A satisfying and sound butt whipping was handed out by the new look Falcons.
Jonathan Boutin had to stop just 12 of 14 shots faced to get the win. It won't help the old save percentage getting that little work, but I'm sure Boutin will take the kind of support he got tonight every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Springfield outshoot Bridgeport 37-14 for the game.
The Falcons' attack was led by the new number one line of Zdenek Blatny, Jason Jaspers and Marek Kvapil. Jaspers led the way with three assists in the game, Blatny chipped in two helpers and Kvapil had the game's capping goal. Andre Deveaux, Doug O'Brien, Timo Helbling and Ryan Vesce also had goals in the victory.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Finland crushed happless Italy today 6-0 in round robin pool play as Fredrik Norrena won his first start in the Olympics. Norrena stopped all 16 shots he faced in the victory.
The following Lightning prospects are currently playing in the NCAA. Stats are as of February 12, 2006.
Mike Lundin, D, U of Maine (Jr.): 28GP, 2-11-13, 4PIM, (-2), 1 PPG
Matt Smaby, D, U of North Dakoka (Jr.): 32GP, 3-5-8, 91PIM (3 majors), (+6), 2 PPG
Dusty Collins, RW, U of Northern Michigan (Jr.): 26GP, 3-4-7, 35 PIM, (+1), 1 PPG
P.J. Atherton, D, U of Minnesota (Sr.): 30GP, 1-3-4, 45PIM (1 major), (+3)
John Wessbecker, D, U of Massachusetts (Fr.): 28GP, 0-2-2, 30PIM, (-11)
Arthur Femenella, D, U of Vermont (Jr.): 8GP, 0-0-0, 31PIM
Joe Pearce, G, Boston College (Jr.): 3GP, 2-0-1, 2.28 GAA, .903 sv%
Sweden won both games in the Tre Kronor as the Elitserien sits on hiatus for the Olympics. They defeated Slovakia 4-0 and Switzerland 5-1. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist did not play in either tilt.
Tonight's game in Philadelphia between the Falcons and Phantoms was postponed due to the snow storm gripping the Northeast and Midwest. No make up date has been announced.