Russia won the annual Karjala Tournament today on goal differential beating the Czech Republic 4-1 in their tournament finale. Lightning prospect forward Anton But did not appear in the tournament for Russia after making the initial roster for the team. Blueliner Andreas Holmqvist finished tied with center Rickard Wallin for Team Sweden's lead in points with 1 goal and 3 points in 3 games. Sweden finished second in the tournament, losing the tiebreaker to the Russians on goal differential.
Controversial question of the day: given how much David Schneider has struggled early in the season for Norfolk, do you think the Lightning regret not making more of a pitch for Holmqvist who, although he has his shortcomings, is recognized as one of the better power play quarterbacks in the Elitserien today?
Alaska 0 @ #2 Michigan 4
D Mich Kevin Quick 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Michigan just keeps playing well.
#20 Massachusetts 5 @ Boston University 3
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-0-0, -1
#20 Massachusetts 3 @ UMASS-Lowell 3 OT
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-1-1, -1
Wessbecker assisted the game tying goal by James Marcou. The Junior now has three assist in nine games played this season with an even rating and no penalties.
Kevin Quick was scratched for #2 Michigan's 4-2 win over Alaska on Saturday.
Back to .500 with a chance to pull within at least 4 points in the division next week.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots faced in the win.
Tampa Bay 1:29, Vaclav Prospal 11 (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 2:27, Martin St. Louis 5 (Vaclav Prospal, Brad Lukowich)
Tampa Bay 12:22, Ryan Craig 1 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Chris Gratton)
Washington 15:26, Tomas Fleischmann 4 (Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov)
Tampa Bay 19:39, Paul Ranger 2 (empty net) (Brad Richards)
Tough to win on 50% of an effort.
Ryan Munce stopped 31 of 34 shots faced in the loss.
HER Morgan, (1) (Klepis, Motzko), 5:11 (PP)
HER Motzko, (5) (Morgan, Joudrey), 6:12 (PP)
NOR Leach, (2) (Mihalik, Milley), 9:53 (PP)
NOR Wanvig, (4) (Craig, Schneider), 10:32 (PP)
HER Sloan, (1) (Morgan, Motzko), 16:48
HER Laing, (1) (Sloan), 19:50 (EN)
And we don't have to burn the new white jerseys after all!
Johan Holmqvist was sparkling stopping 40 of 41 shots faced for the win. Holmer is streaky, and maybe it's time for a hot streak. Tampa gets Washington on Saturday and a chance to get back to .500.
Carolina 2:04, Ray Whitney 9 (Matt Cullen, Frantisek Kaberle)
Tampa Bay 13:36, Vaclav Prospal 10 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
The Norfolk Admirals have announced the signing of forward Jeff Campbell to a professional tryout contract. Campbell, 26, has spent most of the past four seasons with Gwinnett of the ECHL, but played a majority of last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL where he posted 10 goals and 31 points in 61 games. His career season as a professional came in 2005-2006 with Gwinnett when he compiled 30 goals and 83 points in 62 games. The 5'9" 170 lbs. right winger is a product of Western Michigan University where his best season came as a freshman scoring 26 goals and 53 points in 37 games.
Both Lightning prospects registered a goal in the game, with Crowley scoring a first period power play goal to tie the game at one, and Fadden scoring shorthanded into an empty net to give the game its final score. Fadden also assisted on the gameâ€™s opening goal, on the power play. Lethbridge has earned at least a point in its last 7 games.
Prince George Cougars 4 @ Vancouver Giants 7
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, +2, 4 PIM (hooking, checking-from-behind)
Prince George hung with the CHLâ€™s eighth ranked team until the Giants blew a tie game open in the third period with three straight goals and four total. Tyrellâ€™s assist came on the power play.
Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 3
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did Not Play.
Kristofer Westblom stopped 21 of 23 for Kelowna in his fourth straight start. It appears the only action Jung will get from hereon out will be spot duty and back-to-back sets.