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Game Night 3/22: Nailers at Chiefs

I think Wheeling might've been a little mad after losing two straight to the Chiefs. WHE-4 JHN-0 Gabe Winer stopped 27 of 31 shots faced before being pulled for the third period for Mike Betz who stopped all 9 shots faced. The teams played a physical first period that saw fights by Adam Henrich and Andre Deveaux as well as double minor for roughing to Brandon Elliot. Elliot would later have a fight of his own in the second period where Adam Henrich collected his 8th through 21st penalty minutes of the night (slash, fighting, roughing, rough and ten minute misconduct). Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3049]ECHL.com.[/url]

Finnish Quarterfinals Begin Tomorrow

Blues snuck past JYP in overtime yesterday in the final match of the play-in round to set the field for the SM-liiga quarterfinals. Third seeded HPK will face off with sixth seeded Ilves. That means we could see Karri Ramo once again square off with countryman Tuukka Rask in a battle between the two brightest star goaltending prospects in Finland.

Superleague Quarterfinals: Day One

Omsk defeated CSKA 3-0 in the opening match of their quarterfinal series. Nikita Alexeev did not dress for Avangard. Lada Togliatti drew first blood against Goliath Magnitogorsk behind Vasily Koshechkin's 4th win of the postseason. Both Anton But and Alexei Glukhov were scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-2 game one win over Khimik.

Keller/Jones WHL All-Stars

The Western Hockey League [url=http://www.whl.ca/news/?id=4017]released their first and second team conference all-stars yesterday and two Lightning forwards received honors.[/url] In the Western Conference, Kelowna LW Justin Keller was named a First Team All Star after leading the league in goals. In the East, center Blair Jones was selected as a Second Team All Star after finishing in the top 10 in the WHL in scoring. Keller and Jones aren't the only Lightning players who will be holding hardware at the end of the day, as it is expected Stanislav Lascek will also be receiving honors in the QMJHL.

Linkopings/Lulea: Game Six

Linkopings defeated Lulea handily today 7-2 to win their opening round playoff series 4-2. Fredrik Norrena and Shane Willis returned to the lineup today as all three Lightning properties figured into the win. Norrena stopped 18 of 20 shots faced in the game to secure his third victory of the postseason. Willis, meanwhile, may have had his best game in a Linkopings jersey to date scoring a goal and adding a shorthanded assist. Also, defenseman Andreas Holmqvist scored his first career Elitserien playoff goal on the power play. Third seeded Linkopings must now face second seeded Vastra Frolunda in the Swedish league's semifinal round.
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