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Submitted by pete on October 21, 2006 - 17:48
Tonight is the season opener for a Johnstown team that has had an almost complete identity overhaul in the offseason. Gone are former GM Toby O'Brien as well as many of the familiar ECHL veterans who used to make up the team. In their place the Lightning have set up a new management team and a revamped roster that includes much more youth, skill and speed. Coach Frank Anzalone is the constant, and the veteran coach will go for his 300th ECHL win tonight. Stanislav Lascek and Radek Smolenak should form a potent offensive attack for the Chiefs and they are expected to get strong goaltending from Gerald Coleman and Morgan Cey, but it's the progress of the team's defensemen that may decide how much it can improve over last season's short playoff run. PEN-2 JHN-5 Congratulations to Coach Anzalone on his 300th ECHL win. [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] stopped 31 of 33 for the win. Veteran Jean Desrochers had a first period natural hat trick to set the pace for the Chiefs. Doug Andress had a goal and two assists while [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] racked up three assists. Doug Adams had two assists and Radek Smolenak added his first professional goal while individual helpers went to [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url], [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] and Brandon Elliot. And that's just game one. Game sheet from [url=http://echl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=918]ECHL.com[/url].
Submitted by pete on October 21, 2006 - 16:07
[url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] and Dimitri Kazionov were both scoreless in Yaroslavl's 1-1 tie with Kazan. Kazan remains in first place on the Superleague table with the tie. Sunday features a slate of seven games in the Superleague.
Submitted by pete on October 21, 2006 - 11:22
Word on the street from Johnstown is that [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux[/url] and [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url] were at this morning's practice for the Chiefs and thus, logically, have been sent down by the Falcons. Neither organization has released confirmation yet. The Chiefs opener is tonight at 7pm at home against Pensacola. [b]Update:[/b] [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8948]ECHL.com has announced[/url] that Jay Rosehill has indeed been sent down to Johnstown. Also, Ian MacLean has been placed on the 7 day IR. Still no word on Deveaux.
Submitted by pete on October 20, 2006 - 22:09
[url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] was -1 in Mississauga's 4-1 loss to Guelph. The game is Lawrence's first since sustaining an undisclosed head injury earlier this month. [url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url] was also -1 in his return from injury as Owen Sound clubbed London 5-2. Bartanus also had 2 PIM in the game. [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] stopped 19 of 21 shots faced in Sudbury's 5-2 win over Peterborough. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] is still out with a shoulder injury for Prince George and [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] remains out for Swift Current.
Submitted by pete on October 20, 2006 - 18:07
Bolt Prospects will be watching tonight's Falcons home opener on B2 Networks and liveblogging some game notes during the intermissions. Tonight's game sets up as a critical one of several levels. First, with Ryan Craig now out for a month with a knee sprain, several Falcons forwards will be attempting to make a good impression for the organization and earn a callup. For the Lightning/Falcons organization, whatever goodwill Springfield fans had for their new affiliation has all but dried up after two years of struggling and after last weekend's debacle in Norfolk the natives are definitely restless. For Head Coach Steve Stirling, this is the first major test of his leadership as the Falcons' bench boss. After skating his team hard on Tuesday and Wednesday to punish them for their poor play last weekend, will the young Falcons respond? And, finally, there are several subplots for the Lightning's young prospects. Will [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] rebound from a tough weekend and settle into the team's starting role? Will [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] respond to his healthy scratch in Norfolk and start to lead the Falcons offense as was expected at the start of the year? Will the Falcons young defensemen like [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url], [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] and [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] tighten up their play after looking like the Keystone Cops in Norfolk? It's a critical three game weekend set, and anything less than a couple of wins will be a huge disappointment. [b]Starting Lineup:[/b] Blatny/Jones/Milley Rogers/Delmore Ramo MAN-4 SPR-2 Final [b]First Period[/b] 1. MAN- Murphy, (Pushkarev)(PP) 2. SPR- Aulin, (Kvapil, O'Brien)(PP) [b]Second Period[/b] 3. SPR- Blatny, (Delmore, Milley) 4. MAN- Jackman, (Kemp, Harrold)(PP) [b]Third Period[/b] 5. MAN- Kanko, (Harrold) 6. MAN- Murphy, Clarke(EN)