With his spring break over, goaltender Gabe Winer has returned to UMASS to finish up his degree. That leaves the Chiefs with Morgan Cey, Mike Betz and Josh Disher under contract between the pipes.
Stanislav Lascek had 1 assist and was named 1st star of the game in Chicoutimi's 3-1 win over Baie-Comeau. The Sangueneens now hold a 3-0 series lead.
Kevin Beech had a 27 save shutout in a 2-1 Sudbury triumph over Kingston. Beech was named second star of the game for the Wolves. Radek Smolenak was -1 with 4 PIMs in the game. Sudbury leads the opening round series 2-1.
Justin Keller was scoreless and even as Kelowna fell to Kootenay 4-3. Kelowna now trails their opening round series 2-1.
According to the Springfield Falcons, the team has sent goaltender Morgan Cey to their ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. The Falcons also announced they released defenseman Doug Andress from his Professional Tryout Agreement and he will also return to Johnstown, while Springfield has signed defenseman Jared Nightingale to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO).
Cey was recalled from Johnstown on March 16 and played in two games for the Falcons posting a record of 1-0-0 with a 2.40 goals against average and .927 save percentage. Cey earned a shutout in his first AHL start on March 25 at Lowell making 37 saves earning the gameâ€™s first star. Cey has also played in 31 games for the Chiefs this season posting a record of 17-8-5 with a 2.74 goals against average and .922 save percentage. Cey currently leads all Johnstown goaltenders in games played and wins. Cey is in his first season of professional hockey after playing his collegiate hockey with Notre Dame from 2001-2005.
In the wake of defenseman Pavel Kubina's injury in last night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Lightning have recalled defenseman Timo Helbling. Helbling will join the Lightning in Tampa as they prepare to host the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.
Helbling has played in 60 games for the Falcons this season collecting seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points and 56 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound native of Basel, Switzerland started the season with the Lightning registering one assist in five games played. Helbling is currently second on the Falcons in scoring among defensemen.