Liiga Game Day: 10-28-14

SaiPa 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:36 in HPK's 4-3 shootout loss to SaiPa. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for HPK, although he failed on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session.

Prospect of the Week: 10-28-14

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for October 28, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).

Adam Erne is turning the QMJHL into his personal playground, and littering that playground are hats. Lots and lots of hats.

KHL Game Day: 10-27-14

Astana 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-3-10, -1, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had his goal scoring streak snapped at 3 games in 16:46 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 overtime win over Barys Astana. His 4 shots were a team high for Yugra in the victory. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had the overtime winner on the power play.

Kazan 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 22/22, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 14-2-4, 3 SO, 1.41 GAA, .948 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned aside all 22 shots he faced for his third shutout of the year to best Anders Nilsson and Ak Bars Kazan 1-0. Danis Zaripov scored his 13th goal of the season for the lone goal of the match.

Mytischi 2 vs. Vladivostok 3 (OT)
Dmitry Korobov, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was -1 in 21:20 of ice time as Vladivostok nipped Mytischi 3-2 in Overtime. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a helper in defeat for Mytischi.

2014-2015 Preliminary Rankings

By Pete Choquette

Last season the Lightning had unprecedented success in establishing a rookie class at the NHL level, the likes of which may never be seen again. While that group continues on up top in Tampa Bay, the rest of the Lightning organization is left with the charge to reload rather than rebuild. With extra picks in the top-60 in the June draft this past summer, and more on the way next summer, the team has the ammunition to accomplish that goal. Plus, the results of this fall's camp showed the team may have had underrated strength in their remaining prospects with unexpected players making the club in the exhibition season. With all these factors put together, Bolt Prospects' staff has completed its fall tradition: the Preliminary Rankings for the 2014-2015 season.

ECHL Game Night: 10-26-14

Wichita Thunder 5 at Tulsa Oilers 6 OT

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Fans in Tulsa were treated to four netminders in this 11-goal OT lamplighter. Milan was credited with a secondary assist on Wichita's third goal for his first point of the young season, seeing time on both the power play and the penalty kill.

Florida Everblades 3 at Orlando Solar Bears 2 OT

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, W, 62:30 MIN, 2 GA, 26 SH, 24 SV
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-0-1, 2.56 GAA, 0.881 SV%

Adam York stopped 26 goals as the Everblades mounted a spirited third period comeback to force overtime before Florida forward Adam Brace notched the short-handed OT GW'er. It was York's first win of the season. Artem Sergeev now has a point streak after Evan Bloodoff picked up a rebound from Sergeev's shot and buried the game-tying goal in the third. Kristoff Kontos, son of former Bolt Chris Kontos, opened the scoring for Orlando in the second period. Kontos, 20, is playing in his first professional season after signing a contract with the Solar Bears earlier this month. He was born 14 months after his father was forever etched in Lightning lore by scoring 4 goals in the Bolt's first ever NHL game as a franchise on Oct 7, 1992. It says quite a bit about a hockey organization that failed to mention that Kristoff's father even played for the NHL team just 1.5 hours down the interstate in the press release about signing Kontos, choosing instead to highlight his playing time with the LA Kings and Wayne Gretzy. Draw your own conclusions.

Juniors Game Night: 10-26-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/19 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 7 GP: 1-5-6, E, 4 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Flames second rounder Mason McDonald stopped 33 of 34 shots to down the visiting Eagles, 2-1. The game-winning goal was scored before the half-way point of the game.

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2 (SO)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6 Hits
Season totals: 11 GP, 10-8-18, +12, 12 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won their fourth straight game, defeating Saint John 2-1 in a shootout for a 3-2 final score. Adam Erne, who had a four-game point streak coming into the game, had his shootout attempt saved.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-10-16, +9, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

The Warriors have three goals in their last three games, which isn’t going to net a lot of wins. They have lost all three of those games.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-5-7, E, 8 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas had a point for the second consecutive game, but unfortunately the Hitmen lost both contests. Calgary had 14 goals in their last two games coming into Sunday.

AHL Game Day: 10-26-14 Crunch at Falcons

Weekend ends with a clunker.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the loss. Despite the setback, he still sports a respectable .912 save percentage for the season.

First Period
SPR Madaisky, (1) (Gibbons), 0:19
SPR Collins, (1) (Gibbons, Craig), 4:00 (PP)
SPR Rychel, (2) (Sedlak, Collins), 8:32

Second Period
SPR Tynan, (1) (Labrie, Anderson), 13:32

Third Period
SYR Vermin, (2) (Blunden, Marchessault), 2:32
SPR Monardo, (5) , 7:19

Playing 3 games in less than 72 hours is hard enough. Doing so with your entire roster in flux the whole time makes it nearly impossible to have anything resembling continuity or consistency. It's a reality of minor league hockey when you have a rash of injuries up top, and that's what bit Syracuse this weekend. Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault, for their parts, did assist on Syracuse's lone goal, fresh off the plane from Minnesota.

Syracuse heads home to face Binghamton on Friday.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 10-25-14

HPK 1 vs. Pelicans 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Predators pick Juuse Saros turned aside all 25 shots he faced for HPK in their 1-0 shutout win over Pelicans. Ex-Senators farmhand defenseman Craig Schira had the winning goal of the match.

Juniors Game Night: 10-25-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 10 GP, 10-8-18, +11, 12 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne’s hat trick streak ended at two games, but he set up the game’s opening goal and was plus-2 on the evening to move up to sixth in the league in that category. He has at least a point in four straight games. Erne will be a force all year long in the Q.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Sarnia Sting 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-7-9, -3, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia dropped their fourth game in a row, 6-1 at home to Ottawa. The 67’s scored four times in the third period to break open a 2-0 game. Sarnia avoided the shutout with a goal in the final seconds.

Mississauga Steelheads 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-2-5, -1, 15 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

The Spits got an overtime goal from Slater Doggett (undrafted) to defeat the visiting Steelheads, 5-4, in Windsor.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-4-6, -7, 24 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

The Petes and Soo were tied 2-2 heading into the third period before Sheldon Keefe’s Greyhounds pulled ahead for good and added an empty net goal. Keefe, a former Bolt prospect and Lightning player, is regarded as one of the bright, young head coaches outside the NHL. It won’t be long before he’s in the big leagues, possibly with the Leafs.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Red Deer Rebels 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-9-15, +9, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

The Warriors failed to score more than one goal for the second-straight night on the road. Point had an assist on Friday, nothing on Saturday. Avs first rounder Conner Bleakley had a goal and two assists for the Rebels.

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 7

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, +1, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas (pictured) had a multi-point game, but the Hitmen fell in Medicine Hat, 7-5. Jake Virtanen, Vancouver’s sixth-overall pick last summer, had two goals and an assist for Calgary.

NCAA Game Night: 10-25-14

No. 14 Michigan Wolverines 2 vs No. 12 Boston University Terriers 3

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU swept the state of Michigan in the Big 10/Hockey East Challenge, defeating the Spartans on Friday and Wolverines on Saturday. MacLeod played in the Friday game, but was scratched Saturday due to an “undisclosed injury.” Jack Eichel (2015) had a goal for BU.

Providence Friars 2 @ No. 3 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

The Friars scored an extra-attacker goal at 19:21 to force overtime with No. 3 UND, but the game ended in an old fashioned tie.

Bemidji State Beavers 3 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .922 sv%, 1 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Minnesota needed a third period goal to snap a tie and defeat the visiting Beavers. Wilcox improved to 4-0 on the season.

*USCHO poll used

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