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December 20, 2006

MIKE MASTOVICH | Chiefs may be without several players on Saturday

Leading scorer Maxime Boisclair won’t be in the lineup when the Johnstown Chiefs visit Toledo on Saturday night.

Boisclair earned a promotion to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons after putting up 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) during a 13-game point streak that was snapped in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win over visiting Cincinnati.

The status of goaltender Gerald Coleman and defenseman Brady Greco, however, is a bit clouded.

Coleman injured his groin with 13 seconds left in the first period on Saturday and didn’t return. Initial reports indicated the strain was not serious but Chiefs Vice President of Hockey Operations Ryan Belec is waiting for an update after Coleman returns from a visit to London, Ontario. Coach Frank Anzalone gave the players 21⁄2 days off with a week between games.

“With groin strains, especially with goalies, you can’t rush them back. Whether or not he’s going to miss any game action we won’t know until (today),” Belec said.

Greco’s matter is much more serious. Johnstown police charged Greco with driving without a license, accidents involving personal injury while not being properly licensed, failure to immediately notify police of an accident, recklessly driving, careless driving and not having the required financial responsibility. Greco allegedly fled the scene of a traffic accident early Sunday morning.

Belec said neither the Chiefs nor Tampa Bay Lightning could comment on Tuesday. He said the organization would address the matter when all the details are gathered and scrutinized, a process made more difficult by the break in the schedule that had much of the team, including Belec, out of town.

On a more positive note, Boisclair had 11 goals and 30 points to lead the Chiefs.

His recall continued a trend that has Johnstown’s top scorers moving up the ranks.

Stanislav Lascek was the ECHL’s leading rookie scorer when the Falcons called him last month. He’s still with the AHL club.

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