Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist today but it was not enough to arrest Linkopings' continued free fall. The club lost to Lulea 5-2. Linkopings now slips to 7th on the Elitserien table.
Break up the Otters.
Kevin Beech stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, then both of Guelph's shootout attempts to give the Erie Otters a 4-3 shootout win over the Storm. This is second straight victory (and third in the last four games) for the Otters, who improve to 12-32-1-2 on the season. Despite only being acquired 3 weeks ago, Beech now has one-quarter of the Otters wins on the year (3-1-1). This is the second straight shootout win for Erie over Guelph, who is 23-15-2-7 for the year.
Beech earned first star honors for the game, but it could be said he truly earned it in the third period, when the Otters were outshot 15-8, and overtime, when he turned aside 5 more shots. In all, the Otters were outshot 42-29 for the game.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley returned to the Everett lineup after missing two games with the flu and extended his goal-scoring streak to three games as Everett topped Portland 5-3 in Everett. Crowley scored the eventual game winner at the 14:32 mark of the third period. He was also plus-1 for the game. Crowley is 3-1-4 and plus-5 in 4 games with the WHL's top team, Everett. He was 4-15-19 and minus-2 in 33 games with Swift Current.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and even in Northern Michigan's 4-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth. In 28 games this season the senior has 2 goals and 2 assists, 14 PIM and a -7 rating.
The Wildcats are 11-15-2 overall and 8-11-1 in the CCHA sitting tied for 8th place with Lake Superior.
An incredible comeback from 3 goals down.
Ryan Munce struggled a bit in his first start for the Chiefs allowing 4 goals on 17 shots in two periods of work before being relieved by Morgan Cey. Cey went on to stop 7 of 7 shots faced in the third period and overtime and then stopped 7 of 9 penalty shots for the shootout win. Jean Desrochers led the way offensively with 3 assists while Dimitri Tarabrin lit the lamp twice. Andrew Martens had 1 goal and 1 assist and Doug Andress netted the other Chiefs goals. Individual helpers belonged to Ben Wallace, Geoff Waugh and John Adams. Adam Henrich, John Adams and PJ Atherton had the winning goals in the shootout. Atherton and Tarabrin were named first and second stars of the game.
TREN Henkel, (10) (Riddle, Haggett), 11:04
TREN Johnson, (12) (Bertoli, Ruggeri), 3:58 (PP)
TREN Manley, (2) (Leblond, Pisellini), 8:41
JHN Martens, (3) (Wallace, Desrochers), 16:40
TREN Riddle, (13) (Henkel, Haggett), 17:23
JHN Tarabrin, (5) (Desrochers, Waugh), 19:18
JHN Andress, (10) (Desrochers), 4:04
JHN Tarabrin, (6) (Adams, Martens), 7:41
JHN- Henrich, Adams, Atherton
TREN- Haggett, Pandolfo
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Unfortunately, this Falcons team just doesn't have a second line to speak of, and it's very difficult for them to come from 2 goals down as a result.
Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Springfield got 1 goal and 1 assist from Daniel Corso and a pair of helpers from Eric Healey. The other Falcons goal came from a suddenly red hot Doug O'Brien who has had goals in three of the last four games. Norm Milley also chipped in an individual helper.
SPR O'Brien, (5) (Corso, Healey), 4:14 (PP)
MCH O'Sullivan, (17) (Murray, Jackman), 7:00
MCH Tukonen, (9) (Kemp, LaBarbera), 10:49
MCH Schmidt, (4) (Murray, O'Sullivan), 13:40 (SH)
SPR Corso, (10) (Milley, Healey), 12:01
MCH Gauthier, (9) , 19:11 (EN)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.