Florida Everblades 4 vs. Orlando Solar Bears 1
FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM
G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM
FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): 1-0-0, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM
D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
2012-2013 totals: 43 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 23 SOG, 56 PIM
FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
In his North American pro debut, recent draftee Kristers Gudlevskis steered aside all but one of twenty-one shots he faced in backstopping Florida to a sound decision in its seasons opener at home over divisional rival Orlando. It took a point shot that got through past numbers in the net front to spoil Gudlevskis' shutout bid. Fellow Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (1 G, 1 A) as well as Maxime Langelier-Parent (1 G) and Carl Nielsen (1 A), both having contracts with and on assignment from AHL Syracuse, chipped in offensively. Florida (1-0-0, 2 PTS) and Orlando (0-1-0, 0 PTS) will square off again Saturday night in Orlando.
Erne gives the Lightning something to look forward to.
Adam Erne led the way with 2 power play goals. Tom Pyatt chipped in the other Lightning goal. Erne and Lightning newcomer Valterri Filppula scored in the shootout to put the club over the top in its comeback bid.
While it's unlikely Erne will make the NHL team out of camp, he gives Lightning fans hope that they have a steal of a power forward in the 2013 second round pick.
Game recap from NHL.com.
On the heels of a national holiday, 32 prospects--most drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, others signed as free agents and a handful of invitees--gathered on the ice Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to begin several days of on-ice and off-ice conditioning as well as instruction in organizational values and the culture of professional hockey for both returning and first-time participants.
"Let's call this what it is: summer hockey," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told assembled media. "Part of what [the players] get out of this camp is the chance to get to know myself, Rob Zettler, the staff. Getting to know expectations and being a pro."
"A lot of these kids are coming from juniors programs, college, all these different walks of life, but here at the Tampa Bay Lightning we've got a certain code of conduct," Cooper noted. "This is where it starts."
Having concluded fitness testing and physicals, players hit the ice and rounded out their day with an hour-long practice spent completing basic drills as well as a forty-five minute power skating session.
"The first day is always kind of a feel out day," Cooper said. "Some of these guys, I'm sure, have been skating and some haven't been."
Keeping in mind that the 3-on-3 tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday and wrap-up on Wednesday, the final day of camp, will provide better opportunities to gauge player abilities and hockey sense, here are some brief and selected observations: