Keller, Justin

AHL Game Night 2/21: N. Admirals at Falcons

Good effort. They just can't score goals to save their lives.

NOR-2
SPR-1

Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in the loss. David Spina had the only Falcons goal (shorthanded) off assists from Dan Cavanaugh and Matt Smaby. At this point of the season, many of these non-contract players are playing for jobs and Spina, in his last 24 games, has 6 goals and 18 points. In my opinion, he's a guy that the organization needs to keep around on an AHL contract next season. Smaby, quietly, has posted 4 assists over the last 5 games. Ramo was named second star of the game.

Springfield outshot the Admirals 35 to 33 in the game. That's no small feat considering that the Admirals hold the best record in the Eastern Conference. It seems clear that the Falcons have picked up their play of late. What they really need now is one of the youngsters like Justin Keller or Marek Kvapil to start putting the puck in the net. Each were held to just 1 shot on goal tonight.

First Period
NOR Bolland, (11) (Parenteau, Hendry), 4:34
SPR Spina, (8) (Cavanaugh, Smaby), 19:44 (SH)

Second Period
NOR Richmond, (10) (Versteeg, Corazzini), 2:59 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Springfield Notes: Boutin Back, Spina Moved to Center

According to today's Springfield Republican:

Jonathan Boutin has returned from injury (which was a concussion) and the team will carry three goaltenders into the weekend: Boutin, Karri Ramo, and Gerald Coleman. The paper says that a roster move could be made on Monday. Of interest here is Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster telling the Tampa papers today that he doesn't want to deal off a player from the NHL roster, but instead - if a deal is to be made - he would use a prospect/pick. Tampa currently has three AHL-caliber goaltenders. Hmmmm…..

Also, Falcons Coach Steve Stirling plans to permanently move David Spina to center. Stirling likes the way Spina and Kyle Wanvig work with each other and the physical presence of Brandon Elliott on that line. The Republican points out Spina assisted on all three of Wanvig’s goals against Hartford the other night.

Probable top-3 lines entering the weekend:

Eric Healey – Daniel Corso – Norm Milley
Kyle Wanvig – David Spina – Brandon Elliott
Marek Kvapil – Dan Cavanaugh – Justin Keller

AHL Game Night 2/9: Wolf Pack at Falcons

Poor Karri.

HFD-2
SPR-1

Karri Ramo stopped 38 of 40 shots faced tonight but still took the loss in a game where Springfield was outshot 40-24. David Spina had the only goal of the game for the Falcons off assists from Kyle Wanvig and Justin Keller. Ramo was named 2nd star of the game for his effort.

First Period
SPR Spina, (6) (Wanvig, Keller), 6:11
HFD Dubinsky, (11) (Callahan, Lampman), 14:01

Second Period
HFD Byers, (12) (Baranka, Dubinsky), 6:02

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 2/4: Falcons at Senators

It's a shame the Falcons couldn't quite get that second point to salvage more out of this weekend.

SPR-2
BNG-3 (SO)

Karri Ramo stopped 43 of 45 shots faced in the loss. Sylvain Dufresne had two assists in the game with Springfield's goals coming from Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey. Adam Henrich and Norm Milley added individual assists. Justin Keller failed to capitalize on a 2nd period penalty shot opportunity and former Falcon Ryan Vesce scored twice in the shootout for Binghampton who emerged triumphant 2-1 in the penalty shots in six frames. Ramo and Healey were named first and third stars respectively.

First Period
BNG David, (2) (Pecker), 6:49

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BNG Rawlyk, (1) (Cook, Vesce), 4:50 (PP)
SPR Kvapil, (10) (Henrich, Dufresne), 7:00 (PP)
SPR Healey, (22) (Dufresne, Milley), 14:26

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Wanvig
BNG- Vesce (2)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Keller to Return This Weekend

In an interview for the Springfield Falcons' website, FalconsAHL.com, Springfield Head Coach Steve Stirling has announced that forward Justin Keller will return this weekend after missing over a month with a high ankle sprain. Before his injury, Keller had been playing well on a line with fellow Lightning prospects Blair Jones and Marek Kvapil and the young left winger's return could offer a shot in the arm to the team's anemic offensive attack. In 29 game this season Keller has 9 goals and 17 points with 10 penalty minutes and a -7 rating.

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