Andreas Holmqvist Returned to Prospect Page

This summer Bolt Prospects made the decision to remove Andreas Holmqvist from our prospects page upon the Lightning releasing an organizational roster that had omitted Andreas. This week we received some gentle prodding that his removal might have been premature, so we've returned him to the prospects page and we'll begin doing regular updates on his games in the Swedish Elitserien for Linkopings beginning with the club's next game on January 2nd.

Holmqvist has 5 goals and 12 points through 31 games this season with 34 penalty minutes with a +1 rating. He has also appeared for Sweden in two legs of the Euro Tour. Holmqvist had 1 goal in 3 games with 2 penalty minutes and a -2 rating in the Ceske Poijstovna Cup and he was scoreless in 3 games at the recent Channel One Cup.

In related news, goaltender Vasily Koshechkin was 1-0-1 at the Channel One Cup losing to Sweden in penalty shots 1-0 and shutting out Finland 3-0. He finished the tournament 1-0-1 with a 0.48 GAA and .978 save percentage.

CHL Game Day: 12/31

Kevin Beech got the day off as Sudbury lost to Brampton 4-1.

Chris Lawrence had an assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in Mississauga's 5-1 win over Windsor.

ECHL Game Night 12/31: Storm at Chiefs

The Chiefs' offense seems to be warming up.

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Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 35 shots faced for the win. The game was Cey's 4th start in 5 nights and he finishes the marathon stretch in Gerald Coleman's absence at 2-2-0. Doug Andress continued his strong season with a pair of goals while Dimitri Tarabrin, PJ Atherton and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers. The other Falcons goals were scored by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliot and Adam Henrich. Andre Deveaux and Grant Jacobsen each had individual helpers. Andress, Tarabrin and Cey were the game's three stars.

First Period
TOL Sitko, (2) , 14:02

Second Period
JHN Andress, (8) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 0:22
JHN Andress, (9) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 7:07

Third Period
JHN Henrich, (8) (Jacobsen, Atherton), 1:02
TOL James, (2) (Burke, Blight), 3:01 (PP)
JHN Hrdel, (3) (Deveaux, Martens), 10:21
JHN Elliott, (6) (Martens, Atherton), 14:50 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

AHL Game Day 12/31: Falcons at Monarchs

The 4th game in 5 nights was an awfully tough assignment.

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Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss. Manchester extends their Atlantic Division lead to six points with the Falcons still holding a game in hand. Rookie Andy Rogers led all Falcons with 4 shots on goal.

First Period
MCH Clarke, (12) (Gauthier, Moulson), 13:29 (PP)

Second Period
MCH Jackman, (7) (Harrold), 2:33 (SH)
MCH Werner, (3) (Giuliano, Kanko), 5:09

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Slovakia Finishes WJC Round Robin 0-4

Slovakia finished a U20 World Junior Championships round robin it would likely forget today by dropping its final game to Canadia 3-0. Slovakia fell to 0-4 in the tournament and now moves into the relegation round. Vladimir Mihalik was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes in the game. Marek Bartanus was even with a team leading 5 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes.

NCAA Game Night: 12/30

Mike Lundin scored a PP goal in Maine's 6-3 win over Cornell to take the Florida College Classic title. It was Lundin's 3rd goal of the season and 10th point.

John Wessbecker was scoreless with 2 PIM and a -2 rating in UMASS' 5-2 loss to Alabama-Huntsville in the third place game of the Dodge Holiday Classic.

Art Femenella did not play in Vermont's 4-2 loss in the championship of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup to St. Cloud State.

Dusty Collins was scoreless with 2 PIM in Northern Michigan's 4-3 loss to Notre Dame.

CHL Game Night: 12/30

Dane Crowley had a power play assist and was -1 as Swift Current defeated Medicine Hat 5-2. Crowley extended his personal point scoring streak to 5 games.

NHL Game Night 12/30: Canadiens at Lightning

The long climb back begins now.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 12 of 13 shots faced for the win. Holmqvist improves to 10-8-0 this season. Brad Richards had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game while Dan Boyle had 2 assists. Vaclav Prospal snapped a two month long goalless drought and Filip Kuba added an insurance goal in the game. Individual helpers went to Martin St. Louis, Ruslan Fedotenko and Cory Sarich. The Lightning move back to 1 game under .500 and out of the basement of the Southeast Division.

First Period
Tampa Bay 11:28, Brad Richards 14 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)

Second Period
Montreal 2:07, Alexander Perezhogin 5 (Mike Johnson, Francis Bouillon)
Tampa Bay 7:00, Vaclav Prospal 4 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Cory Sarich)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 7:07, Filip Kuba 6 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Brad Richards)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/30: Chiefs at Nailers

Johnstown rides a third period explosion back to the .500 mark.

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Morgan Cey stopped 29 of 30 shots faced for the win as Gerald Coleman remains out with a groin strain. PJ Atherton lead the way offensively for the Chiefs with 1 goal and 2 assists as he continues a strong rookie pro campaign. Bryan Nathe had 2 goals while Dimitri Tarabrin and Andre Deveaux each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Radek Smolenak had a pair of helpers while Brandon Elliot and Eric Przepiorka notched the other Chiefs other goals. Finally, adding individual helpers were Zbynek Hrdel, Gus Katsuras and Jean Desrochers. Adam Henrich was tossed for unsportsmanlike conduct in a third period that saw the Chiefs outshoot Wheeling 24-4 and score six, SIX, consecutive power play goals to finish 6/8 on the night. Holy cow. Cey, Nathe and Smolenak were the game's three stars.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
WHE Cameron, (14) (Bissonnette, Patrick), 8:40
JHN Nathe, (2) (Hrdel, Smolenak), 12:51

Third Period
JHN Atherton, (4) (Martens, Smolenak), 0:40 (PP)
JHN Tarabrin, (1) (Desrochers, Martens), 3:12 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (5) (Atherton, Deveaux), 6:34 (PP)
JHN Deveaux, (3) (Atherton, Martens), 13:13 (PP)
JHN Nathe, (3) (Katsuras, Tarabrin), 13:47 (PP)
JHN Przepiorka, (3) , 17:21 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/30: Sound Tigers at Falcons

Karri Ramo's superb play may be overshadowing him, but that hasn't stopped Jonathan Boutin from showing a remarkable amount of progress this season.

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Boutin stopped 36 of 37 shots faced tonight to extend Springfield's winning streak to four games. The win moves Boutin to a positively brilliant 5-0-1 for the month of December with a minisculle 1.59 GAA and a gaudy .949 save percentage in 8 appearances. Ramo gets a lot of much deserved publicity and praise, but Boutin has actually matched or bested him in almost every statistical category but wins this year. Boutin's save percentage has improved 35 points from where he finished last season and he's climbing the learning curve at such a steep rate at some point we need to start talking about Boutin possibly earning some time in the NHL within the next year. Three years ago, goaltending was the biggest weakness of the organization prospect wise. Now it's almost a embarassment of riches.

Norm Milley led the Falcons offensively with a pair of assists as the team got goals from Doug O'Brien, Daniel Corso and Andy Delmore. Blair Jones, Marek Kvapil, Matt Smaby and Eric Healey added individual assists. Snakebitten David Spina failed on a penalty shot attempt early in the first period in the game. Boutin, Milley and Smaby were named the game's three stars.

The Falcons now move to 5 games over .500 at 19-14-1 for 39 points. Their win coupled with a Portland shootout loss to Worcester moves the Falcons into a tie for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division 4 points behind Manchester with a game in hand. It's the stuff that dreams are made of, it really is.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SPR O'Brien, (1) (Jones, Kvapil), 6:05
BRI Regier, (9) (Nielsen, Boguniecki), 8:38 (PP)
SPR Corso, (5) (Milley, Smaby), 18:49

Third Period
SPR Delmore, (9) (Milley, Healey), 4:50 (PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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