ECHL Game Night 12/29: Chiefs at Titans

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Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 33 in the loss. PJ Atherton had a power play goal from Andrew Martens and Zbynek Hrdel.

First Period
JHN Atherton, (3) (Martens, Hrdel), 5:41 (PP)

Second Period
TREN Pandolfo, (20) (Bertoli, Miller), 13:26
TREN Miller, (3) (Pandolfo, Manley), 13:56

Third Period
NO SCORING

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

Erlendsson: More to the Afanasenkov/Karlsson Situation

Erlendsson posts more on his blog shedding light on the manuevering going on as the Lightning try to give themselves the cap flexibility to make a trade. According to Jay Feaster, if Afanasenkov and Karlsson clear waivers they will not be assigned to the minors unless a deal is done and the Lightning need the cap room to fit a new player in. The Lightning will have 30 days or 10 games played for each player in which to make a deal and send them down before they have to send each of them through waivers. Basically, Feaster is attempting to give himself a one month window in which he has the opportunity to free $1.2M under the cap to make a deal.

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Erlendsson: Afanasenkov and Karlsson Placed on Waivers

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune's blog, forwards Andreas Karlsson and Dimitry Afanasenkov have been waived by the Tampa Bay Lightning to free $1.2 million dollars in anticipation of either a trade or the recall of a defenseman after Filip Kuba and Paul Ranger suffered minor injuries (to their reputations in Ranger's case) in last night's loss to Philadelphia. When and if Afanasenkov and Karlsson clear waivers they can be assigned to the Falcons.

AHL Game Night 12/29: Falcons at Pirates

Big game tonight as the Falcons try to move to 4 games over .500 at the expense of second place Portland. Bolt Prospects has activated the mobile unit (my laptop) and we will be liveblogging this game via the B2 Networks feed as a part of our continuing Midterm evaluation process. Justin Keller is still out of the lineup with a bum ankle and probably will be out another week according to the Springfield Republican. Sebastien Caron will be in net for the Pirates, so the birds have their work cut out for them tonight. Check the extended comments between periods for updates and observations throughout the game.

Falcons Starting Lineup:
Healey/Corso/Milley
Egener/Delmore
Ramo

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POR-1 Final

Grand. Theft. Larceny.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1. POR- Bembridge, (unassisted)

Third Period
2. SPR- Milley, (Healey, Corso)(PP)
3. SPR- Healey, (Milley)

Thursday's Superleague Score

Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 5-4 overtime loss to Tver. Denis Kazionov did not play in the match for Tver. The younger Kazionov brother is scoreless in 22 games this season.

CHL Game Night: 12/28

Chris Lawrence was -2 in Mississauga's 5-2 loss to Barrie.

Last night, a Vladimir Mihalik-less Prince George fell 4-3 in overtime to Spokane. Mihalik is currently in Sweden playing for Slovakia in the U20 World Junior Championships.

NHL Game Night 12/28: Flyers at Lightning

This was a Lightning team that was not mentally prepared to play tonight.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped just 22 of 26 shots he faced tonight for the loss. Dan Boyle had a pair of assists for the Lightning who got goals from Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba and Ruslan Fedotenko. Individual assists went to Eric Perrin, Brad Richards, Holmqvist and Vincent Lecavalier.

The Flyers came out in the first five minutes of the game and really ambushed the Lightning with a lot of speed and hustle, but that isn't what cost the Lightning the game. Mental mistakes destroyed the team in this game and three goals came directly from preventable Tampa miscues. Holmqvist allowed an awful short side goal to go through him on Zhitnik's opening goal, they allowed a 2-on-1 on a bad defensive change on the second goal and Paul Ranger fell down surrendering a breakaway on Kapanen's winning goal. This is a team that's just 1 point out of the basement in the Southeast Division now and they continue, time after time, to play down to inferior opponents and leave critical points on the table. This was the Lightning's 38th game so we're just shy of the midway point of their season and no one in that lineup seems to have gotten the memo that the drive to the playoffs has to start now. Better to get the points you need now than be sitting in March four or five points out of the hunt scoreboard watching desperate for help.

First Period
Philadelphia 4:01, Alexei Zhitnik 3 (power play) (Peter Forsberg, Joni Pitkanen)
Tampa Bay 10:06, Martin St. Louis 25 (power play) (Eric Perrin, Dan Boyle)
Philadelphia 16:41, Simon Gagne 18 (Mike Knuble, Peter Forsberg)

Second Period
Philadelphia 9:30, Simon Gagne 19 (Joni Pitkanen, Peter Forsberg)
Philadelphia 19:42, Sami Kapanen 5 (Jeff Carter)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 1:18, Filip Kuba 5 (power play) (Brad Richards, Johan Holmqvist)
Tampa Bay 14:02, Ruslan Fedotenko 10 (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Slovakia Drops to 0-2 at WJC

Slovakia allowed three unanswered third period goals today falling to Sweden 6-3. Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik had 1 goal in the game and was +1 with 1 shot on goal. Marek Bartanus was scoreless with no shots on goal in the loss. Now at 0-2, Slovakia's medal round chances are on life support heading into a matchup Saturday against Team USA. The Americans were mentioned among the pre-tournament favorites but have also fallen to 0-2 early in the tournament and will be just as desperate as the Slovaks to get a victory to try and salvage their medal round hopes.

Wednesday's Superleague Scores

Vasily Koshechkin improved his record to 13-8-3 helping Togliatti defeat Novokuznetsk 4-1.

Anton But was scoreless as Khabarovsk shut out SKA 2-0.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Salavat Yulayev.

ECHL Game Night 12/27: Chiefs at Storm

If this keeps up, they're going to have to treat Cey for PTSD.

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Morgan Cey, fresh off of stopping 59 shots in Johnstown's last game, stopped 47 of 50 shots faced tonight for the loss. Radek Smolenak had both Chiefs goals with assists going to Zbynek Hrdel, Andrew Martens and Adam Henrich. Hrdel's assist snapped a 9 game long scoreless streak for the former Rimouski Oceanic. Andre Deveaux missed the game due to a one game suspension suspension stemming from his match penalty against Toledo on December 23rd. The Chiefs were outshot 51-23 on the night. Goaltender Gerald Coleman remains out due to a groin strain. Radek Smolenak's two goal effort extended his point streak to four games. The 2005 3rd rounder has 5 goals and 6 points over that span, stepping up in the absence of veteran Randy Rowe and rookie sensation Maxime Boisclair who are in Springfield on recall.

First Period
TOL Zultek, (9) (James, Martin), 9:26 (PP)
JHN Smolenak, (10) (Hrdel, Martens), 15:20 (PP)

Second Period
TOL Attard, (2) (Maunu, Magowan), 2:56 (PP)
JHN Smolenak, (11) (Henrich), 6:55

Third Period
TOL Burke, (3) (Tardif, Martin), 5:45 (PP)
TOL Attard, (3) (Watson, Martin), 19:52 (EN/PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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