Goaltender Fredrik Norrena was pulled today with 2:07 remaining in the second period as Linkopings fell to Brynas 3-1. Norrena allowed 2 goals in the loss before giving way to backup Jonas Fransson. The netminder's record drops to 17-9-5 on the season.
HPK was less successful in Karri Ramo's second start back from the World Junior Championships today. The club went down 4-1 at the hands of SaiPa as Ramo's record fell to 5-4-3. Despite allowing 3 goals in the loss, Ramo was named second star of the game after stopping 37 of 40 shots faced.
Team Orr crushed Team Cherry 7-2 tonight to win the 2006 CHL Top Prospects game. The effort was led by Austrian born right winger Michael Grabner of the Spokane Chiefs of the CHL who had a goal and two assists in the victory. Kootenay center Ben Maxwell, who carried the skating events in skills testing, scored the opening goal of the contest for Team Cherry.
Johnstown passed an important test tonight.
Up to this point of the season, the Chiefs have struggled to defeat the Reading Royals. No matter how great their shot advantage, no matter how much they outplayed Reading, they couldn't get the two points. Tonight that all changed.
Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in the game. Even with the departure of Henrich, Dicaire and Capogrini from their offense they still managed to manufacture 5 goals of offense tonight. Randy Rowe led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while young defenseman Doug Andress had 1 goal and 3 assists. Newcomer Brad Thompson added a late power play goal in his Chiefs debut.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Anton But continued his torrid scoring pace today registering a helper on Yaroslavl's opening goal in a 2-1 win over Cherepovets. Alex Polushin returned to the lineup for Severstal in the game after being scratched in the club's last two outings.