Johnstown Chiefs

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ECHL Playoffs Start Monday

There will be little time for the Johnstown Chiefs to celebrate as the ECHL has announced their first round playoff schedule. The Chiefs travel to Trenton to take on the Titans in Game One of their abbreviated playoff series at 7 pm. The match will be the first of three games in four nights as Tuesday night the Chiefs will face Trenton at home at 7 pm before going back on the road to Trenton for a potential deciding Game Three matchup, if needed, Thursday night at 7 pm.

Hard to say for sure, but I would guess Coach Frank Anzalone will rotate the goaltenders: Ryan Munce in Game One, Morgan Cey in Game Two and then perhaps back to Munce for Game Three. All subject to change, of course.

Johnstown is In

Ryan Munce and Marek Kvapil save Johnstown's season by the barest of margins.

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Ryan Munce made a remarkable 49 saves on 52 shots in hostile territory on the road in an elimination game on the last day of the season. Have mercy. He took some guff from some of the BP users after being traded from the Kings organization, but you can't do anything but applaud what he's done in the last couple of weeks. Jean Desrochers potted a critical hat trick to lead the way offensively for the Chiefs. Gus Katsuras and Zbynek Hrdel added 1 goal and 1 assist while the other J-town goal came from Andrew Martens. Marek Kvapil, Johnstown's other savior, had 2 assists and Radek Smolenak and Ben Wallace had individual assists.

Wow. Johnstown was outshot 52-30 in the game but it didn't matter. Johnstown at 72 points finishes the season at .500 at 33-33-7 just 1 point ahead of Reading for the final North Division playoff spot. Johnstown now will face 4th place Trenton in an abbreviated first round series. Desrochers and Munce were named 1st and 2nd stars of the game.

First Period
REA Roussin, (8) (LaLonde), 1:31
JHN Desrochers, (15) (Wallace, Kvapil), 7:47
JHN Martens, (6) (Katsuras), 9:07
JHN Desrochers, (16) (Smolenak, Kvapil), 12:07 (PP)
JHN Katsuras, (12) (Hrdel), 13:28

Second Period
REA Zappala, (22) (Hogeboom, Werner), 4:02 (PP)
REA Zappala, (23) (Smith), 9:49

Third Period
JHN Desrochers, (17) , 18:30 (EN)
JHN Hrdel, (13) , 18:46

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 4/6: Royals at Chiefs

Johnstown's season finale in Reading will be with a playoff spot on the line.

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Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 32 shots in the loss. Gus Katsuras had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Chiefs while Marek Kvapil and PJ Atherton added third period goals during a failed comeback bid. Maxime Boisclair, Dimitri Tarabrin, Bryan Nathe, Grant Jacobsen and Radek Smolenak added individual assists.

Wheeling's loss to Trenton tonight eliminates them from the playoffs. Reading leapfrogs Johnstown into the final North Division playoff spot with the win tonight with the Royals sitting at 71 points and the Chiefs at 70 points. Both teams are tied with 32 wins in the win column. So it comes down to tomorrow at 7:05 pm in Reading. Winner moves on. Loser hits the links.

First Period
REA Hogeboom, (30) (Zappala, Smith), 1:56
JHN Katsuras, (11) (Boisclair, Tarabrin), 16:53 (PP)

Second Period
REA Becker, (10) (Werner, Hogeboom), 5:49 (PP)
REA Collymore, (15) (Zappala, Hogeboom), 10:31
REA Collymore, (16) (Saurette, Bala), 13:30

Third Period
JHN Kvapil, (3) (Katsuras, Nathe), 10:13
JHN Atherton, (5) (Jacobsen, Smolenak), 18:54 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 4/4: Chiefs at Storm

Johnstown's winning streak stops at 4.

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Morgan Cey stopped 27 of 30 shots faced in the loss. John Adams had the only Chiefs goal, on the power play, off assists from Grant Jacobsen and Marek Kvapil.

Johnstown holds a 2 point lead on Wheeling and a 3 point lead on Reading (with the Royals holding 1 game in hand) for the final playoff spot in the North Division.

Johnstown has two games remaining on their schedule, a home and home against Reading.

Wheeling has a home and home against Trenton remaining on their schedule.

Reading has one game at Trenton remaining before their home and home against the Chiefs.

First Period
TOL Smith, (5) , 7:52 (SH)
JHN Adams, (5) (Jacobsen, Kvapil), 14:34 (PP)

Second Period
TOL Hall, (3) (Sullivan, Mulherin), 4:17
TOL Parillo, (14) (Walsh, Songin), 7:51 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

ECHL Game Day 4/1: Cyclones at Chiefs

Johnstown gains two more points on Reading and Wheeling. Playoffs look within their reach.

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Ryan Munce stopped 23 of 24 shots faced for the win. Zbynek Hrdel and Gus Katsuras each had 1 goal and 1 assist with Katsuras potting the overtime game winner. Ian MacLean and Bryan Nathe added assists. Rookie star Maxime Boisclair was kicked out of the game midway through the first period with a slashing major. Katsuras, Munce and Hrdel were the game's three stars. Munce is 4-1-0 in his last 5 starts.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
JHN Hrdel, (12) (MacLean, Katsuras), 8:33

Third Period
CIN Daoust, (31) (Rawlyk, Stewart), 7:22

Overtime
JHN Katsuras, (10) (Nathe, Hrdel), 0:06 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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