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Springfield Signs Atherton to ATO

The Springfield Falcons announced today that [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2969.shtml]they have signed defenseman P.J. Atherton to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO).[/url] Atherton is expected to practice with the Falcons this week and make his debut this weekend with Springfield. Atherton recently finished his collegiate career with the University of Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Edina, Minnesota native collected one goal and six assists for seven points in 41 games this year with the University of Minnesota. Atherton is a solid, stay-at-home defenseman known for his physical presence on the ice. Before going to Minnesota, he showed an offensive upside with Cedar Rapids of the USHL, where he scored 7 goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 54 games.

Game Night 3/27: Lightning at Hurricanes

Wasted a great effort by Grahame. TB-1 CAR-2 Grahame stopped 27 of 29 in the loss. Defenseman Pavel Kubina was injured on a Craig Adams hit leaving the Lightning with just four of their regular defensemen. Doug O'Brien played better in his third NHL game than in his previous callup, but is struggling still with the size/strength of the NHL, in my opinion. Paul Ranger played 26:13 of even hockey with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. As injuries have led to an increase in his ice time, Ranger has responded. Ryan Craig played 19:21 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 hit. O'Brien played 12:24 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin was even in 7:38 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021065.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Two

Linkopings pulled even in their semifinal series with Vastra Frolunda today winning 5-0. Fredrik Norrena threw a 29 save shutout while veteran Lightning property Shane Willis had a goal and an assist. The series is now tied 1-1.

HPK/Ilves Game Three

HPK is on the brink of moving on to the Finnish semifinals. Both Karri Ramo and Tuukka Rask rode the pine today as HPK defeated Ilves 4-2 with Miika Wiikman once again between the pipes. HPK leads the best of seven series 3-0.

Game Day 3/26: Chiefs at Nailers

Are the depleted Chiefs finally hitting the wall? JHN-2 WHE-5 Gabe Winer stopped 39 of 46 in the loss. Adam Henrich got his 18th goal of the season and added an assist. Andre Deveaux added a power play goal for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3082]ECHL.com.[/url]
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