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Hurricanes Force Changes to Chiefs Schedule

It seems almost inconsequential in light of the human costs associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but damage caused by the recent storms has forced the Texas Wildcatters and Mississippi Sea Wolves to suspend operations for the 2005-2006 season. As a consequence the ECHL has released an amended schedule for the Johnstown Chiefs. Foremost among the necessary changes, the Chiefs' season opener has been moved up one day to October 21st. Johnstown will start on the road against the Columbia Inferno before returning home to play their previously scheduled home opener against Reading on the 22nd. Johnstown's training camp opened today and the team plans to play an intrasquad scrimmage and two preseason games before the opener in Columbia.

Hagglund Scores First Goal of the Season

Johan Hagglund scored a goal late in the third period as IK Oskarshamn defeated Nykoping 4-0 in Allsvenskan action. The goal was Hagglund's first of the 2005-2006 campaign, and came as he was elevated to the team's first line. Through 4 games he has 1 goal, 2 points, a team leading 16 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. Oskarshamn is currently seventh in the league standings with a 2-1-1 record.

Game Night 10/8: Panthers at Lightning

In the words of the godfather of soul, "My brother get ready, that's a fact! [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020032.HTM]Get ready you mother... for the big pay back."[/url] FLA-1 TB-2 Crazy ending whereby some questionable officiating nearly handed the Panthers a point, however John Grahame was large. PantherNation will spin this as proof of their impending playoff ascendency, but I prefer to look at it as John Grahame being able to match the best young goaltender in the game, Luongo, pretty much save for save the past two nights. The Lightning's offense is going to eventually come around. It's an inevitability. Goaltending was the question mark and so far John Grahame has the answer.

Game Night 10/8: Pirates at Falcons

Tonight marks the opening game of the second season for the Springfield Falcons under a full affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Much is on the line as the Lightning try and establish the Falcons as a credible AHL club while at the same time developing desperately needed young talent which will be in the NHL sooner rather than later with the new CBA. I will be covering the game live using the B2 Networks' cybercast, so for those who aren't watching the Panthers/Lightning game, buckle up. [i]Update: I just wanted to add because I bagged on the internet connection I got to the B2 Network the last game that their service was nearly flawless all night long. Excellent job B2.[/i] Tonight's lineup and lines: Milley/Vesce/Campbell Craig/Jaspers/Artyukhin Reid/Henrich/Kvapil Fritz/Tarnasky Ranger/Rohloff H. Pratt/Egener O'Brien/Bombardir Eklund Coleman

Three continue streaks in CHL /NCAA Action Friday

Justin Keller, Chris Lawrence, and Radek Smolenak continued their point streaks Friday night. Including Chicoutimi winger Stanislav Lascek, Tampa Bay has four prospects with scoring streaks of four games or more, and two with points in six straight games. Friday night in the CHL and NCAA:
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