The Springfield Falcons have returned center Justin Kelly to Johnstown of the ECHL. He had zero points in five games with the Falcons. Kelly still leads Johnstown in scoring with 28 points in 21 games despite his time up in Springfield.
I believe that's 12 straight games now where the Falcons have allowed 4 or more goals. And the winless streak continues.
Gerald Coleman made 20 saves on 24 shots faced in the loss. Through two periods he had allowed 3 goals on just 8 shots putting the Falcons in a situation where their 29-8 shot superiority was all for naught fighting a 3-2 deficit. At this pont Dirk Graham seems to have zero faith in Brian Eklund while Coleman, a rookie who was never a full time starter in junior, is watching his season start to circle the drain. As it stands right now his save percentage is a terrible .889. How long are the Lightning/Falcons going to continue to run this young man through the meat grinder before they make a move? It's been clear for at least a half a month now what the organization needs to do: either acquire a veteran goaltender or give your ECHL All-Star Jonathan Boutin or your Spengler Cup team member Morgan Cey the opportunity to do what neither of these goaltenders seem capable of doing right now: stop 90% of the pucks they see.
Marek Kvapil led the way offensively with 1G 1A while Nick Tarnasky had a tally of his own and Lightning prospect Dennis Packard had an assist and Lightning exhile Chris Dingman had a helper of his own. None of that amounts to a hill of beans however if this team's goaltenders continue to allow 4 or 5 goals every night out. The Falcons cannot win consistently with that kind of performance between the pipes. Period.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Remarkably, Mark Tobin survived today's QMJHL trade deadline which passed at noon. The left winger scored his 18th goal of the season today for Rimouski in a 6-2 defeat to St. John's. Rimouski is currently dead last in the 18 team QMJHL and has won just 8 games all season, making their decision to hold onto the veteran Tobin surprising to say the least.
Moscow Dynamo won the 2006 European Champions Cup today knocking off Finnish club Karpat 5-4 in a shootout on an Igor Mirnov goal. Lightning prospects Albert Vishnyakov and Dimitry Kazionov were scoreless in the contest.