Stanislav Lascek had his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season and was named first star of the game in Chicoutimi's 4-1 win against high powered Quebec.
Radek Smolenak scored a hat trick, his 40th, 41st and 42nd goals of the season, and added two assists easily earning first star honors in Kingston's 6-4 win over Toronto.
Justin Keller had his 48th and 49th goals of the season and two helpers as Kelowna beat Everett 6-2.
Zdenek Blatny angling for a callup?
Gerald Coleman stopped 37 of 40 before stopping 4 of 5 in penalty shots for the victory. Zdenek Blatny stayed white hot scoring a goal and adding two assists as well as scoring to open the shootout session. He was named first star of the game. Prospect Mike Egener emerged from the doghouse to score the Falcons' third goal and Norm Milley and Doug O'Brien had helpers in the game. Ryan Vesce, who also recorded an assist in regulation, scored the winning shootout goal.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Morgan Cey is quietly setting the world on fire down in Johnstown.
Morgan Cey stopped all 50 shots he faced to record the shutout. Thanks to Cey, Randy Rowe's first period power play goal on assists from Adam Henrich and JB Bittner was all Johnstown needed to get the W. The shutout was Cey's third of the season.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Heck of a comeback just to get the point.
Johnstown scored 4 unanswered goals including Justin Kelly's capping penalty shot goal with under a minute left just to get this game to overtime. Mike Betz, who I will refer to from here on out as "the sacrificial lamb" stopped just 26 of 33 shots faced.
Kelly paced the Chiefs with 2 goals, one of them shorthanded, while Dimitri Tarabrin had 1 goal and 1 assist. Adam Henrich had his 13th goal of the ECHL season in the third period comeback and John Toffey chipped in a second period assist.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
"And with the 14th pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft the Tampa Bay Lightning select..."
Sean Burke actually played well the first two period before the flood gates opened. He allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in total. Honestly, I don't know what more there is to say right now. The cavalry isn't coming. The deadline's passed and Coleman, Boutin, O'Brien and Dicaire are probably too green to help shore up this club. What's worse than the defense and goaltending though is that the Lightning's forwards are showing themselves to again be incapable of scoring timely goals. Completely incapable. And if you're defense isn't going to be solid every night, you'd better get those timely goals.
70 points with 18 games left and a 4 point lead on 9th place. Is anybody going to step up?
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