Tonight was the debut preseason game for the 2005-2006 Johnstown Chiefs as they squared off with the Wheeling Nailers in Greensburg, PA. As of this posting there is no official box score available, and this thread will be updated when one becomes available. We can report the final score however from the Wheeling website. Johnstown defeated Wheeling 3-2 in a shootout. Rookie netminder Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 34 shots faced in regulation and OT before winning the shootout.
Mike Mastovich has a nice article from the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat on Corey Schwab and his new role as the Lightning's minor league goaltending instructor. And, interestingly, some of his comments seem tailor made for the talented but enigmatic Jonathan Boutin.
"Most goalies coming up now are pretty technically sound,â€ said Schwab, who will tutor Tampa Bay contract goalie Jon Boutin and third-year Chiefs netminder David Currie. â€œThe biggest thing they need to work on is developing mental toughness and the mental strength that no matter what happens in a game or a series of games, they can recover from it.â€
In today's intrasquad scrimmage Boutin only allowed one goal in regulation and overtime and then won a ten round shootout as Team Black defeated Team White 2-1. Johnstown's first preseason game is Thursday night in Greensburg, PA.
Bolt Prospects has learned from the Johnstown Chiefs that goaltender Morgan Cey is currently injured and still in Springfield, hence the reason for no formal reassignment to Johnstown of the ECHL. Developing.
The Johnstown Chiefs have issued a press release announcing their training camp roster. Despite the lack of a formal announcement of reassignment, it appears goaltender Morgan Cey has lost the battle to be Springfield's backup goaltender to Gerald Coleman. There are currently 31 players in Chiefs camp, assuming the omission of goaltender David Currie from the press release:
It seems almost inconsequential in light of the human costs associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but damage caused by the recent storms has forced the Texas Wildcatters and Mississippi Sea Wolves to suspend operations for the 2005-2006 season. As a consequence the ECHL has released an amended schedule for the Johnstown Chiefs.
Foremost among the necessary changes, the Chiefs' season opener has been moved up one day to October 21st. Johnstown will start on the road against the Columbia Inferno before returning home to play their previously scheduled home opener against Reading on the 22nd.
Johnstown's training camp opened today and the team plans to play an intrasquad scrimmage and two preseason games before the opener in Columbia.