N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/6

Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (OT)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 shots on goal

Kootenay Ice 3 @ Prince George Cougars 2 (SO)
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (holding, tripping)

Tyrell was PG's first shooter in the extra-extra session, but failed to score.

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 6
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, stopped 37 of 40 shots

Everett Silvertips 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 4
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Due to injuries, Everett is down to just two defensemen that could be considered WHL veterans. The ‘Tips are a lock to make the playoffs and currently sit 4th in the U.S. Division 1 point behind Seattle.

AHL Game Night 2/6: Penguins at Admirals

Admirals en fuego.

NOR-3 (SO)

Marc Denis stopped 26 of 28 shooters in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 4 penalty shots for the shootout victory.

First Period
WBS Brent, (10) (Engelland, James), 12:44

Second Period
WBS Wallace, (8) (Letestu, Bissonnette), 5:25
NOR Stewart, (10) (Milley, Scalzo), 9:43 (SH)

Third Period
NOR Lessard, (14) (Szczechura), 2:21


NOR-Lessard, Wanvig

Junior Lessard and Karl Stewart were named the game's first and second stars.

Radek Smolenak, who got into a fight just 3 seconds into the game, saw his points streak snapped at 7 games.

Norfolk is now 5-0-2 in their last 7 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/5

Powell River Kings 4 @ Victoria Grizzlies 5 (OT)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (interference)

Courtnall scored his 17th goal of the year in the second period to give Victoria a temporary 2-1 lead.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 7 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 0
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)

One of Fadden’s assists came when his shot hit the post and a teammate put in the rebound. Lethbridge has been on fire offensively lately, but have been doing so without giant contributions by their big line of Fadden-Boychuk-Sceviour.

Quick to Des Moines?

Erik Erlendsson writes that defenseman Kevin Quick, who was recently dismissed from Michigan of the CCHA, has had his name added to the roster of Des Moines of the USHL on the league's statistical website. Erlendsson goes on to write that the Lightning are unsure at this time whether or not Quick has indeed joined Des Moines.

Of Note: There has been no announcement from the Des Moines club, nor is Quick listed on Des Moines' roster on the team's official site. However, Pointstreak.com has the transaction of Quick being added to the Buccaneers listed on its player movement page.

Earlier this year Lightning prospect Luca Cunti was mistakenly listed on a Chicago Steel statistical report when he was still with St. Cloud State University. He would join Chicago a month later.

Again, nothing has been confirmed.

NHL Game Night 2/5: Lightning at Blues

Never a dull moment.


Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the win.

First Period
Tampa Bay 6:01, Paul Ranger 9 (Martin St. Louis, Dan Boyle)
St. Louis 6:29, Brad Boyes 30 (Andy McDonald, Jeff Woywitka)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 6:55, Martin St. Louis 20 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Chris Gratton)
St. Louis 14:02, Keith Tkachuk 17 (power play) (Eric Brewer, Andy McDonald)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 4:25, Jason Ward 6 (Mathieu Darche, Filip Kuba)
Tampa Bay 7:13, Paul Ranger 10 (Craig MacDonald)
Tampa Bay 14:55, Nick Tarnasky 5 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
St. Louis 15:04, Jamal Mayers 8 (Jay McClement, Lee Stempniak)
St. Louis 19:37, David Perron 10 (Paul Kariya, Eric Brewer)

The only team I know that can build a three goal lead with 5:05 left in the game and it's still not completely safe. Have mercy.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Helenius Shares ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Thomas McCollum of the Guelph Storm and Lightning prospect Riku Helenius of the Seattle Thunderbirds were both named ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting practically identical numbers last week.

McCollum was 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and .987 save percentage in two games while Helenius was 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and .980 save percentage in two games.

Helenius stopped 27 of the 28 shots faced as the Thunderbirds downed the Prince Albert Raiders 3-1 on Wednesday and he stopped all 22 shots faced as the Thunderbirds shut-out the Portland Winter Hawks 4-0 on Saturday. Helenius, a 19-year-old from Ilves-Tampere, Finland, improved to 15-9-5-1 this season with a 2.37 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 30 games as a WHL rookie.

Fellow Lightning prospect Torrie Jung won the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award January 8.

ECHL Game Night 2/2: Columbia @ Mississippi

Ryan Munce stopped 26 shots as the Sea Wolves defeated the Columbia Inferno 4-2 Saturday night. Munce was named the game's Third Star capping his 13th win on the season. The Sea Wolves, down 1-0 after the 1st, score three 2nd period goals. Mississippi's top line of Marek Kvapil, Ryan Menai, and Jason Tejchma continues to produce as they started the scoring 3:26 into the 2nd frame.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/2

Prince George Spruce Kings 3 @ Victoria Grizzlies 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-1-2, 5 PIM (goaltender interference)

Indiana Ice 2 @ Chicago Steel 1 (SO)
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: Did not play.

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 6
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Loss, stopped 28 of 34 shots

Kamloops Blazers 8 @ Prince George Cougars 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Portland Winter Hawks 0
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, shutout, stopped 22 of 22 shots

Vancouver Giants 5 @ Everett Silvertips 2
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (hooking)

NHL Game Night 2/2: Panthers at Lightning



Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 32 shots in the loss getting outdueled by Tomas Vokoun who stood on his head stopping 44 shots.

First Period
Florida 3:00, Jay Bouwmeester 10 (Nathan Horton, David Booth)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 4:12, Chris Gratton 9 (Craig MacDonald, Brad Lukowich)
Tampa Bay 18:17, Vaclav Prospal 22 (Dan Boyle, Paul Ranger)

Third Period
Florida 14:04, Olli Jokinen 25 (power play) (Jay Bouwmeester, Nathan Horton)
Florida 18:55, Richard Zednik 10 (Jassen Cullimore, Kamil Kreps)

That was probably the season. The Lightning lose a 4 point game in the division when they were already hanging on by a fingernail. The question now is not whether the Lightning will be sellers. The question is how much will be sold. There's little doubt in my mind guys like Prospal, Gratton, and probably one out of Kuba and Lukowich will be moving. The big question now is Dan Boyle.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day 2/2: Admirals at Penguins

Break up the Admirals!


Jonathan Boutin stopped 29 of 32 shots faced for the win.

First Period
NOR Milley, (13) (Kearns, Mihalik), 16:13 (SH)

Second Period
NOR Kearns, (2) (Milley), 11:51

Third Period
WBS Brent, (9) (Stone, D'Aversa), 2:19 (PP)
WBS Minard, (20) (James, Goligoski), 3:30
NOR Szczechura, (8) (Wanvig, Lessard), 4:37 (PP)
NOR Smolenak, (4) (Szczechura, Mihalik), 12:15 (PP)
WBS Ardelan, (4) (McLean, Daoust), 19:03 (PP)

Paul Szczechura, Norm Milley, and Bracken Kearns were named the game's three stars. Szczechura now has 6 goals and 12 points in 8 games since joining the Admirals. Sign. This. Cat.

Radek Smolenak extended his points streak to six games. Vladimir Mihalik had the second multi-point game of his young career posting a pair of helpers.

Norfolk won despite being outshot a stunning 32-16.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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