One of the reasons the Springfield Falcons haven't been in much of a hurry to sort out its roster which currently has a glut at the defenseman and goaltending positions is because the organization's ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs, has yet to officially open camp. [url=http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/pressreleases/2005/10oct/06.htm]That all changes Sunday[/url] as Lightning prospects like Jonathan Boutin
and Jay Rosehill
will get their first taste of the Lightning's "AA" affiliate.
The team will play an intrasquad scrimmage on October 12th at home before travelling to Greensburg, PA on the 13th for a preseason game against Wheeling. The preseason schedule will draw to a close the 15th when they square off with the Nailers again in Wheeling before the puck drops on their 2005-2006 regular season against Reading on the 22nd.
Adding veteran leadership to the Chiefs [url=http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/index2.htm]will be last year's leading scorer Joe Tallari, who was recently reassigned to Johnstown from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.[/url] Tallari scored 32 goals last season in Johnstown.