Hartford Wolf Pack forward Ryan Callahan scored the game winning goal with under 4 seconds left in regulation tonight to lift the PlanetUSA All-Stars to a 7-6 win over the Canadian All-Stars at the AHL All-Star Game. Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo played in the second period for the PlanetUSA Team stopping 9 of 12 shots faced. Callahan's goal came just after a mildly controversial no call by the referees after PlanetUSA netminder Marek Schwarz clearly handled the puck below the goal line outside of the trapezoid. Hershey forward Thomas Fleischmann subsequently guided his team down on a 2-on-1 and shot the puck, leaving Callahan a juicy rebound for the winning marker.
My apologies for the tardiness....I spent the weekend moving back to the Tampa area.
Mike Lundin and #7 Maine had a tough weekend, splitting the series with Northeastern. Maine dropped Friday's game 6-1 and needing overtime on Saturday to beat the Huskies 2-1. Lundin was scoreless for the series and finished a -4 with 2 PIM.
John Wessbecker and UMASS had a pretty good weekend, knocking off rival UMASS-Lowell on Friday 6-3. Wessbecker was a +2 with 2 PIM. On Saturday, the Minutemen drew a tie against another rival in #6 Boston University 3-3. Wessbecker was +1.
Northern Michigan and center Dusty Collins took a hard hit in the standings, being swept by Nebraska-Omaha. They fell Friday 6-3 and Saturday 6-1. Collins was scoreless and -2 in Friday's contest and Saturday compiled a total of 14 PIM, given a 10-minute misconduct toward the end of the game.
Mississauga is putting up goal-totals like it's in the Q.
Chris Lawrence continued his hot streak with a goal and 2 assists as Mississauga put up double-digits on Kingston, 10-2. Lawrence's goal was his 35th of the year. He was also plus-2 and had 4 PIM, which included 2 minutes for "check-to-the-head." He was named the game's third star.
Dane Crowley and Everett needed overtime to beat expansion Chilliwack, 4-3. Crowley had an assist in the game and was plus-1.
Note: Lightning CHL stat update coming soon.
Unfortunately, it looks like things might be getting a little worse in Johnstown before they get better.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 32 shots faced in his first start since returning from a groin injury. Randy Rowe scored the lone Chiefs goal off an assist from Jean Desrochers. Rowe was named the third star of the game.
One small editorial: where is Zbynek Hrdel? Other than the side of a milk carton? Hrdel is scoreless in his last 5 games and has just 1 assist in his last 7 at a level of hockey where he should be a consistent scoring line player. Hrdel has another year on his contract after this one, but he's quietly playing himself out of the organization, in my opinion, unless he starts to pick it up.
DAY Herneisen, (7) (Tifu, Maiser), 14:35
DAY Walton, (11) (Farynuk, Maiser), 2:13 (PP)
JHN Rowe, (11) (Desrochers), 6:13
DAY Cullen, (5) (Farynuk, Ford), 1:29 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Kazan.
Through 40 games, Artyukhin has 4 goals and 12 points with 161 penalty minutes and an even rating. He is currently second in the Superleague in penalty minutes well back of former Lightning tough guy Reid Simpson.
In 39 games with Kazan, the older Kazionov has 9 goals and 18 points with 20 penalty minutes and a +15 rating. His +/- is currently the 9th best in the Superleague.