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Lock Monsters Fall to New Haven 5-2
By Alex Pufhal

The Lock Monsters fell to the Beast of New Haven for the 2nd consecutive game. Losing this time out by a 5-2 score. Lowell took an early lead on a Yevgeny Namestikov goal 5:21 into the game. Mike Kennedy and Warren Luhing assisted on the goal. The assist for Luhing marked his fourth consecutive game with at least one point. Former University of Lowell star Craig Charron picked up his first goal of the season on the power play at 10:47. Namestikov also assisted on that goal. That is now four points since he decided to go back to his given name and not an Americanized version.

New Haven came back with two late first period goals off the sticks of Peter Ratchuk and Scott Levins. Ryan Johnson scored the eventual game-winning goal on the power play at 4:32 of the 3rd period. Chris MacDonald and Greg Kohler closed out the scoring for New Haven.

Mike Fountain made 26 saves for his first win of the year. Marcel Cousineau made just 18 while suffering his first loss for Lowell.

Referee Lyle Seitz continues to show that he reads the rulebook very closely calling three different obstruction infractions. The only fight of the night was when New Haven's John Jackopin tussled with Lowell's Zdeno Chara.

The Lock Monsters continue to struggle to draw people, only 2,276 attended. Some of this could be attributed to the other AHL teams within a two-hour drive were home as well.

Lowell plays the Mighty Ducks of Cincinnati on Wedneday night. The Ducks tied Rochester on Saturday night.

Nashua Telegraph:
Beast of an outing
Monsters blow 2-0 lead in ugly loss
By MIKE ZHE, Telegraph Sports Correspondent
LOWELL, Mass. – Their Tsongas Arena opulence may give them the appearance of royalty, but the Lowell Lock Monsters discovered Saturday night that they’re by no means above the law.

The Lock Monsters dropped a 5-2 decision to the Beast of New Haven, thanks in part to 10 penalties that led to the seven man-down situations that ultimately produced two critical New Haven goals.

Ryan Johnson’s rebound of a Marek Malik shot 4:32 into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie, and Craig MacDonald tacked on the insurance 83 seconds later to propel the Beast in front of a disappointed – and disappointing – crowd of 2,276.

After a solid 5-2 win Friday night in Portland, getting the tables turned on them was a stinger.

"We’re very disappointed," Lowell coach Frank Anzalone said. "This staff got teased (Friday) night and saw some great things.

"I’m not taking anything away from (New Haven). They work very hard. But our top guys have got to be here for these types of games."

With Lowell goalie Marcel Cousineau (18 saves) down on the ice after stopping a Malik shot early in the third, Johnson – a Florida Panther for 10 games a year ago – collected the puck in a vacated slot and flipped the game-winner into the top of the net.

MacDonald made it a 4-2 game when he finished off a beautifully-executed 2-on-1 with Bryon Ritchie, beating Cousineau to the far side with a low wrist shot.

Former University of Massachusetts at Lowell player Greg Koehler capped the scoring with his second goal of the year with 2:59 left in the game.

But penalties were the key. Final tally – New Haven 2-for-7 on power plays; Lowell 1-for-3.

"We’re very disappointed in that part of the game," Anzalone said. "We’ll have to watch the tape. But I know one thing – we did a lot of penalty killing."

Even with the small crowd on hand, the Monsters (2-2) did not lack for motivation in the early going, grabbing a quick 2-0 lead and completely carrying play during the 10-minute blitz that opened the game.

Defenseman Yevgeny Namestnikov rammed in a Warren Luhning pass just 5:45 in, and Craig Charron notched his first goal of the year five minutes later when he flipped the rebound of a Dmitri Nabakov shot over sprawled Beast goalie Mike Fountain (26 saves).

Nice start, right?

"We do that all the time against this team," said Anzalone, visibly upset afterward. "We’re very good at that. We were up 2-0, we’re flying along pretty well and then the wind popped out of our sails, so to speak."

"They came out strong in the first 14 minutes," Koehler said. "Then we came back and tied it. And we came out in the second period and controlled pretty much the rest of the game."

New Haven, an affiliate to both the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers, rallied with a pair of goals late in the first period to square matters. Peter Ratchuk beat Cousineau with a high wrist shot from the slot, and then, on a power play with just 10.8 seconds showing on the clock, Scott Levins deflected a Steve Halko slapper from the right point.

The Monsters spent nearly a third of the second period shorthanded, but successfully killed off all three minor penalties to keep the game deadlocked heading to the third.

Lowell Sun:
Deja vu for the Lock Monsters
Beast 5, Lowell 2
Sunday, October 18, 1998
Sun Staff

LOWELL -- Your typical American Hockey League player possesses many fine attributes demanded by his National Hockey League parent club. Foremost among these are his gritty determination and his eagerness to work cheaply for the time being.

Rumors of player-payroll cuts loom over the struggling New York Islanders, so the future Islanders seen in Lowell as Lock Monsters may have their futures accelerated, provided they move a lot faster than they did last night.

"We have to accomplish more. Our top guys have to show up for these games," said Lock Monsters coach Frank Anzalone, fuming after the Beast of New Haven walloped Lowell at home for the second time in a week, 5-2, before 2,276 fans at Tsongas Arena last night.

Last Saturday night New Haven beat Lowell 6-1.

"If you go in to Portland and win (5-2 on Friday night), you have to finish off that weekend," stressed Anzalone.

Trailing 2-0, New Haven (3-2-0) scored twice in the final 2:29 of the first period, then snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period when Ryan Johnson and Craig MacDonald scored goals 1:23 apart.

Former UMass Lowell star Greg Koehler, a center for the Beast, then tagged on his second goal in two nights at 17:01 for the 5-2 final.

"I had a few buddies up there in the stands," said Koehler, who was signed by Carolina as a free agent after his sophomore season at UMass Lowell, "so that's one goal I wanted to get out of the way."

Lowell drops to 2-2-0, both its losses having been administered at Tsongas Arena by the Beast.

With the score 2-2 in the third period, Johnson roofed the puck over Lowell goalie Marcel Cousineau (18 saves) , still sprawled from halting a blast from the blue line by defenseman Marek Malek, on the power play at 4:32.

Then at 5:55, Craig MacDonald converted on a 2-on-1 with Byron Ritchie to put New Haven up 4-2.

Anzalone hinted unhappiness over how referee Lyle Seitz called the game, giving New Haven a 7-2 advantage in power plays, but was waiting to review the tape before declaring his Monsters innocent of wrongdoing. The Beast had a 3-1 advantage in power-play goals.

Lowell scored first at 5:21 of the first period, on a shot by defenseman Yevegny Namestnikov from near the top of the right circle as 6-foot-4, 215-pound Mark Lawrence caused a commotion near New Haven goalie Mike Fountain. Namestnikov was set up on a crisp crossing pass by Warren Luhning.

At 10:47 of the first period, former University of Lowell star Craig Charron, a 30-year-old minor league vet and crowd favorite, scored his first Lock Monster goal, easily flipping in a rebound of a Dmitri Nabakov shot from the left point on the power play for a 2-0 lead.

But what had been a strong first period for the home team turned bad in the final three minutes. New Haven defenseman Peter Ratchuk, a first-round draft pick of Colorado two years ago, deposited the puck perfectly past Cousineau into the upper left corner from the lower right circle at 17:31.

Then, with 6-foot-9 Lock Monster defenseman Zdeno Chara in the box for pushing around a Beast a foot shorter, former Ottawa Senator center Scott Levins tipped home a Steve Halko shot through rush-hour traffic from the right point to tie the game 2-2 at 19:50 of the first period

Early in the second period, every Beast on the ice at the time took a poke at the hard-to-miss Chara before he dropped the gloves to go at willing 6-foot-5 Beast defenseman John Jakopin, Man of the Year in the AHL last season for his outstanding community service.

Chara slipped, Jakopin toppled on top of him, and that was that for second-period cheering. The teams skated through a scoreless second period, in which Lowell outshot New Haven 9-8, despite the Lock Monsters having to kill three Beast power plays without getting a PP of their own.

Lawerence Eagle-Tribune:
Lowell starts fast but falls to Beast
By John McLaughlin
Eagle-Tribune Correspondent
LOWELL -- The Lock Monsters couldn't finish what they started last night.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate allowed the New Haven Beast to score five unanswered goals --including three on the power play --to win going away before an estimated crowd of 2,000. Final score was 5-2.

''We're very good at (starting quickly),'' said Lock Monster coach Frank Anzalone, whose club is now 2-2 on the young season. ''We were flying along pretty well and then they popped in that one goal.''

That one goal came with just 2:19 to play in the first period. The next came just 10 seconds before the break. Ouch.

Defenseman John Namestnikov drew first blood for the Lock Monsters, jumping up into the play just 5:21 into the first period. Winger Warren Luhning found him open on the right side, and Namestnikov beat New Haven goalie Mike Fountain through the pads while Mark Lawrence ran interference in front.

Lowell was whistled for a tripping penalty shortly thereafter, and goaltender Marcel Cousineau did well to stuff New Haven's Craig Ferguson not once but twice from the left side to preserve the 1-0 lead.

The Lock Monsters doubled their lead just minutes later, as Craig Charron pounced on a rebound of a Dmitri Nabakov shot and roofed it over the fallen Fountain. Things were looking good for the Lock Monsters, up 2-0, with only 10:44 played.

A pair of penalties would cost them, however.

New Haven Register:

Third-period goals propel New Haven

Jerry Higgins

Beast 5, Lowell 2

LOWELL, Mass. - The Lowell Lock Monsters play the Beast of New
Haven six times this season. After their first two meetings just four games
into the season, the Lock Monsters certainly have had their fill of the Beast .

After the Beast defeated the Lock Monsters 5-2 Saturday night at Tsongas
Arena, Lowell is 0-2 against New Haven. The Lock Monsters have beaten
the Portland Pirates twice as Lowell has only played two teams in a strange
quirk of the schedule. Lowell and New Haven play again Nov. 1 at the New
Haven Coliseum.

New Haven (3-2) broke a 2-2 tie with three third-period goals. Ryan
Johnson scored a power-play goal at 4:32 and rookie Craig MacDonald
scored his first professional goal 1:23 later when he finished off a 2-on-1
with Byron Ritchie. Former University of Massachusetts-Lowell standout
Greg Koehler capped the scoring with his second goal of the season with
2:59 left.

New Haven, which looked extremely sharp and aggressive in Friday's 5-1
victory over Adirondack, came out just the opposite against a Lowell team
which scored four goals in the third period Friday night to win at Portland
5-2. The Beast was sluggish and tentative with the puck and Lowell was the
aggressor in taking a 2-0 lead by the 11-minute mark.

On just their second shot, the Lock Monsters took a 1- 0 lead at 5:21. New
Haven was sloppy in its own zone and allowed Lowell to overload in front of
flu-ridden Beast goaltender Mike Fountain. Defenseman John Namestnikov
skated in and got the puck from center Mike Kennedy at the right post to
beat Fountain for his second goal of the season.

The Lock Monsters came into the game with the league's second-best
power play and were successful on its first man-advantage situation to make
it 2- 0. Left winger Dmitri Nabakov's initial shot in close was blocked by
Fountain, but no one picked up center Craig Charron, who camped out at the
left post and easily flipped the puck over a helpless Fountain for his first goal
of the season at 10:47.

New Haven looked in trouble at that point. But Johnson, who was playing in
his first game after missing the last two with a concussion, made his
presence felt. He assisted on New Haven's first goal and started the play
which eventually led to the tying goal at the end of the period. Johnson also
took an elbow to the head courtesy of 6-foot-8 defenseman Zdeno Chara
and was hit in the helmet by an errant high stick.

With 2:29 left in the period, Johnson carried the puck into the Lowell zone.
He waited for a trailer and got one in rookie defenseman Peter Ratchuk.
Johnson hit him in stride and Ratchuk showed the offensive skills which have
the Florida Panthers excited about his future. Ratchuk whipped a shot past
Lock Monsters goaltender Marcel Cousineau for his first professional goal.
That cut the Lowell lead in half.

The Beast, which came into the game with the league's third-best power
play, scored four man-advantage goals last Saturday against Lowell,
including three in the first period. It took New Haven three chances before it
got a power-play goal.

It came with just 10.8 seconds left in the period. Johnson worked the puck
around the Lowell zone to defenseman Chris Allen, who then passed to
defenseman Steve Halko in the right faceoff circle. Halko got off the slapper
and forward Scott Levins, who has been the main man creating havoc in
front of opposing goaltenders, redirected Halko's shot for his team-high
fourth goal, and third in the last two games. New Haven gladly went into the
first intermission with a 2-2 tie.

The Beast was lucky to come out of the second period still tied at 2. Ritchie,
who was jawing and jabbing all game with Chara, was given a 10-minute
misconduct at 6:13 when referee Lyle Seitz had seen enough of Ritchie
getting into Chara's face, or his chest as Chara stands about 7 feet on

That forced Beast coach Kevin McCarthy to juggle his top two lines for
most of the remainder of the period. Johnson moved up with Levins and
Marcus Nilson. Craig Ferguson, who normally skates with Levins and
Nilson, replaced Ritchie with Shane Willis and MacDonald.

New Haven at Lowell - Boxscore
New Haven 2 0 3--5
Lowell 2 0 0--2
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Lowell, Namestnikov 2 (Kennedy, Luhning),
5:21. 2, Lowell, C Charron 1 (power play) (Nabakov, Namestnikov), 10:47.
3, New Haven, Ratchuk 1 (power play) (Johnson), 17:31. 4, New Haven,
Levins 4 (power play) (Halko, Allen), 19:50. Penalties: Malkoc, Low
(tripping), 5:45; Westlund, Nhv (tripping), 9:16; Jakopin, Nhv (roughing),
9:16; Schultz, Low (roughing), 9:16; Namestnikov, Low (interference),
15:18; Z Chara, Low (roughing), 18:39.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Orszagh, Low (Obstr hooking),
2:33; Jakopin, Nhv (fighting major), 6:13; Ritchie, Nhv (misconduct),
6:13; Z Chara, Low (fighting major), 6:13; Ferguson, Nhv (roughing), 8:58;
Schultz, Low (roughing), 8:58; Lawrence, Low (interference), 13:18;
Malkoc, Low (high sticking), 15:05.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, New Haven, Johnson 1 (power play) (Malik),
4:32. 6, New Haven, C Macdonald 1 (Ritchie), 5:55. 7, New Haven, Koehler 2
(C Macdonald), 17:01. Penalties: Lawrence, Low (Obstr tripping), 3:11;
Willis, Nhv (Obstr hooking), 6:46; Halfnight, Nhv (holding), 12:13.
Shots on goal:
New Haven 8 8 7--23
Lowell 8 9 11--28
Power-play Conversions: Nhv - 3 of 7, Low - 1 of 2. Goalies: New Haven,
Foutain (28 shots, 26 saves; record: 1-2-0). Lowell, Cousineau (23, 18;
record: 2-1-0). A: 2,276. Referee: Seitz. Linesmen: Sericolo, Ross.

DATE: 10/17/98
OFFICIALS: Seitz, Sericolo, Ross ATT.: 2,276
1 5:21 Lowell Yvegeny Namestikov (2) Mike Kennedy Warren Luhning
1 10:47 Lowell Craig Charron (1)- Power Play Dimitri Nabokov Yvegeny Namestikov
1 17:31 New Haven Peter Ratchuk (1)- Power Play Ryan Johnson  
1 19:50 New Haven Scott Levins (4)- Power Play Steven Halko Chris Allen
3 4:32 New Haven Ryan Johnson (1)- Power Play Marek Malik  
3 5:55 New Haven Chris MacDonald (1) Bryon Ritchie  
3 17:01 New Haven Greg Kohler (2) Chris MacDonald  

GOALS 1 2 3 O T
2 0 3 0 5
2 0 0 0 2
Mike Fountain NH 60:00 28 26 1-2-0
Marcel Cousineau Lowell 60:00 23 18 2-1-0
SHOTS 1 2 3 O T
8 8 7 0 23
8 9 11 0 28

1 5:45 Lowell Dean Malkoc Tripping
1 9:16 New Haven Tommy Westlund Tripping
1 9:16 New Haven John Jackopin Roughing
1 9:16 Lowell Ray Shultz Roughing
1 15:18 Lowell Yvegeny Namestikov Interference
1 18:39 Lowell Zdeno Chara Roughing
2 2:33 Lowell Vladimir Orzsagh Obstruction-Hooking
2 6:13 New Haven John Jackopin Fighting
2 6:13 New Haven Byron Ritchie Misconduct
2 6:13 Lowell Zdeno Chara Fighting
2 8:58 New Haven Craig Ferguson Roughing
2 8:58 Lowell Ray Shultz Roughing
2 13:18 Lowell Mark Lawerence Intereference
2 15:05 Lowell Dean Malkoc High-sticking
3 3:11 Lowell Mark Lawerence Obstruction-Tripping
3 6:46 New Haven Shane Willis Obstruction-Hooking
3 12:13 New Haven Ashlin Halfnight Holding

Three Stars of the Game (Selected by Alex)

1 Chris MacDonald New Haven
2 Yvegeny Namestikov Lowell
3 Craig Charron Lowell