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North American Juniors Game Night: 10/11/10

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 26
Season Totals: 4-1-0-0, 3.61 GAA, .894 sv%

Zador got a confidence boost when Coach/GM Chris DePiero put him right back in net after Zador was pulled in his previous game. Zador wasn’t great, however, and suffered his first (technically) loss of the year against the 67’s despite the Gens outshooting Ottawa 36-26. This is a crucial time for Zador, who struggled mightily with consistency last season. If he can right this quickly, it could go a long way to him getting a contract this spring. If he continues to ride the roller coaster, the uphill climb to a contract gets steeper.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 8
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 2 PIM

Connolly, who has at least a point in all 8 games this year, scored the game’s first 2 goals, but the Cougars would later blow a 6-3 third period lead in 6 minutes and eventually have to tie the game to send it to overtime. The Oil Kings won it in the extra session.

KHL Game Day: 10/11/10

Dynamo Minsk 4 @ Cherepovets 3 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OTL, 37/41, 3.75 GAA, .902 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-5-0, 1 SO, 2.56 GAA, .915 sv%

Leo Komarev scored a power play goal 3:58 into overtime to send Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets to a 4-3 defeat. Yuri Trubachev had one goal and one assist for Cherepovets. Trubachev was a linemate of ex-Lightning prospect Alex Polushin during a gold medal run at the U20 World Junior Championships.

Dynamo Riga 5 @ Yaroslavl 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-4-10, +5, 20 PIM

Ex-Penguin Tomas Surovy had two goals and one assist to lead Riga to a 5-3 win over Yaroslavl. Martins Karsums assisted on one of Surovy's goals and took minor penalties for slashing and interference in 15:19 in the match.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/10/10

USHL

Fargo Force 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM (hooking, cross-checking), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 3-1-4, +1, 6 PIM

Mullin, who has goals in three straight games, opened the game’s scoring while on the power play.

QMJHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM

Gatineau outshot the Titan 31-14 but were unable to consistently solve Oilers draft pick Olivier Roy in net for A-B.

Montreal Juniors 2 @ St. John Sea Dogs 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM

Landry has missed Montreal’s last four games, but word is he's set to return from injury shortly. The Juniors are quickly falling behind Drummondville in the race for the Telus West Division lead. The Volts are five points ahead of Montreal.

OHL

Guelph Storm 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 16 PIM

After starting the season 3-0, the Soo has lost their last five and are in the OHL Western Division cellar with six points.

NCAA Game Night: 10/9/10

Canisius Golden Griffins 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM

Witkowski picked up his first point of the season assisting on Kyle O'Kane's first period goal.

#9 Denver Pioneers 1 @ Vermont Catamounts 1 (OT)
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

The Catamounts pick up a point against a ranked team. Vermont is now off until Oct. 23rd when they host Merrimack.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/9/10

USHL

Fargo Force 2 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 5
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 4 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM

Mullin (pictured) had his first multipoint USHL game, though it came in a losing effort. The Miami-Ohio commit leads Fargo in goals and is tied for the points lead after three games.

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM

Landry has missed Montreal’s last three games.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 11 PIM

Panik earned his second First Star of the season after a three point night. This is exactly what the Lightning want to see from Panik at the junior level – lighting up the scoreboard. Panik has all the skills to be an elite forward at this level.

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 0 PIM

Owen Sound was outshot 13-4 in the third period, but one of those shots - Cameron Brace's first OHL goal - went in for the game winner.

WHL

Prince George Cougars 5 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 2 PIM

Connolly has at least a point in all seven games this season. He scored the game’s opening goal Saturday.

NHL Game Night: 10/9/10 Thrashers at Lightning

I'll reiterate what I said in the first preseason game: so far so good.

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TB-5

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the win. He'll never win style points for the way he tends goal, but as long as he keeps the pucks he should stop out of the net, this Lightning team should have enough offense to win hockey games for him.

First Period
TB 5:23, Downie 1 (PP) (Malone, Clark)
TB 8:21, Moore 1 (Purcell, Bergenheim)

Second Period
TB 2:20, Lecavalier 1 (PP) (St. Louis, Stamkos)
TB 5:21, Stamkos 1 (Hedman, Downie)
ATL 16:31, Enstrom 1 (PP) (Bergfors, Ladd)
ATL 18:12, Eager 1 (unassisted)

Third Period
ATL 7:41, Thorburn 1 (Sopel, Eager)
TB 10:59, Stamkos 2 (Jones)

Steven Stamkos, Steve Downie, and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's three stars. The NHL should be absolutely terrified of the concept of Stamkos and Lecavalier getting on track early this season. Also, reports of Steve Downie's demise in the post-Tocchet era appear to have been greatly, greatly exaggerated.

Going into the season, I think we all had a sense that the pride and professionalism were returning to Tampa Bay with the circus leaving town and Mr. Vinik coming in as owner. Tonight was the first time that sense translated into something tangible on the ice. The team is offensively explosive and looks deeper than at any time since, well, ever. How far they will go will ultimately be a function of the goaltending they will get, but if these netminders can make the stops they should make, this club should be in good shape.

The great thing about tonight's game, similar the the Admirals' game down on the farm, is that they can take a lot of offensive confidence away from the game but they made enough mistakes that Coach Boucher is going to be able to continue to keep on his club and keep them from complacency going into Wednesday's game against Montreal. And, you know, Coach Boucher has this Montreal game circled on the calendar and is not going to allow his team to go into his first game against his hometown team and in front of the Canadian media flat and overly impressed with themselves.

Dana Tyrell was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 8:44 in his NHL debut.

Michael Vernace had 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:04 in his Lightning debut.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10/9/10 Admirals at Senators

Consulting the Cheap and Easy Headline Generator (tm) for this one: "Seven is heaven in the Admirals' opener."

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BNG-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 36 shots but found himself awash in seven sweet goals of support to earn the victory.

First Period
BNG Keller, (1) (Locke, Butler), 13:20

Second Period
NOR Milam, (1) (Pouliot), 5:16
BNG O'Brien, (2) (Daugavins, Hale), 8:02
NOR Wishart, (1) (Quick, Fornataro), 9:43 (PP)
NOR Jones, (1) (Pouliot, Quick), 13:56
BNG Butler, (2) (Locke, Keller), 15:31
BNG O'Brien, (3) (Benoit), 15:45
NOR Milam, (2) (Quick), 16:10 (PP)
NOR Jones, (2) (Simek, Pouliot), 16:34
NOR Angelidis, (1) (Mihalik, Harju), 17:47

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (1) (Wright, Szczechura), 17:57

Blair Jones and Troy Milam were the game's first and second stars. Milam played in Finland the past couple of years, but before that he put up 37 points in 75 games for Manchester in 2007-2008, so he has legitimate AHL chops (and he's a righty shot, too). That's a very good signing by the Ads.

M.A. Pouliot and Kevin Quick each had assists in triplicate. With the effort, Quick is already three-quarters of the way to matching his point production of all last season. I'm thinking he might like the new coach and system. Matt Fornataro also had multiple points with one goal and one assist.

You know, on paper, this Admirals team should be a low scoring team that leans on their outstanding goaltending. They have depth, but other than maybe Johan Harju they don't have any guys who are Brandon Bochenski-type snipers. But they used that depth to overwhelm Binghamton tonight. You get the sense there are a lot of hungry Admirals players knocking on the door for NHL opportunities. And, the great thing is that while they got the win and established a lot of confidence in their offensive abilities, they made enough mistakes that Coach Cooper should be able to stay on his team and keep them away from the demon that is complacency.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

European Game Day: 10/9/10

Elitserien
MODO 6 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, No Decision, 19/21, 3.91 GAA, .905 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-0, 0 SO, 2.93 GAA, .866 sv%

MODO chased starter Pontus Sjogren midway through the second period on their way to a 6-3 win over Sodertalje. Sjogren allowed 4 goals on 19 shots to take his first loss of the season. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals the rest of the way in mop up duty. MODO got a hat trick from Norweigian-born forward Kristian Forsberg in the victory. Sodertalje got the obligatory goal, plus an assist, from ex-Avs pick Linus Viddell.

KHL
Dynamo Riga 4 @ Novgorod 1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-3-9, +4, 16 PIM

Ex-Preds pick Lauris Darzins had a pair of assists to help lead Riga to a 4-1 win over Torpedo Novgorod. Lightning overage prospect Martins Karsums played 15:33 in the match.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/8/10

O'Donnell has a big night ... Connolly, Ashton score ... Schemitsch a PPGer ... Zador struggles.

BCHL

Trail Smoke Eaters 4 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-0-2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-3-8, 6 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) scored his second goal of the game early in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and send the Vees to victory. This was his first 2-goal game in the BCHL.

NCAA Game Night: 10/08/10

#9 Denver Pioneers 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 3
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Canisius Golden Griffins 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG

Vermont and Western Michigan each blow early 2-0 leads to drop their season openers 5-3. Both teams play again tomorrow night against the same opponents.

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