ECHL Game Night 3/31: Bombers at Chiefs

If the playoffs started tonight, Johnstown would be in.

DAY-0
JHN-2

Morgan Cey stopped 35 of 35 shots faced for the shutout. ATO Rob Lehtinen led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist while red hot Radek Smolenak had a pair of assists. John Adams had the other Chiefs goal and Marek Kvapil also stayed hot with an assist. Cey, Lehtinen and Adams were the game's three stars.

The win moves Johnstown back to .500 for the season at 31-31-6 and moves one point ahead of Reading into the final playoff spot in the ECHL North Division while still holding a game in hand. With Wheeling losing tonight to Cincinnati, Johnstown should have a 2 point lead on the Nailers as well at night's end. Johnstown controls their destiny and is now riding a three game winning streak in which they have beaten Cincinatti (#2 in the North Division), Toledo (#3 in the North Division) and Dayton (#1 in the North Division). Kvapil= season changer.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
JHN Adams, (4) (Lehtinen, Smolenak), 4:14 (PP)
JHN Lehtinen, (2) (Kvapil, Smolenak), 8:34

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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Kvapil

Was he just not ready for AHL duty, or was it a wakeup call getting sent down? It seems like he's tearing it up at a lower level where he was stalling in the A.

I like Kvapil, so good for him. Good for Johnstown as well.

His speed and stickhandling

His speed and stickhandling are so far superior to most players at the ECHL level that they just can't take the puck from him is basically the indication I've gotten. The beautiful thing is that because Marek is a thoroughbred, it's gotten Smolenak to up his game too to keep up and he has responded. Might be the makings of a line in Norfolk next season if the Lightning can find a speedy guy to center them.

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