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HPK/HIFK Game Four

Miika Wiikman was back in net today for HPK in their game four matchup with HIFK. Wiikman was second star of the game after shutting out HIFK 4-0. The goaltender stopped all 22 shots he faced in helping his club tie the series at 2-2. Lightning prospect [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] did not play after losing in overtime to HIFK 5-4 in game three.

Falcons Sign Dartmouth Captain Mike Ouellette, UMass Goalie Gabe Winer to ATOs

The Springfield Falcons announced today that they have signed two ex-collegiate players to Amateur Tryout Agreements (ATO). First, in response to the club sending Jonathan Boutin to ECHL Johnstown for the Chiefs' playoff run, the Falcons signed former Chief and University of Massachusetts-Amherst goaltender Gabe Winer to an ATO. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Stoughton, Massachusetts native posted a 2.48 goals against average and a .920 save percetange in 23 games this year with UMass, finishing with a 9-11-1 record. Since finishing the season with UMass, Winer has played in seven games with the Chiefs, earning a 3.66 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. He went 2-2-1 with Johnstown.

Playoff Game Night 4/10: Titans at Chiefs

Johnstown now leads their best-of-three play-in series 1-0. TRE-1 JHN-2 (OT) [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] backstopped the Chiefs to his first professional playoff victory. Johnstown's size proved the deciding factor. The Chiefs scored early in the third on a goal by big Jean Desrochers assisted by even bigger winger [url=dennis-packard]Dennis Packard.[/url] And, in overtime, the hero was [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] off an assist from [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux.[/url] Prior to the game, Lightning prospect John Toffey [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=7575]was placed on the 7-day IR.[/url] Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3184]ECHL.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/10

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Lascek) and Gatineau's game three will occur tomorrow night. The series is currently tied at 1-1. [b]OHL[/b] Marek Bartanus had an assist and was even in Cinderella Owen Sound's 4-2 win over London. The Attack now hold a 2-1 series lead. Kevin Beech allowed 4 goals on just 17 shots faced as Sudbury was beaten by Peterborough 4-2. The Petes now lead the series 3-0 and have the Wolves on the brink of elimination. [b]WHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the WHL tonight.

Fritz Named AHL Man of the Year

Springfield Falcons right winger Mitch Fritz [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2980.shtml]has been announced as the winner of the Yannick Dupre Trophy as AHL Man of the Year.[/url] The Dupre Trophy is awarded to the AHL player who contibutes most to his community. The 6'8" 254 lb enforcer has participated in a number of charities and programs in Springfield ranging from the Springfield Shriners Hospital to the Springfield Sliders sled hockey team. Congratulations to Fritz for upholding the proud tradition of community service that is a hallmark of the Lightning organization.
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