Norm Milley returns!
Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots faced for the shootout win. Doug O'Brien and Eric Healey scored the Falcons' goals with assists belonging to David Spina, Andy Rogers, Norm Milley and Andy Delmore. Daniel Corso and Healey also notched the winning markers in the shootout session.
The victory moves Springfield back to .500 at 21-21-1, 3 points back of Providence for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
SPR O'Brien, (3) (Spina, Rogers), 11:22
PRO Versteeg, (19) (Walter, Krejci), 15:54
PRO Kalus, (4) (Krejci, Versteeg), 17:33
SPR Healey, (18) (Milley, Delmore), 3:37
SPR- Corso, Healey
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-0 win over Podolsk. The older Kazionov has 8 goals and 17 points in 35 games this year with 16 penalty minutes and a +15 rating.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 3-2 loss to Omsk. In 24 games with Dynamo this season, Vishnyakov has 6 goals, 11 points, 32 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.
Anton But did not play in SKA's 5-1 loss to Magnitogorsk. But has 11 goals and 20 points in 38 games this season with 55 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.
Vasily Koshechkin's season record fell to 14-11-3 in Togliatti's 3-0 loss to Khimik.
Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal in Yaroslavl's 4-1 win over Novosibirsk. Artyukhin has 4 goals and 12 points in 36 games with 159 penalty minutes and a -2 rating.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Ufa. In 37 games, Glukhov has posted 1 goal and 11 points with 93 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 3-0 win against CSKA. The younger Kazionov is scoreless in 22 games this season with 8 penalty minutes and a -5 rating.
Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist and 2 penalty minutes in Lunkopings' 3-2 overtime loss to Djurgardens. Former Lightning forward Jimmie Olvestad had a power play goal and 2 penalty minutes in the match for DIF. Despite Linkopings' recent struggles in the past couple of weeks, Holmqvist has remained white hot offensively and now has 5 goals and 19 points in 38 games.
According to today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the ECHLâ€™s Johnstown Chiefs and AHLâ€™s Springfield Falcons rotated players, sending Stanislav Lascek to Johnstown and Radek Smolenak to Springfield.
Smolenak played in 30 games for the Chiefs. He had a team-high 12 goals and ranked fourth with 22 points. In two earlier games with Springfield, the 6-foot-3 native of Prague, Czech Republic, didnâ€™t score a point.
Lascek appeared in 26 games with the Falcons, netting two goals and four points. The native of Martin, Slovakia, began the season in Johnstown and was the teamâ€™s leading scorer when he was recalled in November. He had five goals and 15 points in 10 ECHL games.
Note: The newspaper also reports Falcons property Maxime Boisclair participated in the ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday and had two assists in the American Conferenceâ€™s 6-3 win over the National Conference at Qwest Arena.