The Falcons and Lightning have agreed to a two year extention to their existing affiliation agreement which has one year remaining to go. The agreement establishes an out clause which requires the Lightning to have another full affiliation AND Springfield to have another NHL full affiliation before the agreement can be dissolved.
Khimik survived the first round of the Superleague playoffs by winning the deciding game five today against Nizhnekamsk 2-1. Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in the game.
With Khimik's victory the elite eight quarterfinal round is set. Nikita Alexeev's Avangard Omsk will face CSKA. Vasily Koshechkin and Lada Togliatti will face the colossal challenge of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Finally, Anton But and the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv will throw down with Khimik MO and Alexei Glukhov.
Linkopings defeated Lulea 3-1 today to take a 3-2 series lead in the first round of the Eliserien playoffs. Fredrik Norrena did not dress for Linkopings in the game. Shane Willis also did not dress for Linkopings.
Today was the final day of the QMJHL regular season.
Quebec issued one of the most unholy beat downs in the history of junior hockey upon Rimouski to end a terrible season for the Oceanic. Predators prospect Alexander Radulov went clinically insane with 7 goals and 11 points in the game. Lightning prospect Mark Tobin was scoreless and -4 in the contest.
Chicoutimi unleashed a similarly nasty beating upon Shawinigan capping their season with a 9-3 triumph. Stanislav Lascek could only manage 2 goals (his 46th and 47th) and 7 points in the game. Lascek was named the game's third star.
The Sangueneens and Lascek will play Baie-Comeau in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs beginning on Friday. Rimouski did not qualify for the postseason.
Stan Lascek finished 2nd in the QMJHL in scoring, tied for 10th in goals, 2nd in assists, tied for 9th in +/-, tied for 17th in power play goals and tied for 4th in game winning goals. Tobin finished tied with Lascek for 17th in power play goals and was 2nd in the league in hits.
Stanislav Lascek, 63 GP, 45-83-128, 96 PIM, (+40), 19 PPG, 3 SHG, 9 GWG, 42 Hits
Mark Tobin, 66 GP, 26-25-51, 107 PIM, (-47), 19 PPG, 0 SHG, 1GWG, 251 Hits
Because Rimouski is eliminated from post season Mark Tobin is now elligible to be signed by the Lightning and placed inside the organization with Springfield or Johnstown. Stay tuned to see if the Lightning give him an early taste of the pros.
Today was the final day of the OHL regular season.
Kevin Beech and Sudbury defeated Ottawa 5-4 in a shootout. Beech stopped 39 of 43 shots faced and was a perfect 3 for 3 in the penalty shot session.
Despite Chris Lawrence's 23rd goal of the year and an assist Mississauga fell to Peterborough 5-4.
Radek Smolenak was scoreless in Kingston's 3-2 shootout loss to Oshawa. The big power forward was also successful on his penalty shot attempt.
Smolenak and Kingston will face Beech and Sudbury in the opening round of the playoffs beginning Friday and Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound will square off with Kitchener starting Friday as well. Chris Lawrence's Mississauga Ice Dogs failed to qualify for postseason.
Radek Smolenak finished tied for 15th in the OHL in scoring, tied for 11th in goals and tied for 14th in game winning goals. Kevin Beech was 9th in the league in GAA and 4th in wins.
Radek Smolenak, 65 GP, 42-42-84, 109 PIM, (+19), 12 PPG, 2 SHG
Chris Lawrence, 67 GP, 23-30-53, 91 PIM, (-20), 11 PPG, 0 SHG
Marek Bartanus, 49 GP, 7-12-19, 47 PIM, (-14), 2 PPG, 0 SHG
Kevin Beech, 33-25-1-4, 2.94 GAA, 0 SO, .906 sv%
Today was also the final day of the WHL regular season.
Vladimir Mihalik had 4 penalty minutes in Red Deer's 4-3 win over Lethbridge.
In the first round of the WHL playoffs, Blair Jones' Moose Jaw Warriors will square off with Brandon starting Friday. Although he is unlikely to play due to his ankle injury, Andy Rogers' Prince George Cougars will play Vancouver also beginning Friday. Justin Keller and Kelowna will draw Kootenay in an excellent first round matchup that also begins Friday. Vladimir Mihalik's Red Deer Rebels did not qualify for postseason.
Justin Keller finished 5th in the WHL in scoring, 1st in goals, 1st in power play goals, tied for 20th in shorthanded goals, 1st in game winning goals, tied for 7th in first goals and tied for 9th in insurance goals. Blair Jones finished just behind Keller in 6th in the league in scoring. Jones was tied for 12th in goals, tied for 5th in assists, tied for 6th in power play goals, tied for 20th in game winning goals and tied for 9th in the league in +/-.
Justin Keller, 72 GP, 51-37-88, 82 PIM, (+12), 21 PPG, 3 SHG
Blair Jones, 72 GP, 35-50-85, 85 PIM, (+26), 14 PPG, 2 SHG
Vladimir Mihalik, 62 GP, 3-9-12, 86 PIM, (-12), 1 PPG, 0 SHG
Andy Rogers, 21 GP, 0-3-3, 51 PIM, (-4), 0 PPG, 0 SHG
Congratulations to all Lightning prospects on their junior seasons and good luck in the playoffs.
Winermania is sweeping Pennsylvania.
Gabe Winer stopped 28 of 30 shots faced for the win. Andre Deveaux led the way with a goal and two assists for the Chiefs. Adam Henrich scored his 16th ECHL goal of the season and had an assist. Brandon Elliot broke into double digits with his 10th goal of the campaign and Dennis Packard chipped in a helper. The Chiefs are now seven games over .500 for the year. Kudos to Coach Anzalone.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.