Maxime Boisclair was surprised to see his name atop the Johnstown Chiefs scoring list.

The forward had been recalled to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons on Dec. 19 and spent the past month with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top affiliate.

Boisclair had a team-best 30 points for the Chiefs at the time of his call up. Veteran forward Randy Rowe, also in Springfield since Dec. 11, was second with 29 points.

Thirteen ECHL games later, the duo still holds the top two spots, with defenseman Doug Andress third with 26 points.

Boisclair and Rowe will have an opportunity to build on those numbers and provide a spark for a Chiefs team that has endured a topsy-turvy January. The Falcons reassigned both players to Johnstown on Thursday and recalled forwards Andre Deveaux and Adam Henrich.

“I know we’ve been struggling a bit the last couple weeks,” Boisclair said. “Things happen. We’ll see what happens.”

Boisclair represented Johnstown in the ECHL All-Star Game last week in Boise, Idaho, and picked up two assists in the American Conference’s 6-3 win.

“It was a very different style of hockey,” Boisclair said. “There are odd-man rushes, and there’s not a lot of down-low play and behind-the-net play. I saw a little of the pace of the AHL and the speed and what I need to do to get there on a permanent basis. It was pretty exciting for me. I’m coming back to Johnstown pumped up and really ready to help the team win.”

Boisclair is anxious to skate next to Rowe again.

“We’re used to playing together on the same line in Johnstown,” he said. “I was on the third line and Randy was on the fourth (in Springfield). When I was on the fourth line, Randy was on the third.”

The Chiefs will host Augusta at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Dayton visits at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Johnstown overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to beat the Trenton Titans 5-4 in a nine-round overtime shootout on Wednesday at Sovereign Bank Arena. The team is 2-5-1 in January.

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