Rosehill Suspended Four Games

The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals forward Jay Rosehill has been suspended for four (4) games and Springfield Falcons defenseman Theo Peckham has been suspended for three (3) games as a result of their altercation prior to an AHL game between the teams in Springfield on Nov. 21.

In addition, both the Admirals and Falcons have been fined an undisclosed amount.

Rosehill will miss Norfolk’s games on Wednesday (Nov. 26) vs. Springfield, Friday (Nov. 28) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Saturday (Nov. 29) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Sunday (Nov. 30) at Hershey.

ECHL: Lynx Has Not Folded

WJBF-TV Channel 6 in Augusta is reporting that the ECHL announced late Wednesday afternoon that the Augusta Lynx will remain a member of the league. From that JFBF report:

A release from ECHL Senior Vice President of Communications Jack Carnefix said “In response to published reports about the future of the Augusta Membership, the ECHL hereby announces that contrary to those reports the Augusta Lynx continue as a member in the ECHL. Any rumors to the contrary are simply not true. Augusta plays at Gwinnett on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and hosts Charlotte on Saturday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday at 4 p.m.”

The announcement came in response to a report on the Charlotte Observer newspaper web site Wednesday that said the Charlotte Checkers, as well as other ECHL teams, were adjusting their schedule to account for the Lynx disbanding. The report went on to say that the ECHL Board of Governors would meet to decide Augusta’s fate on Wednesday. The ECHL’s release came confirming the Lynx membership in the league came after that meeting.

By early Wednesday afternoon, the report had been removed from the Observer’s web site.

Heward Reassigned to Norfolk; Admirals Acquire Potulny

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Jamie Heward to the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Heward, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman, skated on Sunday in Tampa Bay against the New Jersey Devils, going scoreless with three blocked shots. Heward was recalled last Saturday after Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek suffered an injury last Friday against the Predators. Heward has skated in 12 contests for the Admirals this season, scoring five goals and seven assists with 16 penalty minutes. Four of his goals and six of his assists have come on the power play. Heward ranks in the top ten of AHL scoring by defensemen and registered a goal and two assists on Friday in Springfield to run his point streak to an Admirals season-high seven games (4G, 6A).

The Norfolk Admirals have acquired forward Grant Potulny from the San Antonio Rampage in exchange for future considerations, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today. "With the void left by the trade of Wyatt Smith last night, we needed an experienced forward with good character in our lineup," said Butters. "Grant Potulny is a great character guy who is a proven scorer in the American Hockey League. He brings a wealth of experience to our lineup, but at the same time does not qualify as a veteran under AHL guidelines."

NCAA Game Night: 11/25

No.13 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ No.17 UMass Minutemen 2 (Hockey East)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-2-2, +9, 10 PIM

Vermont was down 2-0 at the halfway point of the game, then came storming back to take the road win in OT. Senior Peter Lenes (undrafted) scored the winner.

*USCHO poll used for rankings.

Wyatt Smith Traded to Phoenix

The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded forward Wyatt Smith to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for future considerations, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Smith, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, had played in 18 games with the Admirals this season, recording three goals and eight points. He is a veteran of 211 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. Smith has amassed 10 goals and 32 points in those games. He has also played in five career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Ramo Reassigned to Norfolk; Henley Recalled from Lynx

Lightning GM Brian Lawton announced today that goaltending prospect Karri Ramo has been reassigned from Tampa Bay to the Norfolk Admirals (AHL). The Admirals resume play Wednesday night against the Springfield Falcons at home. Ramo was recalled after Saturday's Norfolk game and played in relief of starter Olaf Kolzig in Sunday night's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Sullivan Rejoins Lightning Coaching Staff

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that Mike Sullivan is returning to the Lightning coaching staff as an assistant to Interim Head Coach Rick Tocchet. Sullivan, along with the entire Lightning coaching staff, was dismissed by the new ownership group headed by Oren Koules and Len Barrie last summer when they hired Barry Melrose and Tocchet as their new coaching staff. Sullivan has remained under contract to the Lightning and on the club's payroll while looking for new coaching opportunities.

In a Lightning press release, GM Brian Lawton spoke highly of Sullivan's return to the Bolt bench. “We are excited to add Mike to our coaching staff,” Lawton said. “He’s been here and knows the players well, and he’s an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching. Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and International levels.”

BoltProspects 2008-2009 Preliminary Rankings Report

Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Preliminary Prospect Rankings for the 2008-2009 season. Eight prospects make their debut in the Top 25 since the end of the 2007-2008 season. Half of the debutantes enter the list via the 2008 NHL Entry Draft including the #1 overall pick. The other half enter the list via various trades and acquisitions made by the new Lightning ownership.

Just a reminder of the rules: a prospect is any player under the age of 24 on opening night of the Lightning’s NHL season that has not played 41 or more games in an NHL season or more than 82 games in their NHL career. For goaltenders, the games thresholds are slightly different. Netminders will be considered prospects if they have not achieved 30 or more decisions in an NHL season or 41 decisions in their NHL careers. In addition, all college players will be considered prospects, regardless of their age, until they graduate. Players over the age of 24 on opening night that have not graduated are considered overage prospects.

With all the legal disclaimers out of the way, lets begin:

1. C Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay (NHL)

Despite a slow start to his rookie campaign, Stamkos remains the clear consensus choice as the Lightning's top prospect. It's only a matter of time before Stamkos, with his world class speed and shot, becomes one of the game's elite forwards. We just hope the Lightning can finally figure out the right linemates and role to put Stamkos in a position to succeed.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/23

QMJHL
Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-13-17, -2, 14 PIM

Cunti may be seen on the sides of milk cartons in eastern Quebec.

OHL
Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Brampton Battalion 3
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (checking-from-behind, cross-checking)
Season totals: DeCoste: 22 GP, 5-4-9, -9, 23 PIM

ECHL Game Night 11/22: Bombers at Lynx

Kevin Quick opened the scoring Sunday for the Lynx giving Augusta a 1-0 lead over the visiting Dayton Bombers with a power-play marker 8:19 into the 1st period on a feed from fellow Bolt prospect Chris Lawrence. Forward Patrick Bordeleau used his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame to screen Dayton goaltender Tyler Plante, and Quick's shot squeezed through for the early lead. Coming off a franchise worst 12-0 loss the previous night to Florida, the Lynx rebounded with a 17-5 shot differential in the 1st period against the Bombers, but Dayton would battle back, tallying even strength and power play goals in the 2nd period and handing the Lynx a 2-1 defeat. This was Augusta's sixth straight loss, and their third in three nights.

Dayton 2 @ Augusta 1
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 1-0-1; E; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-1-1; -1; 4 PIM (cross-checking; interference); 1 SOG

Augusta falls to 5-8-1-1, and play next on Thanksgiving night at 7:05pm EST against the Gwinnett Gladiators at the Gwinnett Center Arena in the north Atlanta suburb, before a home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers next Saturday and Sunday.

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