KHL Game Day: 9/28/10

Cherepovets 3 @ Spartak Moscow 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 27/29, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-4-0, 1 SO, 2.46 GAA, .918 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin snapped a three game personal losing streak in a 27 save win over Spartak Moscow. Severstal got two goals and an assist from Stanislav Zhmakin in the win.

Admirals Training Camp Opens; Bolts Reassign Chris Durno

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals opened their 2010 training camp today with 30 players on their roster.

Joining the 21 players assigned by the Lightning to Norfolk on Sunday will be the following eight players on tryout invites: forwards Shea Guthrie, Alexandre Imbeault and Francis Lemieux; defensemen Craig Cescon, Mitch McColm, Troy Milam, Philippe Paquet and Bob Raymond. On Monday, the Lightning placed also placed forward Chris Durno on waivers for purposes of reassignment to Norfolk.

Training camp will open with fifteen forwards, eleven defensemen and two goaltenders. At forward are Chris Durno, Blair Jones, Mike Angelidis, Stefano Giliati, Paul Szczechura, Mitch Fadden, Juraj Simek, Shea Guthrie, James Wright, Francis Lemieux, Alexandre Imbeault, Alex Hutchings, Tim Marks, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Niklas Persson and Matt Fornataro. On defense are Philippe Paquet, Kevin Quick, Craig Cescon, Ty Wishart, Mark Barberio, Scott Jackson, Radko Gudas, Bob Raymond, Mitch McColm, Troy Milam and Vladimir Mihalik. At goaltender are Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski.

Durno, Jones, Angelidis, Szczechura, Simek, Fritz and Mihalik are currently on waivers until noon on Tuesday. If they clear, they will officially join Norfolk's training camp.

Of the players currently in training camp, thirteen played for the Admirals in 2009-10: Quick, Wishart, Jones, Szczechura, Fadden, Simek, Jackson, Marks, Fritz, Fornataro, Mihalik, Janus and Tokarski.

European Game Day: 9/27/10

Elitserien
Linkopings 4 @ Sodertalje 0
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 13/17, 4.00 GAA, .765 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0, 0 SO, 3.05 GAA, .844 sv%

Riku Helenius is still searching for his first win of the season as he allowed 4 goals on 17 shots today in a 4-0 loss to Linkopings. Ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena had the shutout for Linkopings.

KHL
Hanti-Mansiysk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 13:13 of ice time in Riga's 3-2 loss to Yugra.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/26/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 0 @ Quesnel Millionaires 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-3-5, 6 PIM

O’Donnell remains third on the Vees in scoring. Penticton sits in third in the Interior Conference at 5-4-0-0. They were playing for the fourth consecutive night and fifth game in the last six days. The Vees went 3-2 in the 5 games. They’re now off until Thursday.

QMJHL

Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM

Janosik (pictured) earned his third point of the season, though it came in a loss to Shawinigan. The Olympiques outshot the Cataractes 41-16. Jean-Sebastien Boucher (undrafted), playing in his first game, stopped just 10 of 15 shots for Gatineau. Shawinigan added an empty netter.

WHL

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Regina Pats 1
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
09-10 Season Totals: 64 GP, 24-27-51, -12, 102 PIM

Ashton made his season debut for the Pats, but Regina fell in another close game to Brandon. Regina is now 0-2 on the young season. Ashton is wearing an alternate captain’s A on his sweater this year. The former first round pick of the Bolts scored two goals in NHL exhibition play last week before being returned to his junior team.

KHL Game Day: 9/26/10

Cherepovets 2 @ Yaroslavl 3
Vasily Koshehckin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/24, 3.04 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-4-0, 1 SO, 2.53 GAA, .915 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin's personal mini-slump extended to three games in a 3-2 loss to Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv got a goal and an assist, including the game winner, from ex-Flyers sixth round pick Konstantin Rudenko in the match.

Bolts Send 12 Prospects to Norfolk; 21 Total Players

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their roster by 21 players today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The team now has 28 players in camp. All 21 players will report to the Norfolk Admirals training camp, which begins on Tuesday.

The prospects that were reassigned to Norfolk include forwards Mitch Fadden, Stefano Giliati, Alex Hutchings, Juraj Simek, and the barely graduated James Wright and Paul Szczechura; defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick, and Ty Wishart; and goaltenders Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski.

Overage prospects cut from the Lightning training camp include forwards Mike Angelidis, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Blair Jones, and Niklas Persson.

Forwards Matt Fornataro and Tim Marks, who were invited to the Tampa camp as try-outs, have AHL contracts with the Admirals and will join the Lightning organizational players for the opening of the Norfolk training camp on Tuesday.

Angelidis, Fritz, Jones, Mihalik, Simek, and Szczechura must all clear waivers before their reassignment to Norfolk is complete.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/25/10

Connolly scores again ... Zahn finally scores ... multi-point effort for O'Donnell.

BCHL

Penticton Vees 6 @ Prince George Spruce Kings 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-2-2, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-3-5, 6 PIM

O’Donnell registered his first BCHL multi-point game, and also earned his third tripping minor penalty of the season.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/26/10 Lightning at Flames

My kingdom for some goaltending.

TB-4
CGY-5 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 23 shots and 1 goal on 2 shootout attempts for the penalty shot session loss.

First Period
TB 0:27, Lecavalier 1 (unassisted)
CGY 6:59, Brodie 1 (PP) (Giordano, Kotalik)
CGY 10:20, Brodie 2 (PP) (Giordano, Kotalik)

Second Period
CGY 8:30, Conroy 1 (Kronwall, Cunning)
TB 9:45, Gagne 1 (Stamkos, St. Louis)

Third Period
CGY 6:33, Kotalik 1 (Glencross, Giordano)
TB 8:59, Lecavalier 2 (PP) (Kubina, St. Louis)
TB 18:48, Stamkos 1 (PP) (Kubina, St. Louis)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB - NONE
CGY - Kotalik

Vincent Lecavalier was named the game's third star.

What did we learn from this preseason road trip? Three good things and one very ominous thing. 1.) The Lightning offensive firepower does translate from paper onto the ice. 2.) The Lightning's lower line depth is better than at any time I can remember. Even in the Stanley Cup season, the team was a little thin. 3.) Guy Boucher's system, right now, is translating to drastic reductions in the shots on goal the Lightning are giving up. But, 4.) All of that is for naught if the Lightning can't find a goaltender who can stop at least 90% of the shots they face. Get well soon Mike Smith, and get back on schedule soon, Dan Ellis.

Blair Jones was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 10:51 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

European Game Day: 9/25/10

Elitserien
Sodertalje 1 @ Timra 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 22/24, 2.04 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 2.73 GAA, .864 sv%

Timra got a game winning, third period goal from Antti Halonen to knock of Sodertalje. Timra added an empty net goal by Timo Parssinen as insurance. Sodertalje goaltender Riku Helenius is still looking for his first win of the season.

KHL
Dynamo Riga 4 @ St. Petersburg 6
Martins Karsums, Dyanmo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM

Former Lightning prospect Anton But had one goal and one assist to lead St. Petersburg to a 6-4 win over Dynamo Riga. Martins Karsums played 17:04 in the match.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/24/10

Connolly scores in his first game back ... Schemitsch nets his first ... Nearly a full lineup of Lightning prospect games as the OHL and WHL get underway.

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