Johnstown passed an important test tonight.
Up to this point of the season, the Chiefs have struggled to defeat the Reading Royals. No matter how great their shot advantage, no matter how much they outplayed Reading, they couldn't get the two points. Tonight that all changed.
Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in the game. Even with the departure of Henrich, Dicaire and Capogrini from their offense they still managed to manufacture 5 goals of offense tonight. Randy Rowe led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while young defenseman Doug Andress had 1 goal and 3 assists. Newcomer Brad Thompson added a late power play goal in his Chiefs debut.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Anton But continued his torrid scoring pace today registering a helper on Yaroslavl's opening goal in a 2-1 win over Cherepovets. Alex Polushin returned to the lineup for Severstal in the game after being scratched in the club's last two outings.
Last night the scouts got an opportunity to put the class of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to the test in skills testing in conjunction with tonight's CHL Top Prospects Game. Ben Maxwell, a center out of Kootenay in the WHL, was the big winner, no doubt improving his stock by winning the 60' and 150' dash and the puck control test. File these away. The Lightning routinely like to take players who are superior skaters and these tests are very revealing about CHL prospect's real skating proficiencies.
Tonight Paul Ranger played his 40th NHL game. That means on Friday, in Dallas, the 21 year old defenseman will graduate from his prospect status on Bolt Prospects and be officially considered an NHLer by this site's criteria. In addition, right winger Evgeny Artyukhin played his 38th game tonight. Barring any scratches, he too will graduate from prospect status next Tuesday, January 24th, against the Florida Panthers. Congratulations to both young men for reaching an early milestone in their careers. Ranger and Artyukhin will remain listed at #1 and #2 in the Bolt Prospects Midterm Rankings until we release our Final Rankings at the conclusion of all Lightning prospects' 2005-2005 seasons.
Congratulations to Norm Milley on his first NHL goal. It was very surprising to see him on the ice protecting a lead with about a minute left to go with Labarbera pulled. But he delivered. John Graham stopped 22 of 23 for the win including a Sean Avery penalty shot.
Norm Milley played 10:34 of even hockey. He had 2 hits and scored on his lone shot, pretty much a walk in for the empty net goal. Evgeny Artyukhin had his 10th assist of the season on the Lightning's third goal by Ruslan Fedotenko. He was +1 in 9:06 of ice time with two shots on goal and 3 hits. Ryan Craig played a quiet 15:21 of even ice time with 1 shot on goal and 2 blocked shots. Quiet, dependable Paul Ranger played 16:20 of even hockey with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots.
Game sheet from NHL.com.