This team's not perfect, but it's skilled and it has some goaltending, and if you've got those elements you have a chance.
Johnstown got a very solid night from Gerald Coleman who stopped 35 of 37 shots faced for the win. The Chiefs were outshot 37-26 but still poured it on to move to .500 at 4-4-0 for the year. PJ Atherton paced the team with 3 power play assists while Gus Katsuras and Stanislav Lascek both poured in 1 goal and 1 assist each. Veteran Randy Rowe had 2 assists and newcomer David Spina, rookie Maxime Boisclair, and big Adam Henrich each had goals. Zbynek Hrdel and Andrew Martens each had individual assists.
Coleman, Atherton and Rowe were the game's three stars.
Lascek leads all ECHL rookies with 11 points in 7 games and is tied for sixth in the league in scoring. Atherton has 8 assists in 8 games and is first among all rookie defensemen in scoring and forth among all ECHL defensemen in scoring overall. I smell recalls, and for Atherton, sooner or later I smell Lightning contract.
WHE Collins, (4) (McLean, Cameron), 0:32
JHN Katsuras, (2) (Hrdel), 1:02
JHN Spina, (3) (Lascek, Atherton), 11:31 (PP)
JHN Lascek, (2) (Atherton, Katsuras), 8:10 (PP)
WHE McLean, (4) (Collins, Jensen), 15:25 (PP)
JHN Boisclair, (3) (Rowe, Martens), 11:47
JHN Henrich, (1) (Atherton, Rowe), 14:37 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Maybe the best game of the year for the Falcons?
Sean Burke stopped 21 of 23 shots faced for the win to move to 2-3-0 on the year. The Falcons outshot Worcester 37-23 in the game. The birds were led by a pair of goals by recent PTO recall and long time Johnstown Chief Jean Desrochers and Doug O'Brien who had a two helpers in the game. Desrochers' talleys were the first two AHL goals of his career. Veteran Norm Milley scored the game winning goal and Zdenek Blatny, Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey had individual assists.
Desrochers and Milley were the game's first and second stars, respectively.
The Falcons are now 4-6-0 on the year with an opportunity to have a winning weekend if they can defeat the Lowell Devils in Lowell tomorrow, which is a tall order considering how badly the Devils outplayed the Falcons the last time the two teams met.
WOR Darche, (12) (Stevenson, Pavelski), 5:12
SPR Desrochers, (1) (Blatny, O'Brien), 17:48
WOR Stevenson, (2) , 19:21 (SH)
SPR Desrochers, (2) (Kvapil, Healey), 7:34
SPR Milley, (5) (O'Brien), 19:06 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
The #9 train is rolling in Mississauga. Chris Lawrence had 1 goal and 1 assist tonight in the Ice Dogs' 6-5 win over Guelph. Lawrence was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in the game and was named the third star of the contest.
In Sudbury, Kevin Beech got the night off and watched his backup Michael Swick throw a 33 save shutout to defeat Erie 6-0.
On the road in Oshawa, Slovakian sophomore sensation Marek Bartanus had his best night of the season posting 4 assists in a 9-5 Owen Sound rout of the Generals. Bartanus was +3 in the game.
Defenseman Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in Prince George's 5-3 loss to Kamloops.
How about not falling behind 3 goals to start the game for a change?
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 10 shots for the loss before being pulled for Jonathan Boutin who allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. Credit to the Falcons for battling back and making a game of this one against a very good Rochester team, coming within just 1:19 of stealing a point, but have mercy, how about not playing from half a mile behind for a change?
Justin Keller led the way for the Falcons with a breakout night scoring his first AHL goal and adding three, three, three helpers and was named second star of the game. Dan Cavanaugh also chipped in a pair of helpers as the Birds' checking line slowly emerges from it's October long slumber. The Falcons' other goals were scored by rookie sensation Blair Jones, veteran Eric Healey, and the long invisible in this early season Darren Reid. Jay Rosehill checked in with an individual assist which was his first point of the season in the AHL.
ROC Stafford, (5) (Smith), 6:14
ROC Ryan, (4) , 8:33
ROC MacArthur, (4) (MacDonald, Sprukts), 15:30
SPR Jones, (4) (Keller, Rosehill), 6:53
SPR Reid, (1) (Keller, Cavanaugh), 12:13
ROC Ryan, (5) (Stafford), 17:19
SPR Healey, (6) (Keller, Cavanaugh), 6:40
SPR Keller, (1) , 9:35
ROC Sprukts, (3) (Stafford, Ryan), 18:41 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.