The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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December 22, 2005

Chiefs called to AHL

Take one NHL second-round draft pick and put him at left wing.

Insert an American Hockey League contract player with a high upside at center.

Finally, add an eight-year veteran who’s spent the past seven seasons in Johnstown, and position him on the right side.

The seemingly unlikely combination has provided the blueprint for the Johnstown Chiefs’ top line over the past month. Center Justin Kelly, left wing Adam Henrich and right wing Dmitri Tarabrin have produced eight goals and 24 points in the past 10 games. The Chiefs are a respectable 4-5-1 in that span and moved into a tie for fourth place in the ECHL’s North Division.

As a reward for their recent play, both Kelly and Henrich joined the AHL’s Springfield Falcons on Wednesday as the Chiefs began a nine-day break.

“The line’s really clicking and it’s been really exciting and fun to play,” said Kelly after assisting on all three goals in the Chiefs’ 3-2 victory over visiting Charlotte on Tuesday. “Henrich is a big man. He’s got great hands and a great shot. Demo (Tarabrin) is highly skilled with the puck. He’s a smart player and he knows the game well.

“I kind of find the holes. These guys know where to go and I find them. It’s a great mix of speed and size.”

Kelly is 6-foot-4, 186 pounds. The 24-year-old has at least one point in 17 of the 21 games he’s played for the Chiefs. In the past 10 games, Kelly has three goals, 10 assists and 13 points.

“Kelly is a great player to play with,” said Henrich, who had a goal and three points against Charlotte. “It’s been great. He’s quick with the puck. He finds me, and I find him. We have Demo on the right wing now and he’s doing a great job. We just hope to keep it going when we get back.”

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