The Chiefs marshalled an incredibly come from behind victory from three goals down tonight to complete a very successful four game set against the Dayton Bombers.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 31 of 34 in the victory. Justin Kelly scored the final of four unanswered goals to secure the victory and added an assist in the rally. Dimitri Tarabrin led the charge with 2 goals while, among Lightning prospects, Brady Greco and Gerard Dicaire had helpers in the contest. Johnstown moves within 2 points of the Toledo Storm for 3rd place in the North Division. They claimed 7 of a possible 8 points against the Bombers within the last week.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Good teams beat the teams they should beat. With 3 of 4 straight matchups out of the way with Dayton, the Chiefs have claimed 5 of a possible 6 points.
Morgan Cey stopped 30 of 31 in the win. Mike Egener, freshly back from a knee injury, showed some offense tonight with a goal and an assist on the power play. Gerard Dicaire also chipped in a power play goal and Brandon Elliot added an even strength goal. With the victory, the Chiefs move to .500 at 13-13-8 with 34 points. They move two points ahead of Toledo into 4th in the North Division of the Atlantic Conference. More importantly, they have vaulted into 9th in the conference just 1 point behind 8th place South Carolina, although the unique playoff format of the ECHL will mean the top 5 teams in the North division will make the playoffs this year.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Yesterday, we updated the Bolt Prospects.com prospects section to reflect our updated Midterm Rankings for the 2005-2006 season. Before the season our staff agreed that using the NHL Central Scouting Service's methodology of using tri-annual updated would offer our readers a far more up-to-date and precise accounting of the team's prospects' standing in the organization than the once-annual offerings of publications like The Hockey News and websites like Hockey's Future. On October 29th, 2005 we posted our Preliminary Rankings. The number in parentheses after each prospect listed in the Top-25 reflects their change in the rankings between then and now.
Regarding our criteria for deciding what constitutes a "prospect", any player under Lightning contract under 24 years of age at the start of the season who has played less than 41 games in any given NHL season to this point in his career is a prospect. Any prospect over 24 years of age who has played less than 41 NHL games in his career will be listed by Bolt Prospects as an "overage prospect". Among the players we currently list as overage prospects are, for instance, G Brian Eklund, RW Norm Milley and G Fredrik Norrena.
With that out of the way, here are Bolt Prospects 2005-2006 Midterm Rankings:
The Springfield Falcons have returned center Justin Kelly to Johnstown of the ECHL. He had zero points in five games with the Falcons. Kelly still leads Johnstown in scoring with 28 points in 21 games despite his time up in Springfield.