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Ramo Returns

Karri Ramo returned to the lineup for HPK today after missing roughly a month of action due to a knee injury. The 19 year old netminder fell 3-2 to SaiPa in a shootout moving his record to 2-1-3 for the season. He stopped 28 of 30 shots faced in the contest. Ramo remains in first in the SM-liiga statistically with a 1.13 GAA and a .961 save percentage.

Koshechkin Unbeatable?

My God, he did it again. Vasily Koshechkin had his 8th shutout in his last 12 starts today defeating Salavat Yulayev 2-0. Koshechkin improves his record to 9-3-1 on the season. For those around the Superleague who might've hoped the decline in talent in front of Koshechkin after Lada's November fire sale would slow the big netminder down, no such luck. In his three games since the Karjala break Koshechkin is a 2-1 with two shutouts and just 2 goals allowed.

Falcons Sign Anders Eriksson to PTO

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2824.shtml]have announced the signing of veteran defenseman Anders Eriksson to a professional tryout contract.[/url] Eriksson is a replacement for veteran Brad Bombardir who was also on a PTO contract when he went down with a knee injury in the Falcons' opening game. Eriksson brings to the table 412 NHL games of experience. Last year during the lockout he played for HV 71 of the Swedish Elitserien where he had 1 goal, 10 points and 54 penalty minutes in 32 games. Eriksson spent the season prior with the Columbus Blue Jackets where he had a solid statistical season with 7 goals and 27 points in 66 games. In his last full season in the AHL in 2002-2003 with the St. John's Maple Leafs, Eriksson had 5 goals, 39 points and 133 penalty minutes in 72 games.

Rimouski Wins!

Mark Tobin and the Rimouski Oceanic won for just the fifth time in twenty-five games this season, beating the Victoriaville Tigres 5-2 in Rimouski. Tobin had an assist for L’Oceanic in the victory. Rimouski is six points behind expansion St. John’s for second last place in the entire QMJHL. In other CHL action on Sunday… The Good: Red Deer, after losing 11 straight games, has won 2 of their past 3. The Rebels beat Calgary 2-1 Sunday thanks to two third period goals. Vladimir Mihalik was minus-one for the game, however. The Bad: Chris Lawrence was minus-three for Sault Ste. Marie as the Greyhounds dropped a 6-3 decision in Oshawa and Marek Bartanus was scratched for the third straight game for Owen Sound. In the WHL, Kelowna lost 4-1 at Kamloops. Keller was minus-one.

Campbell Out With Knee Injury, Reid Attends to Personal Matters

Fran Sypek of the Springfield Republican [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1132494127253330.xml&coll=1]reports the reason for Jim Campbell's absence from the lineup this weekend is a minor knee injury.[/url] Also, Darren Reid was not in the lineup tonight for the Falcons as he was returning to Alberta to attend to personal matters with a death in his family. Condolences to Darren Reid and his family, and here's to hoping he'll be back soon.
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