Atherton, P.J.

AHL Game Day 3/4: Falcons at Sharks

The streak is over. Falcons win.

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Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 8 of 8 penalty shots for the shootout victory. For Ramo, who went 0 for February in the win department, it was his first victory since January 19th at Providence. David Spina had a pair of assists in the game while Adam Henrich and PJ Atherton (slipping nicely through a Clear Day loophole) scored Springfield's goals. Matt Smaby and Andy Rogers, freshly dried from a dip in Springfield Republican beat writer Fran Sypek's vitriol, each had primary assists in the game. Daniel Corso, who scored the winning shootout goal, was named first star of the game while Spina took third star honors.

The win breaks the Falcons' 8 game winless streak. Interesting takeaway stats from the game: the Falcons outshot the Sharks 31-27 partly on the strength of Atherton's team high 5 shots on goal. I know someone who wants a contract.

Newly acquired Nick Kuiper was +1 in the game. Joe Rullier did not suit up for the Falcons.

First Period
SPR Henrich, (3) (Smaby, Spina), 7:22
WOR Mink, (19) (Prudden, Cavanagh), 7:37

Second Period
WOR Rome, (7) , 1:14
SPR Atherton, (1) (Rogers, Spina), 6:20 (PP)

Third Period


SPR- Corso

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Springfield Recalls Three from Johnstown

The Springfield Falcons announced today that forwards Radek Smolenak, Stanislav Lascek and defenseman P.J. Atherton have been recalled from their ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs.

ECHL Game Day 2/18: Titans at Chiefs

Adam Henrich is on fire.


Morgan Cey stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the victory. [url=adam-Henrich once again led the way offensively with a pair of goals. Jean Desrochers had the game winning goal and individual helpers belonged to Ian MacLean, Maxime Boisclair, Zbynek Hrdel, Andrew Martens and PJ Atherton. Henrich, Desrochers and Cey were the game's three stars.

In six games since being returned to Johnstown from Springfield of the AHL, Henrich has 7 goals, 12 points and a +7 rating. Given the Falcons' offensive woes, at some point Henrich is probably going to earn another recall soon.

First Period
TREN Haggett, (15) (Morrison, Bertoli), 3:54 (PP)
JHN Henrich, (14) (MacLean, Boisclair), 12:40

Second Period
JHN Henrich, (15) (Hrdel), 8:49 (SH)
TREN Mondou, (11) (Ortmeyer, Manley), 11:55 (PP)
JHN Desrochers, (11) (Martens, Atherton), 14:25 (PP)

Third Period

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ECHL Game Night 1/24: Chiefs at Titans

An incredible comeback from 3 goals down.

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Ryan Munce struggled a bit in his first start for the Chiefs allowing 4 goals on 17 shots in two periods of work before being relieved by Morgan Cey. Cey went on to stop 7 of 7 shots faced in the third period and overtime and then stopped 7 of 9 penalty shots for the shootout win. Jean Desrochers led the way offensively with 3 assists while Dimitri Tarabrin lit the lamp twice. Andrew Martens had 1 goal and 1 assist and Doug Andress netted the other Chiefs goals. Individual helpers belonged to Ben Wallace, Geoff Waugh and John Adams. Adam Henrich, John Adams and PJ Atherton had the winning goals in the shootout. Atherton and Tarabrin were named first and second stars of the game.

First Period
TREN Henkel, (10) (Riddle, Haggett), 11:04

Second Period
TREN Johnson, (12) (Bertoli, Ruggeri), 3:58 (PP)
TREN Manley, (2) (Leblond, Pisellini), 8:41
JHN Martens, (3) (Wallace, Desrochers), 16:40
TREN Riddle, (13) (Henkel, Haggett), 17:23
JHN Tarabrin, (5) (Desrochers, Waugh), 19:18

Third Period
JHN Andress, (10) (Desrochers), 4:04
JHN Tarabrin, (6) (Adams, Martens), 7:41


JHN- Henrich, Adams, Atherton
TREN- Haggett, Pandolfo

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ECHL Game Night 1/19: Bombers at Chiefs

What a disgusting collapse.


Morgan Cey allowed 6 goals on 38 shots including 4 third period goals in a period where Johnstown was outshot 13-4. Stanislav Lascek led the Chiefs attach with 1 goal and 2 assists while Dimitri Tarabrin chipped in 2 goals and 1 assist. John Adams, Jean Desrochers and PJ Atherton had individual assists. Lascek was named third star of the game.

First Period
JHN Tarabrin, (3) (Adams, Lascek), 0:35
DAY Tifu, (11) (Kelly, Manson), 6:13
JHN Lascek, (6) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 17:30

Second Period
JHN Tarabrin, (4) (Atherton, Lascek), 7:59
DAY Herneisen, (6) (Tifu, Labenski), 18:12 (PP)

Third Period
DAY Ford, (7) (Konsorada, Walton), 3:18 (PP)
DAY Walton, (10) , 5:17
DAY Tifu, (12) , 6:02
DAY Cullen, (4) (Walton), 16:07

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ECHL Game Night 1/5: Chiefs at Gladiators

Morgan Cey had to face 70 shots tonight between regulation, overtime and the shootout. 70.

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Morgan Cey stopped 59 of 62 shots faced in overtime and regulation before allowing 2 of 8 penalty shot chances to take the shootout loss. Have mercy. Andre Deveaux led the Falcons with 2 goals and 1 assist while Radek Smolenak had 1 goal and 2 assists. Adam Henrich, Geoff Waugh and PJ Atherton had individual assists. Gwinnett tallied the tying goal on the power play with under 2 minutes to go in regulation to force overtime. Naturally, Gwinnett, being the organization and county in Georgia with the utmost of humility and class (that's sarcasm) did not give a single star in the game to a Johnstown player even though Deveaux and Smolenak had the game high in points and Cey stopped 59 shots. Considering the media pool for Gwinnett includes a certain massive Thrashers homer/online editor for HF, I'm not surprised.

Some good news from the night: Gerald Coleman is on the bus for this swing through the south and was in uniform as Cey's backup.

First Period
JHN Deveaux, (4) (Smolenak, Henrich), 15:24

Second Period
GWT Awe, (16) (Schell, Mifsud), 5:57 (PP)
JHN Smolenak, (12) (Deveaux, Waugh), 15:13

Third Period
GWT Painchaud, (9) (York, Contois), 3:43
JHN Deveaux, (5) (Smolenak, Atherton), 8:12
GWT Schell, (15) (Mifsud, Awe), 18:12 (PP)

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Prospect Rankings Update

As a result of today's trade of prospect Darren Reid, Bolt Prospects' staff has decided to update our rankings to reflect the departure. As a consequence, a new 25th prospect had to be named, and Bolt Prospects is pleased to announce PJ Atherton has made the list for the first time in his career.

Bolt Prospects plans to release its Midterm Rankings, a full and comprehensive update, some time after the U20 World Junior Championships conclude in January.

ECHL Game Night 10/21: Ice Pilots at Chiefs

Tonight is the season opener for a Johnstown team that has had an almost complete identity overhaul in the offseason. Gone are former GM Toby O'Brien as well as many of the familiar ECHL veterans who used to make up the team. In their place the Lightning have set up a new management team and a revamped roster that includes much more youth, skill and speed. Coach Frank Anzalone is the constant, and the veteran coach will go for his 300th ECHL win tonight. Stanislav Lascek and Radek Smolenak should form a potent offensive attack for the Chiefs and they are expected to get strong goaltending from Gerald Coleman and Morgan Cey, but it's the progress of the team's defensemen that may decide how much it can improve over last season's short playoff run. PEN-2 JHN-5 Congratulations to Coach Anzalone on his 300th ECHL win. [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] stopped 31 of 33 for the win. Veteran Jean Desrochers had a first period natural hat trick to set the pace for the Chiefs. Doug Andress had a goal and two assists while [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] racked up three assists. Doug Adams had two assists and Radek Smolenak added his first professional goal while individual helpers went to [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url], [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] and Brandon Elliot. And that's just game one. Game sheet from [url=][/url].

Preseason ECHL Game Night 10/14: Nailers at Chiefs

And the over/under for [url=stanislav-lascek]Stan Lascek's[/url] recall to Springfield now is set at ohhhhh, about 5 minutes. WHE-3 JHN-5 Lascek again led the offense for the Chiefs with 2 goals, 1 an empty netter, and an assist. Linemate Gus Katsuras had 1 goal and 1 assist and [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak had 1 helper.[/url] The other Johnstown goals were scored by Doug Andress and Jean Desrochers with individual helpers going to [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url], Ben Wallace, John Toffey and Andrew Martens. [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] got the win before giving way to [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] who allowed all three Nailers goals. Game sheet from [url=][/url] [b]Updated:[/b] [url=]Here's a good game summary[/url] from BrianV on the unofficial Chiefs message board.

Preseason ECHL Game Night 10/13: Chiefs at Nailers

JHN-4 WHE-5 [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] allowed 4 goals on 16 shots before giving way to [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] who allowed 1 goal on 10 shots the rest of the way for the loss. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] led the way for the Chiefs scoring two goals and an assist while [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had 1 goal and an assist. Their linemate, rookie Gus Katsuras, had 3 assists. Maxime Boisclair scored the Chiefs' other goal with individual helpers in the game going to veteran Jean Desrochers and [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url]. Game sheet from [url=][/url].
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