Atherton, P.J.

ECHL Game Night 1/5: Chiefs at Gladiators

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

JHN-3
GWT-4 (SO)

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)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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=http://echl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=918]ECHL.com[/url].

Preseason ECHL Game Night 10/14: Nailers at Chiefs

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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=http://echl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1808]ECHL.com[/url].
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