Punchless Bolts Drop TC Opener 1-0

The Lightning prospects turned in an impressive defensive effort but drop their first game 1-0 to the Thrasher prospects in the opening match of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament today. Dustin Tokarski started in net for the Bolt prospects and went the distance, stopping 20 of 21 shots and looked sharp throughout the match. The only black mark was defenseman Paul Postma's even-strength blast from the left point in the first period. Atlanta's Chris Carrozzi stopped 26 Lightning shots including a great left pad save on a Chris Lawrence turnaround from the slot with 46 seconds remaining. Lawrence is wearing the 'C' for the Traverse City squad.

Ty Wishart led all Bolt prospects with 6 shots on goal and was a visible physical presence on the blueline, using the hip and shoulder on more than one occasion. Wishart was paired with Norfolk Admiral Daryl Boyle, and saw plenty of PP time. Tampa's top line consisted of Mitch Fadden centering Lawrence and Dana Tyrell. Lawrence and Boyle both fired 4 shots at Corrozzi. Free agent backliner Jeff May was paired with Mark Barberio. Free agent invitee centerman Brett Parnham was the only scratch.

See the boxscore for the remainder of individual stats, but the real story was the goaltending battle between Tokarski and Corrozzi. The Lightning three stars of the game were Tokarski, Wishart, and Boyle.

This game will be shown as tape delay Sunday night at 8pm ET on the NHL Network. The Lightning play their next game Sunday night at 7:30pm CT against the Detroit Red Wings prospects.

In-game reports courtesy of Mike Morreale who is blogging the Traverse City tournament at NHL.com

An interesting side note is that the goaltending equipment for Bolt prospect Torrie Jung didn't arrive with the team for the Friday night practice. The Lightning grabbed local kid Hunter Kelly, goalie for Traverse City's Central High School, to fill out the practice squad. Arriving at 6pm for the 7:30pm practice, Kelly was given a Lightning jersey with his name stitched across the back. From the story in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Kelly seemed to take the opportunity in stride. "It was very fun out there," Kelly said. "At first I went into it knowing these guys are way better than me. But after awhile, I felt good out there. All teams from every level practice the same stuff. I was surprised it was a lot of the same drills we ran (at Central). At a higher level, of course."