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Oilers Announce AHL Affliation with Springfield

(Edmonton Oilers Release)

03/19/07-The Edmonton Oilers are pleased to announce they have signed a new three-year affiliation agreement with the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, enabling the Oilers to ice their own AHL affiliate for the first time since 2004-05.

The new partnership will see the Oilers top prospects playing in Springfield, Massachusetts for the next three seasons, beginning in October 2007.

Ramo Recalled

According to TheAHL.com, the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from Springfield of the AHL.

In addition, the Falcons have signed Lightning prospect netminder Kevin Beech to an ATO contract.

ECHL Game Day 3/18: Titans at Chiefs

By all appearances, Johnstown is done.

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Morgan Cey allowed 5 goals on 26 shots in the loss. Gus Katsuras and newcomer Rob Lehtinen had the Chiefs goals with individual assists belonging to Zbynek Hrdel, Maxime Boisclair, Jean Desrochers and Dimitri Tarabrin.

Johnstown now finds themselves 8 points behind 5th place Reading for the final playoff spot in the ECHL North Division and while the Chiefs still hold games in hand that could get them back in the hunt, the sad truth is that with Randy Rowe injured and Stanislav Lascek, Radek Smolenak and PJ Atherton up in Springfield, this Johnstown team is running on fumes and looks like it is going to limp to the finish line of the season. Obviously for the Lightning it is going to be a long offseason as they ponder why a season that started with so much promise for their minor league system went so wrong.

First Period
TREN Bertoli, (21) (Riddle), 14:55
TREN Mondou, (18) (Tremblay, Haggett), 16:48 (PP)
TREN Riddle, (25) (Bertoli), 17:32

Second Period
TREN Pandolfo, (17) , 8:44
JHN Katsuras, (6) (Hrdel, Boisclair), 14:50

Third Period
TREN Tremblay, (4) (Bertoli), 16:26
JHN Lehtinen, (1) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 18:57

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

NHL Game Day 3/18: Lightning at Capitals

And, just like that, the Lightning no longer control their division title destiny.

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Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss while Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 5 shots in relief. Filip Kuba had the only Lightning goal off assists from Doug Janik and Nick Tarnasky. The Lightning now trail Atlanta by six points in the division with a game in hand after the Thrashers' overtime win against Buffalo today. Just 4 points separate 6th place Tampa Bay and the 9th place New York Islanders now, putting the Lightning in the uncomfortable position of not only seeing their division title hopes slip away, but also seeing that making the playoffs may become a difficult task as well.

Bad, bad, bad time of year for a three game losing streak.

First Period
Washington 5:31, Tomas Fleischmann 3 (Boyd Gordon)
Washington 13:38, Tomas Fleischmann 4 (Kris Beech, Milan Jurcina)

Second Period
Washington 1:14, Alexander Semin 35 (power play) (Chris Clark, Brian Pothier)
Washington 6:45, Alexander Semin 36 (Tomas Fleischmann)
Washington 8:18, Alexander Semin 37 (Kris Beech, Matt Bradley)
Tampa Bay 17:44, Filip Kuba 11 (Doug Janik, Nick Tarnasky)

Third Period
Washington 10:34, Alexandre Giroux 2 (unassisted)
Washington 17:55, Boyd Gordon 5 (Tomas Fleischmann, Shaone Morrisonn)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NCAA Tournament Bracket Set

The 2007 NCAA Tournament bracket is set. 16 teams make up the bracket with four different regions of four teams. The winners of the regionals will meet in St. Louis for the Frozen Four, Arpil 5-7.

Three different teams will have Lightning prospects. Boston College and backup goaltender Joe Pearce are the No. 2 seed in the Northeast region and will face No. 3 seed St. Lawerence. Boston College won the Hockey East tournament.

John Wessbecker and UMass got the No. 4 seed in the East region and will take on No. 1 seed Clarkson, who won the ECAC tournament.

Mike Lundin and Maine, who were on the bubble after losing early in the HEast tourney, got the No. 3 seed in the East region and will face St. Cloud State.

Notable teams that did not make the tournament were Denver, Colorado College, Vermont, and last year's National Champs, Wisconsin. The first round begins next weekend. Bracket

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