Karri Ramo is only just barely 20 years old and he's already this good. Wrap your mind around that.
Ramo stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in regulation/overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots to lift Springfield to a 3-2 shootout victory. Ramo improves to 5-3-0 this season and has won 3 of his last 4 starts. The Falcons were outshot 39-24, but Ramo made up the difference.
Justin Keller and Andy Delmore had the Falcons' goals. Daniel Corso, Matt Smaby and, yes, Ramo himself had assists. Corso and David Spina were Springfield's two scorers in the shootout. Ramo was named first star and Delmore third star of the game.
SPR Keller, (5) (Corso, Smaby), 16:52
HER Hendricks, (6) (Arsene), 9:14
HER Giroux, (7) (Hendricks, Fehr), 13:43
SPR Delmore, (4) (Ramo), 16:05
With tonight's win, Springfield moves to a game under .500 for the fourth time this season. Springfield faces the Toronto Marlies on Friday night at home with the opportunity to get back to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Despite facing scrutiny from the IIHF for a knee to knee hit which led to his ejection from the Karjala Cup, Evgeny Artyukhin was in the lineup today in Yaroslavl's 5-3 win over Khaborovsk. Artyukhin was scoreless in the match.
Vasily Koshechkin fell to 8-5-3 as he was chased today in Togliatti's 6-4 loss to Omsk.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 3-2 loss to CSKA.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Tver's 5-3 win over Chekhov.
Alexei Glukhov scored his first goal of the season as Cherepovets beat Novosibirsk 5-3.
Falcons Recall Spina, Adams, and Lascek
Deveaux, Greco Demoted
Aulin Released from PTO
(Springfield Falcons Release)
The Springfield Falcons announced today that forwards David Spina, Stanislav Lascek, and defenseman John Adams have been recalled from their ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. All three players are expected to join the Falcons for their game Wednesday when they host the Hershey Bears at the MassMutual Center.
Lascek currently leads the Chiefs in scoring with five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 10 games. Lascek, who attended Falcons training camp this year, is also tied for the Johnstown lead in assists. The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Martin, Slovakia is in his first season of professional hockey after leading Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring last year with 47 goals and 88 assists for 135 points in 64 games.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation before stopping 2 of 3 penalty shots to lift Russia to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Czech Republic to win the Karjala Cup. Koshechkin finishes the tournament with a record of 2-0-0 with a 1.92 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Chris Lawrence had an assist and was +1 with 2 PIMs in Mississauga's 6-3 win over Ottawa.
Kevin Beech stopped 35 of 38 shots in Sudbury's 3-2 loss to Toronto.
Dane Crowley was +1 with 4 PIMs in Swift Current's 3-0 victory over Saskatoon.
Lightning CHL Prospect Statistics Through 11/12:
Chris Lawrence, Mississauga (OHL), 16 GP, 11-11-22, 34 PIM, +4
Marek Bartanus, Owen Sound (OHL), 19 GP, 3-11-14, 23 PIM, +3
Vladimir Mihalik, Prince George (WHL), 11 GP, 3-4-7, 19 PIM, -2
Dane Crowley, Swift Current (WHL), 15 GP, 0-5-5, 41 PIM, -4
Kevin Beech, Sudbury (OHL), 19 GP, 8-8-1, 1 SO, 3.44 GAA, .883 sv%