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AHL Game Night 2/28: Falcons at Sharks

Just plain awful.

SPR-2
WOR-6

Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 43 shots before giving way to Jonathan Boutin who stopped 2 of 2 shots the rest of the way. Norm Milley and Daniel Corso each had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Falcons while Eric Healey added an individual helper, but with Nick Kuiper and Joe Rullier not in the lineup the Falcons were little match for the Sharks' onslaught tonight getting outshot a staggering 45-27. Milley managed to be named third star of the game, which is little consolation.

The Falcons are now an unlucky 13 games under .500 for the season.

First Period
WOR Darche, (26) (Ferguson, Iggulden), 11:55 (PP)
WOR Armstrong, (16) (Valette, Stevenson), 13:15

Second Period
SPR Milley, (20) (Corso), 12:27 (SH)
WOR Traverse, (5) (Mink, Valette), 19:52

Third Period
WOR Darche, (27) (Stafford, Kaspar), 7:46
SPR Corso, (14) (Milley, Healey), 8:16
WOR Iggulden, (23) (Darche, Ferguson), 10:31 (PP)
WOR Cavanagh, (8) (Prudden, Mink), 12:41

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Tuesday's Superleague Scores

Dimitri Kazionov had 2 penalty minutes in Kazan's 6-2 win over Magnitogorsk.

Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Dynamo's 5-4 win over Tver. Denis Kazionov did not play for Tver.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-1 loss to SKA. Anton But did not play for St. Petersburg.

Vasily Koshechkin threw a 20 save shutout to improve to 18-13-4 this season in Togliatti's 5-0 victory over Yaroslavl. Evgeny Artyukhin had 4 penalty minutes in the game for the Lokomotive.

Wednesday's Elitserien Score

Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless today in Linkopings' 2-0 win over Brynas. There is now just one game remaining in the Elitserien regular season. Currently, Linkopings sits in 6th place on the Elitserien table just 1 point behind 5th place Brynas.

Falcons Acquire Kuiper; Reunited with Rullier

The Springfield Falcons are reporting that the club has acquired defenseman Nick Kuiper from the Portland Pirates (AHL) in exchange for future considerations. The undrafted three year pro has split time between Manitoba (AHL) and Portland and the Augusta Lynx (ECHL) this season after spending two seasons with Norfolk (AHL) and a four year NCAA career with UMass-Amherst.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Kuiper is a solid stay-at-home defenseman and will be reunited in Springfield with fellow Manitoba/Portland blueliner Joe Rullier, who was acquired by Tampa from Anaheim at the NHL trade deadline for Doug O'Brien. In his eighth AHL campaign, the veteran Rullier is a tough physical defenseman and should step into the Springfield top defensive pairing, while Kuiper may see his time split between Springfield and Johnstown.

CHL Game Night 2/27: Mihalik vs. Crowley in a Doubleheader

You don't see this every day...

Everett 4-3 @ Prince George 6-2
Prince George and Everett played a doubleheader of sorts Tuesday night, first completing a suspended game from October, then playing their regularly scheduled contest.

The game between the teams in Prince George on October 28th, 2006 was called after 40 minutes of play due to damage to the ice at the CN Centre. The Cougars held a 2-1 lead over the Silvertips after the first two periods. On Tuesday night, four months later and with different players, Everett scored a "late" goal to send the October game to extra time, where the Silvertips won the game in a shootout, 3-2. Dane Crowley who was playing in Swift Current during the first two periods of this game, did not register a point for Everett in its conclusion. Vladimir Mihalik, who dressed for Prince George in October, did not register a point, but had 6 minutes in penalties -- 4 in the first two periods and 2 last night. Both players had even ratings. Everett technically dressed 25 players for this game, compared to Prince George's 23.

In the second game, Mihalik and the Cougars got revenge on the 'Tips, defeating the WHL leaders 6-4. Crowley won the individual battle on the scoresheet with Mihalik, earning 2 assists to Mihalik's 1. Crowley was even and Mihalik was plus-1 and both had 1 minor penalty.

Prince George has clinched a playoff spot and Everett, who has a one point lead on Medicine Hat for first overall in the league, has clinched the U.S. Division title and is 14 points up on Vancouver for the Western Conference's top seed.

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