Ramo Named KHL's Top Goaltender for October

Karri Ramo, who left the Lightning this past offseason to play the No.1 role for Avangard in the KHL, was named the league's top goaltender for the month of October.

Ramo won seven of 11 games for Omsk, posting a 1.92 goals against average, a .912 save percentage, and two shutouts.

Ramo is a restricted free agent who can be re-signed by the Lightning at the end of the year.

Admirals Release Janus

(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Norfolk Admirals have released goaltender Jaroslav Janus from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Janus will report to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Janus, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound goaltender from Presov, Slovakia, appeared in his first two professional games with the Admirals, recording an impressive 1.52 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with an 0-2-0 record. He made his pro debut on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 setback. The Admirals NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted Janus in the sixth round (162nd overall) of last summer’s NHL Entry Draft.

Janus completed his second OHL season with Erie in 2008-09, posting a 25-20-3 record with a 3.24 goals-against average in 49 games. He led the Otters in games played, wins, shutouts with three and save percentage at .908. He also played in five playoff games with Erie, posting a shutout and a 1-4-0 record.

Janus has played in 97 career OHL games, posting a 38-49-5 record with a 3.81 goals-against average.

Note: Janus is expected to join the Otters Thursday and play Friday vs. Niagara.

AHL Game Night: 11/3 Admirals at Moose

The Admirals got a sweep just when they needed it.

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MTB-1

Riku Helenius allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the win.

First Period
MTB Maxwell, (1) (Leblanc), 8:34

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Tyrell, Parrish), 9:12
NOR Karsums, (1) (Lundin), 17:38

Third Period
NOR Hall, (1) (Keller, Quick), 9:43

Dana Tyrell and Paul Szczechura were named the game's first and second stars. Martins Karsums and Adam Hall finally scored their first goals of the season. The Admirals climb back to within 1 game of .500 with the win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/3 Lightning at Leafs

Ugly, but I'll take it, I suppose.

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Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 41 shots for the victory. I honestly don't know why there isn't a goaltending controversy at this point.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 18:34, Lecavalier 2 (Ohlund)

Third Period
TOR 5:04, White 3 (Hagman, Beauchemin)(PP)

Overtime
TB 2:21, Malone 9 (Tanguay)

It's lucky that A.) Nittymaki stood on his head again, and B.) Toronto is just awful enough to lose games like this even when they deserve to win. Allowing 41 shots to a team like the Leafs is a joke. Maybe the momentum and mojo the team will get from winning an overtime game will help them in the confidence department, but this is still a terrible Lightning team on the road.

Steve Downie was +1 with 2 hits in 11:44.

Drew Miller only played 4:09 in the game.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and was 75% on draws in 4:52.

James Wright played 13:25.

Victor Hedman was +2 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 25:46. He also had 4 PIMs, though.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Report: Norfolk to Return Janus to OHL

A report on the Erie Times-News' web site states the AHL's Norfolk Admirals will return goaltender Jaroslav Janus to the OHL's Erie Otters this week.

The newspaper received confirmation of the expected transaction from Janus' agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.

The report also states the Lightning are interested in signing Janus after this season.

Janus, a 2009 sixth round pick of the Lightning, began the season with Norfolk on a 25-game professional tryout contract. He has played in two of Norfolk's 10 games, accumulating a 0-2-0 record, a 1.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a .939 save percentage. Last year he posted a 25-20-4 record with Erie, along with a 3.24 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Otters have struggled defensively this year so far, and Janus will be a welcomed re-addition.

Janus' expected departure from Norfolk would leave the club with Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius in net.(Norfolk Admirals photo)

Killorn ECAC Player of the Week

Harvard's Alex Killorn was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Monday, November 2, after scoring two goals and an assist in the Crimson’s 5-3 win vs. Dartmouth last Friday.

According to the Harvard Gazette, Killorn was named ECAC Rookie of the Week November 24, 2008, and was named an honorable mention for the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Rookie of the Month in February. He finished his freshman year with six goals, nine assists, and 15 points in 30 games.

He was a standout this past summer for the Lightning in the club's post-draft prospect camp.

Killorn was taken by the Lightning in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

AHL Game Night: 11/2 Admirals at Moose

The Tick only needs two goals of support.

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MTB-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 26 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Craig, (7) (Karsums, Tokarski), 1:29
MTB McCue, (1) (Maxwell, Salcido), 11:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (7) (Lundin, Simek), 2:19 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (3) (Tyrell), 19:22 (EN)

Tokarski and Ryan Craig were the game's first and third stars. Martins Karsums racked up his first point of the season in the game, finally.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11/2 Lightning at Flyers

It may be as simple as this: the Lightning are just an awful road team.

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Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Antero Nittymaki who allowed 1 goal on 13 shots the rest of the way.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Soo Trades DeCoste to Bulls

According to the Belleville Bulls Hockey Club (OHL), the Bulls have acquired Lightning prospect Kyle DeCoste from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for a 2011 conditional seventh round draft choice.

This is the second time in two seasons DeCoste has been traded. Last year the center/winger split the season between Brampton and the Soo, scoring 15 times while contributing 13 assists and 76 penalty minutes.

He has recorded two goals and three points along with 20 penalty minutes in 13 games played so far with the Greyhounds in this, his fourth OHL season.

DeCoste, who has a goal and an assist in his last two games, was taken by the Lightning in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

CHL Game Night: 11/1

QMJHL

Montreal Junior @ Moncton Wildcats
D Mark Barberio, MCT: Game canceled.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-11-13, +3, 20 PIM

Moncton has a slew of players out with injuries and several woke up Sunday ill with the flu leaving the Wildcats with only 11 healthy skaters. According to the Wildcats, “the team doctors for the Wildcats and the QMJHL discussed the situation and it was decided that in the best interest of both teams, game cancellation was the best alternative at this time.”

OHL

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste (pictured) has points in two straight games. His second goal of the year tied the score at one for the Soo against the East Division leading Fronts.

Belleville Bulls 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 26 shots.
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-5-1-0, 3.58 GAA, .891 sv%, 1 SO

Oshawa outshot Belleville 37-26, but Zador dropped his fourth straight decision. His 7 GAA (51 saves) loss to London on Friday snuck under the radar here at BoltProspects – probably a good thing.

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