Break up the Otters.
Kevin Beech stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, then both of Guelph's shootout attempts to give the Erie Otters a 4-3 shootout win over the Storm. This is second straight victory (and third in the last four games) for the Otters, who improve to 12-32-1-2 on the season. Despite only being acquired 3 weeks ago, Beech now has one-quarter of the Otters wins on the year (3-1-1). This is the second straight shootout win for Erie over Guelph, who is 23-15-2-7 for the year.
Beech earned first star honors for the game, but it could be said he truly earned it in the third period, when the Otters were outshot 15-8, and overtime, when he turned aside 5 more shots. In all, the Otters were outshot 42-29 for the game.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley returned to the Everett lineup after missing two games with the flu and extended his goal-scoring streak to three games as Everett topped Portland 5-3 in Everett. Crowley scored the eventual game winner at the 14:32 mark of the third period. He was also plus-1 for the game. Crowley is 3-1-4 and plus-5 in 4 games with the WHL's top team, Everett. He was 4-15-19 and minus-2 in 33 games with Swift Current.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and even in Northern Michigan's 4-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth. In 28 games this season the senior has 2 goals and 2 assists, 14 PIM and a -7 rating.
The Wildcats are 11-15-2 overall and 8-11-1 in the CCHA sitting tied for 8th place with Lake Superior.
Unfortunately, this Falcons team just doesn't have a second line to speak of, and it's very difficult for them to come from 2 goals down as a result.
Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Springfield got 1 goal and 1 assist from Daniel Corso and a pair of helpers from Eric Healey. The other Falcons goal came from a suddenly red hot Doug O'Brien who has had goals in three of the last four games. Norm Milley also chipped in an individual helper.
SPR O'Brien, (5) (Corso, Healey), 4:14 (PP)
MCH O'Sullivan, (17) (Murray, Jackman), 7:00
MCH Tukonen, (9) (Kemp, LaBarbera), 10:49
MCH Schmidt, (4) (Murray, O'Sullivan), 13:40 (SH)
SPR Corso, (10) (Milley, Healey), 12:01
MCH Gauthier, (9) , 19:11 (EN)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov scored his 9th goal of the season in Kazan's 3-1 win over SKA. Anton But was scoreless for St. Petersburg.
Vasily Koshechkin found goal support in short supply as he allowed just 1 goal but still saw his Togliatti club fall to Omsk 2-0. Koshechkin slips to 14-11-4 this year with the loss.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 3-0 win over Magnitogorsk.
Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 4-3 win against Khimik
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 2-1 loss to Novosibirsk.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 7-1 dismantling of Salavat Yulayev.
The Eastern Conference YoungStars defeated their Western Conference counterparts 9-8 tonight. Lightning defenseman and Bolt Prospects alumni Paul Ranger did well in the game with 1 goal and 2 assists. Ranger was +1 with 1 shot on goal in 10:42 of ice time.