Holy crap! Can we make the next home game "Jean Trudel Night?"
Gerald Coleman turned in a sparkling 36 saves on 38 shots faced effort but the story of the night was the goal scoring explosion by new Falcon Kyle Wanvig who scored a hat trick to go along with a 1st period throw down in what has to qualify as the most dominating effort by a Falcons forward this season. David Spina assisted on all 3 Wanvig goals and Daniel Corso netted Springfield's other 2 goals. Matt Smaby and Norm Milley each had a pair of assists and freshly recalled Brandon Elliot chipped in an individual helper before being tossed out for being the third man in during Wanvig's first period brawl. The point was the first of Elliot's AHL career and it came on the night where the Springfield organization retired the jersey of former Falcon Rob Murray. Wanvig, Spina and Coleman were the game's three stars.
On a sour note, the Falcons were outshot 38-18 in the contest. Still, this was the first night in roughly a couple of months where Springfield got scoring balance from their first and second lines, which undoubtedly was part of the thought behind the decision to pull the trigger behind the Andy Delmore trade. Unfortunately, with Springfield now 9 points out of a playoff spot the shot in the arm likely comes about 3-4 weeks too late.
SPR Wanvig, (11) (Spina, Elliott), 1:10
SPR Corso, (11) (Smaby, Milley), 12:55 (PP)
HFD Isbister, (11) (Baranka, Degon), 5:00 (PP)
HFD Moore, (6) (Korpikoski), 8:47 (SH)
3. SPR Wanvig, (12) (Spina), 8:04
3. SPR Wanvig, (13) (Spina), 13:54
3. SPR Corso, (12) (Milley, Smaby), 18:31 (EN/PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Bolt Prospects has learned from sources within the Lightning organization that the reason for the recall is that Jonathan Boutin is not 100% healthy and may not be able to dress for the Falcon's next game.
The long road back starts now, hopefully.
Gerald Coleman stopped 30 of 32 shots faced for the win. Dimitri Tarabrin scored the OT GWG and had an assist. The Chiefs' other goals came from Stanislav Lascek (power play) and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded) with individual assists going to Zbynek Hrdel and Grant Jacobsen. Tarabrin and Elliot were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.
REA Kindle, (11) (Hogeboom, Rome), 7:03 (PP)
JHN Lascek, (8) (Hrdel, Tarabrin), 17:49 (PP)
REA MacMillan, (8) (Francisco), 18:57
JHN Elliott, (8) (Jacobsen), 5:02 (SH)
JHN Tarabrin, (9) , 3:06
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Unfortunately, it looks like things might be getting a little worse in Johnstown before they get better.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 32 shots faced in his first start since returning from a groin injury. Randy Rowe scored the lone Chiefs goal off an assist from Jean Desrochers. Rowe was named the third star of the game.
One small editorial: where is Zbynek Hrdel? Other than the side of a milk carton? Hrdel is scoreless in his last 5 games and has just 1 assist in his last 7 at a level of hockey where he should be a consistent scoring line player. Hrdel has another year on his contract after this one, but he's quietly playing himself out of the organization, in my opinion, unless he starts to pick it up.
DAY Herneisen, (7) (Tifu, Maiser), 14:35
DAY Walton, (11) (Farynuk, Maiser), 2:13 (PP)
JHN Rowe, (11) (Desrochers), 6:13
DAY Cullen, (5) (Farynuk, Ford), 1:29 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that goaltender Gerald Coleman has been cleared to play and will join a goaltending triad that includes himself, Morgan Cey and recently acquired Ryan Munce. Coleman has been slowed by a groin injury suffered two months ago and his only game action came in a brief appearance in Augusta on the Chiefs' recent southern road trip in which the former London goaltender was reinjured.