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Chiefs Sign Lehtinen

According to ECHL.com, the Johnstown Chiefs have signed Northern Michigan left winger Rob Lehtinen. Lehtinen, who stands at 5'11" 195 lbs, played 41 games this season for the Wildcats scoring 4 goals and 16 points with 26 penalty minutes and a -4 rating. In his 156 game NCAA career, Lehtinen compiled 17 goals and 55 points. Prior to college, Lehtinen played two seasons in the USHL for the Waterloo Blackhawks where he compiled 17 goals and 49 points in 120 games. Lehtinen was a four year teammate at Northern Michigan of Lightning prospect Dusty Collins who recently signed an ATO contract with the Springfield Falcons.

NCAA Game Night: 3/16

New Hampshire 3 - UMass 2 (2OT)
Game 1 - Hockey East Tournament - Semi-finals

John Wessbecker and UMass' HEast tournament run came to an end as No. 1 seed New Hampshire's Bobby Butler scored 1:30 into the second extra period. Wessbecker was scoreless and even in the game with one shot.

The semi-finals and finals of the HEast tournament are single elimination after a best of three series in the first two rounds. New Hampshire takes on Boston College in Saturdays final.

CHL Game Night 3/16: Lawrence Keeps Pace with Lecavalier

Peterborough 3 @ Mississauga 9
Chris Lawrence had a hat trick to keep pace with Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier for the organizational lead in goal scoring. Lawrence scored his 45th, 46th, and 47th goals for the IceDogs, while adding 2 assists for a 5 point night. Lecavalier scored his 47th and 48th in a loss to Buffalo tonight. Lawrence was also plus-5 as the top line of Jadran Beljo (2+4), Michael Swift (2+4), and Lawrence (3+2) combined for 17 points and a plus-15 rating. The line also swept the three stars, with the center, Swift (undrafted), getting first, Lawrence second and Beljo (undrafted) third.

Erie 3 @ London 9
Kevin Beech may have played his last junior game tonight. Unfortunately, it's one he'll likely want to forget. Beech, an overager, started for the Otters and allowed 7 goals on 39 shots through two periods before being pulled. Erie plays their last game of a forgettable season tomorrow night at home to the OHL leading Knights. If you thought Lawrence and his linemates had a good night, likely 2007 top-2 pick Patrick Kane had 4 goals and 3 assists for London in the game.

Owen Sound 2 @ Kitchener 4
Marek Bartanus was scoreless and even in the Attack's 4-2 loss in Kitchener.

Prince George 0 @ Vancouver 2
This was a meaningless game for the Cougars, but they could have at least given an effort. Prince George only put up 14 shots in the shutout loss. Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and had 4 PIM (checking-from-behind, hooking).

Everett 1 @ Tri-City 3
Another meaningless game for Everett, who has clinched home ice throughout the playoffs. This is the Silvertips third loss in a row, but they remain resting their stars for the postseason. Dane Crowley was back from his one-game vacation and was scoreless, even, and had 2 PIM (delay of game).

NHL Game Night 3/16: Sabres at Lightning

All of a sudden these 1 goal games aren't going the Lightning's way.

BUF-3
TB-2

Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 20 shots in the loss. Vincent Lecavalier had both Lightning goals while Vaclav Prospal had a pair of assists in the game. Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle added individual assists. The Lightning outshot the conference leading Sabres 37-20 in the game but were unable to break Ryan Miller when it mattered most.

The Lightning's loss couples with Atlanta's overtime win against the Rangers drops Tampa Bay to 4 points back in the Southeast Division with 1 game in hand.

First Period
Tampa Bay 2:11, Vincent Lecavalier 47 (Martin St. Louis, Vaclav Prospal)
Buffalo 7:29, Jason Pominville 30 (Nathan Paetsch, Daniel Briere)
Buffalo 8:05, Derek Roy 14 (Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford)
Buffalo 10:24, Jason Pominville 31 (Daniel Briere, Jochen Hecht)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
Tampa Bay 4:38, Vincent Lecavalier 48 (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Sypek: It's Over

Credit to Bolt Prospects member Mark for bringing this up in comments...

Fran Sypek writes on the Springfield Republican blog that the Springfield Falcons have called a Monday press conference to announce the team is dissolving their affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization to form a new one with the Edmonton Oilers. Sypek speculates the press conference means the Lightning have finalized a deal with the Norfolk Admirals to be the Lightning's affiliate next season, given that a precondition of the out clause of the recent deal signed between the Lightning and Falcons was that the Lightning needed to have a deal in place with another franchise to nullify the contract.

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