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AHL Game Night 12/2: Bruins at Falcons

When a player gets injured or called up, you hope someone takes advantage of the opportunity and steps up in their absence. That's how you build experience, depth and flexibility in your organization, and that someone the last two nights has been Jonathan Boutin.

PRO-2
SPR-3 (SO)

Boutin stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 6 og 8 shooters in the shootout for the win. The victory moves Boutin's record to .500 at 2-2-0 this year and he now has a 2.69 GAA and .910 save percentage on the season. Veteran Eric Healey had 2 assists while the Falcons goals came from Andy Delmore and Norm Milley. Individual helpers went to Daniel Corso and Matt Smaby as Corso's acquistion seems to have stabilized the top lines somewhat and drawn many of the Falcons' veteran scorers out of their November funks. Corso, David Spina and Zdenek Blatny scored goals for the birds in the shootout. Healey and Smaby were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

One of the pitfalls of Sean Burke's reassignment to Springfield has been that it limits the amount of playing time that can be given to Boutin who, although somewhat enigmatic, has as much pure natural athleticism and potential as just about anyone in this organization. Marc Denis' work visa fiasco has opened up a brief window of opportunity and Boutin has leapt through it with all the enthusiam and gusto of the Kool Aid man breaking through a kitchen wall. Oh yeah.

First Period
PRO Versteeg, (10) (Pelletier, Krejci), 1:11
PRO Trevelyan, (1) (Hoggan), 6:46
SPR Delmore, (6) (Corso, Healey), 7:17

Second Period
SPR Milley, (9) (Smaby, Healey), 7:33

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
PRO-Krejci, Thompson
SPR-Corso, Spina, Blatny

Center Blair Jones did dress for the Falcons and had two shots but Nick Tarnasky, who was sent down today in a paper transaction to make room for the acquisition of Andre Roy, did not. The Falcons are now 12-10-0 on the season and have moved into a three way tie for 8th in the Eastern Conference at 24 points.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Saturday's Superleague Scores

Vasily Koshechkin improved his record to 10-5-3 today defeating Ufa 6-3. Koshechkin has won two straight starts since getting shelled in his first game after returning from a successful Karjala Cup.

Albert Vishnyakov had an assist in Dynamo's 4-3 loss to Tver.

NCAA Game Night: 12/1

Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in #3 Maine's 3-0 win over Providence. The Black Bears ended a 3-game winless streak.

John Wessbecker was +1 in UMASS' 6-2 win over Niagara.

Dusty Collins was even in Northern Michigan's 2-0 loss to Lake Superior State.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month: November

We'd like to thank the INS for making sure this month's winner got called up today in honor of winning the award.

CHL Game Night: 12/1

Marek Bartanus was -1 in Owen Sound's 5-3 loss to London.

Chris Lawrence was +1 in Mississauga's 5-2 win over Toronto.

Kevin Beech stopped 10 of 11 shots faced in 40 minutes of relief to get the win in Sudbury's 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Sarnia.

Dane Crowley was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in Swift Current's 6-2 loss to Moose Jaw.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in Prince George's 5-2 loss at Vancouver.

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