ECHL Game Night 10/24: Lynx at Jackals

Justin Keller wasted no time in his bid for a recall to Norfolk by scoring Augusta's first goal of the night, just 9 minutes into the first period. The Lynx fell short of victory in their first ever game against the Jackals, losing to Elmira in an OT heartbreaker. Riku Helenius stopped 24 of 28 shots. Kevin Quick was pointless, and finished -1 with 2 shots and 4 PIMs.

Augusta 3 @ Elmira 4 OT
G Riku Helenius: 4 GA; 65 MIN; 28 SH; 24 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 4 PIM; 2 SOG
W Justin Keller: 1-0-1; -2; 0 PIM; 4 SOG

Augusta tangles with Elmira again on Saturday night.

European Prospects Statistics Update

Finland
Matias Sointu, Ilves Jr. A, 7 GP, 1-1-2, 6 PIM, -6

Russia
Anton But, CSKA, 18 GP, 4-7-11, 16 PIM, -2
Dimitri Kazionov, Kazan, 17 GP, 5-5-10, 8 PIM, +3
Alexei Glukhov, Mytischi, 8 GP, 5-4-9, 8 PIM, +5
Ilya Solarev, Astana, 19 GP, 5-4-9, 10 PIM, +1
Albert Vishnyakov, Novokuznetsk, 3-5-8, 6 PIM, +1
Vitali Smolianinov, Astana, 14 GP, 1-2-3, 10 PIM, -4
Denis Kazionov, Khabarovsk, 6 GP, 0-0-0, 6 PIM, -3

Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, 4-4-1, 1 SO, 2.24 GAA, .905 sv%

Slovakia
Michal Sersen, Bratislava, 17 GP, 2-3-5, 2 PIM, +8

Sweden
Johan Harju, Lulea, 14 GP, 6-6-12, 10 PIM, -1
Andreas Holmqvist, Frolunda/TBD, 7 GP, 1-2-3, 10 PIM, -1

Even More KHL Scores Galore

Friday (10/17)
Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in Mytischi's 2-1 shootout win over Novokuznetsk. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the match for Novokuznetsk.

Dimitri Kazionov had a goal and Anton But had an assist in Kazan's 2-1 shootout win over CSKA. Both Lightning prospects were scoreless in their penalty shot attempts in the shootout. But also finished +1 in the game.

Vasily Koshechkin did not play in Togliatti's 7-4 win over Chekhov.

Saturday (10/18)
Dimitri Kazionov had an assist, 2 penalty minutes, and was +1 in Kazan's 3-2 win over Spartak Moscow.

Ilya Solarev scored his 5th goal of the season in Astana's 5-2 win over Minsk. Solarev finished +1 in the match. Vitali Smolianinov did not play.

Sunday (10/19)
Alexei Glukhov had 1 goal and 1 assist in Mytischi's 6-5 shootout win over Magnitogorsk.

Anton But had a goal and an assist and 2 penalty minutes in CSKA's 3-1 win over Togliatti. Vasily Koshechkin did not play for Lada.

Monday (10/20)
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 3-2 win over Khabarovsk. Denis Kazionov did not play for Khabarovsk.

Vasily Koshechkin did not play in Togliatti's 5-3 loss to Spartak Moscow.

Tuesday (10/21)
Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in Mytischi's 5-3 win over Yulaev.

Dimitri Kazionov tallied his 5th goal of the season in Kazan's 3-2 win over Chekhov.

Anton But was -2 in CSKA's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.

Wednesday (10/22)
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 3-0 loss to Novosibirsk.

Vasily Koshechkin allowed 3 goals on 22 shots in Togliatti's 3-2 loss to Yaroslavl. Koshechkin is now 4-4-1 on the season.

Ilya Solarev had 2 penalty minutes and was -2 in Astana's 5-4 win over Dynamo Moscow. Vitali Smolianinov did not play.

Thursday (10/23)
Alexei Glukhov did not play in Mytischi's 2-1 loss to Chelyabinsk.

Anton But had an assist in CSKA's 3-2 win over Chekhov.

The Week's Slovakian Extraliga Scores

Tuesday (10/14)
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bratislava's 6-3 win over Trencin.

Friday (10/17)
Michal Sersen scored the game winning goal in Bratislava's 3-2 win over Martin.

Saturday (10/18)
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bratislava's 4-1 loss to Kosice.

Lightning Ink Marek Malik

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that the club has signed free agent veteran defenseman Marek Malik to a one-year contract. Malik has been practicing with the club for over a week in order to get into game shape, and his signing comes on the heels of GM Brian Lawton indicating on Wednesday that Malik should be ready for Saturday's tilt with visiting San Jose Sharks.

"We are thrilled to have signed Marek to a contract,” Lawton said. “He is a big body, at 6-foot-5 220 pounds, that will add to our overall defensive play and give us veteran leadership on the blue line."

Malik, a native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, played in 42 games with the New York Rangers last season. He scored two goals and recorded 10 points. Malik led all Ranger defensemen in plus/minus rating with plus-7.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 10/22

Tyrell scores again ... Jung dresses for Edmonton ... Another point for Barberio.

The Week's Finnish Jr. A Scores

Friday (10/17)
Matias Sointu did not play as Ilves Jr. A defeated JYP Jr. A 5-4.

Saturday (10/18)
Matias Sointu did not play in Ilves Jr. A's 10-2 win over Tappara Jr. A.

Sunday (10/19)
Matias Sointu did not play in Ilves Jr. A's 7-3 win over TPS Jr. A.

Updated 10/23:
According to the Lightning, Sointu is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

The Week's Elitserien Scores

Thursday (10/16)
Johan Harju had a power play assist as Lulea smoked Sodertalje 6-2.

Saturday (10/18)
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 4-1 loss to Skelleftea.

Updated 10/23:
According to the Lightning, Andreas Holmqvist has been released by Frolunda and is currently in search of a new club.

Admirals Release Jeff May from ATO

Norfolk Admirals GM Mike Butters announced today that the team has released defenseman Jeff May from his Amateur Tryout Contract. May was a teammate of Lightning forward prospect Mitch Fadden for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League last season. He was an invitee to the Tampa Prospects Camp this summer in Victoria, BC and his performance at that camp subsequently earned him a roster spot on the Lightning's Traverse City Prospects tournament squad. His poised play on the blueline during that tourney led to an invitation to the Norfolk Admirals training camp and an Amateur Tryout Contract.

Originally a 2005 5th round pick by the Detroit Red Wings, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman played 3 games for Norfolk and was scoreless. The recent arrival of veteran defenseman Jamie Heward from Tampa further complicated an already overstaffed Norfolk blueline, leading to some personnel decisions. May's release comes on the heels of the reassignment of forwards Brady Leavold and Justin Keller to their respective ECHL teams as the Admirals completed the process of paring down their roster to 23 players, including

Forwards (13) : Blair Jones, Radek Smolenak, Bracken Kearns, Paul Szczechura, Paul Zingoni, Juraj Simek, Chris Lawrence, Wyatt Smith, Brandon Segal, Brandon Bochenski, Jay Rosehill, Brent Henley, and Zenon Konopka.

Defenseman (8) : Matt Smaby, Andrew Hutchinson, Jamie Heward, Ty Wishart, Scott Jackson, Andy Rogers, Darryl Boyle, and Vladimir Mihalik

Goaltenders (2) : Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna

Keller Reassigned to Augusta

The Norfolk Admirals have reassigned Lightning prospect forward Justin Keller to the Augusta Lynx of ECHL. Keller, on the third year of his entry level contract, has registered 1 assist in 3 games for the Admirals this season. Keller was Norfolk's representative at last season's AHL All-Star game, finishing the season third on the team in goals and fourth in points.

The 6’0”, 181-pound forward from Nelson, British Columbia was an 8th round draft pick of the Lightning in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, making his pro debut in 2006-07 with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. His 13 goals, 4 power play goals and 24 points led all Springfield rookies. In 132 career American Hockey League games, Keller has scored 28 goals and added 34 assists for 62 points with 71 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Keller played three seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. In 216 games with Kelowna, Keller scored 107 goals and 80 assists. He led the WHL with 51 goals in 2005-06 and scored the Memorial Cup winning goal with the Rockets in 2004.

Keller's addition to the Lynx should result in an immediate impact on Augusta's offense, as Keller has a sniper's touch and a willingness to play in the high traffic areas.

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