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NCAA Game Night: 3/4

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.

Chiefs to Play in Johnstown Next Season

According to Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown Chiefs owner Jim Weber has received a new concessions revenue sharing plan from the Cambria County government which should allow the Chiefs to stay in Johnstown through the 2007-2008 season. Beyond 2007-2008 remains up in the air. A split of concessions may be enough for Weber to keep the team in Johnstown into the near future, but other scenarios could see the sale of the team to one of two NHL teams. Mastovich hints one of those teams would buy the team and move it in 2008-2009 to a new city where another rink is currently being built (speculated in internet rumors to be to suburban Philadelphia by the Flyers), while the other would try to keep the team in Johnstown and reevaluate after one year (presumably the Lightning).

AHL Game Day 3/4: Falcons at Sharks

The streak is over. Falcons win.

SPR-3
WOR-2 (SO)

Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 8 of 8 penalty shots for the shootout victory. For Ramo, who went 0 for February in the win department, it was his first victory since January 19th at Providence. David Spina had a pair of assists in the game while Adam Henrich and PJ Atherton (slipping nicely through a Clear Day loophole) scored Springfield's goals. Matt Smaby and Andy Rogers, freshly dried from a dip in Springfield Republican beat writer Fran Sypek's vitriol, each had primary assists in the game. Daniel Corso, who scored the winning shootout goal, was named first star of the game while Spina took third star honors.

The win breaks the Falcons' 8 game winless streak. Interesting takeaway stats from the game: the Falcons outshot the Sharks 31-27 partly on the strength of Atherton's team high 5 shots on goal. I know someone who wants a contract.

Newly acquired Nick Kuiper was +1 in the game. Joe Rullier did not suit up for the Falcons.

First Period
SPR Henrich, (3) (Smaby, Spina), 7:22
WOR Mink, (19) (Prudden, Cavanagh), 7:37

Second Period
WOR Rome, (7) , 1:14
SPR Atherton, (1) (Rogers, Spina), 6:20 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Corso
WOR- NONE

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Day 3/4: Storm at Chiefs

Johnstown finds a little redemption at the end of a hard weekend.

TOL-1
JHN-3

Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in the win. Forwards Maxime Boisclair and Zbynek Hrdel led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist. Eric Przepiorka had the other Chiefs goal. Gus Katsuras, Andrew Martens, Ryan Gibbons and Brandon Elliot posted individual assists. Cey, Boisclair and Katsuras were named the game's three stars. Cey carried a shutout into the final two minutes of the game only to surrender a late power play goal.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
JHN Hrdel, (7) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 3:17
JHN Boisclair, (14) (Martens, Hrdel), 3:27

Third Period
JHN Przepiorka, (8) (Gibbons, Elliott), 0:27
TOL Walsh, (14) (Watson, Attard), 18:48 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 3/3

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.

Maine's Mike Lundin had an assist in the game, giving him 11 for the season. He finished a minus-3 in the game. UMASS' John Wessbecker was scoreless and even.

Art Femenella and Vermont finished in fifth and will take on #5 Boston University in the first round of the HEast tournament.

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