Andreas Holmqvist had 2 assists today and Linkopings defeated Vastra Frolunda 5-4. Fredrik Norrena stopped 27 of 31 shots faced to improve his record to 17-8-5 this season. Frolunda is currently 2nd on the Elitserien table and saw their lead over third place Linkopings shrink to three points after the loss. Through 33 games, defenseman Andreas Holmqvist has 4 goals, 13 points and 46 penalty minutes. His +7 rating is the third best among Linkopings' blueliners.
HPK made sure their young netminder Karri Ramo's return to the lineup after being gone for a month for the Rosno Cup break and World Junior Championships would be an easy one today. His club scored 6 goals in the second period en route to destroying Jokerit 10-2. Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced for the victory. His record improves to 5-3-3 on the season. Ramo currently ranks 4th in the SM-liiga with a 1.79 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Former Springfield Falcons head coach Marc Potvin was found dead tonight in Kalamazoo, MI just hours before his Adirondack Frostbite were to take the ice for a UHL game. Potvin coached two seasons in Springfield including the '01-'02 season which was the first of a joint affiliation the Falcons had with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Among the players Potvin coached were current Lightning players Dimitry Afanasenkov and Martin Cibak as well as current Falcons players Jason Jaspers and Harlan Pratt. While head coach of the Frostbite, Potvin also coached Chiefs center Justin Kelly. Bolt Prospects send condolences to Potvin's family.
Another tough result against Reading...
The Chiefs coughed up a lead in the third period and once again were defeated by Reading despite the fact they once again outshot the Royals by a wide margin (41-26 tonight). Morgan Cey took the loss stopping just 22 of 26 shots faced. Gerard Dicaire continued to heat up offensively with 1G 2A in the contest.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Hopefully the ship is righting itself.
Sean Burke stopped 22 of 24 for the win while the Lightning outshot Columbus 39-24 for the game. It was a very balanced effort from the offense with goals coming from the checking line and both of the team's scoring lines. Ryan Craig and Evgeny Artyukhin had assists on Tim Taylor's opening goal. Craig played 13:54 tonight and was +1 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin, despite his helper, played just 4:45 and was +1 with 1 takeaway. Norm Milley played well in 4:28 of ice time with three shots on goal including an unsuccessful breakaway chance against Marc Denis. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time at 19:17 and was +1.
Game sheet from NHL.com.