Before last summer's NHL draft, Luca Cunti decided he wanted to play in college.
Most of his preparation for the move came long distance, from his native Switzerland. About the time the Tampa Bay Lightning made him their third-round pick, two schools held his interest: St. Cloud State and Clarkson.
Five months later, the Huskies meet the Golden Knights tonight. And Cunti isn't playing for either of them. He chose SCSU, but has been waiting more than two months for the NCAA to decide his amateur status.
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According to the Lightning, Everett Silvertips defenseman Dane Crowley will miss both of Everett's games this weekend due to injuries sustained from a blindside hit Tuesday night against Kamloops.
Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald reports Crowley received a facial cut and a concussion on a hit from Blazers defenseman Mike Gauthier. Patterson states there was no penalty called on the play, but "the Tips claim it was a hit to the head from behind and are weighing whether to send a video of the hit to the league for review."
Crowley has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points in 23 games for Everett this season.
Highlights from Tuesday and Wednesday:
- 4 point night for Courtnall
- Fadden extends his point streak to 6 games
- Helenius nearly breaks his losing streak
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 3-1 loss to Ufa.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 6-1 loss to Togliatti.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to Dynamo.
For the second straight game some dubious officiating leaves the stench of league bias in Lightning land.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 29 shots for the loss.
First, I give credit to Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers defensive discipline. This was a tight game that could've gone either way.
However, someone needs to explain to me the disallowed third period goal. The goal was waived off by the referee on the ice and there was no definitive shot of the puck crossing the line. Of course, the reason why there was no definitive shot of the puck crossing the line was because Brendan Shanahan's glove was closed on top of it.
Now, last I checked, that's a penalty shot. It was one or the other. It was either a goal, or it was penalty shot. Instead, mighty and wise Toronto says no goal and they line it up at center ice. No acknowledgement of the fact Shanahan just broke a major rule to keep the puck out. No penalty shot. So when the Lightning scored with about 16 seconds left in the game, how furious do you think I was? How furious do you think Torts is going to be when he sees the tape? The league's a joke, a total, absolute joke. This was almost as bad as Chara-gate in Boston last year. Gorilla Monsoon's WWF was more on the up and up than Bettman's NHL is.
Norfolk gets an early touchdown and holds Philly to a field goal.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 28 of 31 shots faced to advance his record to 4-2-2 on the season.
NOR Wanvig, (11) , 0:39 (PEN/SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Keller, Stewart), 0:51
NOR Jones, (5) (Fletcher, Keller), 10:20 (PP)
NOR Campbell, (1) (Scalzo, Jones), 18:23 (PP)
NOR MacDonald, (2) (Smaby, Milley), 18:55
NOR Milley, (3) (MacDonald), 13:13
PHI Downie, (1) (Ross, Parent), 17:56
PHI Ross, (6) , 4:39 (SH)
PHI Picard, (2) (Downie, Potulny), 10:03
NOR Stewart, (2) (MacDonald, Wanvig), 18:22 (PP)
Norfolk now 2 points out of the last playoff spot in their division with a 2 game set against Springfield coming up.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.