The South Carolina Stingrays blanked the punchless Lynx 4-0 in an afternoon tilt at James Brown Arena. The Lynx, coming off an impressive offensive effort after losing Slattenren and Keller to the AHL, put up 25 shots but Washington Capitals 2006 2nd round rookie prospect netminder Michal Neuvirth slammed the door shut for his first professional shutout. Lighting rookie prospect goaltender Riku Helenius allowed four goals on 26 shots, while Kevin Quick was scoreless on four shots. Forward Chris Lawrence who was reassigned to Augusta from Norfolk by the Lighting earlier in the day, has not yet joined the team.
South Carolina 4 @ Augusta 0
G Riku Helenius: 4 GA; 60:00 MIN; 22 SV; 26 SH
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; E; 0 PIM; 4 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: did not play
Augusta falls to 5-4-1 and hits the road for a back-to-back tilt against the Florida Everblades in Estero next Friday and Saturday.
Anton But had 1 assist in three games helping Russia (2-1-0) win the Finnish leg of the Euro Tour, the Karjala Cup. But's helper came on the only goal in Russia's 1-0 tournament opening win against Sweden. The veteran winger also scored to cap off a 1-0 shootout victory in the final match of the tournament against the Czech Republic. But also had 2 penalty minutes and was +1 in the tournament.
Also appearing in the tournament among Lightning prospects was Sweden's Johan Harju. "Big Joe" was scoreless with just 1 shot on goal in 3 games.
The Norfolk Admirals have announced that they have sent RW/C Chris Lawrence down to Augusta of the ECHL. Lawrence, who is in his second professional season, has struggled with just 1 assist in 10 games for the Admirals after a strong Traverse City tournament for the Lightning. Lawrence may return to Norfolk after the team's week long road trip through the northeast that begins on Tuesday at Lowell.
Fadden beats Tokarski, but Tokarski beats Fadden...
No.18 Harvard Crimson 1 @ Union Dutchmen 3 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM (interference, tripping), 4 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, E, 12 PIM
Killorn scored his first official collegiate goal on the power play for the Crimson, but it wasnâ€™t enough as Union broke a 0-6-1 streak against Harvard for the win. Killorn also scored a shorthanded goal late in the third, but the goal was waived off as the refs determined a Crimson player made contact with the Union goalie before the puck went in. According to a USCHO recap, video appeared to show the puck was by Corey Milan before he was interfered with, but the refs did not overturn it. Harvard coach Ted Donato â€œdisagreedâ€ with the call and was ejected for his protest.
No.14 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 2 (Hockey East)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (boarding), 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 4 PIM
UMass Minutemen 1 @ Merrimack Warriors 3 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +7, 8 PIM
*USCHO poll used for rankings.
Can you believe there was a time when people were trying to run Jussi Jokinen out of town?
Mike Smith was excellent, allowing just 1 goal on 36 shots for the win. I thought Barry Melrose might give Smith a couple of nights off after the frustration he showed late in the Rangers game, but he threw Smith right back in and the young netminder responded.
17:20 PHI Briere (4), (Gagne, Richards)(PP)
07:58 TB Jokinen (5), (Recchi, Roberts)
13:35 TB Prospal (3), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
The best free agent signing of the offseason by the Lightning? Mark Recchi at $1.25M? Don't look now, but the old man has 8 points in 13 games so far this season.
Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 44% on draws in 9:39.
Karri Ramo allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the win.
RFD Pelletier, (5) (Kontiola, Skille), 2:33
NOR Segal, (7) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 3:35
NOR Konopka, (3) (Ward, Heward), 3:47
NOR Kearns, (2) , 19:13 (EN)
Steve Downie was +1 with 9 penalty minutes in his Norfolk debut, including a fighting major with an unsportsmanlike conduct chaser.
This team started clicking this weekend thanks in part to Zenon Konopka snapping an eight game goalless drought to chip in goals in each of the games against Rockford. Norfolk is now 5 points back of fourth place Philadelphia in the division, and they will start a road trip through the Atlantic Division starting Tuesday against Lowell before back-to-back games against Manchester on Friday and Saturday. Both teams are under-.500 and give an opportunity for the 3-6-2 Admirals to start to climb the ladder.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Kevin Quick assisted on the game-winning power-play goal as the Augusta Lynx defeated the Charlotte Checkers in OT on Friday night. It was just Augusta's 2nd home game of the season as the Lynx surrendered a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period, but took advantage of an Charlotte hooking penalty in the extra session and reclaimed the victory. Riku Helenius was given the night off as recent signee Mike Brodeur made 30 saves for Augusta's 5th win of the season.
Charlotte 3 @ Augusta 4 OT
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-1-1; +1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
Augusta improves to 5-3-1 and continues their home stand against the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday afternoon.
Ward had been placed on waivers and cleared just over a week ago, and had been awaiting word on his playing future with the organization. Ward has been a scratch for all but one game this season, but indicated to the Tribune's Eric Erlendsson that he was relieved to have an opportunity to play instead of watching, even if it was at the AHL level. Ward's future with the Lightning had been in doubt since early in the summer when the new ownership group begin acquiring an abundance of forward depth. Ward's arrival in Norfolk will put the team 2 players over the veteran roster limit, which means Admirals head coach Darren Rumble will have decisions to make on who will play and who will sit.