Johnstown, PA - The Johnstown Chiefs fought hard last weekend, but only won once in three tries to remain in sixth place in the North Division. However, chances to pick up points abound as the Chiefs will play four times in the next seven days.
Record - 17-21-1-1, 36 pts., 6th place North Division
Goals - Jean Desrochers: 18
Assists - Randy Rowe: 20
Points - Randy Rowe: 34
+/- - Randy Rowe: +5
PIMs - Mike Sgroi: 115
PPG - Jean Desrochers: 9
Wins - Ryan Nie: 13
GAA - Ryan Nie: 3.40
SVP - Andrew Penner: .887
1/30 at Elmira 7:05 p.m. & 2/3 vs. Elmira 1:00 p.m. (2-1-0)
Good fortune should be with the Chiefs as they head north for a mid-week match-up against the second-place Jackals. The Chiefs are 2-0 at First Arena this season, and they seem to enjoy playing Wednesdays, as well, sporting a 3-1 record. Ryan Nie is 2-1 against Elmira with the most recent victory coming in Johnstown's 4-3 win on January 11. A close game should be expected as both games at First Arena have been decided by one goal, with the first making it all the way to a shootout. The expansion Jackals won in their first-ever trip to the War Memorial, beating the Chiefs 5-2 on New Year's Eve. That game was tightly played, as well, but Elmira scored two empty-netters inside the final 1:09 to set the misleading final. For Sunday, anyone wearing Pittsburgh Steelers gear will get $1.00 off their ticket at the box office, and a prize will be awarded to the biggest Steelers fan at the game!
2/1 at Reading 7:05 p.m. (1-3-1-0)
The Sovereign Center will be the site for yet another battle between the bitter division rivals. The Chiefs and Royals will be squaring off for the fourth time in four weeks, and Reading hosting for the third time. Much like with Elmira, the Chiefs have played the Royals better in their own building going 1-0-1 at the Sovereign Center. Jean Desrochers has been torching Reading lately with four goals in the last three games between the two.
2/2 vs. Dayton 7:05 p.m. (2-3-0-1)
The Chiefs will play host to Dayton, another common foe in recent weeks, looking to draw even in the season series. Johnstown will, once again, look to slow down the two-headed scoring monster that is Yannick Tifu and Matt Beaudion, which is a key to their success. The two times that the Chiefs have beaten the Bombers, Tifu and Beaudion were held without a point, but in Dayton's four triumphs the two combined for eight goals and 11 assists. Saturday's game will be a AAA night where all AAA members who show their card at the box office will receive a discount on their ticket!
The brand-new Johnstown Chiefs talk-show, "The Pow-Wow", resumes on January 31, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Works Restaurant and Pub at the Johnstown Brewing Company. This week promises to be an entertaining show as Mike Sgroi and Mike Knight are on the slate to appear! Also, be sure to listen to the last episode with Ryan Nie and Rob Drummond by clicking on the audio link under the "Fan Zone" section at the Chiefs' home page.
Day by Day:
Mon. 1/28: Practice at UPMC Health Plan Ice Rink at CCWM, 12:00 p.m.
Tues. 1/29: Practice at UPMC Health Plan Ice Rink at CCWM, 10:00 a.m.
Wed. 1/30: Chiefs at Elmira Jackals, 7:05 p.m.
Thurs. 1/31: Practice at UPMC Health Plan Ice Rink at CCWM, 10:00 a.m.
Fri. 2/1: Chiefs at Reading Royals, 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 2/2: Chiefs vs. Dayton Bombers, 7:05 p.m.
Sun. 2/3: Chiefs vs. Elmira Jackals, 1:00 p.m.
1/25 at Dayton: L 3-0
Only having one practice after the All-Star break seemed to have the Chiefs' offense a bit out of sync early, and the Bombers withstood a late charge to hang on for the win. Dayton out-shot the Chiefs 24-11 through the first two periods with Yannick Tifu, Mike Berry, and Ryan Reid were able to beat Mike Brown. The third period was all Johnstown as the Chiefs ripped off 14 shots against Dayton's two, which didn't come until the period was 18:30 old, but Jeremy Duchesne took on all comers and earned the shut out. It was the third time the Chiefs were shut out in 2007-08.
1/26 vs. Dayton: W 2-1
As has been the case all season, the Chiefs came back after a shut out loss with a strong performance, and dropped the Bombers for the second time on home ice in January. Joey Olson garnered first-star honors in picking up his second multi-point game of the season (1G, 1A), and Randy Rowe sent home the game winner at 5:09 of the third period. Ryan Nie earned the win, upping his team lead in wins to 13.
1/27 vs. Reading: L 3-1
Goals were at a premium on Sunday, as they were all weekend, between the Chiefs and Royals. That was a bit unusual for the two teams; they had combined for 35 goals in their past four contests. The Chiefs looked like they'd be pouring in goals when Jean Desrochers finished off a gorgeous sequence of tic-tac-toe passes from Rob Drummond and Mike Sgroi just 3:46 into the first period. However, the Royals jumpstarted their offense with a shorthanded goal at 1:03 of the second, and would tally twice more to set the final. Andrew Penner made the start, but was unable to string wins together after beating Trenton last Sunday. The night wasn't a total loss, though, as the Chiefs' jersey auction from their first ever "Pink in the Rink" night raised over $6,000 with proceeds going to the Conemaugh Health Foundation.
Close but no Cigar:
On Friday, January 25 it was announced that Randy Rowe finished as co-runner up for the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for Jan. 14-20 with Mark Derlago of Bakersfield. Rowe, who had four goals and two assists in three games, was beaten out by Tyler Haskins and Ryan Kinasewich from the Utah Grizzlies. Rowe only picked up one point this week, albeit a huge one, with the game-winning goal against Dayton on Saturday. Rowe is enjoying one of his best seasons as a pro with 14 goals, 20 assists, and 34 points in 33 games.
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