NHL Game Night: 11/3 Lightning at Leafs

Ugly, but I'll take it, I suppose.

TB-2
TOR-1 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 41 shots for the victory. I honestly don't know why there isn't a goaltending controversy at this point.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 18:34, Lecavalier 2 (Ohlund)

Third Period
TOR 5:04, White 3 (Hagman, Beauchemin)(PP)

Overtime
TB 2:21, Malone 9 (Tanguay)

It's lucky that A.) Nittymaki stood on his head again, and B.) Toronto is just awful enough to lose games like this even when they deserve to win. Allowing 41 shots to a team like the Leafs is a joke. Maybe the momentum and mojo the team will get from winning an overtime game will help them in the confidence department, but this is still a terrible Lightning team on the road.

Steve Downie was +1 with 2 hits in 11:44.

Drew Miller only played 4:09 in the game.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and was 75% on draws in 4:52.

James Wright played 13:25.

Victor Hedman was +2 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 25:46. He also had 4 PIMs, though.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Report: Norfolk to Return Janus to OHL

A report on the Erie Times-News' web site states the AHL's Norfolk Admirals will return goaltender Jaroslav Janus to the OHL's Erie Otters this week.

The newspaper received confirmation of the expected transaction from Janus' agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.

The report also states the Lightning are interested in signing Janus after this season.

Janus, a 2009 sixth round pick of the Lightning, began the season with Norfolk on a 25-game professional tryout contract. He has played in two of Norfolk's 10 games, accumulating a 0-2-0 record, a 1.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a .939 save percentage. Last year he posted a 25-20-4 record with Erie, along with a 3.24 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Otters have struggled defensively this year so far, and Janus will be a welcomed re-addition.

Janus' expected departure from Norfolk would leave the club with Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius in net.(Norfolk Admirals photo)

Killorn ECAC Player of the Week

Harvard's Alex Killorn was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Monday, November 2, after scoring two goals and an assist in the Crimson’s 5-3 win vs. Dartmouth last Friday.

According to the Harvard Gazette, Killorn was named ECAC Rookie of the Week November 24, 2008, and was named an honorable mention for the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Rookie of the Month in February. He finished his freshman year with six goals, nine assists, and 15 points in 30 games.

He was a standout this past summer for the Lightning in the club's post-draft prospect camp.

Killorn was taken by the Lightning in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

AHL Game Night: 11/2 Admirals at Moose

The Tick only needs two goals of support.

NOR-3
MTB-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 26 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Craig, (7) (Karsums, Tokarski), 1:29
MTB McCue, (1) (Maxwell, Salcido), 11:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (7) (Lundin, Simek), 2:19 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (3) (Tyrell), 19:22 (EN)

Tokarski and Ryan Craig were the game's first and third stars. Martins Karsums racked up his first point of the season in the game, finally.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11/2 Lightning at Flyers

It may be as simple as this: the Lightning are just an awful road team.

TB-2
PHI-6

Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Antero Nittymaki who allowed 1 goal on 13 shots the rest of the way.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Soo Trades DeCoste to Bulls

According to the Belleville Bulls Hockey Club (OHL), the Bulls have acquired Lightning prospect Kyle DeCoste from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for a 2011 conditional seventh round draft choice.

This is the second time in two seasons DeCoste has been traded. Last year the center/winger split the season between Brampton and the Soo, scoring 15 times while contributing 13 assists and 76 penalty minutes.

He has recorded two goals and three points along with 20 penalty minutes in 13 games played so far with the Greyhounds in this, his fourth OHL season.

DeCoste, who has a goal and an assist in his last two games, was taken by the Lightning in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

CHL Game Night: 11/1

QMJHL

Montreal Junior @ Moncton Wildcats
D Mark Barberio, MCT: Game canceled.
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-11-13, +3, 20 PIM

Moncton has a slew of players out with injuries and several woke up Sunday ill with the flu leaving the Wildcats with only 11 healthy skaters. According to the Wildcats, “the team doctors for the Wildcats and the QMJHL discussed the situation and it was decided that in the best interest of both teams, game cancellation was the best alternative at this time.”

OHL

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste (pictured) has points in two straight games. His second goal of the year tied the score at one for the Soo against the East Division leading Fronts.

Belleville Bulls 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 22 saves on 26 shots.
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-5-1-0, 3.58 GAA, .891 sv%, 1 SO

Oshawa outshot Belleville 37-26, but Zador dropped his fourth straight decision. His 7 GAA (51 saves) loss to London on Friday snuck under the radar here at BoltProspects – probably a good thing.

KHL Game Day: 11/1

Cherepovets 4 @ Omsk 3 (SO)
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 10-7, 2 SO, 1.89 GAA, .912 sv%

Ramo missed his second straight start for Omsk.

The KHL now goes on break for the Karjala Cup tournament. Initital rosters for the tournament include former Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil on the Czech Republic's roster, former Lightning player Janne Niskala on Finland's roster, Lightning prospect Vasily Koshechkin on Russia's roster, and former Lightning player Jimmie Olvestad and current Lightning prospect Johan Harju on Sweden's roster.

Gotovets Update

D Kirill Gotovets, Shattuck-Saint Mary's, USHS
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-3-5, 33 PIM

Gotovets, a Cornell recruit and a 2009 seventh round draft choice of the Lightning, is having a so-so year offensively thus far for Shattuck-Saint Mary's (Minnesota, USHS). After accumulating six goals and 29 points in 50 games last season, the defenseman has five points after 14 games this season. His first goal of the season came on October 7, a 5-4 loss to Northeast. He also had 15 penalty minutes in the game for grabbing an opponent's facemask (5 minute major) and a subsequent game misconduct. That game would also end his three game point streak. He scored again against Southwest on October 11, a 4-1 win. Two of his three assists have come on the power play. His 33 penalty minutes leads the team. Gotovets missed Shattuck's last game, a 3-2 loss to Northwest on October 25.

NCAA Game Night: 10/31

No.20 Michigan State Spartans 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 8 PIM

The Broncos put up a good fight, but dropped both games of a home-and-home with MSU this weekend. The Spartans scored a shorthanded empty netter to give the game its final score.

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