Well, it's a fair sight better than getting killed 7-2 like the last time they played Augusta.
Morgan Cey stopped 22 of 26 shots through 40 minutes before giving way to Gerald Coleman who stopped just 3 of 5 shots faced to take the hard luck loss in relief. Brandon Elliot, amazingly, led the Chiefs offensively with 2 goals and 1 assist while Dimitri Tarabrin had 1 goal and 2 assists. Stanislav Lascek also had a multi-point night with 1 goal and 1 assist as well as a game high 9 shots on goal. Ben Wallace, Jean Desrochers, Grant Jacobsen and John Adams each had individual helpers. Elliot and Tarabrin were named the game's second and third stars.
JHN Tarabrin, (7) (Adams, Lascek), 4:53
AUG Tardy, (3) (Bembridge, Johnson), 6:35 (PP)
AUG Scuderi, (3) (Johnson, Bembridge), 13:06 (PP)
AUG Bembridge, (6) (Scuderi), 8:47
AUG Johnson, (13) , 13:53 (SH)
JHN Elliott, (7) (Tarabrin, Jacobsen), 19:07 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (8) (Wallace, Desrochers), 3:18
JHN Lascek, (7) (Tarabrin, Elliott), 7:00 (PP)
AUG Goulet, (19) (Lang), 11:46 (SH)
AUG Blanchard, (9) (Bembridge, Johnson), 17:46 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Unfortunately, I think this may go down as the weekend that killed any legitimate playoff hopes for the Falcons.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the loss but was named second star of the game. Andy Delmore had the only Falcons goal.
PHI Zingoni, (9) (Slaney, Ellison), 4:02 (PP)
PHI Ellison, (6) (Davis, Kane), 15:53
SPR Delmore, (12) , 14:10
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 3-2 overtime loss to Omsk.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 6-3 loss to Magnitogorsk.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 4-3 overtime loss to Novokuznetsk.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 4-1 win over Amur.
Vasily Koshechkin improved his record to 15-12-4 this season helping Togliatti defeat Salavat Yulayev 4-3.
Andreas Holmqvist had 1 assist and minor penalties for roughing and diving in Linkopings' 3-3 tie with Brynas today. The blueliner is now at a half a point a game with 5 goals and 21 points through 42 games this season. Last season Holmqvist had 6 goals and 22 points in 46 games with Linkopings. Andreas is the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks forward Michael Holmqvist.
Make it 10 games without a point for Marek Bartanus. Owen Sound and Kitchener combined for 91 shots on goal, yet the result was only a 4-2 game in favor of Kitchener. The game was played at The Aud in Kitchener. Bartanus was minus-1, his 22nd straight game without finishing with a plus rating. He is minus-11 during that time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chris Lawrence extended his goal scoring streak to five games with a goal and assist as Mississauga beat Sarnia 7-5 in Mississauga. Lawrence was also plus-2, had 2 PIM, and was named the game's second star.
Kevin Beech had another good effort for the usually over matched Erie Otters, this time stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 loss to Brampton in Erie. The Battalion added a late empty net goal.
In the WHL, Prince George lost at home to Tri-City 2-1. Vladimir Mihalik scored his fifth goal of the year for Prince George. He was also plus-1 and named the game's second star.
Everett crushed the Winter Hawks in Portland, 9-0. Dane Crowley saw his three game goal scoring streak end, but extended his point streak to four games with two assists. He was also an outstanding plus-5.