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Willis/Holmqvist Power Linkopings to Victory

Yes, that Shane Willis. Shane Willis, playing in his fifth game with Linkopings since transferring from HC Davos of the Swiss league, had his first Elitserien point assisting on a Jonas Soling game winning third period goal as Linkopings defeated Sodertalje 5-2. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist also notched an assist on the goal. Goaltender Fredrik Norrena got the day off. With just one game remaining on the Elitserien schedule, Linkopings sits locked at the third seed in the league. Jimmie Olvestad and Djurgardens are well out of the playoff chase in tenth.

HPK Falls to JYP

As the European leagues wind down towards playoff time, HPK fell 3-1 today to JYP. Karri Ramo stopped 36 of 39 shots faced in the loss. His record drops to 8-7-3 on the season. With the loss HPK remains one point behind HIFK in 4th on the SM-liiga table. There are just 5 games remaining for HPK in the regular season.

Game Night 3/3: Chiefs at Royals

Johnstown is getting red hot at just the right time and with Toledo expending over half of their games in hand, the #3 seed in the North Division is a target that appears hittable. JHN-6 REA-2 Morgan Cey made 36 saves on 38 shots faced for the win. John Toffey, Brandon Elliot and Zbynek Hrdel all had goals for the Chiefs. Justin Kelly and Doug Andress each had a goal and an assist while JB Bittner had two assists. Toledo killed Trenton 8-2 tonight to maintain a 6 point gap on Johnstown for 3rd in the division with 3 games in hand. Wheeling, which sits in 2nd place, picked up a point tonight in an overtime loss and sits 8 points ahead of the Chiefs with 2 games in hand. If the Chiefs can stay hot, they've got a chance to catch these clubs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2958]ECHL.com.[/url]

CHL Tonight: 3/3

[b]QMJHL[/b] Stan Lascek had two assists and a +1 rating for Chicoutimi as they beat Lewiston 5-1. Traverse City Lightning member Maxime Boisclair had a hattrick for the Sags, and now has 62 goals on the year. By comparison, Sidney Crosby had 66 goals in last year's QMJHL season. Mark Tobin and Rimouski lost to Baie-Comeau 6-1. Tobin did not register a point and was -1. [b]OHL[/b] Radek Smolenak was +2 with no scoring for Kingston. The Frontenacs beat the Bellville Bulls 5-3. Chris Lawrence scored for the second straight game and was the second star in Mississauga's 4-3 loss to Toronto. The Majors scored 3 straight third period goals for the win. Marek Bartanus remains sidelined for Owen Sound. The Attack lost to Sarnia 2-1 tonight. Kevin Beech stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Sudbury Wolves, but didn't receive any goal support and took the loss in a 1-0 defensive battle with Sault Ste. Marie. [b]WHL[/b] Blair Jones had a goal and an assist to go with a +2 rating for Moose Jaw. The Warriors beat Lethbridge 5-4. Vladimir Mihalik finished scoreless and -2 as Kootenay defeated Red Deer 5-1. Justin Keller scored his 47th goal of the season and had a helper as Kelowna defeated Vancouver 4-2. Keller was named first star of the game. With the victory the Rockets move just four points back of Vancouver for the #1 seed in the Western Conference and the BC Division lead with two games in hand.

CHL Tonight: 3/2

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no Lightning prospects in action in the QMJHL tonight. Tomorrow night Chicoutimi and Stan Lascek will play Lewiston and Mark Tobin and Rimouski will square off with Baie-Comeau. [b]OHL[/b] Chris Lawrence scored his 18th goal of the season, but was -3, as Toronto defeated Mississauga 6-3. [b]WHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the WHL tonight.
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