister, Girardi), 19:59 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Milley, (14) (Kvapil, Healey), 5:09 (PP)
SPR Milley, (15) (Corso, Healey), 5:46 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Kvapil, (8) (Smaby), 19:43 (EN)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Slovakia Loses WJC Opener

Germany continued their great start to the U20 WJC's today knocking off Slovakia 4-2 after defeating Team USA less than 24 hours prior. Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus registered an assist on the Slovak's second goal. Counting Slovakia's two exhibition tune ups Bartanus now has 1 goal and 2 points in 3 games since heading over to Sweden for the tournament. Bartanus has assumed a regular spot on Slovakia's second line thus far. Bartanus was even with 3 shots on goal in the game. 2005 first round pick Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the game.

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