Congratulations to Norm Milley on his first NHL goal. It was very surprising to see him on the ice protecting a lead with about a minute left to go with Labarbera pulled. But he delivered. John Graham stopped 22 of 23 for the win including a Sean Avery penalty shot.
Norm Milley played 10:34 of even hockey. He had 2 hits and scored on his lone shot, pretty much a walk in for the empty net goal. Evgeny Artyukhin had his 10th assist of the season on the Lightning's third goal by Ruslan Fedotenko. He was +1 in 9:06 of ice time with two shots on goal and 3 hits. Ryan Craig played a quiet 15:21 of even ice time with 1 shot on goal and 2 blocked shots. Quiet, dependable Paul Ranger played 16:20 of even hockey with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
The Johnstown Chiefs completed a trade today sending veteran winger Paul Caponigri and defenseman Tyler Kindle to the Idaho Steelheads. In return, the Chiefs received defenseman Jim Hakewill and and center Brad Thompson. Hakewill, a former 5th round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2001, is a rookie who is playing his first professional season after graduating from St. Lawrence University. In his senior year, his best college season, he had 4 goals and 8 points 33 games to go along with 44 penalty minutes. At 6'5" 222 lbs, Hakewill is a prototypical big stay-at home defenseman. Thompson, who stands at 6'0" 190 lbs, is also in his rookie season out of Minnesota State-Mankato. In his senior season he tallied 13 goals and 24 points and 24 penalty minutes in 38 games.
To add to the flurry of shake up moves in Springfield, the Falcons have traded RW Jim Campbell to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL in exchange for C Dan Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh, who checks in at 6'2" 195 lbs is a Springfield native who played his college hockey at Boston University. His best professional season to date came in '03-'04 with the Houston Aeros when he had 16 goals and 39 points in 73 games. In the press release, Lightning GM Jay Feaster also reconfirmed Gerard Dicaire's recall. Dicaire actually returned to the lineup Saturday against Syracuse, a game for which he was praised by Coach Graham.
The Springfield Falcons today confirmed two of the roster moves reported by ECHL.com yesterday. The Falcons announced the recalls of defenseman Mike Egener and left wing Adam Henrich as well as the reassignment of winger Randy Rowe to Johnstown of the ECHL. The Falcons have also released defenseman John Adams from his PTO contract. There is no news as of now about any moves pertaining to defenseman Gerard Dicaire's recall.
Mired in a month long winless streak the Springfield Falcons finally opted to make wholesale changes today recalling a trio of Lightning prospects from Johnstown of the ECHL. According to ECHL.com, the Falcons have recalled defensemen Mike Egener and Gerard Dicaire as well as left wing Adam Henrich. No word as yet on any roster moves in Springfield which might involve Randy Rowe and John Adams amongst others.