The Springfield Falcons have announced that they have signed left wing Randy Rowe to a PTO contract and recalled him from Johnstown of the ECHL. In addition, center Jean Desrochers has been released from his PTO and returned to the Chiefs from Springfield.
Rowe currently leads the Chiefs in scoring with 10 goals and 29 points in 21 games, good for 7th in scoring in the ECHL. Desrochers played 16 games in Springfield, posting 2 goals and 3 points with a -5 rating and 6 penalty minutes.
Coleman's seen more shots in the last week and a half than the Lightning's goaltenders see in a month.
Gerald Coleman stopped 34 of 37 shots faced in a game where the Chiefs were outshot 37-24 for the loss. Doug Andress (powerplay) and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded) had the Johnstown goals. Maxime Boisclair, Randy Rowe, Grant Jacobsen and Geoff Waugh had individual assists.
BAK Hofstrand, (2) (Rodberg, Lutes), 4:45 (PP)
BAK Venedam, (10) (Irving), 10:03
BAK Ianiero, (6) (Irving, Scott), 16:13 (PP)
JHN Andress, (6) (Boisclair, Rowe), 2:16 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (3) (Jacobsen, Waugh), 8:29 (SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 3-2 shootout win against Guelph. Bartanus was also unsuccessful as the Attack's sixth shooter in the penalty shot session.
Dane Crowley assisted on the game tying goal with 7 second left in regulation and then scored the overtime winning goal to lift Swift Current to a 2-1 victory over Brandon. He was named third star of the game and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes. Crowley has 2 goals and 6 points in 6 games this month.
You can't afford to spot a team like the Ducks any soft goals, and the one Denis allowed tonight cost the Lightning at least a point.
Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots and Chris Kunitz's shot from behind the net riccocheting off Denis' left skate and in as the netminder left his post to early on a rush in the third period proved to be the Lightning's death knell. Martin St. Louis had 2 assists while goals were scored by Eric Perrin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards. Vincent Lecavalier and Paul Ranger added individual assists, but it was a sputtering power play that went 0-for-5 including a squandered long 5-on-3 power play in the third period with the Lightning chasing the tying goal that was the real story offensively. Atlanta picks up a point in the standings and now has an 11 point lead on the Lightning in the division.
Anaheim 3:07, Dustin Penner 11 (Todd Marchant, Shawn Thornton)
Tampa Bay 10:20, Eric Perrin 8 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)
Anaheim 10:58, Dustin Penner 12 (power play) (Shawn Thornton, Francois Beauchemin)
Anaheim 12:48, Teemu Selanne 17 (Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz)
Tampa Bay 17:25, Ruslan Fedotenko 8 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Anaheim 2:26, Chris Kunitz 16 (Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer)
Tampa Bay 10:10, Brad Richards 11 (Martin St. Louis)
The moral victory is the Lightning proved they can go toe to toe with the second best team in the NHL and certainly hold their own. But moral victories don't count in the standings and the brutal December schedule rolls on as this Lightning team is still trying to hit its stride.
Game sheet from NHL.com.