Admirals Reassign Leavold

The Norfolk Admirals have reassigned forward Brady Leavold to the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL. Leavold, who was signed by the Salmon Kings last spring for the ECHL playoff run after he finished his junior career with the Kelowna Rockets, was signed to an AHL contract with Norfolk on August 7th, but the Salmon Kings held his ECHL rights after qualifying the forward on July 1st. Leavold earned an AHL contract after first being invited to Tampa's prospect camp this summer in Victoria. Leavold then participated on the Lightning's Traverse City prospect tournament team before reporting to Norfolk's training camp. Leavold's reassignment to Victoria comes just hours after the Lightning placed forward Jason Ward on waivers.

Leavold, 20, is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He appeared in each of Norfolk's first four games of the season, going scoreless with two penalty minutes.

NHL Game Night 10/21: Thrashers at Lightning

It's about time.

ATL-2
TB-3 (OT)

Mike Smith stopped 31 of 33 shots for his first win of the season.

First Period
07:18 TB Mark Recchi, (Radim Vrbata, Janne Niskala)

Second Period
13:10 TB Vaclav Prospal, (Mike Lundin, Martin St. Louis)

Third Period
06:37 ATL Colby Armstrong, (Todd White)

19:24 ATL Todd White, (Mathieu Schneider, Ron Hainsey)

Overtime
01:41 TB Vincent Lecavalier, (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)(PP)

Congratulations to Barry Melrose on his first win in the NHL in 13 years, and Oren Koules and Len Barrie on their first win as NHL owners.

Janne Niskala had 1 assist, 2 shots, and was +1 in 11:52.

Steven Stamkos had 4 shots, 2 hits, and was 46% on draws in 11:30.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Claim Pettinger; Lose Koci

It was a busy morning on Channelside today as the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed veteran forward Matt Pettinger off of recall waivers from the Vancouver Canucks. Pettinger, who was acquired by the Canucks at the trade deadline last February from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Matt Cooke, failed to make the Vancouver roster out of camp and was assigned to the AHL Manitoba Moose. Pettinger had 3 goals for Manitoba in 2 games, and has 56 goals, 105 points in 354 NHL games with the Capitals and Canucks. The Canucks are on the hook for half of his $1.1M contract, and he is expected to join the Lightning instead of being reassigned to Norfolk.

The Lightning also placed reserve forward Jason Ward on waivers today, presumably ahead of a possible signing and activation of veteran defenseman Marek Malik.

It was also announced by the NHL that enforcer David Koci was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Blues. Koci was waived on Monday ahead of an anticipated activation of foward Ryan Craig off of IR. Tampa will have the first option to reclaim Koci from the Blues if he cannot maintain a roster spot with St. Louis, and would be free to be reassigned to Norfolk by the Lightning.

Barberio Breaking Out

Lightning 2008 sixth round pick Mark Barberio was featured today in the Moncton paper:

When the Moncton Wildcats acquired Mark Barberio in a trade midway through 2006-07, he was known as a defensive defenceman. But it seems his identity has changed since then.

He began to take on a new look last season when he was the surprise runnerup in team scoring with 46 points, including 11 goals, in 70 games. That made him the ninth-highest scoring defenceman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Barring injury, he will likely surpass those statistics this season and move into the top five in Wildcats career scoring for a defenceman. He has 11 points, including four goals, in 11 games.

"I don't want to be branded as somebody who's only a defensive defenceman or only an offensive defenceman,'' said Barberio. "I like to consider myself an all-around defenceman.

For the rest of this feature, please see the Moncton Times-Transcript by clicking here.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 10/18

BCHL

Surrey Eagles 6 @ Victoria Grizzlies 5
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-9-15, 26 PIM

Courtnall's eight game points streak was snapped.

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Brampton Battalion 5
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 10 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 13 PIM

DeCoste has not registered a point in six games. He is minus-2 during that time, with no games finishing on the plus side of even.

Congratulations Rays!

This is a hockey website, but we must give love to Joe Maddon's Rays.

Beat Philly, just like the Lightning did in '04.

N.A. Juniors Game Night 10/18: Natural Hatter for Tyrell

Barberio gets an OT winner ... Refusing to go down without a fight, Tyrell unleashes on Red Deer ... Pickard vs. Tokarski Round 2.

NCAA Game Night: 10/18

NCAA

No.7 Miami Redhawks 3 @ No.17 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Vermont (2-0-1) won the shootout 2-1, but this will officially go down as a tie. Vermont next plays on Friday (Oct. 24) when they visit Boston College at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of last season’s Hockey East Championship game. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

ECHL Game Night 10/17: Lynx at Stingrays

Augusta failed in a comeback attempt in Charleston tonight against the South Carolina Stingrays. After falling behind 3-0, Augusta twice pulled within a goal before falling short 5-3 in their second game of the season. Lightning prospect netminder Riku Helenius again did not play, with Joel Martin stopping 33 of 38 shots. Kevin Quick, who started again tonight, was pointless and finished -1 with 2 shots.

Augusta 3 @ South Carolina 5
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 2 SOG

NHL Game Night 10/18: Wild at Lightning

It's getting better, but still not quite there.

MIN-1
TB-0 (SO)

Mike Smith was the hard luck shootout loser stopping 21 of 21 in regulation and overtime before allowing 1 of 3 in the penalty shot session.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MIN- Miettinen
TB- NONE

The Lightning outshot Minnesota 32-21 in the game.

Janne Niskala had 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:37.

David Koci had 4 penalty minutes in 0:41 of ice time (3 shifts).

Steven Stamkos had 4 shots and 2 hits and was 50% on draws in 13:56. He also failed to convert in the shootout session.

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

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