Jonathan Boutin gave the team every opportunity to win in his first start of the year.
Boutin stopped 36 of 38 shots faced in the game before being pulled for the extra attacker when Cincinatti sealed it with an empty net goal. The Chiefs were outshot a mind boggling 33-10 through two periods but Boutin held the game at 1-1 until the Cyclones finally broke through with just 1 second left in the second period. John Adams scored the lone Johnstown goal on the power play off assists from Maxime Boisclair and Jean Desrochers. For the first time in their young professional careers Radek Smolenak and Stan Lascek were held off the scoresheet for Johnstown. Adams and Boisclair were named the game's second and third stars respectively. Word on the street is that Boutin may be recalled to Springfield as early as tomorrow.
JHN Adams, (1) (Boisclair, Desrochers), 6:15 (PP)
CIN Urquhart, (2) (Ehgoetz, Gajda), 8:09 (PP)
CIN Urquhart, (3) , 19:59
CIN Stewart, (1) , 19:37 (EN/SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 9-1 spanking of Amur. Kazionov remains the Lightning's leading scorer among prospects playing in the Russian Superleague. His brother Denis, who plays for Tver, is scoreless thus far this season. The Lightning are expected to attempt to bring both Kazionovs to North America this summer.
Sean Burke stopped 34 of 38 shots faced in the game for the loss. Blair Jones scored the Falcons' only goal on assists from Norm Milley and Eric Healey. In a worrying development, prospect Andy Rogers and veteran Zdenek Blatny were scratches for the Falcons.
The Falcons miss an opportunity to improve to .500.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Dusty Collins had an assist in Northern Michigan's 2-0 win over Ohio State. He finished with 2 PIM and a +1 rating to go along with the assist. Northern Michigan is 5-2-1 for the season and moved to 2-0-0 in the conference.
John Wessbecker did not play in Massachusetts' 3-2 win over #8 New Hampshire on Thursday night.
Northern Michigan hosts Ohio State
UMASS is at #1 Maine
#5 Boston College is at #2 Wisconsin
Lightning College Hockey Classic update for Friday:
Air Force beat Alabama-Huntsville 7-5.
Notre Dame beat Army 3-0.
*Report by Nigel Schnarr