Lightning to Face Hurricanes in Traverse City Third Place Game

By virtue of the Red Wings victory over the Blues tonight at Traverse City, the Lightning have finished second in their group at the Traverse City propsects tournament. They will face off against the Eastern Conference group's second place team, Carolina, in the tournament's third place game. The game will take place Wednesday at 2:30 pm. Carolina's roster is led by 2010 first round pick Jeff Skinner out of Kitchener, and their team has allowed the fewest goals in the tournament thus far.

The Lightning's showing at this year's tournament, whether they finish in third or fourth, will be its best ever at the Traverse City Tournament.

Update:
Tournament officials posted a revised schedule on the Pointstreak website and the game is now scheduled for 5:30 pm.

KHL Game Day: 9/14/10

Kazan 3 @ Nizhnekamsk 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov has yet to suit up this season for defending champion Ak Bars. Kazan got a pair of goals from Danis Zaripov in the win.

Lightning Defeats Stars, Moves Into First in Its Traverse City Group

James Wright has another multi-point game and moves into a tie for the tournament lead in scoring.

DAL-1
TB-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 36 shots for the win, outdueling 2010 first round pick Jack Campbell. He came within an eyelash of having a shutout after going 59:46 without surrendering a goal.

First Period
TB - Wright (PP) (Panik, Schemitsch) 11:51
TB - Vachon (Rogers, Wright) 13:20

Second Period
TB - Ashton (Vachon) 8:33

Third Period
DAL - Coyle (PP) (King) 19:46

The Lightning temporarily move into first in their group, pending the outcome of the Detroit/St. Louis game.

Box score from Pointstreak.

Bolts Release Training Camp Roster and Schedule

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their 2010 Training Camp Roster and schedule today, and BoltProspects is making it available as a downloadable attachment to this post.

Camp starts Friday, September 17 with medical evaluations and off-ice testing for 54 players, including 32 forwards, 17 defensemen, and 5 goalies. On ice practice will begin Saturday, September 18 and last just 3 days before the team embarks Tuesday, September 21st for exhibition games.

This camp features only three non-organizational player invitees, forwards Eric Perrin, Tim Marks, and Mark Fornataro. Lightning fans will remember Perrin from the Stanley Cup winning team and former University of Vermont teammate of Martin St. Louis. Norfolk Admirals followers will recognize Marks and Fornataro as players who first got Professional Tryout contracts with the Ads during last season, and eventually were rewarded with AHL contracts for the upcoming season. There remains a couple spots open in the Lightning's 50-contract limit for a player that might earn a two-way NHL contract.

Conspicuous in his absence from the training camp roster is 2009 5th round pick and goaltender prospect Michael Zador. Zador is up for an entry-level contract from the Lightning at the end of the 2010-11 season, or the Lightning will lose his rights and he will re-enter the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

KHL Game Day: 9/13/10

Omsk 5 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 36/41, 5.00 GAA, .878 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, .913 sv%

Jaromir Jagr had a pair of goals in Omsk's 5-1 pasting of Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. Former Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo turned away 22 shots for the win for Avangard.

Novosibirsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Dynamo Riga fell to Novosibirsk 3-2 despite a pair of goals by forward Tomas Surovy. Lightning overage prospect Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:57 of ice time.

O'Donnell Makes BCHL Debut

North American Juniors (NAJ) Game Night

BCHL

Penticton Vees 1 @ Westside Warriors 0 (9/10/2010)
F Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

O’Donnell’s BCHL debut was a good one as he registered a point in his first game when he set up Joey Holka, a St. Cloud State commit, in the second period for what ended up being the game's only goal. O’Donnell had 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points in 53 games last year for the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The 2010 6th round draft pick of the Lightning and North Dakota commit was acquired by Penticton in the offseason.

Westside Warriors 2 @ Penticton Vees 4 (9/11/2010)
F Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Wearing No.91 for the Vees, O’Donnell scored his first BCHL goal on the power play in the first period to tie the game at 1 for Penticton. The Vees would later go down 2-1 but storm back in the third period with 3 goals.

Detroit Experiences Panik Attack in Lightning Traverse City Win

Panik wakes up from his game one slumber.

TB-4
DET-3 (SO)

Jarsolav Janus stopped 40 of 43 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 14 of 16 shooters in the marathon penalty shot session for the win.

First Period
TB - Panik (Wright, Zahn) 4:23
DET - Coetzee (Tatar) 5:56

Second Period
TB - Tyrell (Marks) 3:09
TB - Wright (Connolly) 7:26

Third Period
DET - Tatar (PP) (Macek, Ferraro) 2:46
DET - Parkes (Raedeke) 3:27

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB - Panik, Panik, Butcher
DET - Smith, Ferraro

Richard Panik had a goal and scored two of the Lightning's three goals in the shootout. The Lightning's unlikely hero was tournament tryout and former Canucks draft pick Matt Butcher. Dana Tyrell also emerged to score his first goal of the tournament.

Two games in, Brett Connolly and James Wright are tied with several others for second in the tournament in scoring with 3 points each.

The Lightning will face Dallas' prospects in the final game of the round robin phase. They may end up facing 2010 first round pick Jack Campbell in the process, with the stakes being a spot in the knock-out round.

Box score from Pointstreak.

Connolly Scores Twice in Traverse City Opener

The Lightning's 2010 1st round pick Brett Connolly tallied a first period and a third period goal in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the opening game of the 2010 Traverse City prospects tournament Saturday night. Connolly's first period tally was assisted by 2009 1st round pick Carter Ashton, as he and Connolly combined for 10 of Tampa's 26 shots on goal. James Wright and Mark Barberio assisted on Connolly's 3rd period marker with Wright sporting a team high +2 along with 3 shots of his own. 2010 3rd rounder Brock Beukeboom was the only other Lightning plus player in the game.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss. Radko Gudas had a huge hit in the 3rd period, while Teigan Zahn dropped the gloves for a 1st period bout against Cody Beach. Of the free agent invitees, forward Andrew Agozzino rang up 3 shots on goal.

Boxscore provided by Pointstreak

KHL Game Day: 9/11/10

Novokuznetsk 0 @ Dynamo Riga 3
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 12:54 in Riga's 3-0 shutout win over Novokuznetsk. Riga goaltender Chris Holt stopped all 18 shots he faced.

Astana 2 @ Cherepovets 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 37/39, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .949 sv%

It's Vasily Koshechkin's fourth team he's played for in Russia, but the story remains the same. The big goaltender stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in his Cherepovets debut to help Severstal defeat Astana 5-2.

Elsewhere:
Former Lightning prospect Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in Omsk's 4-3 win over Spartak Moscow. Who was in the other crease? Hockey legend Dominik Hasek allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

Mytischi fell 1-0 in a shootout to Novgorod, with the winning marker belonging to ex-Springfield Falcon Ryan Vesce. Mytischi was without the services of Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov, who was cut loose by the team earlier this month. No word, as of yet, on where the younger Kazionov brother will land.

KHL Game Day: 9/10/10

Kazan 5 @ Chekhov 3
Dmitri Kazionov, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 5-3 win over Chekhov. Ex-NHLers Alexei Morozov and Niko Kapanen each had a pair of assists for Ak Bars in the win.

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