Unfortunately, it looks like things might be getting a little worse in Johnstown before they get better.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 32 shots faced in his first start since returning from a groin injury. Randy Rowe scored the lone Chiefs goal off an assist from Jean Desrochers. Rowe was named the third star of the game.
One small editorial: where is Zbynek Hrdel? Other than the side of a milk carton? Hrdel is scoreless in his last 5 games and has just 1 assist in his last 7 at a level of hockey where he should be a consistent scoring line player. Hrdel has another year on his contract after this one, but he's quietly playing himself out of the organization, in my opinion, unless he starts to pick it up.
DAY Herneisen, (7) (Tifu, Maiser), 14:35
DAY Walton, (11) (Farynuk, Maiser), 2:13 (PP)
JHN Rowe, (11) (Desrochers), 6:13
DAY Cullen, (5) (Farynuk, Ford), 1:29 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Kazan.
Through 40 games, Artyukhin has 4 goals and 12 points with 161 penalty minutes and an even rating. He is currently second in the Superleague in penalty minutes well back of former Lightning tough guy Reid Simpson.
In 39 games with Kazan, the older Kazionov has 9 goals and 18 points with 20 penalty minutes and a +15 rating. His +/- is currently the 9th best in the Superleague.
Kevin Beech played just one period against the Kitchener Rangers tonight, stopping only 13 of 17 shots. He was pulled after the first period. The Rangers went on to beat Erie 8-1 in Erie.
The Rangers remain one point behind London in the Midwest Division thanks to London's 8-2 win over Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound in Owen Sound. Bartanus' pointless streak hit 11 games as he was scoreless. He was also minus-2, which extends his streak without finishing a game with a plus rating to 23.
In the WHL, Prince George fell to Tri-City for the second straight night, this time 4-2. Both games were played in Prince George. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point, but was plus-1 and had 2 PIM.
Dane Crowley and Everett made the short trip to Seattle and defeated the Thunderbirds 3-1. Crowley's four game point streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
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.