Circling the drain.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 35 shots before insult was piled upon injury and Mark Pandolfo added a shorthanded penalty shot goal with 3 seconds left in the third period. Bryan Nathe and Dimitri Tarabrin had Johnstown's goals. Individual assists went to Zbynek Hrdel, Maxime Boisclair and Jean Desrochers.
Trenton vaults into 3rd place in the North Division with the win while Johnstown remains 3 points out of a playoff spot with Toledo holding two games in hand.
JHN Nathe, (2) (Hrdel, Boisclair), 13:18
TREN Riddle, (22) (Bertoli, Henkel), 15:26
TREN Tremblay, (3) (Leblond, McLaughlin), 16:24
TREN Leblond, (3) (Manley, Tremblay), 16:35
JHN Tarabrin, (13) (Desrochers), 13:02
TREN Haggett, (17) (Ortmeyer), 19:11 (EN/SH)
TREN Pandolfo, (16) , 19:57 (PEN/SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
After starting the season with an undefeated run through their non-conference schedule and being ranked as high as #1 in the country, the Maine Black Bears (21-12-2), now ranked #14, struggled through the Hockey East schedule. The Black Bears finished fifth in the conference and failed to get home-ice advantage in the first round of the conference tournament, which opens this weekend with Maine against #15 Massachusetts.
Despite their rough road this season, defenseman Mike Lundin has continued his consistent play on the blue-line for the Black Bears, becoming a leader in the locker room. This has him optimistic about his future in hockey and with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What a wretched third period.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 28 shots in the loss as the Lightning were outshot 28-17 in the game. Vincent Lecavalier had the only Lightning goal with assists from Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle. The Lightning collapsed practically from the drop of the puck in the third period allowing three goals in the frame to drop them 2 points back of Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Shame.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
In their opening match of the Elitserien playoffs, #4 Linkopings easily knocked off #7 ranked Lulea 6-1. Lightning blueline prospect and Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week Andreas Holmqvist had a pair of power play assists in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday.
In other games on the schedule, #1 Farjestads shut out #8 Mora 4-0, #6 Brynas defeated #2 HV71 4-3 and #5 Timra beat #3 MODO 2-1.